The stress of What To Pack for your holidays is higher than ever, with many airline regulations restricting the size of liquids you can carry on-board, now adding to the exisiting dilema of how many scents we can squeeze into an already bulging suitcase.
We feel your pain, perfumistas, and have scoured the scent world for the latest travel and mini-me sizes for on-the-go spritzing wherever you happen to be. Because we’re not all jetting off to the Bahamas, thanks very much, and we happen to like having a bottle handy every single day!
Perfectly sized, these 30ml bottles of beautifully fresh Bergamotto di Calabria, Arancia di Capri and Fico di Amalfi will whisk your senses away to the azure seas of the Mediterranean, even if you can’t be there in person, or just want to prolong the glorious sunshine in scent… Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo La Collezione £99 for 3 x 30ml eau de toilette
Buy them at Selfridges
Super long-lasting extrait strength parfum in totally portable form? Yes please! With five scents to choose from, each fragrance is crafted around an enticingly musky base, Origino opening with bergamot, pink pepper, juniper and nutmeg before trailing a deliciously creamy sandalwood and white musk base… Jeroboam Origino £90 for 30ml parfum extrait
Buy them at Jovoy
With intriguing hints of blood orange, hazelnut, pink peppercorn, clary sage, malt and an amber accord, it’s mixed in memory of the firey Jacobite women who earned this nickname. Warmly inviting and totally wearable, we love the idea of telling people exactly what we’re wearing when they ask (and they will)…
REEK Perfume Damn Rebel Bitches £25 for 7.5ml eau de parfum
A new house dedicated to ‘urban explorers’, get ready for a fragrant journey from London to Tel Aviv, Istanbul and beyond. Savvy scent-lovers could also opt for this citrus fizz, with a delicious dry-down of incense, cardamom and ozonic notes, a soft floral heart and musky base of white woods, benzoin and amber… Gallivant Brooklyn £65 for 30ml eau de parfum or
Buy them at Roullier White
For a more intense get-away for your senses, Light Blue lovers will adore this ramped-up but dinky-sized plunge into floral meets fruity. Crisp apple and lemon dive down to a flurry of marigold and jasmine petals before gentle amber base reminds us of sun-kissed skin… Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense £47 for 25ml eau de parfum
Buy it at Boots
An iconic scent just got even cuter in this darling bottle, fun and flirtacious the rose here doesn’t take itself too seriously, partying with peony and lychee, chicly confident with white flowers and cosying up to warm amber and cedarwood…
…literally. BeauFort London, for those who don’t know, are a ‘fiercely independent’ British niche fragrance house inspired by tales of derring-do, nautical history and literature, and for those wishing to take a small paddle in the perfumes before deciding on a headlong plunge, they have produced a hand-made, oil-tanned leather roll of five 7.5ml sprays.
The Come Hell or High Waterdiscovery set includes their infamously explosive 1805 Tonnerre – a smoke-filled melee of gunpowder, salt and lime; the ink-stained pages of leather-bound books in a dusty library of Coeur de Noir; George Bernard Shaw’s assertation that ‘Emotional excitement reaches men through Tea, Tobacco, Opium, Whisky and religion’ made manifest in Vi Et Armis; Lignum Vitae‘s addictive juxtopisition of pepper berries, Madeleine cakes, juniper and salted butter; and their latest – the humongously green, tousled bouquet of flowers tossed into roiling waves of Fathom V.
Produced and manufactured in Great Britain by hand, the fantastically tactile set arrives in a black presentation box embossed with the BeauFort London logo, and leather is of course a natural product, so every single piece will have its own characteristics of colour and texture.
What’s more, each vial is refillable from their 50ml bottles and – being protected in the leather roll – even more perfect for buckaneers to take adventuring… BeauFort London Discovery Set £85 for 7 x 7.5ml eau de parfum
Buy it at beaufortlondon.com
Written by Suzy Nightingale
Obviously we love nothing more than exploring hard-to-find perfume houses and word-of-mouth niche boutiques, but absolutely nothing fully immerses you in the style of a fragrance brand like plunging in to a tempting Discovery Set and exploring their myriad delights.
We believe that perfume is an art form, and as such these scents deserve to be savoured before you can truly decide which you adore and cannot live without a full-size of. And if this exploration can be carried out from the comfort of your sofa? All the better, surely…
So as well as our own Discovery Boxes, we are honoured to now carry a selection of Brand Boxes – discovery sets from brands we already adore, and think you will too.
So instead of trawling countless websites (and worrying about the total shipping costs if you’re tempted by several from different places!), browse the fantastic selection we have gathered for you. All helpfully located in one place, they come with FREE POSTAGE AND PACKAGING no matter how many you choose – the perfect presents for your perfume-loving friends are only a click away. (And may we suggest you throw in a treat for yourself, too?)
PS: If you’re a VIP Subscriber, don’t forget to be logged in to recieve your special price! Just-launched in our shop, this is a beautifully presented set of oppulent scents by a decadently brilliant, British niche house. Including their best-sellers and an array of fabulous fragrances for both sexes to fall in love with, we can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t succumb their charms… Ormonde Jayne Discovery Set VIP Price £43/Non-Subscribers £48 for 12 x 12ml Hand-crafted in England, created from the essences of real flowers, fruit and spices, we invite you to explore this British brand’s most-loved scents: pocket-sized and beautifully presented in their signature blue and white stripes. Shay & Blue Precious Miniatures VIP Price £55/Non-Subcribers £65 for 5 x 10ml
Discover the vivid interpretation of some of perfumery’s most precious ingredients, with scents specially created by leading perfumers in this colourful selection of bestsellers. Embodying Molton Brown’s mantra of ‘London via the World’, exotic ingredients include ylang ylang from the rainforest of Madagascar, Tahitian tamanu oil and precious oudh… Molton Brown’s The Fine Art of FragranceVIP Price £10/Non-Subscribers £12.50 for 8 x 1.5ml This incredibly cool conceptual brand – bringing together film, literature and fragrance – is expressed here via beautifully-presented trial sizes. Enclosed you’ll find a ‘fragrance menu’, inviting you to browse at leisure 10 unique scents – and looking for all the world as indulgent as a box of chocolates, but with zero guilt! Roads Luxury Kit VIP Price £70.20/Non-Subscribers £78
Breezing straight in from the beautiful Catalonian city of Barcelona we have the signature scents of Santa Eulalia, a favourite must-visit concept boutique (and one of the oldest stores in Spain). Named after the patron Saint of Barcelona, these four perfumes depict moods that effortlessly evoke the essence of the city and the spirit of the Mediterranean itself… Santa Eulalia Discovery Kit VIP Price £70.20/Non-Subscribers £78 for 4 x 10ml
The super stylish house of Agonist present the perfect selection to fully explore their house, with each scent thoughtfully created from rare ingredients and masterfully composed to refelect their artistic yet emotional inspirations. Having appeared in several of our own Perfume Society Discovery Boxes, this is your opportunity to dive fully in to this fragrant wonderland…
Agonist Discovery Kit VIP Price £55.80/Non-Subscribers £62 for 10 x 2ml eau de perfume
Whichever sets you’re seduced by, we know you’ll find a new favourite…
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