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Pinrose | Luxury Perfume for Journey

Before I moved to India, I was so obsessed with perfumes and makeup that I become a “VIB” member at Sephora. That means very important beauty and you have to spent 1,000 usd to get in- which is insane. So, yeah I loved it! I usually went with sample packs they would do once a year so that I could try new fragrances and give away the ones I didn’t like to friends.

At the end of the post, there’s a giveaway.

Pinrose Perfume Review 

When the popular brand Pinrose (who’s been in W Mag, NY Times, and InStyle) asked me to review their travel size perfumes, I jumped at the chance. They are luxury fragrance brand from San Francisco. I’m always telling you guys in my packing posts that taking mini-perfumes and mini-OPI polishes is the best way to go so you can still have options while you travel.

The cutest bit of Pinrose is the quiz you take that shows photos, shapes, and even music to find out what scents fit your style and personality. It takes into account scents you like, brands you worn in the past and even your age to give you your two closest scents. The two women in charge are scent psychologists. I got cuddle punk & ballroom philosopher. Rose and No Doubt!? Yup!

luxury perfume for travel, pinrose review

luxury perfume for travel, pinrose review

“Erika Shumate and Christine Luby founded the company with the vision to make high quality fragrance a playful, effortless, everyday experience for the modern millennial.”

luxury perfume for travel, pinrose reviewYou can jump the gun and buy the scents they recommend, or you can go for a mixture sample of each of the 13 scents ($9). Do note that right now they ship only to the USA. If you’re a lover of online shopping, I don’t see any other way to buy perfume than like this! It’s so fun and clever. Once you’ve tried the sample/travel size petal packs (which go on like a wet wipe) you can choose which full size one you’d like to buy. Actually, the whole concept is similar to the shop I bought my glasses from. More companies should do this.

The petal packs are one time use wipes that you toss. I love this for traveling, because as you use them up your bag gets more space in it, whereas when you use up a bottle as you go- obviously the bottle will take up the same amount of space even when almost empty. You can mix and match the petals to make your own “petal pack” (25 for $24).

luxury perfume for travel, pinrose review

luxury perfume for travel, pinrose reviewThe first one I chosen for me, Cuddle Punk, has apricot, vanilla, and cypress. At first I didn’t smell the vanilla, which is one of my favorite scents- but about an hour later the smell changed to vanilla! It was interesting.

The second, Ballroom Philosopher, has peony, mandarin, and creamy sandalwood. I love this scent! It might be the one I choose to buy the full size version of.

luxury perfume for travel, pinrose reviewThey sent me samples of all the scents to try and there wasn’t one I didn’t like, but they are all VERY different- some are a bit strong. I recommend trying them first. I know to some, $50 for a bottle of perfume is high, but I’ve always spent a chunk of cash on my perfumes like my favorite, Burberry Brit, so it’s something I’m happy to splurge on. I’d been using the same scent for so long, I’m happy to have some more options. Now, just to figure out which one to buy!luxury perfume for travel, pinrose review

Pinrose Giveaway

Want to get your hands on the same sample petal pack that I got? Here’s your chance. One lucky winner will have one mailed to them. You just need to follow instructions below and be a US citizen (they aren’t shipping internationally yet). Good luck!

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This article was brought to you in partnership with Pinrose Frangrance.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Naomi April 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of wipes, it is great for saving space in your luggage! I have a solid perfume (Copacabana by Le Soft) which I really love, although it irritates my neck when I put it on so I can only put it on my wrists. But it smells of holidays and tropical settings so I love it.

  2. Jessica @ The Belle Voyage April 8, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Ooh I love this! I am always on the lookout for alternatives to liquids for beauty essentials – since I’m usually limited to a one-quart bag when I travel with a carry on. Plus the concept is so cute! I’m sure they smell as good as they look! Count me in for the giveaway!

  3. Stacy April 8, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea! Going to check out the sight now. Today is my birthday so let’s hope it brings me a little luck. Thanks so much for this.

  4. Kate M April 8, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Wow, brilliant idea to have perfume in wipe form. I have always traveled with solid perfumes before, but wipes sound absolutely genius. No potential melting in hot climates!

  5. Richelle @AdventuresAroundAsia April 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    This sounds awesome! I wish they shipped outside the USA… I guess maybe my parents can bring it to me when I eventually force them to visit me :)

  6. Jillian Phillips May 9, 2016 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Woo.. !! this is something great and the best option to carry along with you in case you are going for outing.

    Thanks for sharing this great info :)

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