Out of the nine Volume 2 Gorilla Perfumes released in 2013, only two are continuing on in the hopes of becoming America’s Next Top Model. Sun and Sikkim Girls are joining the main Gorilla Perfume lineup, while the others have been called home to The Great Lush Bathtub In The Sky. So what makes these two scents worthy of the adorable new Gorilla Perfume packaging? Your intrepid girl reporter investigates.
Sun is the obvious crowd pleaser, a cheerful, candied orange scent. It’s completely unchanging/linear; think Gorilla Perfumes Karma or L de Lolita Lempicka without any base notes. Sikkim Girls is a little more complicated. Let’s get this on the table: I hate jasmine and I rarely enjoy tuberose, and Sikkim Girls has plenty of both. Sikkim Girls is a thick, natural-smelling tuberose scent, with the realistic rubbery quality of a true tuberose note. “Thick” is actually generous; I find Sikkim Girls muddled, but it’s important to note that I was only able to test the solid formulation. It’s kind of hard to imagine such a strong white floral being as widely popular as Sikkim Girls has become. Your intrepid girl reporter wonders just how many shoppers are more taken with the “exotic” Sikkim Girls name and illustration than with the scent itself, but your intrepid girl reporter might just be grumpy because she misses Gorilla Perfume Furze.