How to travel with perfume
We know downsizing beauty essentials into travel-friendly packing solutions is sometimes a bit of a mare. It’s usually only the real MVP’s of your collection that make it into the vanity case or toiletry bag, and if you’re only away for a couple of days with a duffle or carry-on, your options are limited even further.
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It means unless you’re fully committed, taking your favourite perfume is almost out of the question, with its weighty glass that risks breaking with every bump.
Okay, yes, picking up a new fragrance at duty free is part of the fun of overseas travel, and wandering through all the sleek and beautiful counters spritzing and sniffing is definitely our favourite way to kill time before a boarding call but there are other ways you can take your favourite scent with you wherever you go.
These are our favourite ways to smell stunning and create fragrance memories as well as holiday (or, yes, work if you travel for your job) ones.
Stock up on samples
Those tiny vials of perfume you sometimes get as a gift-with-purchase are handy to hold onto for any upcoming trips. Department store fragrance counters and beauty stores like Sephora and Mecca often have samples available if you ask politely, particularly when you are already at the checkout counter buying something else.
If you regularly buy online from beauty retailers that stock fragrance, you’re likely to receive samples with your purchases. If you are signed up to their customer rewards schemes, sometimes Mecca and Sephora even give you the option to choose your sample.
Buy a Rollerball
Not just the domain of sticky tween lipglosses, the rollerball form of fragrance has been making a serious comeback recently. Housed in small vials, usually around 8-10mls each, rollerball versions as well as slim atomisers of your favorite scent are much easier to slip inside a case when packing.
They also make an affordable entry-level way of trying out a fragrance to see if you like it, given their lower price point.
One way to avoid spills, keep to TSA's liquid rules (under 100mls for anything in your carry on) and to indulge in a beautiful long-lasting scent is to try a solid fragrance. Used as a way of applying scent since ancient times, they come housed inside small metal tins or jars, and contain fragrance suspended in a wax or cream. To apply, simply run your finger over the surface and then dab on wrists and other pulse points. Extra points for the vintage-chic aspect.
Get a gift set
It’s time to think strategically when it comes to the time of year when gift sets are available. Often full -size fragrance bottles are packaged together with a mini version of the same scent (eee! who can resist teeny tiny replica bottles?!) Better yet, fragrance samplers, where a brand offers a set of some of its best-loved scents in small bottles that are perfect for packing. It means you’ll then have options for different getaways, say woody and rich for a winter escape or sparkling and light for a summer abroad, as well as trying a number of new perfumes.
Change up the way you wear it
We've recently seen an explosion in innovative new ways to wear your perfume. Diptyque in particular is changing the game with a perfumed bracelet, scented skin stickers and more. Byredo is now offering it's famous fragrances in a brush-top powder and Jo Malone has scented ceramic discs you can pop in your handbag to emit a heavenly scent wherever you go. Then there's always soaps and hand and body lotions in your favourite perfume to consider. They are easily portable and leave a lingering scent on your skin.
Buy a smaller bottle
Some brands have lesser known tiny sizes of best-sellers that are perfect for travel. Keep your eyes on the 'minis' section at your favourite cosmetics retailer or department store. There is a particularly good selection in international Sephora stores, should you be lucky enough to be travelling that far.
Try a cotton ball
If none of the other options suit, try this: spritz your perfume heavily on one or two cotton balls and quickly place in a small sealed plastic bag or bottle. The scent remains for several days and will transfer to skin when rubbed on, although once exposed to air for a minute or two the cotton ball won't be able to be reused.
Main image: Louis Vuitton
* Do you have any tricks for taking perfume with you when you travel?