They like jasmine over at Lush. Whenever I'm feeling particularly wealthy (a rare, and entirely delusional state) I pick up some of their Jasmine & Henna Fluff Ease hair pre-treatment (about $22 for 220g). My hair most certainly needs some pre-treatment, followed by some treatment and then perhaps some post-treatment, but I buy it for the (massive) wallop of jasmine, which lasts right through a shampoo (or two). Once, and only once, I bought a very small travel size of their Flying Fox shower gel ($10 for 100 ml, which mind you doesn't look like nearly so much product in shower gel as it does in perfume) — another decent wallop of jasmine. And then there's the Lust fragrance, which arguably out-jasmines both the Fluff Ease and the Flying Fox, and adds a hefty dose of candy to boot.
But their best known jasmine product is probably the Silky Underwear dusting powder. I love the smell,1 but I'm not a big user of dusting powder so I've never bought it. I was tempted when they released the same fragrance in a solid perfume,2 but I still didn't bite — the scent just stayed too close to the skin for my taste. Now they've got it out in a bottle. It's not the first time they've done a Silky Underwear liquid perfume, but it's the first time I've caught wind of it before it disappeared, and I'm glad I did: I'm hooked.
Silky Underwear is advertised as jasmine and vetiver, but it's mostly jasmine and vanilla, smoothed over with cosmetic powder. The jasmine is much lighter and less indolic than it is in Lust (and is almost certainly blended with other florals — Silky Underwear is not a wallop of jasmine by any means), and the sweetness is considerably more subdued. Silky Underwear wears like a jasmine comfort scent; the vanilla is creamy and has just the teensiest cocoa-ish edge, perhaps to match the cocoa butter that makes the Silky Underwear dusting powder so popular. After an hour or so, the jasmine calms to a whisper and the vetiver makes an appearance, adding an earthy undertone and a very slight — you'll have to smell deeply or you'll miss it — hint of smoke beneath the lingering powder.
Lush's body and hair products strike me as relatively expensive — perhaps it is because I'm not a body-product-hound, but in my world they are occasional luxuries at best. The fragrances, though, cost much less than comparable products elsewhere, and lately, they're often more interesting — and more fun — than niche fragrances that cost considerably more. They're certainly one of the last great bargains to be found in your local mall. I'm hard-pressed to think of another similarly priced fragrance that you can find in a chain store that smells like it might have been made with real, from-nature materials.
Lush Silky Underwear is $30 for 30 ml. It is a limited edition. It's still available on the US Lush website but looks to be sold out already in some countries. It's on my to buy list, and we'll see if I manage to get over to the mall before it's all gone.
1. The same scent is reportedly found in their Fairy Jasmine & All That Jasmine bath bombs, and in the Alkmaar soap bars.
2. This review was mostly written before I realized that Jessica had already reviewed the Silky Underwear solid perfume, making my review pretty much superfluous. Oops. Actually, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often around here.