Canadian fashion designer duet of twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten, mostly known as Dsquared2, initiated their activity in the perfume world in 2007 by launching He Wood. Later on it was followed by a female counterpart – She Wood, and 6 flankers, 3 for each of these two fragrances. In 2011 a new concept appeared and a perfume named Potion was launched.
At the moment of spraying Potion on skin one does notice that the perfume is strong, intensive and that it quickly rises to the height of couple of inches above the skin. First note appearing on my body is a cinnamon. A very warm, sensual and kind of dry type of it. Moreover it is very shortly evolving into something that contains a sugary sweetness, like someone took a handful of cinnamon, mixed it with sugar powder and sprinkled on top of freshly baked gingerbread. I really liked that feeling even though it results in quite a gourmand form of this fragrance. This would be a lovely drydown, not sure if the opening should be gourmand right from the very beginning of a wear.
Just a couple of minutes later the sweetness of cinnamon slowly changes its shape and transforms into amber. Amber in Dsquared2 Potion is also warm and sensual, loaded with a gentle spiciness of cinnamon. The fragrance is a little bit heavier now but it also makes me think of golden honey. So far the fragrance is cosy, quite sophisticated and elegant. The entire composition gradually smoothes when a gentle woodiness appears in front of my nose.
Cashmere wood is a noble note in this perfume. It brings more masculine vibe and also introduces the element of savage male character. Now something creamy and sweet appears again. I blame it on vanilla, which is not listed in the notes. It could as well be the amber that somehow got stronger at the moment. As the time passes my nose receives more dry & spicy signals from the composition. Cashmere wood and pepper blend well in Potion creating the mingling nuances that make me want to sniff my arm again and again. Lucky me that I didn’t detect patchouli. I would also skip mint if it didn’t become more pronounced for a couple of minutes. Still it was overpowered by amber and woods.
The drydown of Dsquared2 Potion is soft and fluffy like a granny-knit woolen scarf. Musk dominates this stage while golden facets of amber still beautifully shine right behind it. Musk here is neither dirty nor clean. It’s something in between, like a smell of an excited body awaiting the feel of hands on it to rise the excitation even higher… There’s also fresh spiciness of angelica, which smells a little bit anise-like here. Other notes include rose, thyme and gentiana.
The main concept for Dsquared2 Potion was to create a masculine fragrance that could become an ultimate mixture of seduction, something that would attract the woman to a man who wears this fragrance. In the promotional campaign she (Małgosia Bela, from Poland btw) is drawn to him (Diego Miguel) like there was some sort of magnet between them. Did the idea work? No, not for me. While owning a bottle of this fragrance and wearing it nobody ever noticed or commented that I smell good, bad, whatever. No reaction.
I haven’t worn Potion from Dsquared2 for more than a year, I sprayed it for the first time in ages to write this review. I think it’s time for me to let that bottle go. I was once fascinated by this fragrance but now I’m just bored of it. I wore it exclusively for too long to be excited about it again.
Perfumer behind Dsquared2 Potion is Annick Menardo. The perfume was launches as an eau de parfum although eau de toilette was also launched and it’s exclusive to some countries. The bottle design is simple, with ribs on the sides and front labels inspired by the old apothecary vials (really?) The juice is brownish, gold-ish, tea-colored, as you wish. Sizes available are 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. Matching body products are sold too. Are you going to give Potion a try?