Roll Up, Roll Up! Why roller ball perfumes are brilliantly useful

The rollerball applicator is catching on fast in fine perfume and this is neat, not least because they’re exactly that, small, slim and lightweight; they are handbag/manbag friendly and ideal for post-gym or mid travel applications. Because they don’t spray perfume all over the shop, they’re a discrete way to reapply without irritating your neighbours.

Le Labo, a brand which keeps popping up in our stories, is offering its best selling smells as cute rollerball Liquid Balms, which are also alcohol free. Being small and less pricey, It might be a good way to test why Santal 33 is so darn popular. Aesop’s Ginger Flight Therapy is actually designed to make you and your surroundings smell more lovely – is it just us who hates the smell of planes?



For some, it’s all about the amount of fragrance applied, as there’s more control (than a spray) over exactly how much you roll on and where. Often the rollerball scent is less pungent so if you like your perfume with a gentler touch, this method may be for you. Try the gorgeous Eau De Rose or Geranium Odorata. One of our favourite modern-day perfumers, Francis Kurkdjian, has travel sets in roller ball format, try the delicious Aqua Universalis Forte Elixir,

The daddy of all rollerball perfumes is the ten-strong kit The Blend by Fred Segal,The genius selling point is that you can bespoke and blend the assorted ten top-quality smells to perfectly suit you and the rollerball format makes them brilliant for scenting on-the-go. Sadly these are only available in the US, why are they not available in Europe, please?