Lush fragrances were barely on my radar before Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez raved about the line in their Perfumes: The Guide. I was most intrigued by their description of Lush Breath of God, which they declared “a triumph” and awarded one of their rare five-star ratings. I finally tried Breath of God recently, and I found it… strange. Not strange and beautiful; just strange. In my opinion, The Smell of Weather Turning is the Lush perfume that truly deserves the attention and accolades.
The official list of notes are oakwood, hay, beeswax, nettle, English peppermint, mint, Roman chamomile. Here’s what I smell: a nighttime barbecue deep in the forest. The Smell of Weather Turning opens with smoke and bracing peppermint. You don’t smell the mint so much as feel the cooling effect. Then it becomes tree sap, green and spicy. The chamomile note adds a beautiful clarity to the drydown. For those worried by the name, I promise that there is not a hint of aquatic notes in The Smell of Weather Turning. The Smell of Weather Turning is exactly what I had hoped to find in Breath of God: both strange and beautiful. It’s the perfect perfume to add a little wonder to life when everything begins to feel a little too routine and ordinary.