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Lush Tuca Tuca


27 ml
Indicative Price
Price per 100 ml/g


Sweetly scented music: LUSH perfumer Simon had an idea to treat scents like music singles so it was obvious we should release the song as well as the perfume.
Just like a pop song: A sexy scent with the warmth of vanilla and a hint of sweetness.
Main notes: Vanilla, sandalwood, vetivert, violet leaf and ylang ylang.
Tuca Tuca is a whimsical perfume that teases and seduces like the pop song and dance it was inspired by. While Rowena was in Venice, she saw a group of Italian LUSH employees dancing the Tuca Tuca and couldn’t get it out of her head. She returned to the U.K. where the Tuca Tuca took on a LUSH life of its own. We made a cover of the song, invented a fabulously playful fragrance and voila, our very own Tuca Tuca was born. It’s a subtly alluring violet and vanilla fragrance that is bound to turn heads.


Spritz the perfume directly onto your wrists and neck for an immediate dose of your favorite aroma. You can also apply to pressure points behind your ears and the back of your knees.


Cassie, vanilla, sandalwood, vetivert, violet leaf, ylang ylang.


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Inspired by this catchy pop song heard in Venice ,Tuca Tuca perfume was created by Mark and Simon Constantine of Gorilla perfumes.
Si chiama: ooh! Tuca Tuca, Tuca
L'ho inventato io
Per poterti dire:
"Mi piaci, mi piaci, mi piaci, mi piaci, mi pia!"
I have included the link in case you want to investigate the song and maybe then you might also want to see the dance too which is on facebook if you are interested. Apparently you get a link to a free download when you buy the perfume. However this link also gets you a free download should you feel tempted.

Apart from the song what has inspired these new perfumes In Lush?
Gorilla Perfume was a sort of subsidiary of Lush and was started specifically to showcase the perfumery of Mark and Simon Constantine. They wanted to offer perfumes that were different from the high street offerings that were made with quality ingredients
Mark is the co-founder of “Lush” and also of the now closed “B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful and prior to that he headed the “Cosmetics To Go” company. In the perfumery he is assisted by his son, Simon.

Where can I buy this?
Gorilla Perfumes are available to buy from any Lush stores, through their mail order or online at If you go in to any Lush store at the present time there are displays and promotions for this new perfume range of which Tuca Tuca is one.

The packaging;
There are various different sizes and types to choose from. Tuca Tuca costs £23.00 for a 27g bottle, £11.00 for a 9g bottle, £2.50 for a 2g sample bottle, and £5.50 for a 12g solid perfume. Though I bought mine in the Derby shop for 99p but it may be less than 2ml although I think not.

The bottle is a very plain dull black with the stylized Lush text at the bottom and also the fragrance name. All the packaging is black and simple, no fancy bottles of frills with these perfumes. Part of the packaging has to do with Lush generally as they don’t use unnecessary packaging It may also be something to do with the fact that a few of these perfumes are quite unisex in their aroma so they could be used by either male or female in the plain bottles or tubes in the case of the solid stick perfume.

It is a bit annoying that because the bottles are not clear you have no idea of how much perfume you have left except by feeling the weight and guessing.

What does it smell like?
The perfume has some very strong interesting notes, cassie, vanilla, sandalwood, vetivert, violet leaf and ylang ylang. Most of these are quite heavy notes in my view and indeed the perfume is quite a heavy rather cloying fragrance.

I have read a few reviews where people have hated this perfume and found it far too heady and sweet. I actually love the smell byt I can see what people may find too much in this smell
A lot of Lush’s heavier perfumes have a rather nostalgic scent about them and this in my view is no exception. The rather heady notes of the hippy times of the 60s and 70s when the original ‘Cosmetic to Go’ began.

Lush / Gorilla Perfumes say:
"The fragrance of a bright pop song. Tuca Tuca is whimsical; it teases with a fantasy violet accord and works its way into your subconscious. The perfume perfectly conveys the playful and seductive nature of the pop-song and the dance it's based on. Only the Italians could have come up with such a mischievous dance and pull it off with style and sex appeal."
Personally I don’t see or smell the light playfulness in this perfume. It is floral and seductive and tome is quite a dark, sexy deep smell.
The fragrance was designed to develop as the day develops. The morning opens with the fresh floral violet which moves on to midday becoming warm with vanilla sweetness and ylang ylang then sundown brings on the "a slightly naughty violet leaf and vetivert bottom."

Lush say that the final ingredient is you
I spend a lot of time in the Lush shop in Derby testing and trying things and this was no exception. With the extremely friendly and welcoming staff we all tested this perfume and then waited to see how the small developed on each of us. The notes you smell can depend on different people’s skin chemistry. Some of us had far more of a creamy violet smell, almost sweet like a Parma violet, others found the jasmine came out a bit like jasmine on a warm evening while others had the scent develop into the more earthy sandalwood, or vetivert. I know this happens with all perfumes but this seems more obvious than most. Some that hated it thought it smelled of moth balls so it s well worth going in and trying this one.
My personal smell develops from the original floral hit to a muskier candied-violet somewhat akin to musky Parma violets with a sort of smokier quality as the vetiver develops. As I said I love it but it is a personal or somewhat of an acquired smell.

The actual ingredients for those with allergies and need to check

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Cassie Absolute (Acacia farnesiana), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata) Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

If you are intrigued by the song and dance there are several videos on facebook showing how to do the dance. There are also videos of the Lush staff and some customers doing the dance during the promotion period of the perfume. Had this been going on it would be one day that I would have avoided going in to Lush as it looks highly embarrassing.

I think that it is part of the fun element of Lush that they promote their products like this and have rather quirky ideas such as the fee download of the song with the purchase. I never come out of Lush feeling that I have been a nuisance nor do I ever feel pressured into buying anything. The staff are all very enthusiastic and welcoming and are eager to share their experiences and for you to try the products too. This is what the products sell, quality products and enthusiastic staff never making you feel uncomfortable in their wonderful stores.

User Reviews

Strongest points
Lovely original violet scent
Weakest points
You can get a bit overwhelmed as it is as strong scent
Sweet and deep violet scent from Lush
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