Sikkim Girls - an impressive new addition to the Gorilla perfumes collection! I've always been a fan of LUSH scents, and the unique fragrances have what kept me coming back year after year to this company.
Sikkim Girls is a very strong, creamy white floral, mostly jasmine. I spent 6 months travelling in India and I can confirm that the smell is spot on! There are many strong odours in India (spices, cows, sweat, incense, urine, garbage, etc...) but one of the main things that stands out is the jasmine flowers that women wear in their hair to drown out the bad scents. Sometimes it was my only relief from the overwhelming stench, to be pressed up against in a woman in the train with fresh jasmine flowers in her hair.
Along with bringing back memories of the good scents of India, it also reminds me of the spirit of Monyette Paris. Since I've moved to Europe, it's been impossible to find, and for me Sikkim Girls is a good replacement for the strong smokey tropical floral that I crave. :)
Price is good, considering that I bought the smallest bottle and I only need a few drops at a time. The packaging on the new scents is not the greatest (kind of cheap and kitschy). I'm not crazy about the splash bottles either (hygiene!) but they're ok. It's mostly the cartoony look that irks me a bitl The unique perfumes from LUSH deserve better!
On the other hand, the "cheap" look of LUSH perfumes keep them under the radar, and I can keep my unique scents a secret. :) I highly recommend Sikkim Girls as a strong, creamy floral and tropical scent hat makes an impression!
I am liking these new LUSH offerings. I too purchased the smallest bottle (everything looks just like the pics here) but will probably be buying a larger size when I run out. There are 9 new scents and each come in 6 different bottle sizes (I'm told this will be streamlined). One of the bottles offered has a dropper (about an 1 oz. size) and the rest are dabbers. All are nice but my favs are this and Furze (basically vanilla & coconut-has mimosa and neroli ess. oils too & furze aka gorse). Sikkim Girls is a must try if you like white florals w/a little depth. I like the pkg. and laidback feel of the line. Sometimes things can get way too frou frou, serious and pricey in the world of perfume. This is a nice change. I think these are the best of the LUSH perfumes-nothing too strange or cheap smelling or too strong. BTW, if you like smoky scents you have to check out Voice of Reason, Hellstone & Devil's Night Cap. I also received a Lush comic book with my purchase that chronicles the stories behind the perfumes.
I honestly did not think LUSH could top their Lust fragrance in terms of floral...persuasion. But Sikkim Girls is the yang to Lust's yin. The jasmine is heavier, more pronounced, the entire bouquet is more insidious. While wearing and loving several bottles of Lust, I often wondered how it would smell when Lolita blossomed into a woman.
It smells like this. More experienced, owning the old tricks. How to remain in your head when you can barely remember it was there. But you know its name.
The sugary vanilla is balanced with smokey incense. The jasmine is everywhere but so is violet and tuberose. Powdery but almost acrid at times. I applied this scent six hours ago, and it has now morphed into leathery candied iris.
Given that this is the second day I've worn it, I'm hesitant to write a full review as the scent is too new for my body.
But the presentation for the entire new Gorilla line is delightful, far above and beyond anything I imagined after devouring its advertisements. In the store, the fragrances are presented in an apothecary-like cabinet. When purchased, they are wrapped in tissue paper and inserted into a cylinder--along with an ingredient listing which resembles a tarot card. The container is then sealed with a sticker.
Currently, these new scents are only available in a handful of stores (thankfully, there was one in Chicago) and online. While they are definitely niche, there are enough varieties to ensure most everyone can find their match.
Unfortunately, the smallest size offered in this new line still runs at approximately $20--so unless you do have a store within a stone's throw, you're investing a fair bit into a product which may not suit your personality or chemistry. Be forewarned that most of the bottles in this collection do not have applicators, so a delicate hand will help in applying the right amount for your preference.
Having said that? The listed top notes in each of these scents are quite true to form (I purchased five, and none have yet to disappoint me), so if you like those individual elements? There is a good chance you will like the entire fragrance.
But Sikkim Girls stands out. If subtly applied, I can see how it can be teasingly nuanced (this would make a great perfumed hair mist). But if you want to stand out as well, without making a scene? Likely without even saying a word? Try this one.
Will update after I wear this to the office.