“ Brand: Lush / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women „
I bought this solid perfume online via a popular auction site for just over £5.
This solid perfume is presented in a small round metal tin containing 10g of solid perfume.
The solid perfume is safe to use on the skin and it can be applied pretty much anywhere that you like. The perfume is easy
to release from the tin. I just swirl my finger around the tin for a few seconds to release some of the perfume. The scent
of the perfume is very floral, this is perhaps the most floral scent that Lush have done. It reminds me of spring when
flowers are starting to re grow and gardens are coming back to life. The scent is very feminine and mature at the same
time. This isn't a young scent so I wouldn't recommend it to the younger market. My mum has this scent and she's 63 this
year! I would say that it'd suit the 25+ generation. It's not a teenage perfume and it smells nothing like those awful
"celebrity" scents that are floating around at the moment!
The scent is long lasting though and it's ideal for both day and night wear. It's a casual perfume and it's one that I can
get away with wearing both during the day and during the evening.
Potion is a subtle perfume and it doesn't come across as strong and/ or overpowering. It settles down well and it has decent staying power. It still smells floral when it settles and that's when I can detect the natural Rose Oil that it's made with. The Rose Oil smells divine and it's gentle on the skin.
Would I recommend this perfume? Yes, I would, but only to the "mature" market!
I was chuffed to discover I'd been given a Potion solid perfume in a goody bag from my local Lush store. Sadly they seemed to have stopped doing these kind of promotions now, but at the time I received one for spending over £30 (I know it sounds a lot, but I could spend that in a heartbeart there! Their products are so gentle on my skin, and I adore so many of the scents that it is a real luxurious treat to go for an occasional splurge at my local Lush). The solid perfumes were worth £4.95, so this was a great freebie.
I like the convenience of solid perfumes, as they come in a small aluminium tin which makes them very handy for popping in my handbag, with no worries about them leaking. They would also be great for taking travelling as they are small, light, and unbreakable. The perfume itself is a dark orangey/ light brown colour, which is considerably darker than the other solid perfumes in the Lush range. Application should be simple- rub your finger over the top of the wax until you can see the fragrance building up on your fingertip, and then rub your fingertip onto your wrist/ behind your ear/ wherever else you would like the perfume applied. The downside of having to use a finger to apply it is you need to be able to wash your hands afterwards, partly because you will be left with a greasy-feeling finger, and partly because if you forget and then go on to pick up a sandwich with your heavily perfumed finger, you will be left with foul tasting food! Lush has now improved the packaging of its solid fragrances, and they are now sold in the form of a stick, similar to a standard lip balm. You twist the plastic packaging to raise the fragrance stick. However Potion has not been released in this new format. It may appear at some stage, as Lush update their retro section with previous favourites now and then, but this really depends on how popular the Potion fragrance is.
Potion is a scent I was not overly familiar with. I had heard of Potion Lotion, which is currently available on the retro section of Lush's website (so available online and via mail order, but not from Lush stores), but I had never tried it. Following a bit of research, I discovered that the magnificent looking Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar that has been brought out as part of the Christmas range before is also Potion scented. At this point, alarm bells started ringing! Ruby Red Slippers is bright red and covered in glitter, and to me looks utterly fabulous. However the smell was so pungent and horrible that I could only stand being in the bath for a couple of minutes before cutting my loses and pulling the plug to escape from the smell. So at this point, the idea of a perfume in the Potion scent had started to lose its appeal!
The scent is described as being a blend of roses and carnations, with a twist of tangerine. Individually, I like the smell of all of these components, yet Lush has done something dreadful in combining them as the smell of Potion to me is simply vile. Firstly it is far too strong and overpowering. I am aware this criticism is one that is frequently used against Lush. I love the smell of the shops, and I love the smell of most of their individual products, but even for me, Potion simply is too overpowering. Within seconds of me applying a light application to my wrist, the scent hits the back of my throat and makes me want to gag. It is that strong! It is a very deep, musky scent, which is not what I was expecting from the roses and carnations combination. The citrus twang is detectable, yet this does nothing to lighten or soften the fragrance unfortunately. The name suggests the scent should be something magical and mystical, which I love the sound of, but sadly this didn't translate into the final scent of the product for me. On paper, I can see why these three scents were combined, yet I can't believe this was the end product Lush were hoping to achieve on this occasion. It is simply horrible, and despite having four close friends who are all Lush-a-holics, none of them wanted to take the Potion off my hands. Usually they end up fighting over who gets any bits from goody bags that are doubles/spares, or the odd thing one of us us not so keen on, so I feel this in itself speaks volumes about this scent.
As for how long-lasting the fragrance is, Potion has serious staying power. Whether or not this is a good thing will depend heavily on whether or not you actually like the fragrance! Despite only applying a light application of this perfume, and then scrubbing my wrist until it was bright red and sore to try and remove all traces of the smell, the scent still lingered for the rest of the day. It finally disappeared in the evening after a two hour soak in the bath. So if you like the smell, this will be great value for money, as you won't need to reapply it throughout the day.
To be honest, I'm not surprised it has been discontinued as a solid perfume, although I am surprised Potion Lotion is still for sale on their website, when surely it's best feature is that it's name rhymes. This is not a scent for me, at all. There are very few Lush products that I really can't stand, but sadly this is one of them. I am trying to be diplomatic and suggest that this scent may appeal to others, but I am struggling to see which type of people Potion scent is aimed at. My Gran thought it was far too strong and overwhelming, and my Mother and younger sister both hated the scent, as did my friends. It is not really an "old ladies" kind of scent as it is simply too strong, even when applied in the smallest amounts. Oh well. Hopefully someone out there enjoyed this fragrance. It has now been discontinued, and it isn't hard to see why. There is now a brand spanking new range of solid perfumes from Lush, so hopefully Potion has been replaced with a scent that will be enjoyed by many more people.
If anyone has read this review and is eager to try Potion (though I can't think why as I've done a rubbish job of selling it to you!) Potion Lotion is available via www.lush.co.uk, or you could try the Lush forum or perhaps even ebay to try your luck at hunting down a solid perfume.
Thank you for reading my review :)
Yet another Lush product for me to review! I sometimes forget just how many Lush products there are! Anyway, this product is the Lush Potion Solid Perfume.
Potion is a scent which has been used in quite a few other Lush products aside from this self titled solid perfume. It has also been used in a body lotion of the same name, the Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar and the Santa Monica ballistic. It can also be found in Lush's Almond Kisses moisturiser.
The scent of Potion is a bit like Marmite - you either love it or you absolutely down righr detest it. Unfortunately I am in the latter group. The scent is made up of roses and carnations so it is very floral in smell. It also has tangerine in it which gives it a citrus twist but I personally think it makes the perfume very musky and a bit odd. I just don't think the cirtus mixes particularly well with the floral element. It is an old lady sort of smell in my opinion but even more so than you would normally expect.
The perfume comes in a little 10g aluminium tin which is silver in colour with a sticky black label which is expected of Lush. It has the Lush logo on it and the name of the product written in Lush font. When you untwist the lid of the tin you are greeted with a waxy looking circle of solid perfume. It isn't a nice colour, just a bland waxy colour. I should note that the Potion Solid Perfume looks darker in colour than most of the other solid perfumes though I am not sure why.
When you do remove the lid you are instantly hit with a whiff of something musky. It isn't overly pleasant and I was wondering why on earth I would attempt to apply this to my skin to actually smell like it! I should add here that I did not go into Lush and purchase this! It was given to me as part of a goody bag from instore. I think I would have cried if I had spent £4.95 on this product! Anyway, I soldiered on and tried the solid perfume on me.
To use, you simply rub your fingertip across the wax and allow it to build up a sheen on your fingertip. You then apply the sheen to wherever you want it on your body. As I was testing this one for the first time and was not sure of the scent I just applied it to my wrist. Lush solid perfumes are nice in that not only are they moisturising to the skin due to the cocoa butters used in them but they are not greasy on the skin which is definately a plus.
The smell of Potion did not improve on my skin and I was not surprised in the least. The musky smell increased the minute it touched my skin and I felt like I had trapped myself in an old wardrobe with moth balls. I didn't wash it off immediately with a faint glimmer of hope that it would improve as it settled down on my skin but it didn't. It stayed the same the whole time it was on. Luckily for me this perfume doesn't linger on the skin long and only lasted for about an hour.
The only good thing about this particular solid perfume is the fact that it is in the aluminium tin allowing you to reapply it wherever you are (though why you would want to with this scent I will never know!). If I did like the Potion scent, I would be extremely disappointed with the length of time it stays on the skin as I think you would need to reapply it every hour. Unfortunately I can only give this solid perfume 1 DooYoo star as it is an ultimate fail for me I am afraid.
This perfume sits alongside- Greenwash, Bob Soap, Flying Fox, Go Green, Ice Blue and Soak and Float as some of the most disliked products on sale at Lush. I like Potion but then again, I would do as I like all of the above 'hated' products! There is nothing wrong with all these products people just don't particularly like there scent.
I find the Rose, Carnation and Tangerine Oil scent very, very strong at first but all the same very, very nice and quite sexy! Floral but with a citrus kick! Yum.
Potion shares it's lovely scent with its original owner- Potion Lotion. Also sharing it is Almond Kisses Moisturiser and Ruby Red Slippers Christmas Bubble Bar Slice.
Potion perfume is a really nice perfume to wear. It is a long lasting scent that I believe to be suitable for all- time use. I really enjoy wearing Potion and think it is a very nice scent that also makes me feel nice when I wear it!
As it is a very love/hate scent maybe it would be best to have a sniff or buy one of the Bubble Bar Slices first before you spend £4.95 on the perfume.
Rose and carnation scent /