Solid lotions are definitely a bit more convenient when you’re on the go. I have two solid lotions in the “sharkling sized” which is Darling Clandestine’s mini solid lotion size.
The ingredients listed are: avocado butter, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and vitamin E (not vegan!)
I have it two scents: Don Gato and Serpentina
Darling Clandestine as a shop, I hesitate to recommend to others! She is notorious for running over her stated turnaround time and engaging in questionable customer service policies surrounding it. That being said, her pricing is on the lower end of the Indie perfumes, and she does have a vision for her scents. Also note–it doesn’t seem like her oils age all that well, there’s been a few personal anecdotes of her oils going rancid.
Consistency: On par with other solid lotions I’ve tried. Has that waxy feel with a heavy Shea butter scent to it. I can wash my hands 2-3x without soap and still feel the product. With soap, it makes it through 1-1.5x the washes. A little goes along way, and absorbs fairly quickly.
Color: Yellow/beige in color for both scents
Don Gato: It’s clean, sun-baked, green-soaked cat. It’s a very mild green scent with clean undertones. It doesn’t layer super well with my scents but it’s inoffensive and defintiely work safe.
Serpentina: Green tea with a smoky opium bite. This is a favorite among customers, one of my simpler blends, and a great primer for folks who are cautious about plunging head-on into the weird world that is DC. It’s fresh and invigorating, and comforting, but has just a little bit of snarl, “a flash of a dark underside”, as one customer put it. This is a perfumey bright green tea. Think Elizabeth Arden Green Tea perfume. I don’t get any of the smokiness.
Cost: I got Don Gato in a mystery pack, $15 for 3 items and Serpentina in a swap for $5 (I can’t really tell the exact sizing for it, the metal tin is about 2 inches across and 1/2 inch tall).
These are fun lotions that are must-haves if you’re a fan of Darling Clandestine blends, they’re easy to layer with your DC perfumes. The formulation isn’t anything unusual, it behaves like any other solid lotion, and definitely DIYable. Sad to say, I’ve broken up with DC, but I am happy to use these guys up.