22 July 2014

Smuggler's Soul Solid Perfume

I love the fact that Lush are re-releasing all of their perfumes in solid form and reverting the rather boring looking black tubes into these wonderfully quirky silver tins. There's something very alluring about the new designs and you cannot deny that they make a far more beautiful display on the shelf.

Smuggler's Soul was the product to start it all off. Chosen as one of three new Gorilla perfumes to get released through the Lush Kitchen, this exclusive beauty is a unique and very beautiful aromatic addition to the collection. You only have to bare witness to the wonderful green colour of the product to know that you've stumbled onto a winner. 

Described as being 'deep, dangerous and intoxicating', this solid perfume contains an abundance of both sandalwood and jojoba oil. The latter ingredient is an excellent natural moisturiser and this gives the perfume a silky smooth consistency - one that transfers from the tin onto your skin with ease. Despite claiming it contains lustre, I couldn't detect any in the pot or on my skin so don't be put off trying the product because of this reason.  

The sandalwood is what gives this product it's main note of fragrance. It's a very natural, light woody smell - one that thickens when it mixes with the warmth of your skin. Alongside this, the tagetes oil adds a sweet and very comforting aroma - it's almost a sugary smell and reminds me a little of old-fashioned cola. Imagine Karma without the potency and spiciness of the patchouli and you'll begin to understand how integral this ingredient is to the perfume. 
Finally, the lemongrass oil adds a fresh, grassy and rather gentle citrus element to the overall scent - it's not at all dominating in the mix but it compliments the other ingredients and helps to make this an uplifting and very warm fragrance. 

Unfortunately, despite it's beautiful aroma, Smuggler's Soul isn't very long-lasting. After massaging it into my wrists and neck, I found that I couldn't detect the perfume a mere fifteen minutes after it has been applied. I thought that perhaps it was one of those perfumes that's subtle on the wearer but leaves an impression on bystanders. However, neither of my flatmates were able to pick up the scent on me, even when I applied multiple helpings to my skin. 

In the tin, it's a wonderfully complex unisex perfume and one that could easily become a firm favourite in my household. However, it's staying power was shockingly short and I found it to be a bit of a wasted purchase. I only hope that the liquid equivalent of this can offer me more as it's a beautifully complex yet delightfully light aroma - one that could become a best seller for Lush.

Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Perfume, Indian Sandalwood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Madagascan Vetivert Oil, Tagetes Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Methyl Ionone, Spring Green Lustre.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £9 for 12g. 
2017 Price: £10 for 12g. 

Scent Family:
Smuggler's Soul Body Lotion
Smuggler's Soul Body Spray
Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub
Smuggler's Soul Liquid Perfume
Smuggler's Soul Solid Perfume
Smugglers Soul Solid Shampoo Bar
Veerappen Moustache Wax

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