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.
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.
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!