It can feel pretty traumatic when airport security decide to confiscate that beloved bottle of scent you mistakenly left in your hand luggage pre-flight to Venice. There may have even been tears from one of our team in the past when her precious Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay didn’t make it onto the flight with her.
So, we decided it was time to highlight the brilliant-ness of scents that come in an adorable miniature form – allowing you to rest safe in the knowledge that they will never, ever be taken off you by airport security. You see, the majority of our favourite fragrances come in a scaled-down version, too – cult bottles of olfactory juice that fit perfectly in our handbag and are the ideal size for hand luggage. Perhaps proving once and for all that good things come in small packages?
And let’s face it, there’s nothing like a teeny tiny version of our favourite beauty product to get our heart racing.
Here are a few of our all-time favourites:
My Little Chloé, £28 for 20ml eau de parfum
Meet Chloé’s little sister. A 20ml bottle of the ever-popular scent, complete with the iconic ribbon. When these appeared on our desks last year, it felt like we had been transported down the rabbit hole into wonderland. The little falcon captures bouquet of florals – with a heart of pent, lychee and freesia, followed by refreshing rose, magnolia and lily at the top and a warming base of amber and cedar wood.
Try it at: Debenhams
Tory Burch Rollerball, £18 for 6ml eau de parfum
That’s right, the first fragrance from Tory Burch now comes in rollerball form, too. Capturing a feminine yet tomboyish scent, it perfectly blends floral and citrus notes of peony, tuberose, grapefruit, neroli alongside a base of earthy vetiver.
Try it at: Harrods
Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose, £75 for 3x 10ml
A fragrant trio of miniature vials from Frederic Malle – we selected Lipstick Rose, as it’s a favourite of ours, but all the scents in his range are cleverly available in this format. Lipstick Rose is perfumer Ralf Schwieger’s vision of glamorised femininity and with notes of rose, violet, musk and vanilla, it’s the perfect fragrance for summer travels.
Try it at: Liberty
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, £89.50 for 7.5ml parfum
The iconic and best-selling Coco Mademoiselle, in a delightfully adorable matchbox-sized bottle. Delicate floral accords of jasmine, may rose and iris – but in a stronger concentration so despite the size, it’ll probably last you just as long as your full-sized bottle.
Try it at: Boots
Miller Harris Citrus Set, £50 for 3x 15ml eau de parfum
Fans of citrus scents, rejoice – this little set of travel-sized Miller Harris fragrances will utterly delight your senses. Citron Citron is a bright and fresh aroma, while Le Petit Grain embodies the essence of the orange tree and and Terre d’iris is rich in fruit, herbs and woody notes.
Try it at: Miller Harris
Written by Alice Jones