|The setup at LUSH Robson in Vancouver|
A tale of an English hillfort, haunted by Romans and sunken into the sea, inspired Flower's Barrow. Sage, thyme, geranium, and blackcurrant are used to capture the spirit of this ancient fort. This is probably the closest to a "floral" in the collection, but it's a very, very earthy floral.
The Sun is inspired by Mark's roadtrip to Cape May, New Jersey, while listening to Simon and Garfunkel's "America". This is intended to be summer and sunshine in a bottle, with notes of orange, tangerine, mimosa, and sandalwood. It is similar to Euphoria due to the citrus notes, but Euphoria is greener. This was my favourite of the bunch for its citrusy brightness; on my skin it smelled a bit like orange juice (and not in a bad way).
|The Voice of Reason|
Devil's Nightcap is inspired by a legend of the Devil throwing a stone across the sea in an attempt to hit a British castle. The stone, once believed to have Druidic properties, is now a mysterious standing stone in the town of Studland. Oak moss, clary sage, and ylang ylang are used to recreate the magic and mystery of this story.
Hellstone is the name of an ancient standing stone used as a burial ground 4,000 years ago, once believed to have been flung by the Devil (he seems to do this a lot). This perfume uses vetiver, cumin, and beeswax to evoke the image of unearthed roots and freshly turned earth, but also has something fiery and devilish to it.
|Sikkim Girls / The Bug|
If you are in the UK, you also have access to the exclusives Lord of Goathorn (seaweed, lime, basil) perfume, Jasmine Revolution (jasmine, ylang ylang) incense, and Lavender Hill Mob (lavender, tonka, sandalwood) incense.
The new Gorilla Perfumes are available online and in 10 select LUSH stores in North America, including Vancouver's Robson location. Fragrance is a super personal thing to try because of the way it develops on your skin, so it's a bit unfortunate that there aren't more LUSH shops carrying it. Maybe if the line does well, it will get expanded to other locations, though.
Which story captivated you the most? Which scent are you most intrigued by?