One of my guilty pleasures is traveling with my favorite scent. But taking a bottle of perfume or cologne on your trip can to be inconvenient for a number of reasons. If you pack fragrance in your checked baggage, you run the risk of a wardrobe disaster should the bottle spill or break. If you opt to put it in your purse or carryon bag, it has to be TSA compliant (less than three ounces). In my experience, buying anything in small sizes is never economical.
Truthfully, when I received a sample of Travalo’s refillable perfume sprayer, I let it sit for a few weeks dreading the process of transferring perfume from a larger bottle into the light (.5 ounce), attractive brushed aluminum sprayer. In fact, I decided to fill it with a scent I no longer favored because I didn’t want to risk losing any of the good stuff (my favorite scent, Hermes Eau des Merveilles, is pure liquid gold and pretty pricey for experimentation).
When I finally had the time and courage to try filling the sprayer, it turned out to be simple and convenient; there’s no funnel or extra parts to worry about misplacing. All you need to do is remove the plastic spray top from your own perfume bottle, insert the plastic tip from the bottle into the bottom of the Travalo mini sprayer, and pump it about 15 times to fill.
The window on the side of the metal sprayer tells you in real-time how much perfume you are transferring. The atomizer is about the size of your middle finger (about 3 inches); mine is a pretty brushed gold with a matching cap, and holds about 50 sprays. When I looked at the Travalo sprayers on Amazon, I would have preferred pink. The one downside of the product is that there is no way to clean the inside of the unit once to change scents so I’m buying another so I can travel with my Hermes scent.
It’s great for men, too, and it’s a neat gift for a girlfriend who travels. Travalo is available on Amazon in pink, hot pink, silver, black, gold, and red, currently priced between $ 7-13. For more information see the Travalo website.
SandyJuly 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm
Thanks for this recommendation. Sounds like the perfect gift for my daughter-in-law. Will order one now.
Living LargeJuly 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm
I just read the other day that some places in the U.S. are banning people who have perfume or aftershave.
Alisa BowmanJuly 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm
I don’t wear perfume anymore. I find that various products (shampoo, soap, lotion) all are so scented as it is that adding perfume seems like too much for me. Plus it’s one less thing for me to spend money on. But this is a good tip none the less.
MyKidsEatSquidJuly 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm
What a handy little gadget. Usually when I travel I just bring perfumed lotion that meets the 3 oz or less requirement. Is that your bottle of Tresor? I’m a Tresor fan too.
Irene S. LevineJuly 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm
You should be a perfume detective!
HeatherLJuly 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm
I bet that can be used for other liquids besides perfume. It sounds very travel-friendly.
RoxanneJuly 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm
I also don’t wear perfume much at all anymore (especially on planes and such), but this does look like a neat gadget.
karen escaleraJuly 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Great tip, thanks.I found another solution in my travels — in the local markets in the Middle East I buy small bottles of perfume essence which travels easily and doesn’t evaporate. And speaking about tips, I had the problem of when I’m traveling and either gifted or buy a bottle of wine and what to do to bring it home I bought inexpensive bubble wine sleeves and now my problem is solved!
Irene S. LevineJuly 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm
Thanks for addressing the other “liquid” problem. I, too, love those bubble wrappers. They sell them at the Container Store and I try to remember to take one with me rather that search for one on the road.