Skin Deep: Rollerball perfumes

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Small but mighty, rollerball fragrances have two major advantages: they offer more control and they're compact.

While traditional perfumes let you spray the scent in a general area, a rollerball applicator can be used to apply fragrance directly on skin, just as you would draw with a pen. In fact, a small subset of perfume lines have recently come out with solid perfume sticks that are even more pen-like.

While they do contain liquid, rollerball applicators are tiny enough that they're travel-friendly - perfect to throw in a tote or clutch. And at less than an ounce, they're a TSA-approved way to stay pleasant-smelling for your whole trip.

Plus, if you want to experiment with a new perfume, these mini versions are a manageable splurge. Here, find a cross-section of scents that will please any nose.

Field of flowers

FlowerbyKenzo Rollerball, $25 at Sephora

Violet, vanilla and rose add up to a powerful perfume that's reminiscent of oriental flowers, just like the packaging. The scent is designed with the city girl in mind.

Garden musk

Lulu Beauty Starlet, $32 at Tigertree, Short North

This Seattle-made scent is one of several from Lulu Beauty, a line with an a-list following. The tiny bottle comes inside a teal cigarette-box-style holder with a mirror inside and is a favorite of Tori Spelling.

Fresh fruit

DKNY Delicious Duo Rollerball, $20 at Sephora

This twofer keeps the options open. On one end, Be Delicious is the original green-apple-infused scent; on the other, grapefruit and jasmine are layered over a whiff of apple to create a distinctly feminine fusion in Be Delicious Fresh Blossom.

Tropical escape

Emilio Pucci Vivara Rollerball, $25 at Sephora

Floral fragrances with notes of amaretto, narcissus and patchouli make for a scent that's inspired by the Italian Riviera. Its packaging reflects the iconic Pucci design found on clothing and accessories.

Clean & fresh

Clean Warm Cotton Rollerball, $22 at Sephora

As an alternative to Febreze-ing yourself, try this. A combination of light pear and citrus fruit essences pair with floral and saltwater freshness to create a clean-linen scent.