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Pacifica Ruby Guava Solid Perfume

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Pacifica Ruby Guava Solid Perfume

Last week, I was browsing a few online green beauty stores, and decided it would be great to try an all-natural perfume. The only natural perfume I’ve already tried are my own creations using a blend of essential oils in a carrier oil, but the trouble is I find it hard to get the scent to stay and not wear off after 5 minutes. Finding this Pacifica Hawaiian Solid Perfume in the sale, I had high hopes this would be amazing!

Pacifica PerfumePacifica solid perfume packagingThe Scent

What The Box Says

“Inspired by a surfing trip to Hawaii, this sexy and sultry tropical blend combines sweet, berry-like notes of Guava with a bright, citrusy top note of Pomelo and a warm and subtle Coconut base”

In Reality

Awful.

The description of the scent on the box, couldn’t be further from how this actually smells. There’s no berry notes. There’s no subtle coconut base. And I smell no citrus whatsoever! I really do not like this smell at all! It’s such a shame because it looks so beautiful in it’s cute little mini tin and pretty pink floral Hawaiian packaging, I imagined it to be this intense tropical aroma of freshly picked Caribbean ruby-guava, exotic kaunaoa flowers, mokihana, pink lokelani and kukui blossom, and maybe a hint of subtropical Pacific Island coconuts.

Even though Pacifica claim to use just “natural” ingredients, to me it smells like a very sickly car air-freshener. Or one of the clip-on toilet freshener things. I dislike the smell so much I have to wash my hands and wrists if I try to sample it! It does have a smell of something guava but just not very much like real guava? Fresh guava smells and tastes delicious, and I also love the smell of raw coconut oil so in theory I should be totally in love with this. It’s missing the fresh scent I thought it would have… I wondered if it might be the pomelo (a South Asian citrus fruit that looks like a giant grapefruit) I wasn’t liking, but that’s citrusy and I love the smell of grapefruit or any citrus fruits.

The reason I am so averse to this perfume, is that it is made with artificial fragrance oils which Pacifica have cunningly tried to camouflage by simply adding “Pacifica’s own perfume blend with natural and essential oils” in the ingredients list. How do we know this? Guava essential oil is not a real thing! You can’t make something smell like guava without actual guava in it. So what can you use then? Synthetic fragrance oil.

Pacifica Solid Perfume - Close UpPacifica Perfume IngredientsThe Ingredients

Organic cocos nucifera wax (coconut wax),  organic glycine soja wax (soy wax), parfum (Pacifica’s own perfume blend with natural and essential oils), prunus armeniaca wax (apricot wax), caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut source).

With no parabens, animal testing, animal ingredients or artificial colours, Pacifica’s perfumes are 100% vegan and gluten-free. It all sounds as though it should be awesome, but AGAIN another experience of greenwashing! Notice how it doesn’t list ‘no artificial fragrance’. Another example of how I need to be more careful when shopping for natural products, because otherwise it’s all too easy to fall for the shiny, pretty, packaging and marketing.

How can companies such as Pacifica hide behind such elusive ingredients lists? According to the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration), by law American companies do not need to disclose a list of each fragrance in their products, as this is classed as “propriety” – i.e. they are allowed to keep this secret to protect their copyright formula.

Texture & Application

This solid perfume has a very nice soft buttery balm texture (a lot different to the Lush vanilla solid perfume I used to buy which was a lot more messy) and is lovely to apply on wrists and pulse points. The only good thing from buying this, is that it has made me think about possibly using a coconut wax base for my own perfume if I cannot find one that is actually completely natural! 

I’m also considering melting this stuff out of the tin as I would a finished candle, and use the tin for my own homemade perfume 🙂

The Verdict: an embarrassing buy!

A dumb purchase on my part, I cannot emphasise enough how much I dislike this product. And besides the over-powering and sickly-sweet aroma, the tin is just tiny! I really should have checked the net weight of it before purchasing (10g FYI) so I was quite shocked to find it was smaller than a tin of vaseline (p.s. I don’t use that stuff either). Yes, you don’t want to carry a giant tub of perfume around, but the value for money here is silly. I bought this rather impulsively (can you tell?) from Naturisimo for £7 in their sale, other sites retail this for £10 such as Amazon – though I’d say this is seriously over-priced! That’s £1 per gram, people!! For a product that isn’t even nice.

Has anyone else bought what they thought were ‘natural’ products and only realised afterwards? Any recommendations for a genuine natural perfume welcome!

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  • I’m not a big fan of Pacifica’s scents and I think when asked, they’ve admitted that they do use some synthetics. Have you tried Deep Steep? They do a guava scent that’s very sweet and fruity but I don’t find it sickly. Obviously not just essential oils in the Deep Steep either – they use naturally derived fragrance – but the products never have that synthetic scent that Pacifica tends to have

  • Such a shame and that’s very naughty of them to write 100% natural and no artificial fragrance when there blatantly is! I have recently been sent a perfume from Hawaii that I think you’d love but it is pretty expensive…have a google – One Self Organics 🙂

  • Kate

    Such a shame…my sister has the rose version in a roll on that I quite like the scent of. Not sure how natural it is. I love the idea of a natural solid perfume. There are some on Etsy. 🙂

    • Oh cool thanks for the recommendation, I didn’t know there were perfumes on Etsy! Yes I’m quite wary of Pacifica now, currently they’re a brand I tend to avoid :/

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