After my experience with the liquid version of this, I was genuinely excited when I noticed that Lush had brought out a solid edition as well. While Death & Decay didn't initially sound like my kind of scent on paper, I was really surprised when the liquid perfume turned out to be one of my favourite releases from the Volume 3 range. To say I had high expectations of the solid, was an understatement...
Described by Lush as a fragrance that will ''invoke something sinister and morbid'', I was expecting a very heavy, smoky aroma. As it happens, this prediction was probably the very opposite of what the perfume turned out to be - further proof that Lush are far from predictable when it comes to their scent designs.
There is something devastatingly beautiful about Death And Decay - a perfume that is haunting on the senses and leaves a lasting impression that'll see you through a good part of the day.
Featuring jasmine, rose and ylang ylang absolute, this solid perfume is heavily floral - a complex layer of sweet and greenery that works in harmony with the warmth of your body to elevate the fragrance to new heights. Upon opening the lid, it is the note of lilies that initially hits your senses. While comparisons have been made with the Ghost/Lily Savon range because of this, I much prefer this fragrance - it's far more balanced and not as pungent on the senses. If you love Ghost, you'll no doubt appreciate this perfume. However, if you dislike the potency of the aforementioned scent family, you might find that Death And Decay is much more rewarding and enjoyable to wear. I would urge you not to write it off because of the comparison.
The scent is a very heady one - with the lily being the strongest note and the jasmine sitting just underneath this - fading away after a short time to leave a fresh, clean and rather intoxicating floral fragrance. In its solid form, this perfume smells identical to the liquid counterpart and offers fans the same intense aroma, just in a more compact way.
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.
With this particular perfume, I found that it was just as potent on the skin as the liquid version. To me, this works to its advantage as the solid edition gives you control over how much you apply so you can enjoy the fragrance as strong or as subtle as you like, without losing any of the perfume like you would if you were spraying it onto your skin.
While I don't tend to use solid perfumes all the time, I found that another great way of utilising these products is to massage a little into your hair. After spraying the liquid version onto the pulse points and neck, a little dab of the solid perfume will give your hair a burst of fragrance that'll stay with you for hours.
Overall, this is an unlikely and very unexpected favourite of mine - one that is light enough to be enjoyed in the summer months, but comforting and heavy enough to withstand the colder months. While the name may suggest something quite dark and disturbing, the reality of the perfume is quite refreshing and uplifting. A great addition to the Gorilla Perfume range.
Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Ylang Ylang Absolute (Cananga Odorata), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Silicylate.
2015 Price: £8 for 12g.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.
Scent Family:Death & Decay Liquid Perfume
Dead & Decay Solid Perfume