Anyone who ever got to watch their grandmother go through her beauty routine will probably be familiar with solid perfumes. Nowhere near as common as liquid fragrances, these handy balms are slowly regaining popularity and becoming more readily available.
They are thought to have originated as far back as Ancient Egypt, and were extremely popular in the first half of the twentieth century. They are usually made of a wax substance that is heated before scents are added, and then set to the correct consistency.
So why opt for a solid fragrance?
They’re small, compact and easy to carry in your purse, plus they don’t leak or spill.
They’re usually very affordable, and because they’re a bit more difficult to come by, they make beautiful and special gifts.
They contain mostly natural ingredients.
They are usually long lasting, and as the base notes take a little longer to develop than they do in a liquid eau de toilettes, you’ll be smelling beautiful all day long.
Apply either with the tip of your finger or with a cotton swab, and pop the tin into your bag to re-apply for post-work drinks.
Try one of these fragrance balms:
Maroma Desert Spring Solid Perfume, R186.99
Lush Imogen Rose Gorilla Perfume, R145
L’Occitane en Provence Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume, R120
Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Solid Perfume, R175