27 June 2014

Potion Liquid Perfume

Looking back at Lush's Forum Special perfumes over the years, there are some incredible entries that leave me feeling very jealous that I wasn't around to grab myself a bottle or two. Potion was one of the fragrances that taunted me; being released for the first time as part of the 2005 collection, and never being brought out again. 

This ultra rare perfume was sold in a beautiful glass bottle and decorated with a golden ribbon around the neck; a gorgeous package that outshines all of Lush's incredibly boring black-bottle design that they use now. So you can imagine how I felt when I found one of these beautiful perfumes on eBay: I wasn't going to let it go.

Sharing it's scent with the Potion Body Lotion, Potion Liquid Perfume is a wonderful scent comprised from a combination of carnations, roses and tangerines; a rich and sensual floral fragrance with just a sprinkling of sweetness from those fruity oils. This is definitely not your typical floral smell, which is probably why I fell in love with it almost instantaneously. It's unique scent is definitely a modern smell, but it does feature sultry elements, making it appealing to both the younger and older markets. 

This scent is definitely very feminine and mature, but that's not to say that this fragrance would not appeal to consumers of all ages. Whereas a lot of floral and rose-scented cosmetics tend to appeal to a certain niche of perfume lovers, I think Potion's smell is a universal one, meaning that it would suit anyone from about 18 - 80.

The reason why it works so well for such a range of different people, is because it's a fresh and very modern smelling fragrance. The tangerine oil gives the perfume a zesty, uplifting twist that would appeal to the younger audience. However, it also has references to the classic smells of rose and carnation, which would suit an older market.

What I loved about Potion, was that it was one of my longest lasting perfumes I've tried from Lush. The scent stayed with me throughout the entire day, leaving my skin with a rather subtle but sexy light scent that mellowed as the evening progressed. 

Furthermore, I found that this product was ideal to use during both the day and night. Unlike a perfume such as Imogen Rose, the different floral elements are not cloying or overpowering, meaning that you can wear this down the beach without feeling like the scent is too heavy to match the environment. At the same time, the sophistication of both the carnation and rose petal infusions, make Potion a rich and rather indulgent perfume that holds it own on a night out. 

Overall, Potion is a subtle perfume and doesn't come across as either strong or overpowering. It settles down well on your skin and has decent staying power; the wearer being able to smell it 6-8 hours after application. 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. 

It's a perfume with an edge of sophistication, yet a light refreshing twist as well. I thoroughly enjoyed using this and was rather gutted when my bottle finished. Having been 9 years since it was last released, I think Lush should consider putting it in for another appearance. I for one, will be stocking up if it happens.

Quantitative ingredients: Rose Petal Infusion (Rosa centifolia), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Fresh Tangerines (Citrus reticulata), Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia), Carnation Absolute (Dianthus carophyllus), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata).

Vegan?: Yes.

Scent Family:
Almond Kisses Facial Moisturiser 
Holiday Bubble Bar
Potion Body Lotion
Potion Liquid Perfume
Ruby Red Slippers Bubble Bar
Santa Monica Ballistic 
Sparkling Red Slippers Bubble Bar


  1. I had a bottle of this from a long time ago - I love the Potion scent, but in this form I found it too overpowering. I eventually eBayed it, although I kind of regret it now. Luckily I still have a solid of it. Also, this bottle design is my favourite out of all the LUSH perfume bottles that I've come across!

    1. I love my strong smells so this was right up my alley - plus I found it mellowed quite a bit when it was on my skin, which I appreciated. As for the bottle design, I agree with you - it's gorgeous! I hope Lush choose to bring the next perfume round out in bottles like this.

  2. I need this! Potion lotion smells amazing... I'd absolutely die.

    1. It is incredible Kyle - not one I would normally go for but it's amazing.