Today I'm going to change the subject a bit from bath ballistics and soaps, to perfumes. And not just ordinary perfumes, but solid ones.
I bought my first solid perfume last year- I really wanted to get one, and my friend recommended Lust from Lush. However, I found this way too strong for my liking, so I decided on another perfume from the same range (Gorilla Perfumes) called Vanillary.
At the time, Lush's solid perfumes came in little tins, though they now come in tubes. The tin on my one didn't come all bent out of shape, but being an idiot, I thought the lid of the tin was a pull off one, so I tried pressing and bending and levering the lid off before realising you just had to twist it. Oh dear ;) The actual perfumed bit inside is a creamy colour and you rub it on your skin. I go for my wrists. This is one of the things I love about solid perfumes- because you just rub them on yourself, they don't really ever run out. Literally, it would take years.
Also the tin is handy and fits neatly in your pocket, so you can carry around or put it in your handbag without having to worry about it leaking like a normal perfume. Then you can reapply it whenever you need to.
The thing about Vanillary is that when I first put it on, it's so overwhelmingly strong that sometimes I end up coughing. Sounds awful, right? But after 10 or so minutes it really dies down and then the fragrance is subtle and sophisticated. I love the vanilla fragrance, it's so rich and creamy, and there's also a hint of jasmine which adds a floral touch. The smell lasts for hours doesn't really matter how long it lasts because it's so easy to reapply.
The downside is that I can't really wear it during the week, because I have to get ready quickly and it doesn't have the chance to die down before I go. I did once try going to school with the solid perfume on my wrists, and it was so strong that I'm sure I got some weird looks over the day. But Vanillary is perfect for an evening out, and it's just something a bit different from your average perfume. The only other thing that I don't like about the product is that the edge of the tin picks up specks of dust or dirt- you might be able to see what I mean in this photo, but it's quite hard to see.
I've heard that others from the Lush 'Gorilla perfumes' range are lovely too. The price depends on what quantity you are buying, but I think I got mine for £7.00, which I don't think is too bad. It's a cheap alternative to expensive perfume, and one I definitely recommend.