You can’t see it or feel it, but when you’re wearing it you might feel like there’s nothing you can’t do. I’m talking about fragrance, easily able to trigger memories and other deep seated emotional responses as well as enrich your world tenfold.
Lately, I’ve been into solid perfumes. They smell just as great as the usual spritz or dab on versions of fragrance, but since they’re made from oils, waxes and other ingredients that have hardened into solid form they won’t leak or spill so they are extra easy to tote wherever you go. I make sure I have one on hand for easy, on-the-go access whenever the mood strikes. I like to tuck one in my pocket, bag or desk and apply touchups throughout the day. Sometimes I even layer one over whatever else I’ve applied earlier. I simply rub it onto my pulse points like my wrists, behind my ears, or wherever I want.
Here, 6 solids worth trying:
Estee Lauder ‘Evelyn Lauder & Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink – Modern Muse’ Solid Perfume Keychain ($49.50) is a pretty keychain that multitasks as a fragrance. Notes of sparkling florals and sensual woods come together to create a one-of-a-kind, unique scent. It’s only available for a limited time — through June 2016 — to raise awareness that early detection saves lives. With every purchase of the Modern Muse Solid Perfume Keychain, EstÃ©e Lauder will donate 100% of the suggested retail price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Diptyque Essence InsensÃ©es Solid Perfume ($60), a limited edition sensual solid fragrance is composed of the notes of late harvest jasmine, crisp orange blossom and herbal basil, comes encased in a smart bronze-toned compact you’ll happily show off in public.
Le Labo Jasmine 17 ($85) marries an edgy metal tin with the sensual, feminine fragrance of natural jasmine, musk, sandalwood and vanilla. It’s also enriched with sweet almond oil, coconut oil and soybean oil.
Juniper Ridge Big Sur Trail Resin Cologne ($35) is loved by women and men alike. It’s formulated with plants, confers, bark, moss, mushrooms and other plants that will remind you of hiking in the Big Sur area. Rub it on to be transported there or choose another Juniper Ridge scent for a mental vacation to a different hiking area.
L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Solid Perfume ($12) takes essential oils of four different rose varieties and combines them with notes of Violet, Blackcurrant leaves, musk and sandalwood for a sensual, velvety, romantic scent.
Lush Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar ($11) isn’t necessarily classified as a fragrance — it’s a massage bar — but it gets the job done. I’ve been wearing it as scent since I first smelled it at a Lush event about a year ago — I swear it’s addictive and I can’t get enough of it! Rub it on your body to moisturize your skin and deliver the scent of fresh, fragrant strawberries, hibiscus flower and coconut oil.