31 January 2019

Goddess Liquid Perfume

I remember when I first discovered Zen Soap at the bottom of my Oxford Street Haul, how excited I was about the brand new fragrance that greeted my nose. As a huge fan of patchouli aromas, the soap left a lasting impression on me and I couldn't wait to see what else Lush would bring out with the same scent. 

Fast forward almost five years and the Goddess Bath Bomb appeared on the scene like a hurricane - promising the same aroma but in a brand new format. While I appreciate the premise, I wasn't as bowled over with the fragrance as I had been with the original soap, and I certainly wasn't left as excited as I had been when it came to Zen. 

When the Goddess Liquid Perfume finally made its way to me, I honestly didn't know what to expect, and I'll be honest and say that it took me three weeks of travelling around India with my little bottle to truly appreciate what the perfume had to offer. While I'm still not completely bowled over by this release, I can definitely appreciate it a lot more than I did when I first gave it a sniff. 

What I will say is that this may not be a smell that you appreciate to begin with. From the bottle, Goddess is far from the fairly light and tame aroma that the bath bomb has to offer, and instead feeds your nose with a very strong, dark, woody aroma. The oudh oil is thick and resinous on the surface, combining with the sandalwood to create a strong, wholesome note of woodiness. In addition, there is almost a slight earthiness to the perfume as well, that saturates the smell and adds a thick note to the initial spray.

Given time, these key components settle down on the skin, and that's when you can begin to appreciate the other notes that are present. The rose oil and jasmine absolute brings a delicate natural sweetness, that takes some of the initial sting away from the oudh oil; the osmanthus adds a subtle fruitiness that adds a much needed uplift and helps to elevate the other notes a little more.

What I will say about this fragrance is that it is both exotic and alluring, and definitely not a delicate perfume in the slightest. A Goddess exerts dominance and strength to give her such a title, and this perfume does just that. If you want something pretty and simple, this is not the perfume for you as Goddess makes a statement for anyone choosing to wear it.

Having said that, I did find that the fragrance didn't last as long as I expected that it would, and I was no longer able to detect it on my own skin after a couple of hours of wear. However, I was able to prolong the life of this perfume a little by spraying it directly onto my clothes, where I could still smell remnants of it after a full working day.

While not a favourite perfume of mine, I do really appreciate how unique and interesting the smell of Goddess is. It's definitely a smell that will evoke a reaction of some kind, whether that be negative or positive, and the strength and depth of the key notes here only serve to empower all who choose to wear this - in true Goddess form.

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol Perfume, *Linalool, *Limonene, Jasmine Absolute, Osmanthus Absolute, Rose Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Oudh Oil, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, *Geraniol.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £45 for 30ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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