Practical, easy to transport and hard to waste, solid perfumes offer a truly delectable and long-lasting fragrance. Whether you're after a perfume compact, a crayon or a scent stick, a smudge of scent on skin as opposed to a spritz can feel really sensual.
In this article we go over everything you need to know when choosing a solid perfume online to make your decision easy. With a ranking list of the top 10 best in the UK, we've chosen the finest fragrance blends from brands like Diptyque, Jo Malone and Yardley, made using top quality ingredients and essential oils. They're all available to buy from Boots, Amazon and John Lewis and more!
There are a few key factors to consider to make sure you pick up a solid perfume that's not only top quality, but brilliant value too. These include the kind of mood you want to evoke with your chosen scent as well as the shape and application style. We'll help you make the best possible decision!
Picking a perfume needn't be tricky, it's really all about the scent. Think about what base notes suit your style, your personality or even how you want to feel in a specific outfit or at an event! Here we'll break down the different fragrance notes and consider what moods each blend evokes.
To turn heads when you're wearing your new solid perfume, we recommend powerful musky scents, with notes of spices such as cardamom and patchouli.
Other notes which create a dramatic, masculine aroma are leather and chypre blends, or exotic nag champa. You may even want to try popular woody fragrances like sandalwood, cedar wood and sage.
If you want your solid perfume to reflect your bright and chirpy personality, opt for citrus fruit scents such as mandarin, orange leaf, lemon or grapefruit.
These zingy perfumes perk up the spirits of you and those around you, bringing a touch of summertime to the depths of winter or getting you in the mood for the beach.
If you want a fragrance that's on the lighter side but you're after something a little more pungent than fruit, why not consider a solid perfume with floral notes?
Lavender is deeply calming and soothing, rose evokes garden strolls in summertime, and jasmine is intoxicating and sensuously rich without being masculine or overly intense.
Solid perfumes come in different shape and styles that affect how you apply it to your skin. You're likely to find solid perfumes sold as crayons, compacts and scent sticks. Here are the pros and cons of each type.
What we love about solid perfumes that come in compacts is not only the fact that they look cute and retro, but that they allow for amazing control when applying. Massage a little bit onto your fingertip and dab directly onto the places you want to be blessed with your new-found scent.
The possible downside of these perfumes is that you may become a bit too enthusiastic and end up powering through more of the product than necessary in one go. Another potential pitfall is the fact that with regular use the lid could snap or come loose, which is not ideal.
What's more fun than a solid perfume shaped like a crayon? You can literally draw a happy love-heart of fragrance on each wrist if you feel like it.
You're less likely to waste product in this form compared to a compact. However, as the tip of each crayon is rather small, you may also get a less intense fragrance when you swipe.
A good happy medium is probably a solid stick perfume. They're easier to apply than compact fragrances and fatter than crayons, so you'll end up with a generous amount of fragrance from a single swipe.
These products are just as handy as a lipstick to slot into handbags or pockets, providing a fuss-free way to apply perfume when you're in a rush.
If you prioritise cruelty-free cosmetics, you might want to look for an ethical solid perfume which has not been tested on animals. These products will be labelled as cruelty-free and some will even sport the Leaping Bunny logo, or those of other similar animal ethics initiatives.
Unfortunately, even though the cruelty-free movement is huge at this point, some extremely well-known brands have sadly not caught on to the horrors of animal testing yet, which has kept them towards the bottom of our list.
Now for the fun part, here in ranking order are the top 10 best solid perfumes in the UK. Whatever your favourite fragrance and however much you've got to spend, we've come up with some fabulous picks to match you with your new signature scent!
|Fragrance Notes||Sweet and fruity|
|Fragrance Notes||Wood sage and sea salt|
|Fragrance Notes||Cardamom, mandarin, sandalwood, clove and leather|
|Fragrance Notes||Sandal, rose, jasmine, musk, nag champa and kamasutra|
|Fragrance Notes||Parma violet|
|Fragrance Notes||Rose, violet, patchouli, tonka bean and cedar wood|
|Fragrance Notes||Grapefruit, lemon, myrtle, spearmint|
Alphy and Becs
Ulio and Jack
Be Happy Therapy Balm
Solid Perfume Pencil in Wild
Natural Solid Perfume
English Lavender Cologne Stick
Set of 6 Solid Perfumes
Drifter Men's Solid Perfume
34 Boulevard Saint Germain Solid Perfume
London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Solid Perfume
Do Son Solid Perfume
Lush Scent in a Smooth Snap-Shut Case
Handy Perfume Pencil Available in a Range of Fresh Scents
All Natural, Ethical Perfume Made in the UK
An Elegant Scent from a Timeless Brand
Long Lasting Essential Oil Fragrance Set
Masculine Scent Blend In a Convenient Travel Case
Stunning Unisex Fragrance With Woody and Floral Notes
Stylish Scent Made Using Pure Beeswax
Fruity Scent Endorsed By An All American Celebrity
Sophisticated Fragrance in Smart Oval Compact
|Fragrance Notes||Grapefruit, lemon, myrtle, spearmint||Rose, violet, patchouli, tonka bean and cedar wood||Parma violet||Lavender||Sandal, rose, jasmine, musk, nag champa and kamasutra||Cardamom, mandarin, sandalwood, clove and leather||Chypre||Wood sage and sea salt||Sweet and fruity||Floral|
|Volume||20 g||2.3 g||20 g||20 g||Not specified||141 g||3.6 g||25 g||2.75 g||4.5 g|
If you're a little tired of your signature scent and are looking to make some subtly sensuous new additions to your perfume wardrobe, now may be the perfect time to branch out. Smelling sweet is just as vital as, if not more important than, just looking lovely. So browse the links below for some more head-turning scents. We even have ideas for making your home smell divine!
Thus concludes our odyssey through the dreamiest solid perfumes you can buy online. Practical and utterly heavenly, these little sticks of sexiness are a real game-changer when it comes to smelling great. We hope you've found a solid scent to soothe the nostrils of you and those around you!
Author: Annie Hopkins
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