High Adventures in the Great Outdoors
Everyday Carry Essentials pt.1.
“EDC” – everyday carry essentials.
Everyone has them, be it your phone, gum, keys, phone, condoms, what have you.
Fragrances have not been part of mine.
Now, I do appreciate a fragrance that is housed in an elegant and well sculpted flacon, however, while being on the road, functionality and convenience reign supreme. Specifically, during longer stints overseas and air travel, conventional spray bottles are far from ideal.
Enter Solid State – a telling name indeed as it refers to solid wax-based fragrances and thereby provides the versatility that traditional colognes lack.
Essentially, Solid State is a condensed version of a fragrance in wax form, which has been solidified by naturally sourced essential oils and other ingredients. The fact that it is not diluted with water and / or alcohol ensures that the fragrance unfolds its nuances for longer than regular colognes.
Housed in a stylish, sliding, sturdy tin box, Solid State is the easily portable brainchild of Anthony Nasr, who basically invented the concentrated grooming product he desired for himself and his busy life.
What I like about Solid State is that due to its liquid free compactness, the preservative free and Australian made wax can be easily applied on the go wherever one might roam and with a range that suits a myriad of contexts.
Personal favourites of the solid perfume range include Voyager with its leathery nuances – not further wondrous since I harbour a weak spot for everything smoky in the realm of whisk(e)y – which blend in extraordinarily well with musky floral notes.
Journeyman is a subtle, more subdued yet sophisticated take on a crisp fragrance with hints of cedar and ideal for warmer climates, while Wayfarer hit it heavy in the spice department – spicy as in you feel a well-calibrated presence of chilis that is counterbalanced by vanilla and a bed of tobacco.
Given the merits of the concept as such paired with the fact that the actual fragrances make it more than the novelty factor that might make it interesting in the first place, make Solid State and its products a welcome addition to my everyday carry essentials.
Photo by T