I am partial to miniature perfumes for one most important reason: they are cute! I like that they come in the same shape as the big bottles, only smaller and cuter. I am happy with the quantity of perfume, 5 to 7 mls is ideal amount to try the perfume without having to deal with a 100 ml bottle that I may most probably never finish. They are way more glamourous than decants in generic vials.
Looking at my collection now, I'm sad that I have bought most of these perfumes just for the sake of it. With a few exceptions of course, I don't wear them very much. Most of them are full and only tested once or twice. This is the downside of minis. If you are a collector, it is a good thing to have a lot of minis but I am not. I buy perfume to wear and enjoy it. I hate the clutter. It feels like a waste of space and money now that I think about it. If I like a perfume very much it is wiser to buy a full bottle rather than a mini. Calculating the cost per milliliter, minis (smaller sizes in general) cost a lot more than full bottles.
Dab Ons, Sprays, Roll Ons: Given the size, packaging of most minis is in Dab On bottles. I totally don't mind Dab Ons. It is convenient because I can control the amount applied and the area on which I apply. It is easier to diffuse a little amount of scent into a small area like behind the ears (unlike sprays). Or I can splash as much as I like! Some of them do spill making a mess and wasting the precious juice.
Sprays are really convenient and hygienic. I have not seen sprays on commercial perfumes with sprays on smaller bottles. I also wish the spray caps were "removable" so that they can be refilled with the same perfume again.
Roll Ons are convenient and portable. The hygiene part of it doesn't really gross me out. It is just my own dead skin after all! Anti bacterial wipes come in handy to wipe them and keep them clean regularly.
Here is my miniature perfume inventory.
Calvin Klein miniature set: Obsession, Euphoria, Eternity, CK One, IN2U Her. I like the first three, I hate the last two. I picked this up for cheap at Myer at post Christmas sale. I wore Obsession (a little too much of the already gaudy perfume) on the evening before my son, the Baby Elephant was born. I'm not sure what happened there but he was out after a few hours. This stuff is strong!
I like this set because there is generous amount of perfume (7mls each) and they are sprays (except CK One which is a dab on)
Revlon Roll on set. I like Fire & Ice and Pink Happiness and they are the most used. I have already gone through two little bottles of Pink Happiness already. I just keep these for traveling because they are convenient and nice for non special occasions.
Yves Saint Laurent Travel Set: I love Cinema, it is cozy, warm and nice. I also like Opium (I'm pretty sure what I have is the new formulation) I don't particularly care about Paris, Elle or Baby Doll.
Flower by Kenzo: Love it! Such a nice, powdery scent. I have finished one bottle, almost two, with one more to go. My only regret is that it is EDT. I prefer the EDP because it exaggerates the powder and is much prettier and more intense.
Versace set: Crystal Noir is almost empty. Love it for the soft sandalwood fragrance, very sexy indeed! Others are almost untouched. Bright Crystal is alright (I remember falling in love with it in 2005) Versence is also nice-ish. Pour Homme and Eau Fraiche, I think husband has full bottles that even he isn't using.
Cartier Delices: I bought it only for how nice the bottle is! It is a nice sweet cherry scent too.
Annick Goutal Songes: Very chic romantic jasmine scent. Got to love the dreamy stuff!
Theirry Mugler Angel: Should I say more?! I like it but not enough to buy a big bottle.
Hermes Rouge: I haven't actually tested it yet.
Agent Provocateur Maitresse: Another floral, somewhat old school. I don't mind it.
Belanciaga Talisman: I was looking for a fruity boozy strong perfume and Talisman is perfect. It was hard to find, which is why I'll treasure it.
Elizabeth Arden Pretty and Mediterranean: I think both were Gift With Purchase items (I must have bought a lot of makeup someday!)
Miss Dior Cherie: This is from 2008/2009. I know that the formula is changed recently. What I have is the old formula which is hard to find. I like this one but don't wear it a lot. I haven't smelt the reformulation so I can't compare. It is there for keepsakes.
My favourite of the whole collection is Prada Miniatures set. The simple clean design of the bottles is a winner. The juice is great too. I love Amber Intense like crazy, the other two are nice too. All of them are full bottle worthy.
So, this is my miniature inventory. To be honest I don't think it is a lot, even after seeing pictures of all of them together. I counted 34 of them. Miniatures is a vanity thing, I guess. I am not sure if I'll be buying any more of minis in future just for the sake of it (unless something is really, really cute!) The tiny Chanel miniature set tops my wishlist for minis, followed by Shalimar pure parfum.
Just curious, I'd love to know if you too get carried away by the cuteness of miniature perfumes or do you prefer full bottles or are you happy with decants?