Since starting my blog, I have smelled hundreds of perfumes that have been completely new to me, the good (Amouage Dia), the bad (Halston Catalyst) and the ugly (Thierry Mugler Womanity).
I have smelled expensive scents that smell cheap and cheap scents that smell expensive. My current perfume crush is Carillon Pour Un Ange which retails at around 99GBP for 50ml. I have only small phials of it. For Now.
However, there is a place for inexpensive every day perfume that costs so little that you don’t get all miserly and anxious when you’re down to the last cenitmetre. There are several excellent options on the High Street right now. Marks and Spencer are doing pretty good things with their affordable range. I have already reviewed Per Una Originale and I have been told that Per Una Exquisite is a dead ringer for the much mourned Quelque Fleurs by Houbigant. The Body Shop stocks trusty White Musk oil, as well as their Scents of the World range (very pretty but longevity not great on me).
I have heard good things about the Next range of fragrances but had not encountered them myself until recently. Yesterday I treated myself to an inexpensive bottle of Next Just Pink. And it’s just fine.
For an everyday office scent, this fits the bill. It won’t break the bank at 7.50GBP for 30ml and if you find someone who loves it, they do admirable gift sets too. It has three notes, according to Fragrantica: Green notes, red fruit and floral notes, so it’s pretty vague.
Here’s what I think it smells like: Roses, Peony, Soft Musk, Freesia and a whiff of Violets.
It’s pretty, in a clean laundry sort of way and won’t offend anyone. It would also make a good fragrance for a young teen just starting out on their perfume Odyssey.
However, many reviewers compare Just Pink favourably to Ralph Lauren Romance. I have a sample of this so I tried it side by side. Ralph Lauren has slightly more depth, but surprise! Our budget buy outlasted it on longevity. Note by note, there wasn’t much in it.
There’s a lot to be said for a well made, High Street perfume with a friendly price tag. I’ve smelled no end of mainstream new launch fragrances in the £30 for 30ml price bracket that have no more to offer than this. Next Just Pink is going in the handbag. *cough* along with the other seven I already have in there. Must get round to sorting it out.