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Goddess – Indolic and warm, captivating and powerful

Goddess 30  ml. - LUSH Gorilla Perfume 

This is what months of COVID living has wrought: 

1. My husband and I now share the same thoughts at the same time, even in our dreams. We are one big brain.

2. My husband now fully comprehends and believes that I am, indeed, a goddess. 

True story:

The other morning I wake up abruptly, at the exact moment where I’m enjoying a most delicious breakfast. I can smell the tantalizing dark coffee, the scent of smoky bacon and hot fluffy maple syrup-soaked waffles. But the house is dark and dead quiet. It’s just a dream. I lie there a minute or two, wide awake and suddenly super-hungry, so I get up and head right to the kitchen and set to work cooking my dream breakfast of waffles and bacon and maple syrup. The smell of the coffee brings my husband into the kitchen. 

“How did you know I dreamed about having waffles and bacon for breakfast this morning? “ he says, giving me a hug. “YOU are a GODDESS! Mmmm, you smell like a goddess, too. That scent, it smells so lush!”

“It’s called “Goddess”, I reply. “And it’s made by LUSH”.

“Nooo, c’mon. What’s it really called?” 

“It’s true, It’s Goddess by LUSH Gorilla Perfume”.

"Now you have a perfume with your name on it," he says, laughing.

Goddess is from 2019 , an evocative captivating fragrance which features oudh, jasmine, osmanthus, rose, and sandalwood, an uncomplicated formula of top-quality botanical ingredients which allows each note to demonstrate its beauty and brilliance through the dry-down.

Experienced  perfume lovers know that it’s impossible to judge a fragrance from the first few minutes on your skin, which is especially true of the Gorilla line, and Goddess doesn’t disappoint. The oudh is first up, with its camphorous smoky oily richness providing shock value to the opening accord, but it soon pulls back, allowing the jasmine absolute to bloom in all its indolic lusciousness, a white floral aphrodisiac flecked with traces of sweat, and bits of lemon and green. Never too sweet, the jasmine is fresh and delicate, but seductive. 

As the jasmine becomes more expansive, spicy Damascus rose adds a mellow elegance, and in the heart osmanthus flower completes the floral triad with its distinctive sunlit notes of honeyed apricot and sueded leather. As this sensual bouquet begins to dry down, the warm leather note leads directly to sandalwood and oudh in the base. 

The sandalwood is fragrant and creamy, powdery with hints of spice and soothing woody balsams, like a beautiful wood polished to satiny perfection, smooth as silk and warm to the touch. The oudh is dark and rich and woody, grounding the floral sweetness with a smoky depth. The dry down in Goddess is exceptional, warm and enveloping, sensual and sophisticated with a lingering waft that has a powerful attraction. 

Goddess smells real and refined, the true character of the notes can be recognized and enjoyed from start to finish, a testament to the quality of the ingredients and the creative vision of the perfumers. To my nose, it is an absolutely beautiful fragrance that has understated strength and a regal character that I find extremely captivating, and which makes me love it. Plus, it has my name on it - LOL!!!

I think Mark and Simon Constantine, the father and son who own LUSH and are the creative team at Gorilla Perfume, make outstanding perfumes which stand shoulder to shoulder beside any brand in the natural/artisanal category. Original, sometimes strange, but always interesting, in addition to being excellent quality for the money, Gorilla fragrances are hand-blended in-house by LUSH and are composed mostly of high quality natural essential oils and distillations which they personally source directly from global producers.  “We are an antidote to boring mass-market scents and a movement to get people excited about good quality perfume.”

Goddess is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $6.00 for 1 ml.

Note: In our Decant Store we list  Breath of God, Karma, Lust, Smuggler’s Soul, 1000 Kisses Deep, all unique scents based in natural botanical perfumery. These are hidden gems, usually found at the back of LUSH stores, and easily available from the LUSH online stores in Canada , USA, and Europe. If you don’t know about LUSH, check out the UK website

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