The Hairdresser's Husband is a funny sort of name for a perfume, and up until recently, I didn't have a clue where or why Lush sought their inspiration from. After watching a few promotional videos, and reading other people's reviews on this perfume, I learnt that the name was taken from a 90's French film of the same title. This film revolves around a character that falls in love with his hairdresser, which leads to a morbid and rather comical scene in which the hairdresser and main character drink cologne after failing to find any alcohol.
In all honesty, it's definitely a rather strange place to start when creating a unique perfume, and I was rather hoping that Lush had gone the full way and made this product edible as well. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
However, what Lush have done here is create a wonderful cocktail of fresh and zesty scents to form this uplifting perfume. Made with oranges, lemons, grapefruit and neroli, the combined fragrance plays homage to the smell of traditional cologne; a refreshing blend of sweet fruits with a warm and velvety undertone.
From the initial sniff, it is clear that the sweet orange oil is at the forefront of this perfume; the grapefruit and lemon oils sit slightly behind it, layering up The Hairdresser's Husband's almost sour smell. As you continue to divulge your senses, you'll grow to appreciate the subtleness of the neroli and tonka that lingers just out of reach, but offers short, sharp bursts throughout the day.
Although the vanilla absolute cannot be detected on initial sniff, it does come through more once the perfume has had time to mature on your skin, creating a more rounder and sweeter scent. It definitely has that 60's vibe to it, and as well as being a unisex scent, it's one that can be worn at all hours of the day.
Unfortunately, although the smell was rather pleasant, I found that it was a very simple perfume and didn't showcase any extra layers when it was being worn on the skin. Furthermore, the bitterness of the fragrance partly alienated me from it, when it was on my body. Usually, I grow to love a perfume, once it's had time to mature on my skin. However, this one didn't diversify at all, and faded only a matter of hours later.
Despite it smelling rather pleasant, it's not a perfume I get too excited about, and not one I would recommend that many people try. For £50 a bottle, this also happens to be one of Lush's most expensive offerings, and certainly not worth the price when compared to other Lush perfumes.
There are other perfumes in Lush's range that have similar smells to this, 1000 Kisses and Love spring to mind. If I want my citrusy kick, I'd much rather turn to one of those than this one.
Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis), Lemon Oil (Citrus Limonum), Limonene, Perfume, Grapefruit Oil (Citrus Paradisi), Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil (Backhousia Citriodora), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Plantfolia), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx Odorata), Cainnamal, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalol.