Straight after reading the press release for Walden Natural Perfumes – the latest brand to be welcomed to the Love Lula family – I put in an order for The Solid Earth*. Normally, I mull a potential purchase over in my mind; gathering what information I can about the product, I let the idea of it linger a little longer. But this time, I threw my usual caution to the wind. Read on to find out if I’m glad that I did…
Walden is the namesake of the seminal work by American writer Henry David Thoreau, a prominent follower of transcendentalist philosophy. For the uninitiated, transcendentalism is a rejection of formal society and institution whose main belief is in the inherent good of people and nature, lauding independent, self-sustaining living as their ideal. As someone who quite deeply feels that the balance of her life is disturbed by the interruptions of the daily commute and 9-5 work, I was drawn to the brand’s ethos.
Each of the 5 perfumes in the range takes its name from a quote in Walden the book. The Solid Earth is pulled from a snippet in which Thoreau expresses his wonder for the experience of being in nature; the full quote is printed on the side of the box in simple black lettering. The packaging is beautiful: a glass square topped by a unique wooden lid, it’s natural and understated, in contrast to many of the fragrances you see in stores today. The short stature of the bottle is deceiving – it boasts 50ml of eau de Parfum, and is as wide as it is tall.
So, what of the scent itself? It’s like no other perfume I’ve used before. As a teenager, I’d douse myself in sickly sweet concoctions; while I’m occasionally partial to that kind of smell, I wanted to try something far removed from it that would speak to the grown me who favours mature tones of Patchouli and Amyris over an unidentifiable mix of pungent floral sweetness.
When I first spritzed The Solid Earth onto my wrists, I wondered if it’d be too strong for me. It starts off as a rich, woody scent. I love that it is not what society might consider a traditionally feminine aroma, but I did worry if it was perhaps too sharp. However, the scent soon settles into a smooth, earthy lightness, with hints of refreshing citrus coming through.
The scent stays on the skin for as long as I would typically expect an eau de Parfum to last. I often find myself wishing that the perfumes I use would still be at my wrists and on the sides of my neck after hours of wear, but it seems like an unrealistic ask. It probably doesn’t help that I work at a desk, the scent leaching from my wrists onto the surface beneath them. I’m learning of ways to prolong scent: applying it prior to dressing, not rubbing your wrists together, and using a non-scented moisturiser beforehand are three of the tips I’ve picked up so far.
As I’m dodging speeding commuters and fretting about the time on my phone in the morning, The Solid Earth keeps my head from spinning. As I soak up the sleepy, solitary vibes in my packed carriage on the tube, The Solid Earth keeps me awake. Its grounding, revitalising scent serves as a reminder of the value of people and the beauty of nature, and how joyous a mutually respectful bonding of the two can be.
Have you tried a perfume from Walden’s range? Which is your favourite cruelty-free scent? Let me know below.
*This post was not sponsored, but I did not have to pay for these products