Great perfumes may be more accessible than you think. Niche is nice work if you can get it, but sometimes you want instant gratification ( and testers!) and that’s where your local High Streets and Retail Parks come in handy. Without a doubt, the fragrance market is half drowned in mainstream celeb-tastic fruity florals and foodie florals, but if you look carefully, you might just strike Gold (and I do not mean Paco Rabanne 1 Million *shudder*).
Argos is currently selling an excellent mini set of perfumes that contains Rumeur, Arpege, First, Paul Smith Extreme and C’est la Fete. You might now see why I have reviewed all five. They come in 5 ml mini bottles and I was excited to see at least three good quality names in there. This does not happen very often. Mini sets usually have Anais Anais, a Ted Baker, and two others of no consequence. Contents may vary slightly. Get it while its hot. Or before I buy them all, whichever is quicker.
Meanwhile, in Bodycare, you can buy a 100ml bottle of Grès Cabochard for a mere £8.99, (instore only) which often retails at twice that price even on eBay. Buy it if you like classic leather notes. Superdrug usually has a range of fragrance special offers, plus lots of lovely testers, so pop in if you’re passing. I’ve picked up several bargains there in the past, including Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Revitalize for ten quid.
I often pop into my local Perfume Shop and although there prices are not competitive, every now and then they have a bargain box to rummage through and there are random bargains to be had if you get lucky.
These are for UK stores only, but if you hear of any other bargains anywhere, I am all ears.