Before I began buying and using Lush products religiously, I would never have considered myself a fan of rose-scented products. It's one of those smells, as is lavender, that I associate with 'old lady scents' - those highly floral, over-powering smells that linger in and around your Grandma's home and leave a nasty taste in the back of your throat. Those sorts of perfumes are definitely not the first choice for someone my age as they are not always very youthful and are too heavy to be worn day in, day out. This is where Imogen Rose is different.
Whether in solid or liquid format, it's very obvious what Lush are trying to do here - give their fans a perfume that offers the wearer a very fresh and natural rose smell, without any of the synthetic nasties you would expect to find in shop-brought varieties. Have Lush achieved this? Hell yes!
Imogen Rose has been carefully created to give you every delicious aspect of the popular flower. You can smell the subtle wet floral element of the petals yet you can also detect the sweet, grassy aroma of the whole plant. On top of this who also get the aromatic and rather powdery scent of dried flora which rounds this off and gives it a very heady aroma.
With the inclusion of rose oil and rose absolute, you'd assume that this perfume would be rather pungent and heavy on the wearer. While it's definitely quite compacted and bursting with different layers of smell, it's still a very youthful fragrance and one that leaves a lasting impression.
Rose oil comes from the flower petals of the damask rose and, on the skin, has an amazing ability to moisturise and improve the skins appearance; vetivert oil gives the perfume that earthy fragrance and helps to soothe worried minds; orris butter adds a woody aroma and helps the perfume to linger on the skin while ambrette seed oozes erotic musks that gives the perfume it's unique smell.
Much like the liquid version, this perfume sits well on the skin and offers the wearer many hours of smell. It melts very easily under your finger and can be applied with ease. While it does dampen very slightly once it's settled, it still gives off a very robust and well-rounded floral aroma. The only change I notice with the perfume is that once it's been on the skin for a while, you begin to detect a slight note of tonka, which gives the fragrance a little extra sweetness.
Lush proclaim that while 'Shakespeare would have written a sonnet to his beloved, Simon made this perfume.' While I cannot imagine Lush will gain as much acclaim as the bard did for his work, I do believe that the company have produced a timeless classic that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Perfume, Ambrette Seed Oil (Hibiscus Abelmoschus), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Orris Butter (Iris florentina), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Rose Oil (Rosa centifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Titanium Dioxide, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, D&C Red No. 7, D&C Red No. 30 Talc Lake.
2015 Price: £10 for 12g.
Scent Family:Imogen Rose Liquid Perfume
Imogen Rose Solid Perfume