Lush has just released a line of eight solid perfumes with scents borrowed from some of their popular bath and body products. Their “solid” formula is a mixture of wax, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil, fragranced with a combination of synthetic perfume notes and natural essences. These perfumes are packaged in the same aluminum tins as Lush’s lip balms and the now-discontinued aromatherapy “temple balms”; in fact, they were displayed in the same scuffed wood boxes that used to hold the aromatherapy balms, next to the cash registers, in both Lush shops that I visited. I hope they’ll be shown to better advantage sometime in the near future, because they’re worth trying.
The two fragrances that I have sampled are Silky Underwear and Potion, and both are very true to the original Lush products that inspired them. The original Silky Underwear powder is one of the products that I often recommend to first-time Lush shoppers, because it is so unusual and yet easily enjoyable. I’ve written before about my affection for dusting powders, and this one is an unexpected treat: inside a no-frills cardboard canister waits the softest white powder with moisturizing bits of cocoa butter and a dreamy fragrance. Silky Underwear solid perfume duplicates that blend of a smoky vetiver base topped with creamy jasmine petals; this is one of the few jasmine scents I can enjoy, since it is sweet and smooth rather than “animalic.”
Potion, on the other hand, derives its scent from a body lotion that is no longer produced by Lush, and I’d like to use this review as a bully pulpit for scolding Lush on this issue. Lush never should have discontinued Potion in the first place, and now this posthumous spin-off product reminds us how much we miss Potion itself. Like the lotion, Potion perfume is a cluster of carnations and roses, with a sprightly note of tangerine. However, it begins with a stronger, more clove-y punch of carnation absolute than the lotion did, and that spicy note is gradually softened by the rose and brightened by the citrus until it duplicates the smell of Potion lotion.
Potion and Silky Underwear both have more sillage than I normally expect from solid perfumes — not as much as a liquid perfume, but more than many other solids do. Silky Underwear seemed to diffuse slightly more than Potion, but Potion outlasted Silky Underwear for a while. Both were still going strong on my skin after two hours, and then they began to fade. These scents are easy to reapply, since the tins are small and safely portable; just don’t apply too much at once, or else you risk building up a gummy residue on your skin. All in all, this is a good way to enjoy your favorite Lush smells throughout the day.
Lush solid perfumes sell for $11.95 for .35 oz. a tin. For buying information, see the listing for Lush under Perfume Houses.