Lush’s Tuca Tuca (2010)

© Victor Wong
© Victor Wong

“Name me a famous Chinese dessert. Nooo, you can’t, because Chinese desserts suck.” my caucasian friend proclaimed. “And who use beans for desserts anyway? And no cream and butter? Come on.” he continued. We were finishing a meal at a Chinese restaurant, and the waiter brought out complimentary red-bean paste soup for dessert. He told the waiter he didn’t need it.

Yes, my friend Fifty-fifty is an ass 50% of the time. The remaining 50% he acts like a professional. But, I didn’t argue with him because I myself am not very fond of Chinese desserts either. A lot of traditional Chinese desserts use ground beans or nuts for the main ingredient and they are often simple and rustic. (Except those made for the emperor.) And what do Chinese desserts have to do with perfume, you ask? Well, it’s because Lush’s Tuca Tuca smells like a very festive Chinese dessert, mooncake.

Mooncake is a pastry with filling made of ground lotus seeds and sugar. Chinese eat them once a year, during the Mid-autumn Festival. Tuca Tuca smells really sweet, savoury and thick, and for some mystical reason, a big part of the top notes smells of mooncake filling. Once it has moved away a bit, an indescribable mix of vanilla and violet leaf base notes surface from the deep orange colour juice to complete the dark and heady demonic possession.


Author: Victor Wong

A perfume lover - niche, designer, modern, vintage, I love them all. I am also the owner of Zoologist Perfumes, a small Canadian perfume house. Please visit or for more info!

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