I never quite saw the point of solid perfumes.
I enjoy the sensation of spraying perfume, even dabbing doesn’t really do it for me. I like to drench myself in a fragrant mist of perfume since it feels so luxurious and decadent to me.
That sensations falls by the wayside when using a solid of course, what’s more I was never wild for that waxy or sticky feel of most solids I have previously encountered, and I was afraid of leaving greasy stains at the wrists and neck of my clothes. Not a beautiful idea.
But I learned many lessons already in the world of perfume and that Mandy Aftels products are in a league of their own is undoubtedly one of them. I had the good fortune to test three of her solid scents, Wildflowers, Orchid and Boronia.
Only judging from the name at first, I was attracted most to Wildflowers, so that is the one I started with.
As a solid perfume virgin I was unsure of how much to apply, it turns out a little goes a long way with Aftelier Solids. And after that first application I was immediately converted to solids – at least to these solids.
The texture is soft, incredibly smooth and feels like a caress on skin. There is no stickiness or waxy feel whatsoever, I get the feeling of caring for my skin while scenting it. What a pleasant sensation!
Aftelier Solids are made of organic beeswax and jojoba oil. As someone who has very dry and sensitive skin that often reacts with redness and itching to the onslaught of alcohol from perfumes, Aftelier’s solids seem like a much-needed respite.
Sillage is minimal of course, but that can be a good thing in many situations when you want to keep your fragrance to yourself. I watched my wrist go to my nose many, many times when wearing Wildflowers, it is quite addictive.
So what about the scent, what does it smell like?
Wildflowers is a calming, true to nature rendition of a summer’s day spent lying in a meadow, watching the clouds go by. Hay, dry grass, the eponymous wildflowers, this fragrance is uncomplicated and simple in the best sense of the word. It delivers the lightness of being on a carefree summer day, unencumbered by life’s harsher facets, I am free to enjoy the view over rolling hills and softly sloping meadows losing themselves in the hazy blue sky in the distance.
Aftelier solid perfumes are available in beautiful silver tins that the perfumer obtains in Mexico, to be kept in a silk pouch. There is also the option of having your solid perfume of choice filled (and re-filled) into a one-of-a-kind antique silver tin, an old watch case, for example, or a powder compact. I would love to own Wildflowers in such a unique vessel.
Perfect for traveling, solid perfumes are a wonderful fragrant option that I am happy to use from now on (saving up already for a full size) whenever my skin needs a respite from alcohol-based perfume or when I crave to escape to my lovely summer meadow courtesy of Mandy Aftel.