Good things come in small packages: The best mini-perfumes to stow in your luggage based on travel destination

Good things come in small packages: The best mini-perfumes to stow in your luggage based on travel destination


Text: Emily Heng

Beauty devotees know this all too well: after meticulously sliding and shifting all your clothes, underwear, electronics and shoes into every inch of your carry-on, you realise — to your horror — that there's absolutely no more room for your massive cosmetics bag. 


What to do? You may attempt Marie Kondo-ing your current stash, or decanting everything into minis... but honestly who has the time and patience? The next best thing: getting all your must-haves in travel-friendly sizes from the get-go — and hey, you may even have some room left over for that extra duty-free shopping.

Topping the list of necessities is, undoubtedly, a good fragrance — because entering new territory smelling stale is not a good look. Below, a curation of mini-perfumes to slip into your carry-on according to your vacation. 

Bright lights, big city: Dior J'adore Amphora Roller Pearl
For a scent that leaves a lasting impression, go for the Dior J'adore Amphora Roller Pearl. Bearing notes of jasmine, rose, and ylang ylang, the floral bouquet is effortlessly seductive without being overbearing. Roll it against the nape of your neck and along wrists before heading out to paint the town red.

Cultural circuit: Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle Rollerball
Because there's nothing more apt than having your perfume match the art on the walls. Scent yourself in notes of sweet honeysuckle, sparkling grapefruit and mandarin oil for a carefree, sun-warmed fragrance that lingers between exhibits.

Beach bash: Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi Acqua
Mint, thyme and wildflowers mingles with fresh citrus, capturing both aspects of effervescence and calm experienced at seaside holidays. Spritz it on, and pop it into your purse for touch-ups throughout all sunny (and sweaty) affairs. 

Romantic rendezvous: Burberry Her Eau de Parfum Rollerball
The girlish package houses a surprisingly sensual fragrance, with sweet berry top notes dissipating into a sensory bouquet of jasmine and amber over the course of the night. Perfect for dinner, drinks, and dancing along the streets of Paree.

Shopping sprees: Le Labo Tonka 25
This dark, woody scent is interlaced with hints of sweetness; think layers of musk with drops of vanilla for a fragrance that is both sweet and spicy. Sure to last through your shopping marathons and beyond.

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