Solid perfume has been popular since at least ancient Egyptian times, and for good reason. It's eminently portable, won't leak, and the base makes for soft, skin-flattering scents that don't give bystanders a headache. Solid scents get a bad rap as literal one-note affairs, but the five following fragrances are as beautiful as the tins they come in. To see which scent you should be carrying around in your purse, learn more below.
Meet my newest love: this beautifully rendered vintage solid perfume compact ($300) from Aftelier Perfumes. If you, like myself, have an extreme weakness for petite, elegant fragrance keepers, the luxe antique cases at Aftelier are worth more than a glance. They're also likely to make you stare longingly into your wallet wishing additional funds would appear there, but if you're looking for something to do with that holiday bonus check, they'd make a gorgeous keepsake. And take heart: the price includes a full-sized solid Aftelier fragrance of your choice, so most of what you're paying for is scent.
I love a good solid perfume; they're more subtle than atomized formulas; the oil and wax base makes them last longer; they're hydrating; and they're usually less expensive. So imagine my delight when I found out that Burt's Bees has debuted four new $10 solid fragrances. Only Lush's solid perfume sticks rival them for low price point, and the Burt's products actually have fewer chemical ingredients. All four of the scents sound fruit-heavy, although if you're not into sweet smells, their Naturally Fresh ($10) fragrance has bright, astringent notes of lemon, grapefruit, and cedar. Will you be inclined to pick one of these up at the drugstore checkout, or would you rather save your money for a fancier solid scent?
It's been a while since I've written about Crazylibellule & the Poppies CrazySticks, which are so French, so travel-friendly. The line of delicately crafted solid perfumes was created in 2005 by one of the cofounders of Sephora. Each of its ultrafeminine scents, which are free of alcohol, parabens, and artificial colors, provides 269 swipes per stick. Not too bad, eh? And next week, the brand is about to release its fourth collection, Les Garçonnes (about $17 each), aux États-Unis.
The seven new scents pay tribute to the Roaring '20s, and each stick is named in honor of an independent woman — famous or not — who changed her time, including Josephine, Gabrielle, Louise, Tamara, Jeanne, Rose, and Pompon. My favorites are the sweet, powdery smelling Rose à Saïgon, with notes of rose, patchouli, mango, and vetiver; and the crisp, clean Hommage à Gabrielle, with notes of peony, cedar, vanilla, jasmine, and leather. Look for the talisman-like scents to make their debut on BeautyHabit.com and B-Glowing.com early next week. Let the good times roll.
New to the US after much awaited anticipation are Shanghaijava Scent Collection of Solid Perfumes by Crazylibellule & The Poppies, $16.
Previously sold in Paris specialty stores, these adorably packaged solid fragrances come in girly-girl wrapped tubes made from sturdy paper and are priced extremely well. They are just slightly larger than a tube of lipstick (five grams) and they won't spill so you can travel with them anywhere.
They glide on smooth and all of the scents can be layered to create your own unique fragrance. This collection is reminiscent of the Far East and has been derived from exotic fruits and spices. There are seven scents available in this collection.
Did you know that of all the senses, the sense of smell reaches the brain first? This is why pure essential oils enhance mental and emotional wellbeing. They also support our immune system, prevent illness and aid in recovery. As holistic medicine, essential oils are both a preventive and active approach to treating and generating physical and emotional energy. So why not get these benefits out of your perfume?
You can with Phi-nomenal, a fabulous new natural perfume. Commercial perfumery uses often harmful and toxic synthetic ingredients but Phi-nomenal uses the purest form of organic ingredients.
Phi-nomenal is an all natural and alcohol-free blend that is achieved through a new patent pending application of Phi. Designed to last on most people for 6 to 10 hours, Phi-nomenal perfumes evolve on the skin, changing over time and uniquely in response to each person's body chemistry. Finally a scent that you wear, not one that wears you!
Why else do I love this perfume? The creator, Olympic skier Michelle Roark ranked number one in the US in 2006, knows what it means to be the best so you can bet she is aiming for gold with her perfume. Could this be the world's first fit perfume?
Check out the Phi-nomenal wesbite to find where it's sold near you or call Phi-nomenal directly (720) 837-8824.