24 July 2014

Death & Decay Liquid Perfume

When Lush first announced the name of their new perfume line, there were some who complained that the title was too strange and morbid to sell the perfumes well. However, I for one was rather intrigued by the alluring names and descriptions that accompanied the release - this perfume being one of the ones I was most interested in testing out. 

Death & Decay Liquid Perfume has a lot to live up to, given that it's name is the closest to that of the entire Volume 3 range. Surprisingly, for a signature scent, it also comes in at the cheapest - a 30ml bottle will set you back £30, which I think is very good value for money given the longevity of the fragrance. 

Lush claim that it's name will 'invoke something sinister and morbid', yet I was surprised to find that the accompanying scent from this perfume doesn't do anything of the sort. Instead, it's a rather resonant floral aroma that is a little haunting at times, but definitely not something I would describe as 'sinister'

Made from a combination of ylang ylang and rose oil with helpings of both jasmine and tonka absolute, this is a very old-fashioned smelling perfume - one that is rather pungent inside the bottle but flourishes when it matures on the skin.  

From my experience, this perfume is one that doesn't really showcase multiple layers when being worn - all of the floral elements seem to intertwine together and give off this really strong, robust scent. Normally this would be to the detriment of the perfume as most wearers want to experience the different notes throughout the day. However, with Death & Decay, the smell it showcases is so wonderful that you don't want it to develop and change.

Despite it not featuring in the ingredients list, this perfume gives off a strong lily fragrance - a smooth, powerful but equally feminine smell that fans of Lily Savon will love. When comparing this product to the aforementioned perfume, this one is equally as potent but it doesn't have a sickly sweet layer that made me dislike the older scent. I can only describe the fragrance as being slightly more grounded than Ghost-scented products - it's far richer and full-bodied - it doesn't have that pungent lily scent that I dislike. 

This is definitely a very floral-led perfume - one that is slightly musky on the skin but equally as fresh and uplifting. It has that cloudy aroma you get from dried flowers but with a little sweetness added in thanks to the tonka absolute. I can see why Lush have used particular words to describe this scent as it is very reminiscent of funerals - that exquisite but equally sad and comforting smell that lilies give off.

This perfume is by far the longest lasting - remaining prominent on my skin for a good 4-5 hours after application. While I would normally shy away from heavy floral aromas, this one makes me feel beautiful and powerful - a timeless fragrance that makes a statement whenever it's being worn. I love it!

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorate), Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Tonka Absolute (Dioteryx odorata), Benzyl, Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Methyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Lilal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £30 for 30ml.

Scent Family:
Death & Decay Liquid Perfume
Dead & Decay Solid Perfume


  1. I want it so much.

  2. too much ylang ylang...

  3. Replies
    1. I would say this would suit all genders - it's a lovely, neutral floral smell :)

  4. Lilal is an aromachemical that smells like lilies...

  5. I would also compare this fragrance to Lust, oddly enough. I know the overall ambiance of the two scents is very different, but Lust has a disctinctive note along with the Jasmine that people usually refer to as “indolic”, and I get a similar note from the jasmine in Death and Decay. I am very fond of Lust, and of flowery perfumes in general, so I really like this stuff.