25 July 2014

Dad's Garden: Chamomile And Honeysuckle Liquid Perfume

What I love about Lush perfumes is the backstories that go into making them. There's something really special about knowing how much thought and effort has gone into producing a scent and this can sometimes sway me into appreciating a perfume more because of it. 

Dad's Garden Chamomile and Honeysuckle is an example of a fragrance that I have grown to love even more after reading what inspired the Lush team to create it in the first place. Described by the company as a 'sensitive and sophisticated' perfume, this scent is one of two that play tribute to Simon Constantine's dad, Mark. 

This particular perfume is a beautiful yet haunting mixture of chamomile, lavender, jasmine and orange flower - a gentle yet poignant offering that represents the smells and memories that Mark has of his father's garden. I would describe this as a floral fragrance - yet it's not a typical, 'run of the mill' example.                                                                                                                                         It's clear from the get-go that chamomile is the dominating note here - a fresh, uplifting but slightly apply aroma that jumps out at you from inside the bottle. Both the jasmine and orange flower come through as well, complimenting the aroma of the chamomile and adding the natural sweetness of fresh flowers. The lavender is almost an afterthought - the final layer that brings it all together and adds a silky, sultry finishing note. It's more of a herbaceous floral aroma than a straight up flowery combination but this doesn't make it any less beautiful. 
Dad's Garden disperses quite quickly onto your skin - losing the warm, compact scent that it showcases in the bottle and instead branching out into a light, bright and rather uplifting offering. This is quite a gentle and rather pretty smell, despite all of the strong ingredients that have gone into creating the scent. 

I was expecting a rather potent floral fragrance - something along the lines of Imogen Rose, and I was pleasantly surprised that it's not at all like this. It's a sophisticated and rather youthful offering from Lush - something that I've noticed a lot when it comes to many of the perfumes in the Volume 3 collection.

While it is not one of my favourite ones from Death, Decay & Renewal, that's not to say that the fragrance isn't a wonderful addition to their perfume family. Lush have yet again been able to dispel the myth that all floral perfumes are samey and old-fashioned - Dad's Garden is both unique in it's aroma and youthful in it's deliverance. A great spring/summer scent to compliment the nicer weather.

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Roman Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Lillal, Geraniol. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £18 for 10ml, £36 for 30ml. 

Year Of Original Release: 2014.

Scent Family: 
Dad's Garden: Chamomile And Honeysuckle Liquid Perfume
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  1. This perfume is not about Mark's dad, it is about Mark. It was made by his own son, Simon.

    1. Wow - thanks. I must have made a mistake there :)

  2. Omg, yay! So hard to find good chamomile perfumes. Demeter's "Chamomile Tea" has been the only one I've found, really, and it sadly has very little longevity on my skin. How dominant is the jasmine smell in "Dad's Garden?" It's weird, by itself I kinda hate jasmine (too invasive to my nose), but there's been several Lush products I love that have it as an ingredient. Same goes for ylang ylang. Sneaky ingredients, lol!