Working my way through some of LUSH’s latest releases, My heart was sinking. I have not been won over. However, in an older sample set, I came across 2010’s delightful Tuca Tuca. Happy as a polka dot, and pretty as a Posy, Tuca Tuca and its pretty Violets would be welcome on my dressing table any time.
Tuca opens with both Violets and Violet Leaf, and if you’re looking for a Parma Violet fix, then you’ve come to the right place. Like Roses, Violets can often smell a bit Turkish Delight if it’s done too sweetly, but Tuca Tuca has added Vetiver to stop it going too frilly and girly. You might think, as i did, that the addition of Vanilla might over sweeten it, but it doesn’t, it just has a pleasant muffling effect to stop the violets soaring too high. The Cassis is strong, but so well aligned with the Violets that it just sort of blends in naturally, so that you can’t see the join between the two. Longevity is good at around five hours.
I can’t escape the thought that this smells like a Bath Bomb, and it does have that lovely fizzy, powdery tinge that so many Lush products have. Tuca Tuca was named after an Italian dance, and I do love that all their scents have a story or an origin behind them.
Sadly, the recent range, Set In Stone, has not moved me. I have tried Sikkim Girls, Euphoria and Furze, and I much prefer the 2010 range.
Tuca Tuca is agreeably affordable, starting at 5.50GBP for a delightfully retro push up solid perfume, rising to a mere 24GBP for a full sized bottle.
There’s not many Violets around on the High Street these days, so start the purple revolution and wear your violets with pride.