Ever since I got my Chanel WOC, nights out haven't been the same. I absolutely adore it and together with my Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch, it is my go-to handbag for evenings out.
The only trouble is that they are both very compact and while I do prefer that these days compared to lugging around a big bag, it does pose some issues when it comes to packing them with my essentials. Not just for space but to protect my bags too- a perspex bag may burst or misalign its hinges if over stuffed and the precious lambskin of the Chanel could easily be over stretched and scratched beyond repair if there is too much inside the bag or something sharp inside.
Essentially, my essentials have been narrowed down to my essential essentials. Gone are the days of taking combs, hairspray and full faces of makeup out with me. I like to apply my makeup and do my hair so that I know it is going to last before I leave the house and just take a lippy or gloss to top up with while I'm out. I much prefer it this way, who wants to spend the night in the loo reapplying eyeliner when you could be on the dance floor giving Beyoncé a run for her money?
Something that I've really had to size down on is my perfume. Even the 30ml bottles are often too big for a clutch bag, especially the ones with quite elaborate packaging.
At the moment, my favourite going out, out perfume is my Chanel Coco Mademoiselle that I received for Christmas off Mr WLL. It smells luxe and exclusive and I love to keep it for special occasions and evenings out. I have the body cream, body oil and hair mist too so I like to apply a little of each to really layer the scent when I go out.
However I only have the 100ml bottle because I prefer to get the biggest size in my fragrances as I find that they work out more cost effective that way. Even if I could fit this big bottle in my bag, I would never take a 100ml bottle of perfume out with me anyway. I'd be too worried incase it smashed inside my bag and ruin it, not to mention the amount of money would literally be spilled from a broken perfume bottle! There is a purse spray version of this perfume available but even that is quite bulky and if you're using a small bag like the lips clutch, you've got absolutely no chance of being able to fit your keys, money, phone and lippy inside as well as the perfume. That's why I much prefer to refill a Travalo Classic with my fragrance before I go out.
A Travalo is a perfume atomiser that you can transfer any fragrance into for spritzing on the go. I've loved them for years and find that they're the best way for me to take my fragrance out and about with me. It is quick and easy to fill up without any waste, spillage or mess which is important, especially if you've spent a lot of money on your fragrance. The best thing about it is that its very small in size so it is perfect for popping into my clutch bag when I'm going on a night out. I can even fit one of these into my smallest clutch bag with plenty of room for my other essentials.
The Travalo is robust, shatterproof and leakproof so you can rest assured that it isn't going to smash or leak all over your bag. It has been approved for airlines so if you travel a lot and like to freshen up after your flight then this is ideal for popping in your carry on bag.
Travalo have released a new version of their Classic, which provided 50 sprays of perfume (4ml), known as the Classic Excel. It is only a few millimetres taller than the original one yet it provides 65 sprays (5ml) which is more than enough for a weekend away or even a trip abroad for a week. The great thing about the new Classic Excel Travalo is that it has a spray head that produces a finer mist which disperses the perfume over a wider area so if you're someone who gets a little spritz happy with your fragrances and you like to have it all over you then you'll be able to apply far less in one area but get the same effect with the new Travalo.
The Travalo has a pump to fill system that works by removing the spray cap from your own perfume bottle and attaching the bottom of the Travalo to the spray part of the perfume bottle before literally pumping the perfume into the Travalo. It is that easy and there's even an indicator window on the front so you can see exactly how far up you have filled the Travalo and when you're using it, you can see how much you have left so you never need run out of perfume.
The pump to fill method also stops the risk of the perfume being damaged from air exposure which can change the scent of a perfume. If you're using quite a strong perfume then I'd recommend having separate Travalos for each scent that you want to use as I've found that if you finish using one particular perfume in a Travalo and then refill it with a different fragrance then the two scents can get a little confused together! This is just for a short time though and once you've spritzed it a few times, you can just smell the new scent that you've filled it with.
Travalos are perfect for some many occasions but especially for travel. Whether you're heading to a music festival this summer and needing to freshen up or if you're jetting off to a holiday destination and need something small and travel friendly to pop in your hand luggage bag.
Both men and women will love these as they're so much easier than taking a big fragrance bottle out with you. My husband kept one in his suit pocket with his wedding day aftershave in to top up his scent throughout the long day.
The Travalo is available direct here and also from Debenhams for £12.50 each or two for £25 with a free leather carry case. They're so affordable and would make a great gift for someone who travels a lot or who has a small handbag addiction like I do! I've been using Travalo's for years and if you're a long time reader of my blog then you'll remember this post here!
I'm sure I've seen them in duty free when I've been travelling too so if you're heading away this summer, keep your eyes peeled for one when you're making your duty free purchases.
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