My New (to me) Fragrance Hack

s1585561-main-heroIn my entire life, I think I’ve only ever finished one bottle of perfume, and I believe it was a 1.0 oz bottle, which is pretty small. Fragrances are a tricky thing because if you keep them too long, they start to go bad. This makes “collecting” or trying out new fragrances fairly difficult. This has often been my fate. I buy a larger bottle of perfume and before I can even finish it, I get bored with it and move on to something else. By the time I go back to that old bottle of fragrance, it’s rancid and a bit worthless. I currently have a half used 3.4 ounce. bottle of Marc Jacobs’ “Daisy” that I feel like I will never finish. Probably because I’ve now moved on to other favorites. I will never again buy a bottle of perfume that large.

I’ve recently started exclusively buying roller ball fragrances. Roller balls are a travel-size version of a fragrance–usually around .33 ounces. Price-wise they usually retail between $22-29 depending on the price of the fragrance. For example, Viktor & Rolf’s “Flowerbomb” rollerball retails for $29 while the 1 ounce retails for $88 and the 3.4 ounce retails for $165 while. On the other hand, Juicy Couture “Viva la Juicy” .33 ounce rollerball retails for $22 while the 1 ounce and 3.4 ounce retail for $52 and $92 respectively. What I’ve found is that for me and the way I wear fragrances, roller balls are the way to go. I can switch around between 2-3 fragrances at any given time without worrying about wasting bottles of perfume. It’s also a great way to try out new fragrances and if you love something enough you can just upgrade to a bigger bottle.

I’ve been rotating two different roller balls since end of September and I’ve barely made a dent in either one. Here is a list of some of my current favorite fragrances:

Next rollerballs on my list to buy:

Past favorite fragrances: