Three quick reviews, no theme.
Gorilla Perfume at Lush Flower’s Barrow
Another of the latest crop of fragrances from Gorilla Perfume at Lush (see my recent review of Furze), Flower’s Barrow was inspired by an ancient hill fort in Dorset known as Flowers Barrow. Lush describes the scent as “sweet, odd and comforting”, and although Furze is closer to a conventional comfort scent, I’ll go for the sweet and odd. Flower’s Barrow is a dusky blackcurrant rose with heavy herbal undertones (notes include geranium, sage and thyme). I found the first sniff a bit too overwhelmingly post-modern hippie, and set it in the “no” pile, but then I kept taking it back out to try it again.
Berried roses are, of course, a dime a dozen, but Flower’s Barrow is quirkier than most, and once the top notes settle, the almost-medicinal herbal notes and the jammy sweetness stay in near-perfect balance, and while it still doesn’t smell like me, it smells awfully good (note to Lush: both this one and Furze would make wonderful shower gels! Just saying!), and as is usual from the brand, it smells like real flowers and plants were used in its development. Very much worth a shot, even if it doesn’t turn out to be you either.
Lush Flower’s Barrow is available in splash or dropper bottles; sizes include 7, 25, 28, 43, 46 and 92 g, and prices range from $20 to $70. It’s not as strong as some of the Lush perfumes, but it’s hardly what you’d call lightweight either, and the lasting power is excellent.
Couture La La by Juicy Couture
Juicy Couture has done a really great job on some of their fragrances; others, not so much. This one goes in the not so much pile. It starts with bright, sharp citrus and fruit overlaid with synthetic fresh notes, then settles into a generic pinkish floral over a pale base. An aura of cheap plug-in air freshener lingers into the dry down, but thankfully, Couture La La loses most of its oomph in in the first hour or so. Reviews at Macy’s: “nothing short than amazing” and “simply divine”, so your mileage may vary.
Juicy Couture Couture La La is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum; notes include mandarin, green apple, red currant, lily of the valley, orange blossom, peony, violet leaves, woods and musk.
Isaac Mizrahi Fabulous
The name is a taunt, right? No, it isn’t fabulous, but it’s a reasonably pleasant lightweight floral with a soft musky base that warms slightly with wear. Cons: it’s neither memorable or unique. Pros: it’s youthful and bright, not overly fruity or candied, and has decent staying power. Also in its favor: it may not be brilliant, but it’s a far cry better than Couture La La.
Isaac Mizrahi Fabulous is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum; notes feature mandarin, nectarine, bergamot, jasmine, tuberose, freesia, peony, sandalwood, vanilla and cedar.