For about two or three years now the UK “surprises” (I use surprise loosely because we know it’s coming before it’s even announced!) Lush lovers far and wide with perfumes.
Each year the lovely Hilary from Lush UK Mail Order ventures onto her soapbox on the UK Forum and asks everyone to vote on a few scents they’d like made into perfumes.
This year like any other year Hilary has again promised the delights of Lush perfume!
This is normally a UK event only and if you want to partake of the bounty of Lush perfume you have to pay a rather obscene amount of money for shipping!
But I’m happy to report that this year Hilary has worked with Lush NA and both UK and NA are having a perfume party!
Here’s what Hilary posted on the UK Forum
Woo Hooooo !! Finally, I can give you news about our little ol fragrance round ! After begging our overstretched Fragrance Room, they have agreed to do 6 fragrances for us again this year. Everything has been checked out ,scrutinized and costed and we are able to offer the following:
Candy Fluff 30ml £17.50
Olive Branch 30ml £24.50
Snowcake 30ml £17.25
Black Pearl 30ml £ 19.50
Bathos 30ml £21.25
Lily 30ml £22.50
They will be on sale by telephone only by phoning our Mail Order room. The sale will be: Friday 29th Nov 9am 9 pm Saturday 30th Nov 9am 5 pm Once the phone lines are closed, we will add up the orders and will make the stock. We hope to begin despatching it by 12th Dec. No orders will be taken by UK Mail Order for fragrances for delivery to USA or Canada. Instead US and Canadian residents can order the fragrances directly from NA Mail Order who will mail your fragrance out to you from them. ( Please refer to the NA Forum for details of the sale, prices and shipping as this is being organised from there and not the UK, so we will not know the precise details ) There will be an online Party On Friday, whilst the phones are open. Staff from the NA business will be joining us online to take part in the fun and chat. This is a party that is going to span the pond !!! So set aside time in your diary to join us in The Salon section of the International Forum where there will be chat, competitions, prizes and chaos. Post and Packaging for the UK is FREE. Rest of World Spend over £150 and post and packaging is half price
P.S If there are any NA forum folk reading this at the moment there are no ordering details or prices confirmed for you yet. Poor old Stibbsy has been chasing us every day to get the info he needs in order to organise things his end but we were still trying to confirm our side of things so couldnt give the info needed. Everything is now ready but with Vancouver 8 hours behind us he is probably still in bed ( and having nightmares about having to organise all of his stuff with only about 24 hours to go !! ) So please bear with us the Stibbsy will be up and at it soon, and all the details you need will be online as soon as he can humanly manage it. He is very keen so I know he will not be hanging around !!
(Hilary your spelling is bloody awful but I still love you!)
Over the course of the years I’ve been collecting Lush I’ve scored all their perfumes and I will tell you that this is a very, very, very, extremely, very special event that is well worth your cash!
Lush perfumes are potent, strong, lingering and gorgeous!
Snowcake hasn’t been made in a perfume in about 2 years now and many people are falling over themselves to score a bottle!
The list is compiled of three scents that have already been made and three scents that are brand new!
Candy Fluff and Olive Branch were made for last year’s perfume round while Snowcake was made for the perfume round prior. Black Pearl, Bathos, and Lily (aka Ghost) are brand new and have never been made before! Black Pearl is sure to be a major hit as the much beloved bath bomb is no longer made as of this past year!
This event is happening this Friday from what I understand so as soon as I know further information I’ll post it here!
These will make wonderful gifts for any Lush lover in your life or yourself! I can’t begin to describe how truly wonderful they are!
I’m not partaking of the NA round as I prefer my Lush from the UK so I’m having a friend do my purchasing for me as UK is NOT shipping to the US this year because it’s caused too many problems in the past with bottles breaking, spilling, etc….
If you’re strongly keen on getting these from the UK, like me, I’d suggest stepping onto MUA and asking a fellow Brit if they might purchase them for you and ship them over!
If you live in Europe they may have a chance of ordering from UK just e-mail them prior to Friday asking about whether they’ll ship to your location!
My friends in Asia you may have to see if someone can CP you some so start checking with friends or fellow MUAer’s if you’re interested in scoring these!
Or you can get them from Lush NA by calling mail order on Friday if you’re within the US!
As soon as I know the prices and the details for Lush NA I’ll most definately share!
A big thanks to Hilary for always making the holidays extra special by doing these great things!
Some of my Collection of Perfumes from the Last Few Years
Silky Underwear, Sakura, and a VERY RARE Flower Market Perfume
Potion! One of the Muse’s favorites! (Smells like Holiday aka Ruby Red Slippers Bubble Bar)
A very handsome Simon (this image does nothing for his looks hehe), Mark’s Contantine’s son, on a label of Snowcake!
Snowcake and Candy Fluff Perfume
I’ve been wanting to do a post about B for a very long time but I just never had the time to take the photos of my rather large stash of B! I’ve decided that it’s long overdo and I’m bringing you a tale of B today!
I’ll be doing the post in two separate parts. Part 1 will consist of B’s perfume line and Part 2 will consist of B’s cosmetic line! I was going to do a Part 3 discussing B’s Bath and Body lineup but I think it might be overkill so I’ll only cover that briefly (plus if I had to haul out my entire collection of B Bath and Body goodies I’d be here for the next year of my life).
If you’ve no idea what I am talking about allow me to explain a little.
B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful is Lush Cosmetic’s younger, groovier little sister (it’s also alot more expensive and posh than Lush is). B is not available in the US or any other country other then jolly old England so sadly it’s either order online and have it airmailed to you or hop the nearest plane to London to grab yourself some!
I’ve been collecting B products for about 4 years or so now. I visited B for the first time about 3-4 years old in London with one of my best mates and from that day on I was forever a fan and lover!
The store is something to behold and if you happen to live in London or are visiting do drop by 39 Carnaby Street for the full effect! It’s gorgeous and you’ll leave the store about $1000 dollars poorer while wiping the drool off your mouth and trying to snap yourself back into reality. I wish I had photos of my visit but sadly I do not! I’ve googled and you can locate images for yourself by clicking here.
If you’re expecting something similar to Lush you’ll be shocked to learn this is NOTHING like Lush. It’s completely different.
B consists of vegan friendly cosmetics, perfume, bath and body items. It’s mostly popular for it’s bejeweled cosmetics but it also has quite a cult following when it comes to it’s very different perfume line!
Scents have come and gone in the B line and at the moment there are eight scents as the main line up (seven of which I have tried and six of each I own!). Nine if you consider the Body Spray, Dirty, part of the line up!
Perfumes you’ll find at B are a unique, expensive experience that are well worth the price of omission in my personal opinion. If you have a taste for the posh and gorgeous these will appeal to you. Be warned they take some getting used. First sniff will almost always have you pulling back in dismay but slowly B perfumes grow on you and you become deeper and deeper in lust and love with them as time passes!
The thing I adore about B perfume is how exotic and unique they are. It’s something you can wear and not worry about smelling like the rest of the population which means you’ll truly have your very own personal scent as B is not exactly easy to get around these parts!
Prices on B perfume range from $90 and upwards (cheaper for smaller bottles or sprays!). These are not cheap in anyway, shape or form but they are well worth the disgusting price tag in my humble opinion!
Sadly, the Muse is unable to explain the perfumes because they are such a unusual blend of notes but I’ll do the best I can!
One of my favorite perfumes from B is entitled Love. The main notes in the blend are jasmine, rose, and ylang ylang. These combine to create a strangely citrus floral blend on me.
The only true way to describe the scent of Love and other B perfume is to sum it up as Old Hollywood. B perfumes remind me of vintage, retro, black and white Hollywood. Fay Wray, Joan Crawford, Vivian Leigh, Etc…
B perfumes all come in vintage victorian style bottles with a tasseled pump so it brings you way back into a gorgeous, glamorous era!
My second favorite scent would be Keep It Fluffy which is slightly on the sweet side but it too falls into the floral combination of rose, ylang ylang, and vanilla! It’s a very deep blend so don’t expect something light (don’t expect light from any B perfume).
Keep It Fluffy
My third favorite is Cocktail which is indeed a cocktail of different notes including cassia, sandalwood, jasmine, ylang ylang and other interesting bits!
My fourth favorite would be Two Hearts Beating As One which is a blend of jasmine, rose, and musk. It’s a very sophisticated floral combination that’s positively gorgeous!
My fifth favorite would be A Thousand Kisses Deep which is a blend of vanilla, asian spices, and musk (and a few other things). It’s quite an interesting blend and like all B perfumes glamorous and gorgeous!
A Thousand Kisses Deep
My sixth and least favorite perfume is B Scent which contains notes of sandalwood and jasmine over a base I can’t quite pinpoint. It’s difficult to describe B Scent but it’s not really a favorite of mine! Although, I like it well enough it’s not the first bottle I reach for!
Ladyboy and Breath of God are two other scents offered by B. I haven’t yet tried Breath of God and I can tell already I’ll hate it as it contains patchouli. Breath of God is pretty new and takes the place of another fragrance that used to be offered called Om which strangely enough contains a majority of the same notes as this new scent thus it’s just a rename I guess! Ladyboy is a scent I had purchased a while ago and absolutely hated. It was actually something I thought I’d love due to it’s notes but it’s terrible. It’s a violet banana blend that just doesn’t work at all and makes me gag and cringe (sorry B)!
B perfumes are sophisticated blends that are very “evening” wearable. They aren’t something you can spritz on for a light splash of scent. They are more of a “out on the town” scent that are very strong and lingering.
They take some getting used to but in the long run they are downright delightful (and addicting) once you’ve gotten a taste for them!
B extends most of these scents into Bath and Body goodies as well such as Bath Bombs, Bubble Bars, Lotions and other bits and bobs!
Keep It Fluffy Body Powder
Love and B Scent Body Sprays
If your tastes run to the unique, unusual, rare, and posh B Never is something you’ll want to try!
My Collection of B Perfumes
B Never perfumes (and everything B offers) is most definately Muse approved!
Tell the Muse!
Tis the Season for Egg Nog
If you’re so inclined you can drink it as well as smell like it thanks to Demeter!
Escada’s latest scent is available for purchase from Nordstrom!
Count the Muse excited as it has “sparkle” in the name! However, the bottle isn’t thrilling me hmmmm…I like the old style bottles better!
Oh well! I’m still loving the top notes of strawberry and red apple!
It’s in the shopping cart!
Escada Moon Sparkle as seen on Nordstrom.com
Escada Moon Sparkle Shower Gel as seen on Nordstrom.com
You’re Muse happens to love unique perfumes that she can’t get in regular shops that sell fragrance! My tastes in fragrance run to the unusual I guess and when I’m seeking something sweet, foody, or unique I visit with the gorgeous Ashley Peldon at Starring Fragrances to get my fix!
I have many, many, a bottle of cocktails that Ashley, herself, has created! The scents at Starring Fragrances are mostly in the foody range so if you’re a grave lover of scents that smell of cookies, cakes, or gorgeous decadent foody items this would be the spot you want to grab some very interesting blends!
Ashley has recently extended her popular perfume line and is now doing custom blended hair and body care items such as lotions and shampoos! I haven’t personal tried any of the new products but I can give my Muse approval to the wonderful perfume blends that are created at Starring Fragrances!
The thing that totally sells me on these perfumes is the incredible staying power and special notes within each perfume! One or two sprays is all you need to smell completely edible and delicious all day long! Upon spraying one of these you can distinctively pick out the notes with the perfume which is so amazing. If I spray myself with my favorite blend, The Scream Queen, I don’t get one particular scent from the perfume I can smell all sorts of notes through the blend all day long! As the day progresses and the perfume dries down and heats up with my body temperature I can smell the tart sweetness of the berries, the luscious vanilla ice cream, and the yummie bubble gum!
If you’re looking for a unique experience in your perfume world Starring would be a great place to start!
Some of the Muse’s favorite blends:
The Scream Queen
Yummie Berries, Vanilla Ice Cream and Bubble Gum!
Yellow Cake with fluffy marshmallow!
Strawberry and Cherry Licorice! Mmmm!
Who Spiked the Cupcakes?
Yummie cotton candy, vanilla cupcakes, and frosting! Oh my how decadent!
With a Cherry on Top
White Cake, Marshmallow, and of course Cherries!
Starring also does a line of tarts which are fantastic as well! If having your house scented with yummie baked treats sounds tempting do check out the tart line up!
Starring Fragrances is Muse approved and I can’t say enough good things about this great little e-shop!
The customer service is fantastic and packages are shipped in a very timely manner with little to no wait time! Ashley is extremely sweet and accommodating with requests if you should have any! Starring does ship via parcel post which makes the Muse impatient as her goodies normally end up taking from 7-10 days to arrive. This can’t be helped as all liquid must be shipped via US parcel post by law! Starring even has a Frequent Buyer Reward System that offers various discounts with each order you make!
The Muse always tries to get nice goodies for you and Ashley has been kind enough to offer readers of Musings of a Muse a special treat and as it’s Halloween it’s always nice to get a treat or two!
You can try out a 1oz perfume for 1/2 Price from Starring Fragrances by entering code MUSE during checkout! This is a great deal as perfume’s run $26 at the normal price!
Go get yourself a sweet treat for Halloween and tell the Muse all about it!