Glossier You: Eau de Parfum or Solid?

Happy Friday everyone! It's Mai here to ring in the weekend with a new post. 

Let's talk about Glossier's fragrance - You - and it's two available forms. How do they compare and contrast? Which one would be most ideal? 

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The eau de parfum version of Glossier's first ever fragrance released on October 23rd, 2017 - which I think is perfect since it's a gorgeous cold-weather scent. 

Since Glossier is only available online for a huge amount of their customers (their only showroom is located in New York - where you can test out products in person), a lot of consumers were hesitant to drop $60 on a fragrance they had never smelled / worn before. Perfume sits and wears differently on everyone, and while $60 isn't terrible for a 1.7oz bottle of perfume .... it's still a risk a lot of people weren't willing to take - including myself. 

I love new fragrances just as much as the next person, but I really didn't want to take that financial leap without knowing that I loved Glossier You. 

Here's how the site described it:

"Mostly it smells like you: that familiar human-y note that makes up the body of what you’re smelling. Creamy, sparkling, clean, warm. That’s You. *please be advised that the formula comes incomplete; You are the first ingredient*

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(listed in order of emphasis)
The three base notes melt in with your skin...
_ambrette: comfy, warm
_ambrox: smooth, salty, animalistic
_musk: long-lasting, addictive

And a mix of top notes say “nice to meet you!” without overpowering the base...
_iris root: earthy, green, woody
_pink pepper: spice, sparkling"

Right off the bat, I had a hunch that I would love this. I love deeper, musky scents. I love when pepper is included in fragrance. I love ambrette/ambrox. So I figured I would end up having a deep love affair with You, once I finally got my hands on it. 

A lot of people recommended to first order a free sample of You with another Glossier order - which is what I did. 

Long story short, I was obsessed. It was everything I had hoped it would be. I hadn't loved a scent this much since first discovering Bal d'Afrique via Byredo. 

Moving on, this perfume also wears for a very long time on me. I will say that the actual scent slightly dissipates after a few hours, but I'll continue to get wafts of it every now and then throughout the entire day. I've also gotten endless compliments on how it smells on me - even after I can no longer smell it on myself. 

I now am on my 3rd sample size of this fragrance, and once I'm able to drop $60 on the full size, I definitely will. But for now ... I have credit card debt that I'm trying to handle lmfao. 

Moving on, let's talk about the solid compact version of You

This is a newer release - I believe it came out at the beginning of this month - and I immediately jumped on it. Priced at $22, I felt that it was way easier for me to make the leap and purchase, especially since I knew I loved this scent. 

I waited patiently for it to arrive in the mail. I ordered around Valentine's day, and although I was supposed to receive it exactly on the 14th, it arrived two days later. I dug into it, clicked open the heavy, luxurious feeling packaging, and took a long whiff - amazing. 

I love this. Glossier formatted the solid compact to be ideal for throwing in your purse (it comes with an adorable pink suede pouch) and going - touch ups available if you needed them throughout the day. They stated that this should last someone up to 3 months if used every single day. 

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This is a more concentrated version of the original parfum, therefore the fragrance is a bit more potent.

However, my official opinion is as follows: 

Glossier's eau de parfum sits on the skin and lasts throughout the day on me. I get stronger whiffs while wearing it, and others easily smell the scent on me (ex: the girl at my local juice bar that smelled it as soon as I walked up to the register to pay and told me how amazing I smelt) (my bf also loves it).

The solid compact is more concentrated, but also more tame. I don't get as many whiffs of this, and I feel that it really sinks into my skin. I mainly smell this on myself, but others don't as easily, unless they hug you or put their face near the place you've applied (hey, you never know).

All-in-all, I reach for my perfume samples more, but I do really love both, for different occasions. If you're looking for a little extra oomph, I'd say go for the parfum. If you want something subtly gorgeous, if you're sensitive to strong scents or work in a place where you can't be overly fragrant, go for the solid - it's just as beautiful bit a bit less forward. 

That'll be it for me this week! I hope this has helped some of you that were confused about which version of You to go for. 

Let us know which you like best - leave us a comment here or over on our IG page: @THEGLOSSARRAY.

Until next week!

-MAI