1 December 2018

Golden Pear Body Spray

Why I've chosen to start reviewing this one, I don't know. But there's just something rather wonderful about a body spray called Golden Pear. A fairly new fragrance from Lush, this scent family only started last year - when Lush introduced a beautiful little soap of the same name, as part of their 2017 Christmas range.

What started out as a few whispers, quickly transpired into a full movement of Lush fans gushing over the scent of this limited edition soap. It wasn't at all surprising then when Lush brought out the soap again this year, followed by the Golden Pear Bath Bomb during the community release last month. It makes sense then that this fragrance is featured as part of their exclusive body spray release.

What I should start out by saying is that I was personally a little disappointed with the initial smell of the bath bomb. Whereas the soap offered multiple layers and complexity that made me fall in love with it, the bath bomb wasn't quite as pronounced. It was a relief then when I discovered that the body spray is more in-keeping with the soap than it is the bomb. That's not to say that there isn't a few mild differences.

At the risk of paraphrasing myself, to describe this fragrance is like trying to explain what it must smell like to walk through Wonka's chocolate factory. For such a gentle fragrance, there are so many elements that tantalise the senses at every turn. Don't expect this body spray to be 'in your face' as some of the others have demonstrated. Instead, you'll get gentle waves of fruity goodness but in a much more grounded manner.

I should probably warn you that the immediate smell I got from this body spray was one of alcohol, so don't be alarmed if this is the case with you. Sometimes body sprays need a few days/weeks to settle in their format before this element goes away: it's perfectly natural. With this in mind, you might also experience the body spray maturing over time, so the aroma is deepened in the bottle, and therefore on your skin. This is the great thing about Lush's perfumes and sprays: they get better with age.

Within a matter of seconds, a warming fruity smell comes forward and engulfs your senses. My nose tells me that the initial spray offers a note that reminds me a little of raspberry bubblegum, but this element is shortly lived. Once it settles on the skin, you realise that component is actually coming from the pears.

If I'm honest, I was a little worried that the scent of this wouldn't replicate the soap well, only because the soap features a tonne of pear puree that gives it its fruity base. Yet somehow Lush have managed to produce the same fragrance but in a body spray. I say this because on the skin, you then get a wonderfully rich smell of pears, which reminds me slightly of what they smell like when they've been stewed and very delicately caramelised. 

Alongside this, the sandalwood begins to seep through - adding a richness to the fruitiness at first, and then grounding the pear smell so that it stays on your skin for longer. Over time, the sandalwood projects itself from the heat of your skin, and I found that it was slightly stronger than the pear itself - although that's not to say that the pear wasn't still there until the very end.

As well as this, let's not forget that there is also a layer of cardamom. This works alongside the sandalwood to ground the fragrance, whilst also offering something very subtle spicy and warming. You can smell that the cardamom is there, but it's not so strong that it overpowers the other elements.

Much like the soap, the scent is what I would call 'subtle', so once it's settled, it's not the strongest fragrance that Lush have ever produced. However, this is something that replicates what both the bath bomb and the soap do as well: fans love the scent of this because it's subtle yet complex. This is what helps it to stay in-keeping with the original soap.

As it's in a body spray format, Golden Pear lasts quite long on the skin. I was still able to smell it nearly three hours after I had sprayed it on myself, and the life of this would have probably been prolonged even further had the fragrance itself not been as subtle as it was originally designed to be.

What differs to my nose is the level of sandalwood featured in the fragrance. I felt as if it damped slightly the level of fruitiness that perhaps some fans would expect. However, I actually want to celebrate this because what you get is a perfume that is even richer and more mature than the soap itself. Fans of the soap will not doubt love this rendition of their favourite scent, and I think Lush have done well to replicate this so that it's strong enough to enjoy as a body spray, yet subtle enough to say true to the original scent.  

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, *Benzyl Cinnamate, *Cinnamal, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £20 for 200ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Golden Pear Bath Bomb 
Golden Pear Body Spray
Golden Pear Soap
Open Your Heart Bubble Bar

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