LUSH Lust Perfume

If LUSH’s Lust were a girl, she wouldn’t be the one sitting at the bar, peeking shyly from beneath her Bambi lashes at the dude across the room; she’d be a fiery redhead who’d saunter up to the guy she’s been eyeballing, grab him by the chest hair and growl in his ear “you’re coming home with me”. 

It’s a jasmine grenade. The kind of powerful scent that, if you’re not careful, will wear you instead of the other way around, filling any room you enter and every nostril in it. It’s for this reason I bought the solid version rather than the atomiser, which, upon sniffing, was not unlike being hit in the face with a bouquet (not that I’d know what that feels like). No, the solid version is a little more subtle, and not to mention far more convenient: it’s small and packaged in a Vaseline-like tin (pro-tip: do NOT use it on your lips) which means it’s not going to clunk about in your bag like a perfume bottle, and won’t leak or break – which is a vast improvement upon the old, black, twist-up packaging LUSH used to use for their solid perfumes (RIP Imogen Rose, which remains congealed in its lid). 

I’m not that knowledgable on scents and the like, but LUSH says this contains jasmine, ylang ylang, vanilla and some other stuff, but all I’m really smelling is raw, sexy jasmine. It lasts a good workday, so like, 8 hours or so. Pretty impressive. 

I’ll say one other thing: this scent will turn heads. Not necessarily in a good way – it’s a very polarising scent, as in you either love it or hate it. That means you’ll have a 50/50 chance of either being followed by legions of salivating men (or women), or repulse whoever is sitting in the neighbouring seat on the train to the point of evacuation (something I am absolutely okay with).

I’m giving LUSH Lust a 7/10. I like it, but not for every day. In fact, I’d say it’s a night time scent. It’s also very reasonably priced (for the solid version, anyway) at £6 for 12g.

5 Autumn/Winter Fragrances

I have a bit of a penchant for buying too much perfume. It’s getting to be quite a problem, really. I won’t spend excessively on that dress I’ve been eying up, but I’ll smell something a little bit beautiful and go “I must have it now!“, my reasoning behind actually buying it being that “it’s an investment – it’ll last me a long time and I’ll smell like a fucking meadow – who can put a price on smelling like a meadow?“. BOOM. £70 pissed away on some funky smelling liquid. 

Nevertheless, here’s 5 of my favourite Autumn/Winter scents, some I’ve bought recently, some are quite old, but all of them are delightful to wear on an evening spent curled up by the fire (or partying the night away).

Lancome La Vie Est Belle EDP – from £44

I bought this in summer, but haven’t worn it much because I definitely feel it’s more of an A/W scent. Deep, sweet and gourmand, it reminds me a lot of Thierry Mugler’s Angel, which my mum used to wear. Definitely a night time scent – but let’s face it, Winter is basically perpetual darkness anyway, so I could comfortably wear it to the office. The bottle oozes understated sophistication, and the scent has notes of blackcurrent, jasmine and vanilla.

Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao Eau du Cologne from £40

This is a beautiful, warm, chocolatey perfume, perfect for day or night. It’s not too sickly sweet and gourmand, so it’s a little less cloying than some perfumes with accents of chocolate or vanilla. It manages to stay quite fresh, probably because of the lime and agava flower notes. This is my current favourite.

Guerlain La Petit Robe Noir EDT from £35

Definitely a night time scent, I can imagine wearing this at a festive cocktail party, and the bottle is ridiculously pretty while remaining elegant and classy. The La Petit Robe Noir collection packs such a olfactory punch, I went for the eau de toilette as the eau de parfum was a little overwhelming. Cherry, apple and musk feature in this sweet and delicately sexy scent.

Valentina by Valentino EDP from £41.50

This is such a feminine, sophisticated perfume, featuring bergamot, orange blossom and wild strawberry, with amber base notes. Perfect for day or night, this was my go-to scent last winter. It’s delicate and powdery, and there’s something about this perfume that makes you feel like a real lady.

Vera Wang Princess EDT from £40

I have a real soft spot for this perfume. I got it for Christmas 2 years ago, and I still adore it. Vanilla, apples and water lily make this sweet and girly, but not in a sickening way; this is definitely one for the younger lady, but it smells so comforting, I still have a little spritz now and again. Perfect for an evening out with the girls, and the heat-shaped bottle is ridiculously cute too – great for travelling.

What’s your favourite festive fragrance?

NEW: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

I know I literally just reviewed a Jo Malone scent, but I really need to share this one with you ’cause it’s so shiny and new: yup, it’s the Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne from the new range.

I know it’s not out yet, but if you go into a Jo Malone store, you might be lucky enough to be offered a sample (like the cute little one I’ve got here), or you can request a scented postcard online. I didn’t even know there was a new range coming out, so I got embarrassingly excited in the store when the SA said it would be available in September

I’ve tried it out, and I love it! I’ve lived by the sea all my life, so this evokes memories of scampering along the sand dunes among the long grasses and brambles, with the salty Atlantic air blowing in my face. It’s quite a unisex fragrance, and that usually puts me off ’cause I like to smell girly and feminine, but this is very wearable and not too masculine- clean, fresh and outdoorsy. Delicious. I’d say it’s more of a daytime scent, but don’t listen to me – wear it however you want,

I think this will be my next purchase from Jo Malone.

Price: £40 for 30ml or £80 for 100ml

Overall Rating: 8/10. Not my favourite Jo Malone scent (that title goes to Wild Bluebell), but definitely one I’ll be adding to my collection when it’s available.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne | Review

I think I may have found my signature scent…

This actually smells like an enchanted woodland. I can’t stop jamming my nose up against my wrist to get as close to the scent as possible. It just smells so clean and natural – you know how traditional perfume just kinda smells like a bunch of chemicals mixed together to make a scent? Well this (and all of Jo Malone’s stuff) literally smells like what it’s supposed to smell like – a bouquet of bluebells. It’s very light, a bit aquatic and smells like a secret woodland carpeted in bluebells that’s been jewelled with dew from an April shower. Heavenly.

I suppose my only “problem” – if you can even call it that – with this is how short the longevity is, but it’s a cologne, so it’s not like Jo Malone is promoting it as an EDP/long lasting scent anyway. It’s important to understand how fragrances work, otherwise you may expect this to last longer than it does and end up disappointed; I’ve seen so many people badmouthing the brand because the colognes don’t last all day, but they aren’t supposed to! It’s like complaining that your tinted moisturizer doesn’t cover all your blemishes or last 12 hours.

All the colognes come in 30ml bottles, so they’re perfect for handbags. I think I may invest in the 100ml though because I love it so much! 

Price: £40 for 30ml, £82 for 100ml

Overall Rating: 9.5/10. The sillage and longevity are not great because it’s a cologne. That doesn’t make the product bad, it just makes me a bit sad that I can’t smell it after a few hours and I don’t have a bottle on me 🙁