I like to smell good, I mean don't we all but one thing I don't have time for is lugging around a large, and weighted bottle of fragrance. I would rather my scent of choice faded throughout the day, than have an aching back and arm come mid-afternoon. Well if you are prepared to step a little out of the box, you can have the best of both worlds and if all else fails pray that one day that rollerball fragrances properly become a thing in the UK.
If you don't already own one, hop aboard the Travalo Atomiser train; this dinky and often pretty bottle, allows you to quickly and of course easily, transform any fragrance into a nifty handbag ready bottle - 5mls no less. Simply attach to your chosen scent, use the in-built pump and funnel your signature scent into the tiny atomiser, ultimately freeing up space within your handbag. This is also ideal not only for everyday use and of course travel, but to also slot inside even the smallest of clutch bags. I can not recommend the Travalo enough and you can find a selection via Feel Unique - link.
One of the few brands offering rollerball fragrance options within the UK is Diptyque; not exactly purse friendly in price but great if you happen to be a Diptyque fan to begin with (and who isn't), as many of their signature scents do come in travel friendly sizes. As with most Diptyque products each roll on perfume oil comes beautiful presented and in the instances of the two scents I have tried: Rose and Lavender, they are highly concentrated and rather long wearing. You can find a selection of roll on Diptyque fragrances via Space.NK - link.
The one product that has installed hope that perhaps purse sprays will make a come back is Gucci. Just last month Gucci launched a purse version of their latest fragrance - Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum. Not only is the scent utterly beautiful: fresh, subtle and very, very clean but the Gucci Bamboo bottle is both sleek and convenient. The long, thin, bamboo shaped metal bottle neatly slots into most handbags and is surprisingly light weight, making it ideal for travel, everyday use and of course a night on the tiles. I personally believe that the Gucci Bamboo Purse Spray is only the beginning, I have a sneaky feeling that other brands will soon follow suit and we will be spoiled for choice within the travel fragrance market come next Summer...well I hope at least. You can find the Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum purse spray via Boots - link.
Before I really became interested in seeking out less bulky and altogether handbag friendly fragrance options, I relied on Jo Malone's 30ml bottles for all my on-the-go fragrance needs. The great thing about the smaller Jo Malone colognes is that they are of course suited to being popped into a bag, but they are also a full sized bottle of perfume - I often begrudge the inflated price tags that come with scaled down beauty products. Admittedly at 30ml it is not the smallest nor lightest option on the list but it is just that, an option. You can shop Jo Malone via House of Fraser - link.
If you don't mind a slightly larger than purse sized fragrance option like the aforementioned Jo Malone 30ml colognes, may I point you in the direction of The Library of Fragrance Cologne collection? A vast range of beautiful and dare I say unusual scents that won't break the bank (£15 per bottle), that come in 30ml and 15ml options (this size retails for £10). The great thing about The Library of Fragrance Cologne is that they are a single note scent, this means that they can be layered with other scents, and of course being fairly dinky they do of course travel well too. You can shop the entire collection here -link.
Hopefully one or two, of the above compact fragrance options are just what you have been looking for and of course help to take a load off your poor aching shoulder!