Think of perfume and you’ll likely think of the alcohol-based fragrances that you spritz from a sizeable glass bottle. But herein lies the problem. For starters, people with sensitivity to alcohol can’t use them. Alcohol-based perfumes also veer on the strong side, which can be off-putting to those who aren’t agreeable with your choices. Moreover, these clunky bottles are difficult to travel with a perpetual risk of leaking, shattering or evaporating over time.
The solution to these issues? Solid perfumes. Solid perfumes use a combination of oils and waxes that are solid at room temperature to suspend the fragrant essential oils. So not only do they nourish your skin on application, solid perfumes also provide a small sillage (also known as the scent trail) as they do not contain alcohol. Solid perfumes can also fit in the smallest of clutch bags and are also less wasteful as they require fewer components to make.
To use them, just warm a small bit with your fingertips and apply it to where you would usually apply perfumes, which are your pulse points – wrists, back of ears and the like. You can also run a small amount through the ends of your hair to lightly scent your tresses.
If you still want to use your usual alcohol-based perfumes, you can apply them in tandem. Apply the solid perfume first to create a foundation then spritz the scent over. The moisturising ingredients in the solid perfume also help the fragrance last longer as the skin is less dry.
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