21 July 2014

Princess Cottongrass Liquid Perfume

On Saturday, I was lucky enough (and desperate enough) to travel across London to visit the new Gorilla Perfume shop on Camden Passage. Having not read up much about the new perfume collection, I had no idea what to expect upon arrival. The first thing that greeted me upon walking into the shop, was a mound of this perfume and I excitedly clamoured over the employees to get a sniff. 

Princess Cotton is a feminine fragrance and despite the vast difference in it's ingredients list, will appeal to fans of perfumes such as Lily Savon and Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioning Hair Perfume. It's a light yet complex aroma and offers a very uplifting fragrance - one that reminds me of fresh flowers and plants - of the cool crisp exterior of a greenhouse or the fading scent of a freshly cut garden.

This perfume is made from a combination of pine and neroli oil, nettle and violet leaf absolute - it's a fragrance that lends itself well to fans of all four ingredients as you can detect them all at various stages of wear. Surprisingly, I found that despite being one of the main ingredients, the pine oil didn't dominate the overall smell. If you're expecting a heady, earthy aroma, you'll be left disappointed.  

In the bottle, I noticed the nettle leaf slightly more than the other notes, which helps to give this scent a very herbal, grassy aroma. The inclusion of neroli oil compliments this smell and adds a very aromatic green layer underneath. This latter ingredient also offers wearers a fresh floral scent which, when mixed with the violet, creates a complex, multi-layered smell.                                                                                                                                           Despite showcasing a handful of strong, domineering smells, this perfume is not as heavy as you would expect. Instead you get a wonderful light, crisp scent that lingers on your skin for a very long time. And as the warmth of your skin stimulates the different layers, you'll experience wonderful little floral bursts throughout the day. 
While I wouldn't claim to be a big fan of this sort of smell normally, this is the perfect perfume to see you through the summer months. It compliments the warmer weather - offering an uplifting and thoroughly refreshing fragrance that  bleeds together on your skin and gives off a very natural scent. 

While it's not something I would wear all of the time, I have found myself reaching for the bottle many times this weekend. It's one that's not overly dominating on your skin, but one that gently stimulates your senses so that over time, you come to appreciate it even more.

Priced at £16 for a 10ml bottle, it's averagely priced if we compare it to other Lush perfumes. However, it is definitely worth the price tag. I would describe Princess Cotton as the modern day 'Grandma Perfume' - yet I use this term lightly as I feel the fragrance is mature enough to appeal to older consumers, but youthful enough to appeal to a younger audience as well. 

While it's not one I would rush out to buy immediately, I am choosing to take Princess Cotton with me on holiday - which says something about the beauty of the perfume. I can see this being a favourite for many Lush fans.      

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Pine Oil (Pinus sylvestris), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Nettle Absolute (Urtica urens), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Lillial.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £16 for 10ml, £32 for 30ml. 

Year Of Original Release: 2014

Scent Family: 
Princess Cottongrass Body Spray


  1. Is it Princess Cottongrass or Cotton?

    1. It's Cottongrass - thanks for pointing this out :)