9 purse-friendly mini perfumes perfect for party season
‘Tis the season for fragrance top ups
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / December 13 2021
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.
$47 at Sephora
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.
$135 at Sephora
Byredo La Sélection Florale Fragrance Discovery Set
Craving a floral fragrance that's actually cool? Byredo (the ultimate overachievers) brought you three: the iconic Blanche (an enchanting peony and pepper mix), the super iconic Tulipe (a stunning tulip and vetiver combo) and the maybe even more iconic Rose of No Man's Land (a delicious raspberry blossom and rose hybrid).
$144 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.
$45 at Sephora
Miu Miu L'Eau Bleue Rollerball EDP
Miu Miu don't mess around when it comes to 'fun' fragrances and this fantastically fresh lily of the valley and white musk dream proves it. It sits toward the green side (did we mention leaves covered in literal dew drops are incorporated into the blend?!) so it's particularly great for daytime events, but hey, it's damn chic regardless of the hour.
$47 at Myer
Nest Midnight Fleur Eau De Parfum Rollerball
Did someone say oriental?! This after-dark drop centres around a heady duo of amber and patchouli, with enough vanilla orchid to keep it out of the overwhelming arena. Let's just say if there were an award for 'most subtly seductive scent', this one would take the trophy hands down. You won't want to put your hands down, though; you'll be whiffing those wrists all evening.
$41 at Sephora
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.
$33 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