29 July 2014

Dad's Garden Lemon Tree Body Spray

One of the benefits of not reading up on a product is that you can sometimes get the surprise of your life. While this doesn't always mean for the better, most of the time it does, and it is exciting and rewarding when it happens. This is what I experienced when trying out this body spray for the first time. 

Coinciding with another perfume in the Death, Decay and Renewal collection, Dad's Garden: Lemon Tree Body Spray is one of two scents created to play homage to Mark Constantine's father. While Dad's Garden: Chamomile and Honeysuckle Perfume bottles his ideas of loss and how to move on from tragedy, this body spray is about rediscovery and remembrance of past relationships, and how you can learn from the past to better your future. 

After his father's death, Mark was walking through his father’s garden and realised that it was possible to miss someone that you never really knew. From this revelation, Lush created a fragrance that would play tribute to the memories, thoughts and feelings of the Lush co-founder. And while most Lush fans may not have been there to witness the relationship between father and son, or indeed the trip to the famous garden, we can all appreciate the beautiful perfume that came from the experience. 

Lemon Tree is a rather simple aroma made from a combination of lemon, lime, bergamot and lavender oil. If we were to compare this body spray to the elegant, fresh, floral aroma of Chamomile and Honeysuckle, it would pale in comparison. Yet it is it's simplicity that made me fall in love with it as much as I have done.                                                                                                                                   You only have to spray this on your skin to recognise the strong, zesty notes of both the lemon and lime - a smell that is almost identical to that of the popular Avobath Ballistic. The inclusion of bergamot compliments both of these citrus fruits and helps to cement this body spray as a fresh, sweet and wonderfully uplifting scent - it's like sunshine in a bottle. While you cannot detect the lavender that strongly at first, you do get a very subtle whiff of it when it's on the skin, and this just gives Lemon Tree a delicate herbal finish. 
In it's favour, Lemon Tree is a gorgeously uplifting zesty aroma - one that would work wonders as a 'go to' when you're coming off the beach or getting back from a long and tiring day - when you need a little something to pick you up until you hit the shower. It's bright fragrance instantly improves your mood and leaves you feeling refreshed and clean. 

While I do love the smell that this product showcases, I recognise that it's quite a one-dimensional scent so fans of the more complex fragrances may want to give this one a miss. For this reason, I can see why Lush have chosen to release this as a body spray and not a perfume - it doesn't have enough character to work as a fragrance. 

Disappointingly, this body spray has a really short lifespan and it is this reason, and this reason alone, as to why I have rated it as lowly as I have. I found that I couldn't smell this a mere five minutes after I had sprayed myself and this is rather shocking given its £18 price tag. For this reason, I will continue to enjoy my bottle of Dad's Garden Lemon Tree Body Spray but will not be investing in it again. 

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £15 for 200ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2014.


  1. I just tried this in the store and I guess I sprayed a little too much, because it has been over an hour and I can still smell it quite strongly. And I must say that I can't understand the price tag of this. Maybe it's because I sprayed a too large dose on my wrist, but I don't like the scent at all. It smells too strong, cheap and very much like an air freshener. Maybe it's me, or maybe it's better in a smaller dose, but for me it didn't work. I'm glad I took the time to try it before I bought it, because it's quite a large bottle. I'm a little sad because I was looking forward trying this one, and then it ended like this. :/

    1. I think it's a very simple scent, and given how unique and multi-layered most of Lush's perfumes are, I think it's rather disappointing when compared to them. However, maybe my nose is seeking out the scent and because it's not as pungent as my usual All Good Things, Karma or Smuggler's Soul, that's why I cannot detect it!

  2. I'm not a perfume wearer so fragrances such as Dear John I keep as an air freshener for my home.
    However, I do like a spritz of this when I remember and I find as it's such a clean, fresh scent, it's not overpowering or too perfumy that I'm going to turn heads. It's almost just like a fresh scent which could be from fresh laundry.
    I spray it once across my chest in the morning and I can still smell it at the end of the day on my body and top I'm wearing that day.

    I love it.

  3. I just tried this earlier today and completely agree with how you described the scent. However, I sprayed a single spray on myself at the store, and I'm still smelling it! It's sticking to me like glue.

  4. I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post. Lemon essential oil