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Have perfume will travel | Vial trials | Kits & caboodle

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What’s in your carry-on? Some luxurious – portable – perfumes, yes?

Right now, travellers are in the sights of the perfume houses. Dinky little travel kits, slimline atomisers, and his and hers minis give jet-setters variety when they travel and ensure they don’t flout airlines’ rules on carry-on liquid limits. Travel kits are also a great way to try before you buy – to experience, over a holiday break, several you might be having trouble choosing between.


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Penhaligon’s, Creed, Cire Trudon, Kilian, and Juliette Has A Gun are among those well-loved brands creating fragrances keen to come on that journey to the four corners of the world. These are some to watch out for…

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The Penhaligon’s Scent Library is a little tin of temptation that collates 10 x 2ml vials of best-sellers Empressa, Luna, Artemisia, Blenheim Bouquet, Lord George, Duchess Rose, Quercus, Juniper Sling, Endymion and Halfeti. Cost: $59.

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Penhaligon’s Scent Library, all the influencers at the one party

Penhaligon’s is also soon to release two His & Her Minis: sets that include five festive 5ml bottles. For her: Halfeti, Empressa, Artemisia, Vaara and Iris Prima. (Empressa has recently emerged in a new eau de perfume guise, a mossy wood-chypre with citrusy top notes underpinned by Bulgarian rose, peach and pink pepper.) The men’s mini comprises Quercus, Blenheim Bouquet, Endymion, Halfeti and Juniper Sling. Note the crossover. Cost: $112

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Destination Carry-on: Penhaligon’s Women’s Mini travel set

Juliette Has A Gun’s Discovery Kit stars a 4ml Not A Perfume then adds seven 1.7ml samplers, including Lady Vengeance, Anyway, Gentlewoman, Mad Madame, MMMM, Another Oud and this summer’s newbie, Sunny Side Up. Cost $39. What’s not in it is the cheeky JHAG perfume, coming mid-year, Moscow Mule, inspired by the cocktail of the same name, made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice. Saluté!


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Discovery Kit of eight temptations from Juliette Has A Gun

The House of Creed was founded 257 years ago, in 1760 in England, and the first fragrance ever made was commissioned by King George III in 1781. Creed caters to the decisive. Choose a handsome atomiser ($199) and then decide which fragrance you want as a recidivist refill – Aventus, Silver Mountain Water, Royal Oud or Green Irish Tweed? Three 10ml refills will keep you travelling in style. Cost: $239

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Four top Creed fragrances come with three refills

By Kilian has the golden touch. Watch for the travel versions of Woman in Gold (for her), a chypre floral fragrance, created by Clarice Becker and launched in 2017, as was Gold Knight (for him), a woody oriental, created by Pascal Gaurin. Both will come in a 30ml refillable travel set. In the meantime, there’s By Kilian’s pretty fruity floral Good Girl Gone Bad travel atomizer with three 30ml refills. Cost: $299

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Kilian’s Good Girl Gone Bad, ready for take-off

Cire Trudon released five perfumes to supplement the French company’s legendary candles last year and the promotional box of  elegant vials became so popular it has become a “product” in its own right, the Trudon Discovery Coffret. Just as well, because choosing from among the heady offerings of Bruma, II, Revolution, Olin and Mortel is next to impossible. Pack the lot. In an elegant navy box, each slim spray is 10ml. Cost: $110.

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Trudon Parfum opts for elegant sufficiency

  • Photos: Susan  Skelly & supplied. Stockists: Premium perfume boutiques, Agence de Parfum (02) 8002 4488, or email



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