* Prices may differ from that shown
Lush Dirty is one of the most unusual of the Lush fragrances that they sell. Again it is one that I only buy as a solid perfume because although I like it I don't like it enough to spend the extra money on buying it in the spray form and the solid perfume means that I can enjoy it without having to spend a lot on the initial outlay for the perfume. The Dirty solid perfume comes in a stick form and the perfume itself is a blue colour. If you end up really liking this then Lush also do a whole range of products with the same scent. It is actually supposed to be a mans fragrance but I don't think it is particularly masculine and so I think it can be enjoyed by both sexes. When I first bought it I had no idea it was supposed to be a male fragrance and nothing about the smell of it particularly screamed man. As I said this is a bit of a weird fragrance but not unpleasant and just different from what I have come to expect from Lush. It contains Spearmint, Thyme, Tarragon, Oakmoss and Sandalwood in its ingredients. It is a very fresh and clean smelling fragrance and one that always reminds me of being outdoors. The smell is so different to the usual perfumes that it is strange to begin with but I actually enjoyed not smelling of flowers. The spearmint is definitely different in a fragrance but it isn't overpowering and doesn't make me smell like toothpaste and I appreciate the fact that it is so different from the usual floral based perfumes. I never thought that Spearmint would go well with the other notes in the perfume but it actually does and I like to just wear this during the day to freshen up as it makes me feel really fresh and clean. It is an especially good scent for wearing when I am hot and sweaty as it makes me feel cooler and more refreshed immediately. It also goes really well with the shower gel. As with all the solid perfumes I like to apply this to my pressure points as I think it works best this way and the heat of my body actually seems to activate the fragrance and when I get a bit warmer the fragrance seems to intensify. This costs £5 for the solid perfume and you can also get the larger spray for £21 if you decide you really like it. I shall just stick to the solid as although I do like this and appreciate the difference of it there are other perfumes that Lush do that I like better and would rather spend the extra money on them instead.
As well as bath, skin and hair care products, my favourite store, Lush, makes a number of fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. Dirty was released a couple of years ago; based on a recipe from B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful, Lush's now-defunct sister company, it was designed to complement the rest of the Dirty range, comprising toothy tabs, a shower gel, a shaving cream, a hair styling cream and a body spray. Each of these products contained a different aspect of the Dirty scent, but the perfume is designed to combine all of these into one. ***Bottle*** The perfume comes in the usual Gorilla Perfume bottle. This isn't particularly exciting, but it fits in with Lush's aim of making perfume about the scent not about the packaging. Also, the minimalist packaging is better for the environment and the bottles are made from recycled materials. The bottle is black and tapered out towards the top with a plain black lid. The black and white label reads: "Gorilla Perfume Forum Special" and has the name of the perfume and an ingredients list. The bottle seems opaque but if you hold it up to the light you can see how much liquid you have left inside. The bottles aren't foolproof: a number of customers complained that their perfume bottles had been leaking. I haven't had any problems with mine as the seal around the lid was securely attached. Lush will replace any damaged or leaking bottles, but obviously it would be better if the problem never occurred at all. My understanding is that these bottles are an improvement on the glass ones the perfumes previously came in, so that's something! It is also possible to purchase a smaller spritzer or a sample, as well as a solid version of the fragrance. ***The Fragrance*** The Dirty range was designed as a masculine range, inspired by men who live social lives too hectic to take regular showers! However all the items in the range are effectively unisex and I have tried and liked them all. You can layer up the scent by using all of the Dirty products, followed by a spritz of perfume. The scent was inspired by the concept of spearmint being an aphrodisiac - seeing as you use mint-scented toothpaste to clean your teeth! As mentioned, the perfume contains all of the aspects of the Dirty fragrance: spearmint, thyme, tarragon, oakmoss and sandalwood. ***My Experience*** I'd already tried the other products in the Dirty range by the time I got to the perfume, so the scent was basically what I had expected: minty and fresh, it began as an uplifting and enlivening scent. Over time I grew to detect the herbal and woody notes within the perfume, such as the oakmoss and sandalwood, which reminded me of the Dirty hair cream. The scents were fresh and natural and made me think of being outdoors in the woods with a fresh breeze blowing past. I was happy to wear it but I think that men would like it too. The perfume lasts a good few hours on me, which I think is reasonable. ***Price and Availability*** This is one of the cheaper Lush fragrances, costing £21 a bottle with a spritzer available for £9.50, a solid for £5 and sample for £2. The Dirty perfume is no longer available in Lush stores, but it can still be purchased online. ***Conclusion*** Maybe it's not my favourite perfume in the world, but I do like Dirty for its fresh uplifting scent (unlike any other perfume I've tried) and I would consider repurchasing. I would also recommend the other products in the Dirty range.
Lush Dirty perfume solid version Lush tagline:" Feels like : The only thing that gets you clean at a festival" I my panic to make sure I had got some of each of the perfumes that are going to be discontinued in Lush shops I rushed out and bought myself a few of the solid versions. This was one I bought just the other day. You will still be able to buy this on line but not in the shops very soon. I love Lush and especially love their wonderfully unusual perfumes so want to make sure I don't miss out on any! LUSH PERFUMES We are very lucky in Derby because our lovely Lush shop in the Westfield centre has the entire range of Lush perfumes as well as the essential oil elements of some. Lush sells a fairly large range of perfumes now and every scent comes in three or four different forms. There is usually a solid perfume which tends to be the form which has the shortest staying power; the next is a small spray which is less concentrated than the 30ml black bottle which has the strongest concentration. Many of the scents also have a small 2ml sample bottle too which is usually in the same concentration as the mini spray or spritzers which I believe has 8ml in it. The solid perfumes weigh 12g so they are not huge but I rather like them to carry in my handbag as there is never a danger of any leakage and you can quickly pop a little on your pulse points without spritzing others in the bargain. HOW MUCH? The perfume I am reviewing here is the solid version of DIRTY which I bought just the other day. The solid version costs £5.00 while the small spritzers are £9.50, the large 30ml version is £21 and the 2ml sample sells for £2.00. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn't give me many uses and the solid ones have always given me plenty of use as you don't need a lot to get a pretty decent aroma but you do have to be careful if it is very hot weather as it does melt very easily. I would also suggest that keeping it in the fridge may affect the scent so would not advise that. THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION Mark on Dirty fragrance: "Dirty is a scent that boys will like for its fresh, sexy smell and girls will love them to wear (or might like to borrow!). Dirty was inspired by the term 'Italian shower' - a common phenomenon in men of all ages, who leap out of bed in the morning, spray under the t-shirt they've been wearing all night, and head out of the door. Although the Dirty man has no time to spare, he will always brush his teeth before making love, so this fragrance has a big hit of spearmint that's clean, fresh and invigorating. A real wake-up call, Dirty is choc-full of uplifting notes, including the fresh herbs thyme and tarragon. Oakmoss and sandalwood are woody, but also very clean and a little sophisticated, too. Basically, it does the business." Simon on Dirty fragrance "I liked the concept of cleaning your teeth making mint into an aphrodisiac. So I started to break down the fragrance, beginning with the Toothy Tabs. I thought that if you really wanted to harmonise yourself, you needed to extract the different parts of the perfume and put them in each product you're using. By the time you're finished, you've put the fragrance together." So there you have both father and son's views on this and why they created this rather different scent. THE SCENT AND WHAT I THINK Initially I wasn't that fussed on this one as it did smell rather toothpaste-like but it has grown on me over time. It is one of the more masculine smells although unisex as far as I am concerned but a smell I am happy to wear but could seen men also being happy with it as it is a clean fresh herby sort of smell and not really sweet or feminine. This is not one of Lush's smack you in the face smells, it is a milder aroma that stays with you all day but doesn't kick you nose as soon as you put it on. I always put the solid perfumes on my inner elbows, inner wrists and then in my cleavage as then I can smell them all day long. I find that the solid perfumes last really well as whatever the solid carrier is sits on my skin and keeps the scent in. This smells minty to me initially but then the herby aromas start to blend with the mint so it isn't as sweet as just plain mint, more herby. When I say mint I mean garden spearmint not polo mints type mints. I could make my own as I have mint, all types, tarragon and thyme so I have three of the main ingredients. I might have a bit of a problem with the sandalwood and oakamoss though. I do love the fresh hit that you get from this and also the way the other herbs gi together and blend to make the lighter notes in this. The sandalwood again is one of my favourite smells and reminds me of India while the oakamoss adds the warmer mossy woody heart notes. It is a gentle clean manly smell but is still very appealing to both men and women. WHAT HAVE THEY PUT IN THIS ONE? The scent notes in this one are Spearmint, thyme, tarragon, oakmoss and sandalwood . Not many but they do combine to create quite an unusual scent suitable for both men and women. Somehow this scent also reminds me of the seaside but not quite sure why as not of the notes are really things that you find at the seaside but maybe it is the fresh aroma that takes me there. AND ALSO Once I sniffed this in the shop I was not too sure at first but the threat of its removal from the shop encouraged me to buy it and use it a bit more. It is actually quite hard to smell different perfumes in the Lush shop as there are so many smells going on in there. What I usually do is put the perfume on using the samples there. I then go off and do my shopping. I do one perfume at a time. If I like it still after I have finished my shopping it then does on my 'Wish List'. I have to admit I do buy a lot on Ebay as you can often get them cheaper there. I just look for which are on there and bid to a certain amount. I miss out on loads but I decide what I am prepared to pay and stick to it. I also ask for them for gifts from the family too and that is how I have built up my collection. I have the solid perfume in this so when I put this on it lasted pretty well all day long. The concentration is actually stronger than I thought initially. I wipe the solid stick on my inner elbows and wrists and then behind my ears. If I want to enjoy it more I wipe a bit down my cleavage as the warmth brings the scent up to my nose then. I know it lasts all day as I can still smell it on my wrists now and I put this on this morning. I have found this one has grown on me in the last few days and I really like it now. It will never be my favourite of Lush's perfumes but it is certainly very fresh and different. I think this would be more suitable for a day wearing than an evening scent. Another good thing about the solid perfumes is that the plastic containers that they come in are recyclable through Lush and if you take back five of these or a mix of these and the black pots then you can choose a free fresh face mask or hair mask for your reward. AND MORE GOOD NEWS The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made. If you are lucky enough to have a Lush store like the one in Derby with a full range of perfumes I recommend you to give them a try. They are not to everyone's taste as they are quite strong and a lot of them have quite deep strong and more heavy notes but I love them and spend ages listening to the stories as to the inspiration behind their creation. To me perfumes are a sort of experience that is more than just the smell. They are a bit like fine wines and single malt whiskeys in that there is poetry and art in their creation. These to me are all part of the perfume, the inspiration, the poetry and the images that are created by you in your head as you first sniff the perfume as well as the effect you have on the scent, the way it changes on you and your own skin. It is all part of the magic to me. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. ©Catsholiday