I feel rather privileged owning one of these bottles; it's almost as if I own a piece of Lush's Holy Grail. 29 High Street was the original name given to this perfume, back when Lush first revealed it to the world. Many years later, the company decided to change it's title to 'HQ' and re-released the perfume in one of their generic black 'forum special' bottles.
In recent years, Lush have chosen to bring back the old-style glass bottle and offer it to customers who are lucky enough to visit their original store in Poole. Thanks to my favourite site, eBay, I was able to pick up a brand new bottle of this liquid gold, and I've been hooked ever since.
29 High Street is named after the very store that now sells it, and has been designed to supposedly mimic the wonderful aroma of a Lush shop. Although this smell has diminished somewhat over the last few years, I'm sure that most Lush fans will admit that it was the enticing scent of a store that originally hooked them in and has kept them hanging many years later.
What I noticed immediately when looking at the ingredients list of this perfume, is that the main notes are all key elements that you'll find in hundreds of Lush's products. Firstly, there's ylang ylang - a sensual floral ingredient found in most of Lush's products - most notably their Sex Bomb Ballistic; Sandalwood oil gives off a rich woody note that can be found in the wonderful Aqua Mirabilis Body Butter; Jasmine absolute adds another floral element to the mix and is a key scent in Lush's Tender Is The Night Massage Bar. Then there's the inclusion of both lime and lemon oil - two uplifting ingredients that make Avobath Ballistic so wonderful whilst tonka absolute gives the perfume a sweetness displayed in all of Lush's Vanillary range. Altogether, these ingredients collaborate amazingly well and create a unique, vibrant and wholly special perfume.
In the bottle, it is the tonka and jasmine that first makes it's presence known - offering fans something far more complex than any of the perfumes that Lush currently offer online. Although, once the perfume has been sprayed onto the skin, all of the different ingredients make their presence known.
When applying this perfume, I can detect the slight woodiness of the sandalwood, but it sits comfortably behind the ylang ylang and interlaces itself with the citrus oils so it's not as dominating as it is in Breath of God.
If you were worried that this perfume would be too overwhelming or too strange, don't be - it's superb. It's both mature and playful at the same time - equally sensual and sweet -uplifting without being overzealous. Lush have crafted this product well so that each layer compliments the next and they all sit comfortably together.
29 High Street is a long lasting perfume and will remain on your skin for the whole day. Throughout it's wear, the different layers will make themselves known; constantly changing so that you'll never get bored of the scent. I absolutely love spraying this on myself but have to limit myself because of how precious a bottle of this stuff is. I would definitely buy a few more bottles if the opportunity arose as it's probably one of my all-time favourite fragrances from Lush.
Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Tonka Absolute, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Methyl Ionone.
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