10 March 2015

Kerbside Violet Solid Perfume

Despite rarely using my solid perfumes, I find myself really intrigued and very excited whenever a new one makes an appearance. There is something rather special about the packaging and the wonderful smells that can harvest from what is essentially a glorified lump of oils and wax. When two new ones made themselves known on the website recently, I was quick to snap them up and claim them as my own. 

Kerbside Violet Solid Perfume is a new addition to the Lush perfume roster - a fragrance that was first released last year as part of Lush's Volume 3 range. While it wasn't my favourite of the new perfumes, it was definitely one that left an impression, so I was intrigued to see whether the solid edition would be able to hold its own alongside it's older sister. 

While it doesn't satisfy my longing for them to bring back Tuca Tuca, this violet-oriented fragrance is a wonderful feast on the senses and one that would suit those of you who appreciate and enjoy the non-synthetic scents that Lush produce. Unlike a lot of Lush's other violet smells, this one is focused more on a lighter, more natural aroma that plays homage to the natural beauty of the plant it is trying to mimic. 
This perfume, much like the liquid counterpart, contains a combination of violet leaf and jasmine absolute and it is the former that comes through the strongest. In the tin the violet is very fresh smelling - it doesn't have that heavy, cloying fragrance that Tuca Tuca gives off. Instead, it has a very light, grassy aroma which intertwines with the jasmine and gives off a naturally sweet smell. The ylang ylang oil adds to the floral element nicely and helps to pad out the floral element without making it too heavy on the senses.

What is great about the solid edition is that the different layers of scents are already combined so you can detect the different parts of the perfume without having to wait for it to mature on your skin. Interestingly enough, I found that this version is rather less potent than the liquid edition so you're able to appreciate the violet scent more than you would in the spray; there is less of the grassy element so it's a little sweeter and might be preferred by those who found the liquid fragrance too heady. 

Despite this, with this particular fragrance, I found that it didn't have the longevity on my skin as the liquid version demonstrated. While I could still detect it an hour or so after I had initially applied it to my wrists, it wasn't very strong by this point and I had to reapply it most hours to get the effect I wanted. 

Having said that, it did offer me something which I thought was more rounded and rather more interesting than the liquid alternative. Perhaps this is something that could be used in conjunction with the liquid fragrance - to top up the smell throughout the day and give me that little extra warmth that the liquid perfume lacks. 

Priced at £9 for a 12g pot, I can see this lasting me a good year so it's a good investment. Furthermore, the stunning shade of purple its presented in only adds to the allure of the perfume and I only wish that the liquid version was presented as such. Having said that, it's not as strong as its liquid counterpart and I'll still be relying on the original format to give me that strong, violet aroma.   

Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Perfume, Linalool, Rosewood Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Geraniol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Colour 77742, Blue Lustre, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. 

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £9 for 12g. 

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 

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  1. Hey jen, I was left a little confused by the solid perfumes from lush that I've tried, like yourself I find they just don't last long enough. I also found that applying lust solid to my skin makes me vair itchy.
    when I was in lush Cardiff on a mega day trip a few weeks ago I was lush napped by a lovely lady and taken upstairs to smell everything and generally natter. The lovely lady said that one of her colleagues uses the solid perfumes like Shine So Bright.
    I've found for me this works fantastically and I quite enjoy sitting and distributing it evenly thru my dry Split does. The scents tend to cling to my hair longer than my skin also.
    Have you heard of this Before? I thought it was magic wish I'd thought of it before!

    1. Thanks for this tip! I've been using this for nearly 2 weeks and had no comments until I put some in my hair and then several people were asking what the (nice) smell was !! :)

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    3. That's awesome! Glad to be of help, love a good tip me. Hehe

  2. I find that the solid perfumes last but a half hour on my skin, which is frustrating because they're not terribly cheap. It's also unfortunate that LUSH stores don't disinfect the solids every few hours between people swatching them.

  3. "glorified lump of oils and wax"... LOL! :D

    I think it's really cool that LUSH offers solids. It really sets them apart from other companies because most don't have it as an option. Some people are bothered by the alcohol in liquids, and some of the regular perfumes can be really strong. Personally I prefer the longevity and throw of the liquids, but solids are really good for travelling or touchups.

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