LUSH • Gorilla Perfume - Imogen Rose • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||60%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Black
I decided to purchase this perfume in the solid form. Should have just gotten a bottle since I'm really diggin' this scent. I lean more toward Gourmand Jammy type Rose scents but, this one is really pretty....yet not all the way frou frou like most Roses tend to smell. Someone mentioned that this smells just like the Lush store right when you walk in....I concur. And you all know how good that paper Lush bag smells when you get home and pull them goodies out lol..like that! I think that's why I like it....Lush and their paper bags smell great lol. It's light, a bit powdery, feminine and naturally just not my thing per say, yet a welcome split from the norm. A great pick for spring.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I was very disappointed with this perfume. I tried some of the Lush solid perfumes a few years ago, but really didn't like them. But I thought this would be good for travelling. As I don't have a Lush shop near me I ordered them by mail order. They arrived today in a large, very strong cardboard box filled with those polystyrene worm-like things. Two tiny tubes of solid were lurking at the bottom. The miserable so-and-sos could at least have included some free samples! I was disappointed by the size of the tubes - I was expecting something the size of the Yardley solid perfumes. The perfume does not even fill the whole tube.
To start with I could notsmell rose at all, the overpowering smell seemed to be like old fashioned furniture polish, or that smell you get when you pass a Lush shop. However, later on it developed a powdery scent with a faint hint of rose. I like Stella, and the Avon Rose perfume, but this was very underwhelming. I will wear this but will not purchase again. I also bought Orange blossom which I have reviewed separately.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Medium Brown Hair: Black Eyes: Black
This is my favourite floral perfume. LUSH claims that the perfumer was inspired by his baby daughter and that's what it smells like to me - baby powder and innocent, gentle rose. I don't smell dirt or darkness or whatever - to me this is a cute, non-sexy perfume like soft pink knitting and prancing lambs.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Other, Straight, Medium Eyes: Other
This is something I had really wanted to buy but one try at the store killed the idea. The scent is a cute rose & baby powder scent, if that's what you like. The stick format is PERFECT for traveling and carrying around. However there're too many flaws for my liking. To start with, the stick formula, when I applied it to my wrist and back of my hand, felt really greasy and I wasn't sure about this getting onto clothes. The scent smelly rosey at the beginning but after 1-2 hours no longer smelled much of rose, to my disappointment (I don't remember what the scent was like afterwards, fogive me). In addition, the packaging is not as cute as the picture shown here. Yes it is the same packaging but in real life looks much cheaper and the store sample looked messy as well as cheap. Perfume packaging should be elegant and neat, not messy and cheap!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Perfume Solid (10% perfume):
The solid lasts all day on me wearing close to the skin and quite strong. Its a lovely earthy rose yet very sweet and lush (excuse the pun!) with a green musky feel. The scent reminds me of the Lush scent as you walk into the shop. It has that baby powder vibe as the scent settles. Really love this one the most out of the solid range. Then my other favs are Karma and Tuca Tuca.
Hmmmm just put some on now after writing the review...
Spritzer (15% perfume):
I bought the spray version after being besotted by the scent of the solid. The spray is more complex and fresh than the solid.
A SA at Lush told me yest that the rose used for this is the same that Chanel use!?
Would love to re-purchase but sillage is low after a while (two hrs on me) and lasts longer on clothes. Worth purchasing because the quality is high and Lush do not test on animals. For these reasons i would pay the extra.
The Atomizer (20% perfume):
This is heavier than the spritzer which smells fresher, however once the atomizer's perfume dries down then its a lush honey rose but a note in this is heavier and heady. This lasts pretty much all day with close to the skin sillage.
Wish Lush would make the concentration labelling of the 10ml spritzer and 30ml Atomizer clearer - i only found out when i emailed Lush to enquire about this product.
In summary the solid is comforting for personal scent satisfaction, it is so pretty and innocent smelling.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I have the solid perfume of this one. I bought this along with Vanillary, Lust, and Karma solids, and I almost didn't buy Imogene Rose. As it turns out it's the one I think I like best!
I like Lush solid perfumes because they seem healthier/more natural than many mainstream fragrances (less chemicals).
Imogene Rose is the one that smells most like a real perfume, however, rather than "oils", which is why I like it.
It's also soft and subtle enough for work.
It's a powdery light tea rose to my nose.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I have it in the solid stick form. It smells like roses mixed with bitter, wet dirt...takes you through a just-rained-on-garden on a summer day. Lovely. Too bad the scent turns into plain baby powder after a short while...Not exactly my kind of smell but a can wear it on the right occasion.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Not a huge fan of this scent. I tried it out at the store but didn't end up buying it. There's too many floral notes and ends up being a bit of an overkill (for my liking). I smell alot of rose mixed in with a creamy baby powder undertone. The lasting strength is reasonable (when applied at pulse points) and the small packaging makes it easy to travel around with.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I'm not really a fan of Lush's perfumes, most of them are much too overpowering for me. This is an exception. It has a wonderful sweet rose scent that airs out to a powdery light scent. The smell just makes me happy when I wear it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I am not a huge rose fan but occasionally I take a rose turn so I like to keep one in my collection. If you like a rose soliflore that is powdery rather than jammy, then you might like this. It dries down to a very powdery, almost pot pourri rose on me that is quite pleasant. My favourite rose is still Lancome's d/c Mille et une, but this is a nice one to have around. I would buy again, but not the big bottle.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is like the smell after an APril shower, coupled with roses. It's not clean smelling so if you prefer that, you won't like this. I prefer rose oudhs to this simply because they are more longlasting with elegance. This is too natural smelling and bare for my taste... Sure it smells realistic but it doesn't have anything more than that. It's the difference between a plain pencil sketch and one filled in with watercolours... This is too plain for me but very nice nonetheless.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Imogen Rose smells like the Lush store when you walk in.
A faint rose, floral blend, with some fresh earth, wild rose in the
garden. Casual scent. Very informal, not sophisticated or
pretentious. Update 5/2012: The rose is stronger now, possibly due to a new batch of rose raw materials. All of the solid rollup fragrances are fleeting though compared to the EDP sprays.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Olive, Cool Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Everytime I have a spritz of this perfume, my roomate says: I smell an old lady somewhere near !
But for me it's the most wonderful delicate fresh wild rose. Maybe I'm a bit to shy to wear it everyday, if I were alone everyday I would were it, just for me. My boyfriend doesn't like it, it's too strong for him. What a pitty.
I wish that I'd be brave enough for this perfume.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I get a blast of very sensual rose--big, blossoming and earthy--and then the vetiver takes over. It changes further into what smells like a very expensive rose-scented powder, and eventually fades into faint honey-scented powder. It's a fast ride, at least in the concentration I have. As a note, I personally found the solid perfume to smell more like the base (beeswax? shea butter? something) than the fragrance.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is another Gorilla perfume that has a grand impressive opening that sort of just peters out.
I fell in love when I first applied this. It's genuine earthy rose aroma was incredibly pleasing and convincing. I thought this was going to be the first rose perfume I was really going to like. This stage only lasted about 30 minutes and then it became a soft powdery rose, which is great if you like soft powdery perfumes, which I do not. I will not repurchase this one.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is the first Gorilla perfume scent which I got. I was going through a rose phase where I wanted to use as many rose scented bath and body products as possible. Seeing the lovely description on Lush.co.uk, I decided to give this a try. I have to admit I didn't like the scent when I first receive this in the mail, I thought it was OTT. Then I tried this for a 2nd and 3rd time and now I am sold! Only complaint is, the tube which the solid is housed in, I cannot retract it after I push the solid out and I ended up wasting some of it, hmph...
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I am fussy about rose scents, but I am thoroughly enjoying Imogen Rose. It starts out smelling like dirt, rose, and powder. As it dries down, it becomes softer and more honeyed.
A very unique and wearable scent from Gorilla Perfumes. Bravo!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Other
The creator of this scent says it comes to life on the skin - I kept that in mind after I took a whiff from the sample jar and was pretty disgusted. Curiosity got the best of me so I decided to spray a little on my wrist; lo and behold it was like stepping into a garden after a rainstorm.
Rose is one of my favourite scents, and I am thrilled with this fragrance because it breaks all the rose perfume stereotypes (ie that they are for grandmas or boring). It's sexy, loaded with pure rose oils, and best of all doesn't have any fruity notes. The other thing I like about it is how true the scent stays as it wears down - which admittedly doesn't take very long, at least in the solid format.
The big downside of this perfume for me is the solid packaging! I keep mine in a cool closet and it's melting. I bought some of the old Lush perfume tins and this never happened to them. I never finish my perfumes so I don't think I will buy this again, but if I do it will be liquid all the way!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Other reviewers have expressed their surprise at the gorgeousness of Imogen Rose and I'm in exactly the same boat. I expected a disappointingly watered-down, mass-marketable rose, but Imogen has more in common, scentwise, with Creed's Fleur de The Rose Bulgare, Lutens' Sa Majeste de Rose or Guerlain's Nahema than the likes of Paul Smith Rose, Valentino's Rock n' Rose or even Stella. It smells like it should cost a fortune, yet it doesn't.
Imogen is a powdery antique rose with a touch of honey and musk. The reviewer who called it a 'dirty' rose is spot on, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. The combination of raw, fleshy, decadent sensuality and old-world quirky primness just works, and I can't explain why. There's a powdery freshness in the top notes, reminiscent of lavender or those Parma Violet candies from years ago. I detect a distant similarity to Vivienne Westwood's Boudoir, only Imogen is heavier on the actual rose.
I wish more department store fragrances were like this, but nowadays you only see - or rather, smell - this level of creativity from the artisans and old-school houses. I know Lush's packaging isn't the greatest - it's non-existent, for the most part - but I love the chic little black bottles they've used for the Gorilla range, with their slightly sinister, arcane potion-holder air.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I tried Imogen Rose in spray form, and I found it strikingly, uncannily realistic. I swear to god I could smell the pollen and leaves of a rose bush - like ChildOfTheMoon said, it's much 'dirtier' than traditional rose scents. I honestly wanted to like it for its originality alone. Unfortunately, I'm not a rose person, and I still found it too sickly for my tastes. I also found the 'pollen' smell a bit overpowering.
I'd give it two stars for smell alone, but it gets an extra star for its originality.