What I liked:
– lovely woody amber scent with spicy accents
– polished and well-balanced, it never becomes neither too sweet nor too dark and cloying
– easy to wear, perfect for any occasion
– good staying power and sillage
– the bottle
What I didn’t like:
– linear and not particularly original
I was somewhat disappointed by the DSquared2 Potion for Women scent. Although it smells lovely, it lacks both character and originality. Potion for Men instead, while lacking in the latter, has plenty of the former. A warm, woody amber scent, Potion opens with a strong burst of soft woods laced with angelica and sprinkled with a dash of mint, both of which give it a slightly aromatic, almost medicinal aroma that’s reminiscent of the smell of an old apothecary shop.
The heart is warm, smoky and spicy. The woody notes are now more prominent, but they never become so intense to be offputting. Their darkness is softened by a generous dose of sparkling cinnamon and a delicate, creamy rose accord. I could swear the smokey facet is given to the scent by incense, even though it is not listed in the official notes. The smokiness has almost completely disappeared by the time the drydown begins.
Warm, cosy and very subdued, it is a blend of amber, tonka beans, patchouli and musk. Although Potion is definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum, it is so well-balanced that it never becomes too sweet or feminine. Instead, the sweetness remains in the levels of acceptability for a masculine scent. Potion is a linear, not particularly original scent, but it is well-crafted, polished and elegant.
The scent stays close to the skin, but don’t let its subtleness fool you. Potion is pretty tenacious and hangs onto your skin for more than 9 hours. Easy-to-wear, it is appropriate for both casual and posh occasions, although it is more suitable for the cold winter months than the heated summer season. Although Potion for men didn’t blow me away, it definitely impressed me. And, unlike its feminine counterpart, it seduced me too.
DSquared2 Potion for men is a woody amber scent with spicy accents that never becomes neither too sweet not too dark. Balanced, refined and well-blended, this timeless scent is suitable for any occasion and, although it stays close to the skin, it hangs around for more than 9 hours. However, it is quite linear and not particularly original.