Sometimes when you’ve eaten gourmet food all week the heart longs for Marmite on toast. From the heady echelons of Jean Claude Ellena and Frederic Malle yesterday, I give you a 3.99 bottle of scent that I put in my trolley next to the bananas and yoghurt.
Suddenly Madame Glamour has wiped sneers of derision off many a face, including my own. In blind tests, 89% of testers preferred it to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and in the second round of blind tests, 91% of women preferred it to Coco Mademoiselle. Coco Mademoiselle currently retails at between £62.75 and £75.96 for the equivalent 50ml. When I bought my 50ml bottle from Lidl, it was reduced to £1.99. Irresistible.
In the interests of research today, I also sampled Coco to see if the word on the street had any substance to it. Are they similar? Can you tell them apart? Well, yes and yes. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is described as a chypre floral. It’s a fruity floral with patchouli in the base. It’s not my usual thing, but it’s fresh and not heady or cloying.
Suddenly Madame Glamour is almost exactly the same, note by note. The only ascertainable difference was that Coco lingers a little longer and has a little more resonance. It seems very slightly more full bodied. However the basic scent is the same.
I liked using it today and it certainly has a place in any scent wardrobe. Florientals are not my usual preference, but this is a very respectable perfume and I am not remotely embarrassed to have it in my trolley. I am also up to £73.97 richer for opting to buy Lidl instead of Chanel. It’s a win-win all round.