There are many reasons why solid perfumes are a good investment. Firstly, they are very easy to transport from place to place. They take up very little space and have no way of leaking, so can be stored in pockets, purses and bags and taken near enough anywhere. Secondly, they are great value for money. This one in particular comes in at £7 for a 12g tub, and while the weight in conjunction with the price may seem rather expensive for perfume, it's far more compact than your typical liquid fragrances so you get a lot more bang for your buck.
Finally, and this is more of personal preference, there's just something really wonderful about the packaging and designs of these solid editions. They're a great little collector's item and when bought in conjunction with others, look rather fantastic on your shelf.
Vanillary Solid Perfume is one Lush's biggest sellers, and I can hazard a guess as to why. As I've said countless times, I am sick of synthetic, watered-down plastic vanilla scents which seem to dominate the cosmetic market; it's partly the reason I was so hesitant to try this perfume in the first place. Why take something so naturally beautiful and ruin it?
The Vanillary range from Lush is a breath of fresh air - it offers fans of vanilla-scented products the chance to enjoy the naturally sweet, toffee-esque aroma of the vanilla bean, and how glorious that experience is.
Much like the liquid perfume, this solid edition gives off a wonderfully comforting, creamy, musky aroma that melts onto your skin like liquid gold. With a blend of vanilla absolute, tonka and jasmine, this is a warm, sultry buttery perfume that reminds me of warm pudding and melted caramel. Yet despite the foody element that you get with this fragrance, it's still a sophisticated and rather mature-smelling perfume.
On the skin, you can immediately pick out the vanilla and tonka, with just a subtle sweetness from the jasmine. Over time, this scent dampens and allows the natural vanilla aroma to come forward and give the wearer a gentle fragrance that lasts for a good couple of hours. While this doesn't have the lasting life of the liquid perfume, it is initially less 'in your face' so I can see why Lush fans would prefer this. What is good about the solid version is that there's less 'loss' when yore applying it. Whereas you'll lose some of the spray through evaporation, this format allows you to apply the perfume directly to the areas of your body that you wish to, so you get to utilise the whole product. Furthermore, you can use this in conjunction with the liquid format - applying the liquid perfume in the morning and then topping up with this throughout the day.
This is a great perfume to wear as I can guarantee you'll get many a comment about it's presence. While it doesn't have the longevity or the potency of the liquid version, it's still a wonderful perfume in its own right and I cannot imagine a time when I don't have one of these in my handbag.
Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Vanilla Pod Powder (Vanilla planifolia) Hydroxycitronellal, Courmarin, Benzyl Cinnamate, Colour 77492.
2015 Price: £7 for 12g.
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