Unlike your tiny travel shampoo or your TSA-safe micro-tube of toothpaste, there's something low-key sexy about a rollerball perfume. More than just a carry-on essential (because no one is getting their full-sized bottle of Gucci Bloom through airport security), you can slip a chic glass flacon into the side pocket of any purse or gym bag for an instant refresh when you're dripping in sweat on a crowded subway platform or trying to shake off that stale office feeling before heading straight from work to cocktails.
Another plus: The diminutive size means a lower price point, so you can experiment with your fragrance without splashing out on the full-size. And while we're waxing poetic, let's acknowledge the simple, luxurious ritual of rolling perfume onto your skin instead of spritzing into the air to dash through on your way out the door.
Ahead, we've put together the best travel-sized fragrances to try this summer. Whether you want to smell like a walk on the beach in crisp white jeans and a nautical striped sweater (even if the reality is more like dry, brittle hair and denim cutoffs), or like you bathe in cold milk and rosewater à la Cleopatra, we have a rollerball perfume worthy of your next vacation... or just your next trip to the grocery store.
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Who wouldn't want to smell like a lazy afternoon on the boardwalk? Zesty pink pepper mixed with lemon hints at sea spray without being salty, and ylang ylang and coconut milk give a whiff of Banana Boat sunscreen without the sticky feel. It's beachy and summery in all the right ways — and not at all artificial or cliché.
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If your rosé is actually frosty frosé and your rooftop garden bar looks more like an overcrowded frat party, this cutesy version of Gucci Bloom — plus a burst of green for this youthful take on the original — may be the semblance of sophistication you need to get through the next sweaty Saturday.
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This Stella McCartney two-piece set features the OG Eau de Parfum, a seductive, woodsy amber-rose sent, and its pink peony cousin, a feminine floral. Layer them together, or use one at a time — either way, that's just $28.50 for this lovely duo.
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With warm and spicy top notes, you'd think Nest's new Cocoa Woods would be more of a wintery curl-up-by-the-fire sort of fragrance. But the unexpected hints of tiare blossom, sandalwood, and Thai ginger make it surprisingly wearable for summer.
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As gorgeous as the lavender-printed glass bottle would lead you to believe, this Tocca blackcurrant-and-wild iris fragrance is the nighttime scent you want on the nape of your neck on those late August nights — the date-night perfume to end all date-night perfumes.