Whatever your destination this summer, Patricia shares her selection of travel sprays and rollerballs.
Summer is a time I like to take things down a notch, kick my shoes off, and wiggle my toes in the sand. Food becomes simple salads, boiled shucked corn, and barbecued meat and veggies; clothes are less restrictive and in lighter fabrics and colors; and summer hours are the norm at many workplaces.
Serious perfume also takes a backseat in the warmer months, as my nose and my brain crave a respite from anything too complicated or fussy. What suits in February becomes too much in July. Because of recent problems of evaporation and separation in many of my homemade decants, I’ve increasingly turned to travel sizes and rollerballs offered by the manufacturers. Small and generally well priced, the following are what I’ll be popping into my beach bag this summer.
Let’s pull out the wicker hamper, red checked tablecloth, and lots of paper napkins and pack our perfume picnic. First in is Cédrat Enivrant by Atelier Cologne (7.5 ml travel spray, $25). This citrus beauty is as cool and refreshing as a summertime gin and tonic, but it lasts really well. Because these Atelier travel sprays are as hard to resist in summer as the potato chips already in the basket, I’ve added another to my list: Orange Sanguine (also $25). This is as close as you will get to the real fruit, fragrant, juicy, and rolling around the bottom of the basket.
A picnic isn’t complete without iced tea, and Bvlgari offers travel sizes of its Eau Parfumée au Thé series in Blanc, Bleu, and Vert. I’ve decided on Thé Bleu for its lavender take on the citrus tea theme (10 ml travel size for $25). The lavender is so cooling in the hot summer sun. (For another refreshing green tea variation, Victoria suggests The Different Company Tokyo Bloom, Japanese sencha tea and dandelion leaves in a lemony cologne. It’s available as part of the TDC discovery box, which includes 12 different perfumes and retails for $125.)
Although a pricier choice, the 15 ml Hermes travel sprays from the Hermessence collection seem made for summer. I choose Épice Marine, which is like eating spicy beef brisket on a bun while watching the waves roll in. (Four 15 ml travel sprays are available for $156 on the Hermes website and can be mixed and matched.)
To set the scene, Frédéric Malle Vétiver Extraordinaire (10 ml. travel size for $56 at Barneys.com) evokes the sight, smell, and sound of dry beach grasses rustling in the ocean breeze. Rosa Rugosa, a flowering beach shrub native to Asia, is conjured up by the original Chloé EDP (6 ml rollerball $28) or by the drowned rose aspect of L’Ombre dans l’Eau EDT by Diptyque ($60 for three 12 ml travel sprays on diptyqueparis.com).
Lastly, I invite some Remarkable People by Etat Libre d’Orange (5 ml travel spray, $12) for the sparkling conversation between grapefruit and champagne, with cardamom as their sidekick. The animated chatter sadly fizzles out after a few hours in the open air, but remains good company in a quieter way for a few more hours.
Don’t forget to bring a wide-brimmed sun hat and enough sunscreen for everyone to share. Bursting with tropical white flowers and coconut, Bronze Goddess by Estée Lauder is for me the quintessential sun cream fragrance (6 ml rollerball, $25). Into the basket it goes.
Whether you fill your beach tote or your 3-1-1 airline travel-approved baggie, please do let us know which fragrances you will be turning to this summer. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, we’d love to hear what you are wearing for winter.
Unless otherwise noted, all travel sizes mentioned are available at Sephora.
Photography by Bois de Jasmin