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04/05/13: Balm Balm Perfume Taster Set

I noticed the other day that one of the new beauty boxes (Souk Souk, if you're interested) that have come out at the moment have a bottle of Balm Balm's Mandarin single note perfume included - and it reminded me that I hadn't written yet about the taster pack I bought a few weeks back.

I couldn't begin to tell you what is in my regular perfumes - but I read somewhere that most fragrance ingredient lists wouldn't be able to fit on the perfume bottles they come in! So I liked the idea of buying these because they are so simple, with just two ingredients in each.

Balm Balm are a UK company mostly known for their range of Tea Tree, Rose Geranium and Fragrance Free balms.  However, they also make single note perfumes - and if you're not sure about them, then they provide a cute way to try out their entire range in this little organza taster bag.  I ordered mine from Saffron Organic - an online company that only sell Soil Association certified products.

Image of seven mini Balm Balm single note perfumes in white organza bag with two pence piece in the foreground

Image of rose geranium balm balm single note perfume vial in front of two pence piece

The seven scents are: 
-  Lavender  (Lavendula Angustifolia)
-  Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens Roseum)
-  Bergamot (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia)
-  Mandarin Orange (Citrus Nobilis)
-  Spearmint
-  Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata)
-  Petitgrain (Citrus Aurantium Amara)
+100% Organic Natural Grain Alcohol

According to Balm Balm, the grain alcohol is used to keep the product completely organic and is supposed to be gentler on the skin than other alcohols used in skincare.

The scents are fairly self explanatory.  The only one that I didn't know about beforehand was petitgrain.  And truthfully, I could do without knowing about it!  It's a really... heavy fragrance.  It's a more 'masculine' aroma, and I'm not a fan.  The Spearmint smells nice, but I don't know whether I want to smell like gum.  Ylang ylang is not a scent that I've ever been keen on.  

I like the simplicity of the mandarin - the bergamot and rose geranium are also lovely.  And Lavender is Lavender... :)

Each fragrance comes in one of these little vials with a plastic top that allows a bit of fragrance to be administered at a time.

Close up image of petitgrain single note perfume mini being held between finger and thumb

Image of plastic perfume dropper held between finger and thumb with bottle in background

Unfortunately, I have two big issues with these fragrances.  Firstly, specific to the taster set, I find the plastic dropper REALLY irritating.  It's hard to get any fragrance on it to add to your skin - I wish that they had gone for atomiser tops instead - the whole trying to get the top off carefully without throwing around any of what's inside is a bit of a pain - and because it's so fiddly, I haven't had much luck with mixing many of the fragrances as suggested on their site.

The second is that unfortunately I prefer more fragrance than you can get from one of these... and as a natural product, these scents aren't going to last a very long time on your skin.  Balm Balm say that you can counteract this by applying it over a balm or body oil to keep the scent around for longer, but I didn't find that it worked all that well.  After about an hour, I couldn't smell anything any more. - and I don't really want to be reapplying all day.  
Good for me? A reasonable £4.99 (from Saffron - £6.99 direct from Balm Balm) for the seven mini bottles, soil association certified and I do like some of the scents. I'm a bit disappointed that I wasn't as happy with these as I thought I might be - it seems I'm still looking for something to spritz on in the morning.

Good for you?  If you like simple smells and can cope with the fiddly tops, then this is a great way to give single note perfumes a go.   (Thankfully the larger sizes look like they are sold with spray tops!)
If you're interested in buying any for yourself, check out the following websites:

Balm Balm
Saffron Organic

If anyone has had any luck with these, or can recommend other skin friendly fragrances - please let me know!


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  1. Great review! I love the Rose Geranium, Mandarin & Ylang Ylang scents. You should check out for organic perfume - its very nice x

    1. Thanks! I'm going to try to get my hands on a sample of the PG perfume. :) x

  2. I love Balm Balm products but I haven't ventured to these perfumes as I'm not someone who wears scents. It is nice to see natural alternatives :)

    1. I've had hit and miss experiences with Balm Balm as a brand - but I agree it was nice to see there are alternatives. Thanks for reading :)


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