Perfume Review & Musings: Ginger Fragrance by Lush

I have just rediscovered Ginger Fragrance by Lush.The first time I tried it, the experience was disappointing as the opening made me exclaim "Wow!", but then later on I became gradually turned off by what smelled to me like a cheap, synthetic drydown that seemed to never want to let go of you.What happened? I have no idea, or rather I have some ideas that are purely speculative. One of them is the following: did they reformulate it? The perfume, by the way, was composed by Simon Constantine.

This time the perfume is amicable all along. It opens with a complex aromatic bouquet that says "I am not a middle-of-the-road boring perfume'. The Jamaican ginger is nicely outlined, quite tonic and sweetened by the mimosa, jasmine, rose, and geranium. The drydown finally evokes the softeness and sweeteness of honey. There are woodsy undertones to the honey and a light tea-like aroma. It is a very nice, aromatic scent. Staying power is a tad disatisfying. It feels natural. I see it as a kind of affluent middle-class hippie scent...

I think the difference here might be due to the fact that this time I tested from a bottle that was almost empty, that is, the alcohol content had evaporated somewhat and was less harsh than with a spritz coming out from a full, new bottle which is exactly what I had the last time I tested it.

It reminds me of the Ginger perfume by Origins, except this one is more complex, spicier and more aromatic. Ginger has tonic properties and so if you need to feel invigorated this is a good option, especially so since the scent is chock-full of essential oils. The perfume is composed of, " Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale), Mimosa Absolute (Mimosa tenuiflora), Rose Oil (Rosa centifolia), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium crispum), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata)."

On the Lush site, Ginger Fragrance retails for $54 for a 1.5 oz flacon.

Lush also has a Ginger  Soap for $9.50, also full of essential oils, a bomb, and a powder.


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  1. Yum!

  2. Now that you say it, I think there is something appetizing about this scent.

  3. Sounds tasty, but WHAT in God's green earth is a bomb?

    A pest deterrent?

    You're scaring me...

  4. Chaya,

    This is how Lush defines their bath bombs:
    "Bath Bombs are dynamic, a 21st century version of the polite, sophisticated early 20th century bath cube. For a start it's not a cube; it's usually a globe but sometimes it's a heart and occasionally it's a biscuit.

    It doesn't sit elegantly at the bottom of the bath emitting a gentle stream of tidy bubbles; it bursts forth and explodes with a mass of fragrant fizzing, sometimes launching flower petals, natural butters, fruit, leaves and even confetti at the astonished bather. After a mad frenzy it calms down and scents the water, you and the bathroom with essential oils. This is where you relax and enjoy inhaling the beneficial, natural scents."


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