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.