Ambrette + Damascus Rose + Orris Butter. Need I say more?
I have often expressed exasperation with the house of Lush "perfume" concoctions, many of which contain such harsh citrus oils in such ridiculously high concentrations that I find them altogether unpleasant to smell, if not downright destructive to my nasal passages. Thank goodness there are a couple of exceptions to the rule, IMOGEN ROSE being a case in point.
This perfume--yes, it actually seems to me to be a perfume, unlike most of the "stuff" from this house--smells swell. How could it not? one might well wonder, given that it boasts ambrette, orris butter, and damascus rose--both absolute and oil. Also present are vetiver and tonka. Notably absent? Let's see... yes, you guessed it: citrus oil.
I love the comforting, rich layer which the rose, the ambrette, and the orris create. The sweetness of the tonka is perhaps cut by the vetiver. Overall, there is a splendid texture to this composition, and I would easily choose to wear this as a perfume, rather than simply donning it before a bath, as is my usual use for the not-so-lush liquids in the sample vials of which I have quite a collection, having ordered them in order to satisfy my curiosity about this house.
In fact, I did just don IMOGEN ROSE before a bath, and when I get out, I may put it on again...
Nice work, Simon. Way to steer clear of the citrus oil on this one.