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My favourite store, Lush, makes a number of perfumes under the Gorilla Perfume name. Most of these are scents which come in black bottles with spray nozzles, but there are also a few perfume oils among the range.
One of the Gorilla perfumes is called The Smell of Freedom, an unusual scent inspired by figures from around the world. Three individuals in particular inspired the perfume, and each of these inspired a different aspect of the scent.
These aspects are each available to buy as a perfume oil. They are named Old Delhi Station, Fire Tree and Oudh Heart. This review will discuss the Old Delhi Station fragrance.
***Bottle*** As a perfume oil, this fragrance comes in a small dark glass bottle with a screw top. To use it, you simply tip the bottle up and dab some onto your skin. The bottle is very secure and the oil doesn’t leak, which is a good thing. It’s also small and compact, ideal for carrying around.
***The Fragrance*** Old Delhi Station was inspired by Simon Constantine’s journey through India on the way to meet a Tibetan monk in exile. Designed to evoke a train journey in India, the scent comprises spicy and woody notes including clove, black pepper, sandalwood and jasmine, as well as exotic patchouli.
***My Experience*** I liked the scent of this straight away. I could detect the patchouli, which I really like, and the slightly spicy tang of cloves and black pepper. There was a lighter floral aspect to the scent too, which I really liked.
I have never been to India but this perfume smells like I think India would smell, if that makes sense! The exotic patchouli and combination of other incense-like ingredients combine to create a very heady, pleasant scent that is unlike any other patchouli-based scent I’ve ever smelled. The perfume lasted a few hours, which was impressive.
Another use for the perfume oil could be as a household scent, in an oil burner perhaps, or a scented bath. You could add a few drops to your radiator, and the warmed scent could spread around the room. Alternatively, add a drop or two to a tealight.
***Price and Availability*** Old Delhi Station costs £20 for 15ml, which is rather pricey. However, being an oil, the scent is more concentrated and it is made with real essential oils, which are pricey. The scent is long-lasting.
***Conclusion*** I really like Old Delhi Station and would consider purchasing it, although I think it would be more suited as a household scent in an oil burner than a perfume on the skin. It is exotic and luxurious and I really like it.