As I mentioned in my review of the liquid version of this perfume, this fragrance was the first out of all of the Volume 2 range that really grabbed my attention. While some of the others took me a few months to appreciate and others did nothing but revolt me, this one was the only scent that was instantly appealing.
While most of the new Lush scents have been inspired by ancient British folklore, Sikkim Girls is an exception. Sikkim is a land-locked Indian mountainous state in the Himalayas, and Sheema Mukherjee, a musician and composer, was in Darjeeling when a café owner warned her about the dangerous Sikkim Girls. "When asked why, the owner said they had seduced and stolen away his son-in-law. Somehow they had accomplished this whilst covered head-to-toe and simply with a subtle yet sexual sway of their bodies."
This story inspired Lush to create a warm, well-rounded and rather exotic perfume made from jasmine, frangipani and tuberose absolute. Both the latter two ingredients are taken from very fragrant flowers, which alongside the jasmine, give this perfume a very strong, heady aroma. Tuberose is especially known for it's sweet yet spicy elements, which together with the other ingredients prevents this from being yet another straight-down-the-line floral aroma.
This is a very heavy and musky fragrance - one that needs time to mature on the skin for you to really appreciate the different layers. I found that once I had given it a while to mature with the heat of my skin, I could really smell the different layers and as these dispersed, the perfume was far lighter and more enjoyable. Yet despite it's heavy presence, it's not as pungent or as overpowering as the original liquid composition.
I actually found the aroma of the solid edition much more enjoyable than the liquid format because it was rather more subtle and slightly sweeter than it's older brother. I was able to pick out each element of the perfume much clearly than the liquid edition, which was wonderful.
There are many reasons why solid perfumes are a good investment. Firstly, they are very easy to transport from place to place. They take up very little space and have no way of leaking, so can be stored in pockets, purses and bags and taken near enough anywhere. Secondly, they are great value for money. This one in particular comes in at £8 for a 12g tub, and while the weight in conjunction with the price may seem rather expensive for perfume, it's far more compact than your typical liquid fragrances so you get a lot more bang for your buck.
While it's a little more expensive than most of Lush's other solid perfumes, I have definitely found the solid edition to be a well-used and well loved member of my handbag. It's definitely a very powerful perfume and one that takes a little getting used to, but once you do, you'll find it wickedly erotic and really rather wonderful.
Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Castor oil (Ricinus communis), Candelilla wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Perfume, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Frangipani Absolute (Plumeria alba), Tuberose Absolute (Polianthas Tuberosa), Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Lilial, Hydroxycitronellal, Candy Pink Lustre; Red lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Colour 45430).
2015 Price: £8 for 12g.
Scent Family:Sikkim Girls Body Lotion
Sikkim Girls Liquid Perfume
Sikkim Girls Solid Perfume