I can’t believe that Lush is discontinuing Dirty only a year after it was released, you guys! Oh wait, I totally can. Hell, I can’t believe that crazy perfume lasted an entire year. Dirty is a seriously weird perfume. And that’s coming from me, a hardened perfume veteran. To the average mall rat, raised on fruity florals and celebuscents, I imagine that Dirty would seem downright alien.
Lush is an aggressively minty perfume. I promise that this is the mintiest perfume you’ve ever tried. This mint is of the savory shiso variety, however, rather than an icy spearmint. The mint note is accompanied by several other herbs – I get mostly thyme, but the official Lush list of notes also mentions tarragon. Underneath the mint lurks an odd aquatic aspect. Luca Turin’s review in Perfumes: The Guide identifies it as “a bitter, faintly metallic saline note”. Turin calls this a “brilliantly unexpected juxtaposition”; all I can tell you is that the combination makes me vaguely nauseous. (Yes, literally nauseous. My hyperbole is generally accompanied by CAPS LOCK.)
I virtually never wear my Dirty solid perfume (see above nausea), but I’m still sad to see it go. This is a truly unique perfume, and the world will be a little less interesting without it. Will you be stocking up on Dirty, or any of the other soon-to-be-discontinued Lush fragrances?