Kerbside Violet 
Lush (2014)

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Kerbside Violet by Gorilla Perfume [Lush]

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Kerbside Violet is a shared scent launched in 2014 by Lush

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There are 6 reviews of Kerbside Violet by Gorilla Perfume [Lush].

Had high expectations for this scent, but realized I'm not a big fan of violet dominant scents. I've realized that I confused violet with violet leaves. Violet leaves tend to have a earthy herbaceous smell while violet is more floral and powdery. If you're a fan of violets, I think you will enjoy this one.

It's very verdant, yet earthy balanced with the right sweetness coming from the violet, not too cloying. The powder note gives it the femininity.

Simple bright floral violet for Spring.

A green, crisp, cold violet backed off by some rose and a hint of jasmine. It's the stem of the violet, freshly cut. Very fresh. Not sweet.
There's a soapy side (ginger-like), and the Gorilla perfumes signature.

It's not complex. It doesn't evolve with time. But sillage and longevity are both good.

Being a bit obsessed with both violets and Lush, I've wanted to try this scent for a while but distribution problems have rendered the Gorilla III collection as essentially unavailable outside of the UK. Although this isn't the definitive violet scent for me, it's one of the best scents that Lush has released in some time, and certainly a fragrance worth checking out for anyone into cold, glassy florals.

It's a simple scent: violet leaf (a medicinal green material) and a note that smells like rosewood or mahogany (industrially polished wood with a touch of soap) is met with a barely-present slither of jasmine and that's about it. Combined, these notes smell a bit like herbalized green rose – slightly bitter, a tad metallic, and exceedingly damp. In fact, that's how I'd describe this scent overall: silvery and wet – like dicing crisp vegetables. It's glassy and transparent, yet it's not overly fragile; it smells the way a neon light looks after a downpour – a dejected, shimmering reflection on the sidewalk. Facets of the naturals emerge in unpretty ways (a minor soapyness; an acrid, stemmy trace), but what predominates is the dampness and the chill – a standoffish earthy effect that sidesteps the already-tired petrichor cliché. There's not a lick of powder or cosmetics that are often associated with violet/iris scents – this is really quite green. It reminds me more of a freshly mopped flower shop floor than it does a floral perfume (CBIHP's To Smell a Flower achieved this effect too). Whereas I had hoped it might smell more like the Daddy-O products (a thick, coumeric, chewy violet), I do like the direction they've taken here. I can't see this being much of a hit with your average Lush shopper though, as many of the brand's products are considerably more sweet whereas this one is borderline chilling. Last, there's not a lot of foundation behind it, so it doesn't perform that well – a crisp opening that breaks down into a low-level grassy hum over the course of an hour. Consequently, I might describe Kerbside Violet more as an EdC-style splash for goths. Brisk, green, naturalistic, and somewhat morose. I dig it.

This is sweet old-fashioned Parma violets with an urban edge. Sniffed from a distance, it's a sweet, green, floral violet perfume. Sniffed up close, there are elements of tarmac or asphalt, a hint of burning rubber tyres in the heart, & a little of the doughy note that I smelled in Dans Tes Bras. The projection is good for a couple of hours before settling closer to the skin, & it's still going softly after seven hours.
I'm still undecided about this one. It may be just a little too edgy for my taste, but if you're all for bringing a good old-fashioned violet scent up to date for the twenty-first century, there's a good chance you'll enjoy this.

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