If Goldilocks were at LUSH’s house of Furze looking for something just right, she’d find herself breaking a few chairs, picking herself up and walking right back out of the door she came through.
Furze is one of those “almost right” fragrances. I *should* technically like it because I usually like notes like this. Furze is a good idea but something about it is “broken”. Now most people, OK, non-obsessive perfume people will smell this and think “sweet” which they’ll translate as wearable and delicious and “need to own it right now”. I was like this at first too but as it settled and as I wore more times, the more it seemed like I should just keep searching for baby bear’s chair.
Furze AKA gorse is a flowering shrub that smells like coconuts; hence, the strong coconut theme in this fragrance. LUSH”s Furze is a really sweet toasted coconut mimosa. It’s caramelized coconut. This isn’t anything new or innovative in the fragrance world, it’s sore of a winning formula. But it does have mimosa. I’m a huge fan of mimosa and mimosa essential oil and absolutes are some of the most heavenly smelling substances on the planet. And I guess that is my problem with Furze. It ruined a really good mimosa by putting it with heavy gourmand notes (that frankly smell cheap) that hide the natural beauty of mimosa (and that nice neroli top). It’s like seeing a beautiful celeb styled terribly on the red carpet or on a magazine cover. You’re like “How did they make her look bad? I thought that was impossible?” Well, anything is possible. The coconut and vanilla take over this could-possibly-be-drop-dead-gorgeous neroli mimosa. It’s unbalanced.
Now, I don’t like Furze but I can see people liking it. Especially those that have scent memories associated with the plant. Or those that absolutely adore coconut. Or someone looking for something “beachy”. This does smell like Furze plants on holiday.
Notes listed include vanilla, honeyed caramel, mimosa, neroli and coconut. Launch date 2013.
Try Furze if you love sweet, sticky honeyed fragrances or if you just can’t get enough coconut. Or if you like perfumes like TokyoMilk Let Them Eat Cake, Lavanila Vanilla Coconut, Laura Mercier Almond Coconut, Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar and/or Sarah Horowitz Coconut Milk. I consider Furze unisex. Anyone that loves really sweet fragrances can pull this one off.
Projection and longevity are average for EDP but not really average in comparison to other LUSH EDPs.
Furze comes in a few sizes…many sizes with prices ranging from about $15 to $45 at LUSH.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Mimosa with a coconut cancer. Yes, I’m being harsh, but hey, furze is an invasive species! This is a wearable fragrance and I know of many people that enjoy it (and the price is great!). My complaint is that it is a good idea (a gourmand mimosa) but it’s really unbalanced. I feel like I’m sniffing the unfinished mod. Too big, too small and not right for me.
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