Every spring, I reach for my favorite violet perfumes. At this point in my perfume-history, they include Guerlain Après L’Ondée, Annick Goutal La Violette, Atkinsons 1799 Love in Idleness and Balenciaga Paris. I've alway had a weakness for Lush's violet-scented bath and products, too — my very first review here at Now Smell This was a look at Lush's Bathos Bubble Bar — so I couldn't resist a quick in-store spritz of their new Sunny Day Anti-Static Hair Detangler.
According to the Lush UK website, Sunny Day's name is a reference to the Sesame Street theme song: "Sunny day / sweeping the clouds away / on my way to where the air is sweet." Coincidentally (or not?), it has a weather tie-in to Don't Rain on My Parade Shower Gel, and if you liked Don't Rain on My Parade, you're in for a treat, because Sunny Day's fragrance is very similar. It's a mix of a candied violets, dewy violet blooms, and woody-green violet leaf, with some heady ylang ylang peeking out from beneath. It's less "feminine" than you might expect, and it's quite concentrated. Sunny Day really should be labeled as a perfumed hair detangler. If you love violet and violet leaf, you'll be in heaven; if not, you might be put off by cheerful strength of Sunny Day.
A word about this product's function: although Sunny Day is billed as an "anti-static" treatment, it's also described as a frizz-fighting spray. I don't have trouble with static or tangles, but my wavy-curly hair does need help in warding off frizz. I was so impressed by the way this product made my hair feel when I tried it at Lush on a rainy day that I ended up taking home a bottle. Now Sunny Day is part of my morning regimen: a dose of several spritzes, applied after my usual styling cream or mousse, creates a lightweight protective layer for my hair. Even without silicones (yay!), Sunny Day keeps my moody tresses feeling smoother (and definitely more scented) than usual.
(Even if you're not looking for a hair product, but you love violet and violet leaf, you should check out Don't Rain on my Parade. Really. I'm so scared that it won't sell well enough and it will end up discontinued that I'm taking every possible chance to recommend it.)
Happy Spring and many sunny days ahead!
Lush Sunny Day Anti-Static Hair Detangler is available in a 100g spray bottle ($19.95) at LUSH stores and the LUSH website.