I am chuckling to myself as I write this, because every time I’ve typed the phrase “rollerball,” I keep picturing the 1975 movie of the same title with James Caan (there was a remake made more recently, if I’m not mistaken). So that gives you an idea of my age, although I wasn’t legal at the time. 🙂
Anyhoo, let me get back on track. Not long ago, I had the happy occasion to get my hands on a rollerball of Cartier’s La Panthere, which from previous posts, you all know that I am quite taken with (as are many of you.)
Now I don’t have many fragrances in rollerball in my collection but do enjoy the few that I have. In my travels, Sephora seems to have more scents in roll-on form than anywhere else, and I’ve also come across empty ones for your own fragrance.
There’s something very sleek and smooth (and dare I say, even sensuous) about gliding scent across your wrists, neck, and other pulse points. No dbout it does feel more decadent than swiping your wrists with the plastic dabber of a sample vial.
In addition, the resulting sillage is softened, and you are less likely to offend others in your vicinity as you’ve not allowed as much scent into the air around you as with a spray. Not to mention their spillproof nature and handy portability. On the downside, I know there can be qualms about sanitary issues with the rollerball being in frequent contact with skin.
But have any of you found that the scent itself seems different applied this way? Of course, that makes sense, as fragrances do tend to smell slightly different when dabbed and when sprayed. Oddly enough, though, when I applied the La Panthere rollerball, I got the heart and lovely, mossy, musky base notes very quickly, very little of the top notes at all, at least on my skin. But when I dabbed it from my sample vial I got a more traditional development of the scent. So when I want a dose of the mossy, musky goodness of La Panthere right away, I know I’ll be reaching for mine.
What about you? Do you have any rollerball scents and what are your favorites? And does the scent seem slightly different to your nose when you wear it this way?