Lush Karma, 1995

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Perfumer not cited.

Most of us can state the first part of the law of inertia. It’s one of the few bits of science that pierces pop-culture. But then again, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

A body at rest….  A body in motion. The caveat is what we tend to forget to mention. Rest/motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Karma is that unbalanced force. Not quite a black hole, it absorbs most anything thrown its way.  Orange oil and patchouli oil merge into a  leveraged super-resin with an unnatural density and the nightmarish power of 1970s TV-style quicksand. ‘Don’t move! It’ll only hasten your demise!’

We characterize perfumes and put words to them sometimes. Caron n’Aimez Que Moi says, ‘Clingy.’ Chanel 19 announces, ‘Approach cautiously.’ Badgely Mischka says, ‘Come in for a cocktail, darling.’

Karma says, with all the intention such an expression can convey, ‘Hey.’ Karma is the stupor that stoners mistake for a zen moment of enlightenment.

This is the one in the Lush line that should have been labeled “Inhale.”


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