It’s extremely easy to become blasé in the fragrance world, having some of the best perfumes in the world under our noses – and on our skin – at any price. Yes, we’re willing to save up and treat ourselves to a really special fragrance, because we truly believe they’re wearable art. They can transport us in split seconds, move us beyond mere words, worth every penny for the happiness they bring – preaching to the choir, here, we know. But who doesn’t like a bargain, especially at this time of year?
No matter if you’re looking for gift ideas that won’t break the bank or a pre-payday treat for yourself, we’ve asked some of our favourite bloggers for their best value fragrances, and will be revealing their Must Have lists over the coming days. Meanwhile, here’s some of my favourites for £30 (or well under!)
I’m afraid I must admit I had no idea who Adam Levine was until I Googled – suddenly the microphone shaped bottle became clear! Duh. Anyway, that doesn’t matter, the scent does and it’s glorious. I’d seen swooning reviews online and because of the bargain price I plumped for a ‘blind buy.’ So glad I did – it’s all boozy spiced liqueur drying down to a golden marigold, vanilla powdery warmth. Smells way more expensive than it is.
Adam Levine For Her £9.86 for 100ml eau de parfum
This is one of my greatest finds and I’m slightly reluctantly sharing it with you here. Despite the rather unprepossessing name, it smells of smoked vanilla pods infused with the darkest cocoa, sumptuously rich honey and pipe tobacco. I once wore this to a cinema and had the woman behind me bend to sniff my neck, which was slightly disturbing and put me off the rest of the film, but she made me write the name of this down. It’s thoroughly addictive, and stunningly packaged.
Royal Apothic Dogwood Blossom £18 for 15ml eau de parfum
Smouldering leaves thrown onto a fire – perfect for those of us who love the smell of bonfire smoke that clings to your hair and clothes after a brisk walk on a chilly night (and if there’s anyone who doesn’t adore that, I don’t want to know them.) Made for layering, I find this adds a deeper layer of interest to all sorts of scents I’d normally reserve for warmer days. Thrillingly pocket-friendly, it seems rude not buy several different ones and create your own perfect combo… And shhh! The Library of Fragrance have a very special offer for our VIP Subscribers…
Library of Fragrance Bonfire £15 for 30ml eau de toilette
A perfumed paean to the gorse that bravely flowers throughout winter, with oodles of green-tinged neroli to lift the gloom, a cloud of yellow mimosa and fluffy hints of coconut and vanilla. Reassuringly snuggly, it’s like coming in from an early morning walk on a crisp but sunny day, swaddled in your favourite sweater.
Gorilla Perfumes Furze £20 for 30ml eau de parfum
Mixing traditional notes of bergamot, petitgrain, lavender and geranium with fragrant spice-chest ingredients like cardamom and black pepper, this is an intriguingly smoky winter Cologne redolent of exotic travels. The deliciously deep amber, myrrh and guaic wood base makes me want to nuzzle the neck of whomever wears it (difficult when that’s me, but I make do with my wrist.) You’ll definitely want to ‘borrow’ (or just keep for yourself), and no, it might not last as long as some of your fragrances on the skin, but it’s a big bottle so splash with abandon.
Crabtree & Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Cologne £30 for 100ml eau de Cologne
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Written by Suzy Nightingale