After visiting the Gorilla Perfume shop, I ended up walking away with a three figure amount worth of perfume. Despite sniffing them all in the shop, there was not one that immediately stood out at me, and so it is only now, as I take my time testing, wearing and experiencing each and every perfume, that I'm starting to recognise which ones are going to be firm favourites of mine.
The President's Hat was not one at the top of my list to buy, and although it smelt quite nice in the bottle, I didn't leave the shop with a strong impression of it. Presented as a dark brown liquid, I was expecting it to be one of the more poignant ones and I was worried that it was going to be in the same league as Lord of Goathorn, which I am not a big fan of.
Patchouli and cistus oil make up the base for this perfume - the latter being an ingredient that Lush don't tend to use very often. Taken from a particular type of rose, cistus oil gives off a honey-like scent, and it is this and the patchouli that dominate this fragrance.
In the bottle I can detect a deep, earthy and rather spicy fragrance. But what sets this apart from all of the other perfumes is that this one is laced with a sweet, almost-sugary note that comes from both the cistus oil and the vanilla absolute. Together these ingredients create a rich, playful and gentle smokey aroma that is unlike anything else I have experienced.
On the skin, this perfume matures wonderfully, offering a subtle sweet and musky base with elements of the oak moss and patchouli thrown in for good measure. It's a really warm and calming smell, yet it's light enough to be uplifting as well. Although many of Lush's new perfumes contains anise alcohol, the amount used is very small so I haven't been able to detect this in any of the other new additions so far. However, The President's Hat has a distinctive layer of anise present which is one of the predominant scents when on the skin. The combination of both the anise and patchouli mean that this perfume gives off a strong note of cinnamon. For this reason, this perfume reminds me of a combination of Blues Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar mixed with Cinders Bath Ballistic. However, I just want to point out that this fragrance doesn't just smell of the above two products - it is far more complex than that.
Priced at £13 for a 10ml bottle, this perfume is a steal and quite easily my favourite perfume from the collection so far. The scent matures quite quickly on the skin and you are left with a wonderfully warm aroma that makes you feel beautiful and boosts your mood considerably when you're wearing it. It stays on your skin for a few hours after application and continues to mature and develop with the warmth of your skin.
Lush say this perfume is inspired by 'smoke, melting snow and the scents of the hat's previous wearers'. To me, it's reminiscent of some of the old French cafes I have been to - a musty, smokey, sweet and very comforting smell that comes from a combination of old furniture and gentlemen's cologne. Simply gorgeous!
Quantitive Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin), Cistus Oil (Cistus ladaniferus), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia), Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha), Oak Moss Extract (Evernia Prunastris), Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Farnesol, Methyl Ionone.