Let’s Talk About Scents: Aromateria Solid Perfumes

No, kids, this is not a paid/promotional blog post. This brand just seriously caught my attention. Keep reading to find out why I figured it was appropriate to post about perfume on a geek blog!

I don’t remember when I first heard about Aromateria; I know I saw someone post about a solid perfume called “Arrakis” (yes, that’s a Dune reference) somewhere,  but I thought it was just some cleverly Photoshopped photo…but then I saw it at the Aromateria display at AC+632.

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Aromateria is a Filipino brand of hand-made fragrances, solid perfumes, and bath/aromatherapy products. So far I only recall seeing their solid perfume, and they mostly caught my attention because of their names and packaging.

Aromateria solid perfumes on display at Ateneo de Manila University
Notice any familiar names? (Image from Aromateria’s Facebook Page)

A lot of these solid perfumes are inspired by books, movies, bands, and comics, and even the short descriptions on each stick are written to reflect the source material. I see nods to The Hunger Games (“Everdeen”), Jane Austen (“Austen”), Y the Last Man (“Yorick”), Trese, Sherlock, The Godfather, rock bands (“Veruca Salt” and “Blue Oyster”), Wicked/Oz (“Glinda”), Discworld (“Sto Helit”), and possibly Percy Jackson (“Athena”). You can look at their full list of solid perfumes here.

I’ve only sniffed a few testers and haven’t tested them on my skin, but from what my nose gathers, the fragrances are pretty good! The fragrance of “Arrakis” is actually interesting – it’s as spicy as what you might expect from a combination of black pepper, cardamom, rosewood, and amber named after the spice planet in Frank Herbert’s Dune, but not to the point of overpowering. I bought it as a gift for my dad, who’s been a fan of the Dune series before I was even a twinkle in his eye. He hasn’t told me what he thinks of it yet, but I think the concept of a solid perfume inspired by one of his favorite book series was entertaining enough!

Some people might find their 250 price tag per stick a bit high, but the fragrances, packaging, creativity, and novelty of these solid perfumes have make them well worth it!

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