When a product gets over 200 5* reviews on Amazon, I can’t help but take notice. Which is how I ended up buying one of these Travalo perfume atomisers last Christmas to put in a care parcel for my sister in Oz. I haven’t actually *sent* this parcel yet, infact… I’m looking at it with overwhelming guilt as I type this. Note to self: send the damn parcel already, it has creme eggs and a packet of twiglets with her name on ’em!
Anyway, I was contacted by Travalo’s PR last month who wondered if I’d heard of the atomiser… “Yes!” says I, irrelevantly explaining what a completely awful sister I was. Once I’d stopped rambling, they deduced that I hadn’t actually tried it for myself and kindly offered to send me one.
Behold. The Travalo. (and a nearly empty bottle of Hypnotic Poison).
The premise is simple. We don’t want to carry big bottles of breakable perfumes around with us in our handbags and we *definitely* don’t want to pack them in our suitcases to take on hols but we still want to smell incredible right?
Old fashioned perfume atomisers involved fiddly things like funnels and swearing under your breath as you poured half your bottle of EDT over yourself, the kitchen counter and the cat before managing to eke maybe half a drop into the atomiser vessel.
Travalo uses a pump action to draw the juice from the original bottle into the atomiser chamber without a single drop going to waste. Or that’s how it works in theory at least… look…
You just pop the nozzle off your favourite perfume and press the base of the Travalo onto the exposed, erm, errr, stump? I’m sure that’s not the technical word.
It totally reminds me of watching my mum refill her BIC lighters in the 80s. But again, with less swearing.
There’s something incredibly satisfying about pumping the Travalo up and down on the stump of the perfume bottle. And it doesn’t even remotely make me think of sex either.
You get about 50 spritzes from a full Travalo which should be plenty for a week in the Sun. I like that the atomiser has a decent nozzle too… it doesn’t dribble fragrance pathetically or force me to make do with my most hated of dispensers… the roller ball.
It’s a bit “form follows function” in its design and styling but it serves its purpose well without any major faults. I’ve lumped it about with me in my handbag, given it to L to play with in the back of the car and even let Mr. L have a go at filling it after his curiosity got the better of him. It has suffered a fair few scratches where the Travalo has bumped up against my car keys so I’d like to see the product come with one of those little drawstring pouches to keep it better protected.
When all is said and done though, it’s solidly achieved what it promises without fuss or palava, providing an affordable solution to a common fragrance dilemma!
Now, for the giveaway… I have one of these Travalo Atomisers (in PINK!) to give away to a lovely Facebook follower! If you don’t already following Lipglossiping.com on the book of faces, why not? Oh, you hate facebook? In that case drop me an email and I’ll enter you anyway.
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5. Competition closes on Friday 13th May 2011 at 23.59.
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