Review of LUSH Gorilla Perfume - Lust by Ultraviolet
Since other reviewers have explained Lust's composition, I'd like to offer a review on the scent's effect on people's...dispositions.
Received two workplace responses (stated below to 99% accuracy) to this scent which reflect almost all male/female reactions to me when I'm wearing it.
Female 1: What are you wearing?
Me: LUSH's Lust.
Female 1: You smell like candy. Like a sweet tart.
Me: Central notes do include ylang-ylang and jasmine.
Female 1: Yeah, ok, I smell cheap candy.
Female 2: It's kinda...too sweet or something.
Female 1 (out of earshot of Female 2): What's the name of it again?
Male 1: What...do you smell that?
Male 2: It's like flowers and honey...some sort of...
Male 1: They're blue. I smell this flower outside of my bedroom window.
Male 2: Violets, lilacs, I smell jasmine...
Male 1: Yes, lilacs. Are you stalking me?
Me: How so?
Male 1: I swear, I smell this every night before I go to sleep.
Male 2: You're not very good at this, are you?
Myself and Male 1: I'm [you're] not supposed to leave a trail.
You can likely imagine the simultaneous emotions emitted by the people who smell me. Women = 75% miffed curiosity, 15% repulsion, 10% tell-me-the-name-of-that-scent-or-I-will-hunt-you-down.
Men? 75% muffled carnality, 15% feigned repulsion, 10% I-will-hunt-you-down.
It should be noted that these responses transcend socio/economic barriers. The men at work? The VP and a Director. Should have known better. Lust is a strange mistress, no?
This scent is not meant for people who cannot carry it off. Regardless of whether or not someone likes it, almost everyone who has encountered it says it's to some degree, loud. Almost ostentatiously so. I'd almost say Lust is a bit polarizing in that you either adore it, or it's just too much.
Suffice to say, this is one of my signature fragrances. LUSH nailed the combination of frenetic flirtation and simmering sexuality.
There's another fragrance they made, however, which is the yin to this yang. If Lust is a Porsche ride to a pulsating rave? Cocktail is a chauffeured Bentley to a sultry jazz club. One evokes reactions of those seduced, one is conducive to the seduction itself. Hard to explain, but understood when experienced.
LUSH's perfumiers are immensely underrated.