LUSH Tuca Tuca is reminiscent of candied violets served up on a mossy wooden tray.
It's an earthy floral wood with vanilla tones. The intended notes include vanilla, sandalwood, vetivert, violet leaf, and ylang ylang. The scent opens with a sweet relaxed floral; it personifies the violet described above, though in reality the fragrance is due to the Cassie Absolute. There is a dash of vanilla which pulls together the sweet floral and the wood quite nicely. I think some reviewers have found this perfume to be 'too sweet', however I don't find this to be so. Perhaps the presence of moderate amounts of vanilla alongside sweetness may induce the nose into an imagined sugar high a la baked goods. The scent then trails into a mossy wood with a hint of spice. LUSH doesn't use animal products in the perfume spray, so the green and spicy warmth is added using vetivert and ylang ylang. There is a significant amount of wood base in this scent. Sandalwood is fresher than other woods, so it's not too overwhelming. Finally, the earthy green scent of violet leaf grounds the entire fragrance.
There are mixed reviews concerning LUSH Tuca Tuca Perfume. I think it depends on body chemistry, but also expectections. Tuca Tuca is a sweet floral, but not one that is sparkling or bubbly. It has a soft inner beauty that hugs the ground. For those who enjoy layering perfumes, LUSH Vanillary Perfume (reviewed here) complements the vanilla tones in Tuca Tuca. The combination will also please those who hope to balance out the earthy tones with something more delicious.
LUSH Tuca Tuca is an earthy floral wood with a grounded optimism. It's subtly sweet, feminine, and off the beaten path. Lately, I've been enjoying more modest florals, so I'm happy to add this to my rotation. The relaxed nature and sandalwood base make it perfect for the cooler fall days ahead! Thanks for reading! Have you tried LUSH Tuca Tuca or any other Gorilla Perfumes? Have you ever eaten candied violets? What is your current favorite fall perfume?
P.S. In the interest of being scientifically accurate, I'd like to note that though my African Violet (Saintpaulia) bears a similar name and striking resemblance to the fragrant Violet (Viola) of the Northern hemisphere, the two are not closely related!
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