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Our pick of the perfect travel-friendly perfumes

Summer in the city has its perks, but the evening commute isn’t one of the them… if your head’s wedged in somebody’s armpit, a quick spritz (or discrete ‘roll’) of one of these handbag-compatible scents will help counteract whiffs and make your tube/bus or train journey not only much more bearable, but actually, rather bloody lovely! What’s more, these chic miniature vials are ideal for the summer – they’re perfectly portable, hand luggage-friendly (and great for beautifying your beachside #flatlay).

Named after the Italian word for ‘touch’, {TOCCA’s} sensual scents are fresh, feminine and perfect for a summer jet-away. In cute 20ml rollerballs (perfect for stowing in clutch bags come wedding season), these pocket-sized vials are a great way to top-up your fragrance between desk and dinner. Essential for all those who want to feel emboldened, {Cleopatra} boasts a captivating blend of juicy grapefruit and cassis balanced by notes of golden amber and a warm, vanilla musk. 

Or, if you love scents that ‘sparkle’, {Liliana} – which comes in a beautiful, ladylike 30ml vial – evokes the fun, ‘fizz’ and frivolity of 1920s parties. With top notes of gardenia and peony, this flapper-worthy fragrance conjures all the glitz and glamour of a champagne-fuelled fiesta – feminine and flirty in the very best of ways. 

If you’re a fan of florals, look no further than Kai’s stunning rose-infused {Perfume Oil}. Melding the fresh, exotic scent of Hawaii’s white flowers (jasmine, lily and tuberose) with the smooth, subtle bloom of sun-drenched roses, this dinky rollerball is the ideal accessory for crisp cotton and boyish denim – lending sexy softness to androgynous ensembles.

Unapologetically attention-seeking, Charlotte Tilbury’s {Scent of a Dream} comes in a decadent, 30ml bottle (complete with the signature, crystalline lid!) to bejewel your dressing table – and yourself – while en vacances. Guaranteed to get you noticed, this intoxicating scent heralds your entrance while prolonging your departure; amplifying your allure with its seductive, ‘psychoactive’ base of hedione and pheromonic Iso E Super. Be warned, this isn’t one for shrinking violets…

And if you’re already addicted – or soon to be converted – Escentric Molecules’ latest offering, {Molecule 04}, comes in a gorgeous metal travel case to help ensure you smell unendingly incredible. A unisex, single-note scent, this is pure Javanol – synthetic sandalwood – which envelops the wearer with the wood’s signature warmth without the ‘heaviness’. It’s a contemporary twist on tradition, that oozes a sophisticated ‘otherness’.

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Verity Ann Douglas

Verity Ann Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…