13 December 2014

The Comforter Solid Perfume

You'll be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn't at least appreciate The Comforter scent in some form - most people I have met can do nothing but gush over it's beautiful fruity fragrance. Most people seem to start with the bestselling bubble bar, as this is easily accessible and one of the most attractive products available in the stores. Fans then start to branch out when they realise how many other products share it's wonderful scent.  

The Comforter Solid Perfume is one of only a couple of items left in this fragrance family that I have not yet tried. Although I remember purchasing a limited edition tin in the Kingston store many years ago, I have no recollection of my experience with the product and couldn't even tell you what happened to the tin. When I had the opportunity to buy a brand new tin during this year's limited perfume release, I jumped at the chance and couldn't wait to rekindle my love for one of my all-time favourite scents. 

First released over seven years ago, the solid perfume is supposed to replicate the much loved Comforter smell - a sweet blackcurrant scent reminiscent of Ribena and blackcurrant jelly. Created using a mixture of bergamot oil, cassis absolute and cypress oil, The Comforter is a rich, indulgent blackcurrant scent to die for.  For those new to Lush who love this fragrance, you can currently find it's fragrance in both You Snap The Whip Body Butter and Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly. 

Although it's based on the bubble bar, the solid perfume follows in the footsteps of both the shower gel and liquid perfume variations and has a slightly less sugary and more sickly aroma. Much like the former shower product, this perfume also has a strange but very subtle bitter note in the background - a little like sour berries or fresh lemon.    

What I immediately noticed upon opening the tin, was that this perfume has a strong element of wax in the fragrance. I recognise that all solid perfumes have a wax base to help make them solid and retain the perfume in this format, but this is the first time that I have noticed a presence of the wax that somewhat thwarts the actual fragrance.

On the skin, the fragrance continues to be dominated by this waxy aroma for quite some time before it settles down. It's then that I can smell a combination of the cassis and the bitter lemon smell again. Unfortunately, this doesn't linger for long before the scent all but disappears. The longevity of this solid perfume is very short-lived - something that I find a lot of fruit-smelling fragrances tend to be. 

For someone who loves The Comforter, I was sorely disappointed by how unimpressive this perfume was. While the consistency is probably the best I've seen in a solid perfume - there was a little more moisturise in the wax so it was easier to transfer from the tub to your skin, the scent was very poor quality. 

While I did enjoy the scent once it had settled on the skin, it didn't bowl me over. While I proclaim to be a huge fan of this scent family, as I do with Snow Fairy, it's my opinion that these fragrance are perhaps a little too simplistic to fair well on the wearer - they work much better as bath bombs, bubble bars and shower gels.
Quantitative Ingredients: Japan Wax, Perfume, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Carnauba Wax (Copernicia cerifera), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Limonene, Linalool, Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Cassis Absolute (Ribes nigrum), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Citral.

Vegan?: Yes.


  1. Thanks for this honest review. I've been umm-ing and ahh-ing all evening to try to decide whether or not to get this from the kitchen tomorrow. I think I'll treat myself to another 10ml liquid spray instead. Furze or Sun, that's the question... I think I'll stick around and look at more of your reviews!

  2. This is going to sound kinda gross, but did anyone else get tins of this that smelled like cat pee? I love the Comforter and was super excited to FINALLY own a perfume of it, but...omg, stinky. The cat pee smell does transfer to the skin, too, so I don't know what to do with it.

    1. I completely understand what you mean - I didn't get on very well with the perfumes because I thought it had a sort of cheap, bitter after scent, which is what I think you're referring too!

  3. I've actually found that this is really strong and sticks for a while! Everyone's different, I suppose! :)