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Lush Gorilla Perfume Love 30/07/2014

Love this perfume!

Lush Gorilla Perfume Love My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances. I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is Love. *Packaging* Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms: - Solid £7.50 - Spritzer £15 - Atomiser £31 The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems. *The Fragrance* Love has the following main notes: lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, apple, cinnamon, cassia, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang. I think it sounds very appealing and fresh. The scent has been used in some Lush ...

Lush The Bug Eau de Parfum 28/07/2014

An unusual perfume from Lush

Lush The Bug Eau de Parfum Lush, my favourite store, recently released a number of new fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. These look, smell and sound very different to other perfumes from both Lush and other brands, with unusual ingredients and concepts, and I was very intrigued when I heard about them. To coincide with the launch of the new fragrances, Lush opened a temporary gallery space in east London. I visited this gallery and had a memorable experience. The fragrances were displayed as works of art, with pictures or sets used to represent the perfumes. Simon Constantine, head perfumer at Lush, has stated that he wants to develop the concept of perfume as an art form, like painting or music, and I feel that he has met with success here. The new perfumes come in bottles of different sizes and shapes, and look like old apothecary bottles displayed in-store. Testers of the perfumes are available, and I’ve tried The Bug a few times now. ***Bottle*** Unlike other Lush perfumes, which come in standardised black bottles, the new fragrances come in clear glass bottles of all different shapes and sizes. I really like these bottles as they are unusual and attractive. The perfume itself is a reddish-brown purple shade while the purple and white label shows a security camera. ***The Fragrance*** The Bug is one of the most bizarre perfumes in the new Gorilla fragrance range. It was inspired not by creepy-crawlies, but by the modern culture of surveillance, security cameras and computers tracking ...

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Nourishing Body Lotion 24/07/2014

Lovely moisturiser, shame about the price

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Nourishing Body Lotion I subscribe to the monthly Birchbox which means I get a selection of cosmetics and toiletry samples every month. Last year, one of my samples was a Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang body lotion, which I received the month after my Molton Brown body wash. I’d never tried the Molton Brown range before – I usually use Lush or Soap & Glory – so I was intrigued. Molton Brown describe their ylang-ylang products as follows: “London via Madagascar: Secrets from rainforest. Sun-warmed woods. Dozing heads beneath the canopy.” They certainly sound very appealing! The lotion is a pale lilac colour and is made with a “skin pampering complex” to firm, comfort and hydrate. It is scented with Madagascan ylang-ylang perfume oil. Like the matching body wash, this body lotion smells amazing – it has a relaxing, sophisticated ylang-ylang scent. It is also pricey - £25 for 300ml. I use it after showering with the matching body wash, and only a small amount is needed. The lotion doesn’t irritate my skin at all, but sinks in really easily. The smell is amazing – I don’t have to apply any perfume for at least four hours, as the scent really lasts. The lotion is fairly light, but still manages to be good enough for my dry skin. It doesn’t offer an intensive moisturising experience, but is ideal as a luxurious everyday body lotion. Just like the body wash, the body lotion is a pricey product that is nevertheless of very high quality. Despite the high price, I would consider purchasing a full-size version.

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash 23/07/2014

An amazing body wash but a bit pricey for regular use

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash I subscribe to the monthly Birchbox which means I get a selection of cosmetics and toiletry samples every month. Last year, one of my samples was a Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang body wash. I’d never tried the Molton Brown range before – I usually use Lush or Soap & Glory – so I was intrigued. A 300ml bottle of this body wash costs £18, so this stuff isn’t cheap. It contains Madagascan ylang-ylang, yuan zhi (which apparently helps to rebalance) and warm cedarwood oil. I love the scent of this product – it is rich and calming, having some of the properties of lavender without actually smelling of lavender. Ylang-ylang is often used in perfumes and this shower gel certainly smells sophisticated and luxurious. It is a lovely rich dark purple colour too. Only a small amount of the gel is needed in the shower, and it lathers up brilliantly on the shower puff. The scent is very strong and it is really comforting to use. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and in fact feels slightly moisturising. After use, I can smell the shower gel on my body. I am really impressed with how the scent lasts. I do need to use body lotion afterwards (I have the matching Molton Brown lotion) but not as much as usual. Apparently the body wash can also be used in the bath – I haven’t tried this as I have lots of Lush stuff to use up. I think it would work really well though, judging by the lovely relaxing scent. Despite the price of this shower gel, I would consider treating myself to a full size bottle. ...

Lush The Brightside Bubble Bar 21/07/2014

Bright and cheerful bubble bar

Lush The Brightside Bubble Bar I’m a huge fan of the store Lush, and I am trying to sample every product that they make. This includes limited edition products as well as the permanent range. Lush often release special products for events throughout the year, including Easter. The Brightside Bubble Bar first came out last Easter, and obviously proved popular as Lush have brought it back this year. It is slightly pricey at £4.25, but it is the same size (and shape, and design) as the Comforter and Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds bubble bars. These are larger than normal bubble bars, and you can get at least 4 baths from them. The design is a swirl of dark and light orange, onto a circular bubble bar. You can break or cut a bit of the bar off to use it in your bath. It’s attractive, bright and sunny – perfect for welcoming in the warmer weather. The scent matches too – described as the ‘triple orange’ fragrance, it is light and citrusy, consisting of Sicilian mandarin oil, tangerine oil and bergamot oil – all uplifting, citrusy, pleasant scents. The bar is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar. It does contain sodium laureth sulfate, which can cause skin irritation in some people, so it’s worth being aware of this. When I use this, I use a quarter of the bar, crumbling it under running water into my bath. When I’m ready to get in, there is a huge mound of creamy white bubbles and the water is a lovely orange shade. The citrus smell is lovely and ...

Argan Oil Shampoo 17/07/2014

Lovely shampoo for a bargain price

Argan Oil Shampoo I am signed up to websites such as Groupon and Living Social and occasionally purchase a bargain. One such was a haircare package including shampoo, conditioner, protection spray and hair mask. Today I will be reviewing the shampoo. The packaging is brown and green which isn’t the most obviously appealing but it does fit in with the perception of argan oil as being a natural, ‘earthy’ product. What I do like about the packaging is the shape and form. It has a flip top lid, meaning that it is easy to open and close even with wet hands. The lid is actually on the bottom, meaning that even when the product is running out, gravity ensures it’s still easy to get it out of the packaging. The tube is a 250ml one and the shampoo contains Moroccan Argan Oil extract. Argan oil seems to be a big thing at the moment and it supposed to be really good for your hair. It is claimed that the product nourishes and moisturises the hair, leaving it shiny, smooth and healthy. The shampoo is easy to use: simply apply a small amount to wet hair, lather and rinse as you would with any other. It is white and has a light, slightly mousse-y texture. It has a faint pleasant smell but this doesn’t really last on my hair. This shampoo does an excellent job. It cleans my hair with no issues, and doesn’t irritate my scalp. It keeps my hair moisturised without making it oily. When used alongside the matching conditioner, the results are superb. I colour my hair and have not noticed this stripping the ...

Making Colour The National Gallery 16/07/2014

Fascinating exhibition on how artists create colour

Making Colour The National Gallery I had some time to kill last Sunday, so I popped into the National Gallery to visit their Making Colour exhibition. It proved to be one of the most interesting exhibitions I’ve seen for a very long time. The exhibition took a rather different focus, looking at the ways in which artists have used colour over the centuries and the difficulties they have faced in finding the right shade. I’m not an artist, although I enjoy looking at art, so I’ve never really thought about the restrictions artists face when it comes to paint. CONCERNING COLOUR The first room was about the early use of colour, and made the point that the modern theory of primary colours was only developed around 1600. However, earlier artists such as Annibale Carracci instinctively used colour to emphasise and contrast. Colour wheels were developed, in which colours lying opposite one another produced the most effective contrasts. This can be seen in later paintings by Renoir and Van Gogh: Renoir painted an orange boat against blue water while Van Gogh depicted orange crabs against a blue-green background. Despite the conventional representation of an artist’s palette as neat with distinctly marked colours, in reality palettes were incredibly messy owing to the need to mix colours together to provide an accurate shade. J.M.W. Turner’s paintbox on display shows that relatively few colours were available to him, and his palette was hugely messy. Later on, paints were produced in tubes, making them more convenient ...

Lush Furze Eau de Parfum 14/07/2014

Lovely summery perfume

Lush Furze Eau de Parfum Lush, my favourite store, recently released a number of new fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. These look, smell and sound very different to other perfumes from both Lush and other brands, with unusual ingredients and concepts, and I was very intrigued when I heard about them. To coincide with the launch of the new fragrances, Lush opened a temporary gallery space in east London. I visited this gallery and had a memorable experience. The fragrances were displayed as works of art, with pictures or sets used to represent the perfumes. Simon Constantine, head perfumer at Lush, has stated that he wants to develop the concept of perfume as an art form, like painting or music, and I feel that he has met with success here. The new perfumes come in bottles of different sizes and shapes, and look like old apothecary bottles displayed in-store. Testers of the perfumes are available, and I’ve tried Furze a few times now. ***Bottle*** Unlike other Lush perfumes, which come in standardised black bottles, the new fragrances come in clear glass bottles of all different shapes and sizes. I really like these bottles as they are unusual and attractive. The perfume itself is a clear liquid while the label shows yellow flowers on a green background, emphasising the natural world the fragrance is intended to evoke. ***The Fragrance*** Many of the new Lush scents, including Hellstone, Flower’s Barrow and Devil’s Nightcap which I have previously reviewed, have been inspired by English ...

Lush Cosmetic Lad 11/07/2014

Not just for men!

Lush Cosmetic Lad If you read my reviews regularly, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of the store Lush. I am trying to sample every product they make, including some of their less than obvious items! As well as bath products and soap, Lush make a lot of skincare products including cleansers, toners and moisturisers. These can vary in price quite widely, depending on the ingredients. This moisturiser costs £11.75 for a 45g tub, which makes it one of the cheapest products. I find that Lush moisturisers last absolutely ages, with only a tiny amount needed for each use, so I was happy to pay this and after using all of the product, I feel it was worth the price. As the name suggests, Cosmetic Lad is primarily aimed at men. Recognising that men often shave every day, it contains chickweed, which is said to contain antihistamine and be calming. Honey is antiseptic, while lavender water helps to soothe the skin. Linseed mucilage helps to keep the skin soft, while fresh wheatgrass acts as an antioxidant. Aloe vera is a soothing ingredient which can help to soothe the skin, while African marigold helps to reduce redness and regenerate the skin. As well as a moisturiser, the cream can be used as a shaving cream. Obviously, as a woman, I don’t shave my face! However, the soothing, gentle ingredients in the cream can help all skin, particularly sensitive skin like mine. It is also a fairly light cream, so I hoped it would be good for my slightly oily skin. As it contains honey, the moisturiser is not ...

Apple iPod classic MB562ZO/A 120 GB 09/07/2014

A brilliant iPod

Apple iPod classic MB562ZO/A 120 GB MP3 players seem to becoming less and less popular these days, perhaps because many people just listen to music using their phone. I’m not one of these people though: I much prefer a specialist dedicated music player. A couple of years ago, I got one for Christmas. I eschewed the most up-to-date touchscreen iPods in favour of the Classic edition, which seems practically retro! I mainly chose this because of the huge memory. Though I wasn’t planning on storing TV shows and films on here, I wanted to make sure that I’d never run out of space for my music, and I also use it to hold my photos. *Statistics* This is the 6th generation iPod Classic. It comes in black and silver; I have the silver, made with durable anodised aluminium and polished stainless steel. It has 160GB; is able to store up to 40,000 songs or 25,000 photos; and can store up to 200 hours of films and TV shows. It has the famous Apple click wheel, is small and light and has a 2.5 inch screen. It’s not a touchscreen, unlike later versions of the iPod. Though the iPod classic was already a few years old when I got it, I was easily able to obtain accessories for it, including a protective skin, faux leather sleeve and compatible music player (the iGhost). It has a standard headphone jack, so as far as I know is compatible with all headphones and earphones. *Music* The main reason I wanted this iPod was as a place to store, and be able to listen to, all my music without exception. It easily does that: it can ...

Lush Black Stockings Skin Tint 08/07/2014

Colour for the summer

Lush Black Stockings Skin Tint My favourite store, Lush, launched two new products in the last couple of years. Identical in size and shape – they clearly came from the same mould as the Shimmy Shimmy glitter massage bar – they were priced at £7.50 and were designed as skin tints. One, Silk Stockings, was designed to add a light shimmer and the illusion of stockings to paler skin, while the other, Black Stockings, was designed to add a deeper shimmer to black and Asian skin, or add a hint of fake tan to lighter skin. Now, I am quite happy to be ‘pale and interesting’ – and trust me, I am REALLY pale – but when it comes to my legs, I understand that a little bit of colour can work well. I prefer to steer well clear of actual fake tan, as well as those body lotions which purport to add colour over time (‘tanning by stealth’, I call it), but I thought it couldn’t do any harm to try some of this once in a while. The bar smells amazing – it is made with cinnamon leaf oil, sweet orange oil and pimento berry oil, which creates a lovely spicy, slightly citrusy scent which is perfect for the summer but which can work at other times of year too. The fragrance was created by Lush inventor Shakira, who was inspired by the time she spent with her family in St Lucia, and it does make me think of warmer climes. The bar is designed to do three things: add subtle colour, even out skin tone, and moisturise. Suitable for vegans, the bulk of the bar is made up of cocoa butter and shea butter, both of which are excellent ...

Argos Value Range Baby Bookcase 07/07/2014

A highly recommended little bookcase

Argos Value Range Baby Bookcase As I’ve probably mentioned in earlier reviews, I have a particularly small bedroom, and I am always trying to think up ways to give myself more space. A while ago I had the idea of buying a small bookcase to put on my desk, so that I could line up my books and other items without taking up floor space. I chose this Baby Bookcase from Argos, cheap at only £12.99, and with dimensions small enough to suit me. These are: H82.5, W65, D16.5cm. The bookcase comes in various finishes: I chose the beech as it would go best with the furniture already in my room. I reserved it on the website and went to pay and collect. It was pretty heavy, but I was able to carry it by myself. Luckily the Argos store is only about ten minutes from my house! The weight is 9kg so this should give some indication of how heavy it is to carry. It comes packed flat, which makes it much easier to carry, but obviously then you need to assemble it yourself... ***Assembly*** It is recommended that 2 people assemble the bookcase, but I managed to do it myself, and seriously, if I can do it then anyone can! I didn't find it too arduous either. There was some balancing of the various panels needed in order to screw them together in a non-wonky manner, and when it came to hammering the nails into the back panel to fix it to the structure, I may have got some of the nails a bit skewiff. However, the unit is still standing over a year later so I must have done something right! It's a lot sturdier than the price ...

Lush Voice of Reason Eau de Parfum 02/07/2014

Smelled of barbecue sauce!

Lush The Devil's Nightcap Eau de Parfum 30/06/2014

Unusual and exciting scent

Lush The Devil's Nightcap Eau de Parfum Lush, my favourite store, recently released a number of new fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. These look, smell and sound very different to other perfumes from both Lush and other brands, with unusual ingredients and concepts, and I was very intrigued when I heard about them. To coincide with the launch of the new fragrances, Lush opened a temporary gallery space in east London. I visited this gallery and had a memorable experience. The fragrances were displayed as works of art, with pictures or sets used to represent the perfumes. Simon Constantine, head perfumer at Lush, has stated that he wants to develop the concept of perfume as an art form, like painting or music, and I feel that he has met with success here. The new perfumes come in bottles of different sizes and shapes, and look like old apothecary bottles displayed in-store. Testers of the perfumes are available, and I’ve tried Devil’s Nightcap a few times now. ***Bottle*** Unlike other Lush perfumes, which come in standardised black bottles, the new fragrances come in clear glass bottles of all different shapes and sizes. I really like these bottles as they are unusual and attractive. The perfume itself is an earthy dark brown shade. The label on the bottle shows a large rugged stone set in a landscape against a backdrop of blue sky. ***The Fragrance*** Many of the new Lush scents, including Hellstone and Flower’s Barrow which I have previously reviewed, have been inspired by ancient English landscapes. ...

Lush Gorilla Perfume Superworldunknown 25/06/2014

Super perfume

Lush Gorilla Perfume Superworldunknown My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances. I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is Superworld Unknown. *Packaging* Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms: - Solid £7.50 - Spritzer £16 - Atomiser £33 The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems. *The Fragrance* Lush state that this fragrance was inspired by the circus, and the scents that linger on after the circus has left. They say it is offbeat and unusual, suited to “anyone with a sense of ...
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