Have you ever thought to yourself –‘that perfume smells nice but it’s too expensive!’ Well, there’s a solution for that and it’s called rollerball perfumes. They first started out as samples that were given out at retail stores, malls but pretty soon became popular. They’re convenient as they fit into bags, easy to layer, affordable and give you a taste of a certain EDP before shelling out to buy the big bottle. We’ve reviewed some of the Best Rollerball Perfumes here for you.
The Pivoine Flora collection was released back in 201l and is largely a tribute to, or captures the essence of the peony flower. It is supposed to embody the romantic and sensational nature of the spring season. It starts out on a tart, luminous, green and shiny opening, where notes of bergamot, green leaves, and grapefruit stand out above the rest. The peonies only come out after this overture dies down, and it’s surrounded by violet, magnolia and eventually cools down to musk, vanilla and cedar dry down.
Price: $ 23.14 (approximately)
- ideal for summers
- mature summer notes
- perfect for all age groups
Can be too floral-fruity for some, small amount finishes quickly, low longevity
L’Occitane’s Pivoine Flora might have low longevity but is definitely good for summers as its feminine, fresh and soft. It literally feels like happiness in a bottle, and if you grew up around peonies and love the smaller of these flowers, then this Pivoine Flora rollerball is for you. Many of the L’Occitane perfumes are strong, as they are filled with extracts and essences. This EDP is lighter and isn’t exactly their signature scent. Still, we think it is one of those great ‘go-to’ options for the summer, where you get that floral freshness without too many sweet notes.
This Florentine brand is known for their impeccable taste and Signorina Eleganza is a tribute to this. It is a luxuriousEDP that is a celebration of feminine seduction and grace. Notes of pear and grapefruit give it a stimulating and invigorating introduction. The heart is intensely luxurious with the addition of almond powder and osmanthus petals.This sits on a base of white leather, patchouli for a lingering, luscious dry down.
- pleasant florals
- nicely layered
- odd leather notes
- mild projection
- mild longevity
You could use this as an office fragrance, and the roller ball can help top up the fragrance throughout the day. It is very pretty, classy and girly, reminding us of Miss Dior Cherie and Chanel Madamoiselle, but on a much lighter level. Unique without being offensive, sophisticated, chic without being serious. It sits closely on your skin and is only noticeable when you are close to the person. This is a subtle, creamy chypreand is a great, classy, pretty infusion of fresh, white floral and not as sweet as the original.
The One from Dolce and Gabbana is the series of women and is meant for the exceptional female spirit that draws attention through her looks, manners, poise, and sensuality. Like all other fragrances from this fashion house, The One has an alluring, special character. The composition can best be described as floral-fruity that’s sensual, warm owing to that trace of powdery vanilla.
It opens on a soft, fresh mandarin, litchi, bergamot and peach blend and this trails off into a balmy, thin heart filled with jasmine, lily of the valley, white lollies and plum. The base is powdery, woodsy and has amber, musk, vetiver root and vanilla.
- moderate sillage
- long-lasting, versatile
- can be cloying in summers
- fades on the skin
- lasts longer on clothes
The One smells classy and glamorous but isn’t loud and opulent like most EDPs and can be worn by all age groups. It is this beautiful and warm, creamy vanilla mixed up with the freshness of fruits. We think it’s good for any occasion, and while it’s more of a winter scent, in summers its transforms into this bronze, cozy scent. Fruity and elegant is something we’d associate with younger perfumes, this is a more mature take on the same scent profile.
Then again, some people might find it a bit too cloying in summers. It is feminine with a sense of maturity and dries down to an unmistakable musk and softens up the burst of floral.In our opinion, the closest this comes to is Chanel’s Allure EDP.
Midnight Romance is the successor to the 1988 Romance and is a part of a series of eight similarly themed EDPs. This edition is a cheeky contrast of the original EDP and its romantic editions. The new composition is mature, passionate and is a step away from the innocent, daydream like compositions of the other EDPs.
This passion has been brought alive by top notes of Italian bergamot, litchi, and raspberry and has a heart filled with freesia, seductive peony and Sambac jasmine a darker, warmer base of iris absolute, ambroxan and blank vanilla.
- heavier notes made wearable by moderate sillage and longevity,
- not impressive in winter
We have no idea why it’s called Midnight Romance as it feels like a summer perfume with lots of tart fruits and vanilla background. There are these soft raspberry powdery notes somewhere and it smells very good, but the sillage is so weak it wore off in three hours’ time! Maybe that’s why the rollerball is so popular over the EDP bottle! This is a good choice for office, church as it has moderate longevity as a skin scent, making it a safe day time option.We would say that this falls under the Chance Eau Tendre, although this EDP is fresher.Compared with the other EDPs in this series –the original Romance is unrelenting, cool, and sterile and clean while Tender Romance is the exaggerated candy-sweet and feminine. Midnight Romance falls in between. Then, it has these comforting powdery notes adding this sophistication and comfort to it making Midnight Romance unique in its own way.
Tresor, which translates to ‘treasure’ first came out in 1952 and was an oriental-floral perfume. The EDP has top notes of lily, rose and lilac that smooth down to a heart of spices, apricot, peach and orange blossom. The base is ambers, cedarwood, musk, balsam, green leaves, and sandalwood.
- moderate to lasting longevity
- good sillage
- too heavy and mature for some
This wonderful scent starts out on a smooth, creamy peach note and as this fruity blast wears away, the floral notes come to the foreground. By then, its more syrupy, romantic with airy flowers he earlier version has better longevity, but this version has better performance. It is on the heavier, mature and classic side.It does remind us of a Hollywood starlet from the 1960s taking a walk down the Champs Elysees.
Tresor has this fruity overture but not in a juvenile way, but has a more rich, succulent nature. It is floral as well and you can get whiffs of each flower mentioned with the rose being spicier; and softened to a powdery texture with the iris, musk and a golden aura thanks to the amber.