Our top fragrance balms

Monday, 5 August 2013

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.

Fragrance balms

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

Other articles you may be interested in:
How to wear perfume
Build your fragrance wardrobe
Fragrances for different ages
Perfumed compliments
Fragrance notes: Floral

Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. K@t

    I absolutely love these but they are so hard to come by. Definitely cheaper and longer lasting than the liquid version.

    6 years ago •

  1. Admin

    Hi Sue, the Lush Imogen Rose solid perfume is available at Lush stores nationwide.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Would love to try Lush Imogen Rose, but where do I find it?

    6 years ago •

  1. AmyR

    I had no idea this existed! What a fabulous idea. I will try this :)

    6 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    Great to know there are other options out there to carry fragrance with you. With the clutch bag being this season’s must have item, it’s very difficult to fit in all the necessary items. These small compact fragrances will be perfect for summer!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ping

    I have tried the one by L’Occitane, they smell is so good and I like it that you can reapply throughout the day. Oh, by the way, does anyone know any perfume oil?

    6 years ago •

  1. disastar

    Fragrances never last on me its worth a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. liedeman

    I absolutely have to try these awesome fragrances.

    6 years ago •

  1. Queen Shai

    I have solid perfume by Estee Lauder, part of their collectors items range. The scents are quite potent. I’ve had it for about 5 years now and I don’t use it very often but 5 years is a long time and therefore it’s worth it. Although I would have thought it’s more expensive because its not a readily available as liquid perfume.

    6 years ago •

  1. Jara

    Wow I never use these balms, I have to try them. The price is also reasonable.

    6 years ago •

  1. Talia

    Never tried it before but sounds interesting!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lumkwana

    ok! This means I’m not really informed. It is my first time to hear about a solid perfume. I’d definitely try it, but later on. I THINK it does last for longer.

    6 years ago •

  1. Shareen

    Will be on the lookout for this…

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    They all sound lovely! I’ve never considered using solid perfume, but I must give it a try!

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I’ve never tried these, they look so cool. I’ve always used liquid ones.

    6 years ago •

  1. dollie

    This sounds amazing and I would like to give it a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Honestly, I’ve never heard about them. But don’t they just sounds too amazing and convenient to carry.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I have never tried solid perfumes before and always thought that they were over the top expensive. Looking at the above, I’m really keen to give the Crabtree & Evelyn one a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I did know about solid perfumes. I think I like them and the price is great. I hope they smell as good as the liquid perfumes.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Interesting, I might look into this rather than buy a R700 bottle.

    6 years ago •

  1. fay

    I love the idea of a solid perfume as it is extremely handy to use! I have been eyeing the Lush ones for a while and not sure whether or not I would like them, this has convinced me!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I love this idea! I didn’t even know they existed! I want to try that Lush rose balm.

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    I have never heard of this before. Sounds good enough to go look for.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Sounds interesting – never heard of it before.

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I like solid fragrance balms for everyday use. Most of the time, the scents are feminine and lovely for work. There is an Optiphi solid fragrance I am dying to get my hands on because I read a good review on it. Has anyone tried any of the above?

    6 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    WOW that sounds amazing and very reasonably priced. The Lush one looks divine. Now just to find where they stock them.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Wow….who would have thought, but seems like a wise investment though!

    6 years ago •

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