11 perfume oils for the girl on the go
The travel-friendly fragrances that make smelling good a breeze
By Carli Alman
Beauty Crew Editor / May 08 2019
When you think of a perfume, a standard spritz bottle most likely comes to mind. And that’s usually what most women will purchase – whether it’s in the form of an eau de toilette, eau de parfum, parfum or cologne.
But have you ever considered a perfume oil instead of a standard EDT or EDP for your next signature scent?
The lesser-known cousin of your regular fragrance, you can usually get roll-on perfume oils, or a serum-like bottle with a dropper that helps dispense the oil. You'll also typically find them to be of a thicker consistency than what you’d spray (that’s because of that whole oil perfume thing).
"They do tend to last longer than spray-based scents that contain alcohol, as the alcohol evaporates much quicker off the skin. An oil-based scent will retain the fragrance for a longer period of time; some perfume oils only need applying once during the day or evening or twice at most," says Alanna Quin, Director of perfume oil brand Ayu.
Besides this, the small nature of the packaging makes them an absolute winner for on-the-go – whether that’s on a day-to-day general life basis, or for interstate and overseas travel. And when you consider that you don’t need to spritz to top up your scent, you can give yourself a pat on the back for being a considerate perfume applier in public, too.
So how do you apply a perfume oil? According to Quin, it should be applied sparingly to your pressure points to obtain the most benefits from using them. "Perfume oils can be much more concentrated than regular scents and heat is what activates the perfume. Pressure points are spots on the body where your pulse can be felt and so these are generally the best spots due to the warmth of your blood. Some such points include behind your ear, at the bottom of your throat, on your wrist, inside your elbow, and behind your knee," she says.
So now that you’re more clued in on the wonders of an oil perfume, these are a few of our favourites to add to your wishlist.
Le Labo Santal 33 Perfume Oil
Thought Le Labo's best-seller Santal 33 couldn't get any better? Well now the smoky and leathery scent comes in a concentrated and luxurious oil that is guaranteed to turn heads (and is the perfect heady scent come winter). Just proceed with caution - a little goes a long way, so you won't need to apply much.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Pure Perfume Oil
Equal parts sweet and sensual thanks to its combination of violet and sandalwood notes, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Pure Perfume Oil can be worn morning, night, and any time in between.
Kai Rose Perfume Oil
Don’t be fooled by the title - Kai Rose Perfume Oil isn’t just concentrated rose. Featuring white floral notes such as gardenia, the feminine scent is fresh and vibrant; perfect for those who love a floral fragrance.
Jurlique Essence Of Rose Roll On Fragrance Oil
If rose fragrances are your thing, get your hands on the Essence Of Rose Roll On Fragrance Oil from Australia's own Jurlique. Featuring a combination of Turkish rose and rose, this concentrated oil will give you just the floral fix you need.
Lumira Arabian Oud Perfume Oil
Sensual without being too rich, Lumira Arabian Oud Perfume Oil is a nighttime scent that is guaranteed to turn heads. With notes like bergamot, sandalwood and amber balanced with rose and other floral notes, we predict you won’t be able to stop smelling yourself.
OdeJo Rollerball Oil
Combining fresh aquatic notes with floral ones like rose and lily, OdeJo Rollerball Oil will surprise your senses and leave you wanting more. The handbag-friendly rollerball features quite a strong scent of cucumber, so it’s definitely one for those who are fans of the clean, revitalising note.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Layering Oil
Perfume oils have a pretty good reputation when it comes to fragrance layering, and these three oils from Viktor & Rolf's best-selling Flowerbomb (Jasmine Twist, Rose Twist and Musk Twist) exist for exactly that reason – to change up your classic Flowerbomb fragrance. Simply drop your Twist of choice onto your pulse points, and spritz with your Flowerbomb perfume to enhance the scent.
Pure Fiji Coconut Rollerball
Pure Fiji Coconut Rollerball is definitely for the coconut addicts out there. A few swipes on your wrists and behind your ears will have you feeling like it’s summer all day every day, no matter where you are.
Described as a “heady and intoxicating” scent, Ayu Souq is not for the faint-hearted. Rich in woody and floral notes, combined with nourishing jojoba and wheat germ oil, you can expect high impact and great reward when applying Souk. It’s a good idea to go slow on the application with this one, and layer as needed. Guaranteed to win hearts when you get it right!
Salt By Hendrix Salt-Scent Her Gypsy Heart
Packed with organic essential oils and free from toxins, Her Gypsy Heart ticks all the boxes when it comes to looks, smell, and ingredients. This one is perfect for those who love notes of jasmine and neroli, but if not, the brand has two more scents for you to choose from – Goddess Glow and Luxe Bohemia.
Ocinium Rapture Perfume Oil
Ocinium Rapture Perfume Oil is another scent for those who are drawn to earthy and woody fragrances. Notes of vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli and ylang ylang make for a rich combination that’ll calm your senses but leave those around you asking what you’re wearing.
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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.