9 purse-friendly mini perfumes perfect for party season
‘Tis the season for fragrance top-ups
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / December 12 2022
When heading out for whichever fabulous event is on the cards on any respective arvo/evening/morning (no judgment, it’s the holidays), it’s important to remember the essentials: keys, wallet, phone, mini perfume, you know the drill.
Wondering how that last suggestion snuck into the ‘must-have’ list? Because it is a must-have, okay?!
While we’re downright thrilled that dance floors are back, it’s physically impossible to not sweat off your scent when “Low” comes on. There’s also a reason long lunches are called ‘long’ lunches; even perfumes loaded with the strongest of notes (you tried, patchouli) can’t necessarily last through umpteen hours of joyous boozing and grazing.
And so we rest our case: a mini fragrance is undoubtedly a non-negotiable for every party season purse you’re packing. From fragrance sets that boast multiple eau options to cute-as-can-be minis of popular perfumes, here are the tiny fragrances we advise stocking up on stat…
Gucci Mémoire D’Une Odeur Eau De Parfum Rollerball
We'd like to think the 'smelling like Harry Styles' factor (he's the chiselled face of this unisex delight) would be enough to convince you, but just in case you need more, know that this lush Gucci scent is an airy olfactory journey that's both cool (with chamomile and jasmine petals) and warm (hey, sandalwood) all at once.
$48 at Sephora
MOR Peony Dew Pocket Perfume Eau De Toilette
Another great thing about mini perfumes? You can spend as less as $20 for a fresh new spritz and be ready to fetch yourself a newbie just as the season changes. Smart. This delightful peony, lime and bergamot blend will put a pep in your step and some savings back into your bank account.
$16.95 at MOR
Huda Beauty Kayali Minature Set
Want endless options every time you go to pick a perfume? Allow this decadent quartet to serve as your silly season scent smorgasbord. Your choices? Musk and sandalwood, vanilla and brown sugar, red apple and rose or pink grapefruit and pink pepper. And hey, there are no rules against creating a little layered cologne concoction of your own.
$149 at Sephora
Byredo La Sélection Boisée Fragrance Discovery Set
Craving a rich woody fragrance that's distinctive with every spritz? Byredo (the ultimate overachievers) brought you three: the iconic Black Saffron (a captivating leather and raspberry mix), the super iconic Super Cedar (a stunning cedar and rose combo) and the maybe even more iconic Mojave Ghost (enchanting layers of ambrette, magnolia and sandalwood).
$149 at MECCA
Dior J'Adore Eau de Parfum Roller Pearl
Does it get much chicer than Dior? No, it does not. But while you'd usually be too scared to tote around your precious J'Adore bottle, you'll be far less fearful (but still incredibly fabulous-smelling) with this roller option. The iconic jewel-inspired shape is still in tact though; we wouldn't want our beloved pear and violet eau to be presented any other way.
$85 at Myer
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Rollerball
Black Opium has been a festive season staple for years now; something about the sensual sweetness just screams 'party time'. It's full-bodied (thanks to a base of vanilla and coffee) with both fruity and floral notes (pear and jasmine) rounding it out, so it caters for just about every perfume preference palette.
$49 at MECCA
Fresh Life Eau De Parfum
With a fragrance every bit as fresh as the name would suggest, this glorious grapefruit splash serves up serious summer vibes with every spritz. We'll bet you'll discover something new with each one as well; magnolia, freesia, bergamot and amber sure make for a complex and exciting sensory experience.
$36 at Sephora
Aerin Cedar Violet Eau De Parfum Travel Spray
This sweet scent's title may shout out cedar and violet (and they're both quite delightful) but if we're honest, it's the 'golden' gardenia that locked in its place as one of our go-tos. It was technically tailored toward the season of autumn, but we happen to think said note cements it as summer in a (handbag-friendly) bottle.
$48 at David Jones
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Capture all the memories of your endless summer days with this oh-so-appropriate mix of citrus, floral and amber. Perhaps the only thing better than balmy nights spent with friends is the bergamot, orange blossom and cedarwood blend that'll remind you of every happy and carefree moment.
$45 at Adore Beauty