A perfume pen.

Thanks to Andy, I have a purse perfume pen. As one who adores both fragrances and fountain pens, I’m glad its new home is with me. There are modern versions with felt tips, and casual googling reveals that both Bratz and Clinique market perfume pens, but nothing like this.

At first glance it looks like a Conway Stewart Dinkie, albeit fatter. Here it is with several Dinkies. The Moleskine beneath is five and a half inches long.

The material is a minty casein, speckled with lighter and darker greens. The cap unscrews to reveal a black plastic cone instead of a nib.

It works on the same principle as lever-filled fountain pens. Immerse the tip in fragrance, draw the lever down to create a vacuum within the sac and then release the lever. The fragrance is then held within the purse pen’s sac. To release the fragrance, draw the lever down slightly while the tip is near the skin. I doubt it will spray as much as drip, which is why I believe it better suited to oils.

One of the delightful idiosyncrasies of using fountain pens is matching the ink to the barrel color. Following the same thought, an oil version of Guerlain’s Vetiver, surely one of the most refreshing greens in fragrance history, or Diptyque’s ode to fig, Philosykos, would be perfect.