Handbag Sized Fragrance

2 November 2013

Ah, perfume. Of all my beauty loves, fragrance has to be right up there at the top of the list. Whilst I'd love to carry (or afford) a 200ml bottle of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle around with me at all times, that sort of bulk just isn't going to fly with my handbag. So, instead I opted to share a run down of my top travel-sized scents.

Rollerballs are definitely the easiest handbag option, and on my most recent Stateside trip I stocked up. Top of the to-buy list was one of all all time favourite fragrances (which is now sadly discontinued), Chloe Love. This is a delicious, powdery scent, which when applied from this rollerball lasts all day. I'm rationing this out. Marc Jacobs has got to be the king of portable perfume. Over on the other side of the pond he offers all of his scents in rollerball sized, and I bought Daisy Eau So Fresh in Sephora for $22. I've raved about both of these perfumes before here so I won't go in to too much detail, but it's a light, fruity scent that I like to top up through the day by rolling a dab on to my wrists. 

For those of us back in the UK, don't panic - you can still get your petit parfumé M-J fix. Daisy Eau So Fresh is available in a 20ml purse spray option, or you could always try a solid perfume. I received this pretty ring containing the original Daisy a couple of years ago and I've barely made a dent in it. This is a clean, fresh fragrance which translates perfectly in to solid form and lingers all day. Plus, the packaging is gorgeous!

If you'd rather go for a straight-up spray that isn't going to take up your entire handbag or cost you the earth, then look no further than Zara. For a review of a couple of their scents check here, but my latest acquisition which has made it's way in to my handbag is Zara Gold. This is one grown up fragrance - it's a lot more earthy than I typically go for, but has a light trace of vanilla to balance it out. The bottle of this is effortlessly beautiful, and for less than a tenner for the travel sized spray, you can't go wrong. 

With Victoria's Secret having finally launched in the UK, it would've been rude of me to not take advantage of their extensive fragrance selection. I bought Sun Blissed because it smells just like my mum (this is a bit of a dupe of her favourite perfume, Dolce & Gabbanna Light Blue). It's a crisp, light fragrance - do you see a theme? - but VS stock stock the majority of their scents in handy handbag sized bottles for £11 each, so it's worth taking a look.

There we have it ladies - now there are no excuses for not smelling dreamy on the go.


  1. I definitely need to try one of Zara's fragrances. I really like the scent of the one in the rose gold bottle. I think its even called rose gold.


  2. I love that Zara fragrances are such good value to stick in your handbag :) I always have a little Chloe bottle from my best friend in my bag on a night out :) cute post and you definitely have great taste in perfume!
    Keep in touch :)
    www.lanouvellenoire.com xxx

  3. Those all sound gorgeous! Been wanting to try the one by Chloe for awhile now. Great post! x


  4. The Daisy Eau So Fresh purse spray looks so cute. I've always wanted to purchase that fragrance ever since testing it out in store. I get bored of fragrances quickly though so maybe I should get a little purse spray!


  5. They all sounds pretty nice! I would love to try One by Chloe.

  6. All these scents sound lovely! Think i might have to try the zara one!

    Hannah Heartss xxx

  7. Lovely scents - I wish I could get Coco Madamoiselle, but my sister in law wears it - and it would be kind of weird if I did too... Xx


  8. So glad to find your blog, love it <3 New follower here :3


  9. I've never tried any of fragrances from Zara before, I think I need to try it out!

    Hmm maybe...

  10. Victoria's Secret is available here in India as well now. Would love to try..Nice post Josie :)

  11. I love some of the Zara fragrances, theyre so lovely.
    Been dying to try a Victoria secret mist too, heard so much about them!


    Hannah x

  12. Oh there's something about this picture that is so so perfect! I've got a good camera but for some reason I can't really figure out how to take some really beautiful ones haha just not creative enough :(
    I'd love to try the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess again, I hated it when I was younger but now I don't remember what it smells like haha

    Andrea xx

    1. Aww thank you! I just threw everything on my desk and snapped away haha. I've heard such good things about bronze goddess :) x

  13. Oh i'd love to get my hands on a rollerbal perfume, they're so handy to carry in the handbag :D xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

  14. Like you I love the idea of a dressing table full of perfume bottles it's somewhat wasted as I actually prefer the purse sizes which I can throw into my bag to spritz on the go. I love my Chanel Mademoiselle Purse Spray and was able to pick up a rollerball of my Lady Million in the US last month.


  15. This scent sounds so great, it looks like it would smell so delectable ...mmm....yum

    Stephanie Dong Fashion +


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