Your Favorite Cheapies

Kotori

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Aug 17, 2006
Sounds like I need to try In White.

You should definitely try Kenzo Flower. Rose, violet, opoponax, and what I deem to be modern aldehydes: luminous powder. The newest flankers aren’t great, but the Kenzo Flower Summer and Flower Oriental were nice.
 

remik

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Nov 1, 2012
interesting! Thanks, remik! I especially appreciate your noting that it has nothing to do with CK One, because that stuff is my kryptonite.

Yeah, pardon that accidental intrusion - I didn't realize this was the "Female Fragrance Discussion" forum until after I already posted that recommendation. Having said that, I think CK One Shock is pretty unisex, and it shouldn't come off as too masculine. The first 3-5 minutes, perhaps a little bit, with the initial tobacco, but it immediately tones down to very light and soft citrusy (mandarin? clementine? tangerine?) tobacco, which I think is perfectly unisex. Projection is low, but longevity is very decent. It really comes and goes in waves, I've noticed, when I think it's mostly skin scent but get away from my desk and walk to another room, it comes back and I can smell it without raising my arms to my nose.

Give it a try - it's at Sephora and most other fragrance counters - if you think the initial tobacco is too strong (it's not to me, when compared to other tobacco-centric fragrances), bite your tongue and wait 5 minutes. :)

Based on this, I'd recommend checking out CK One Shock for Her - who knows, it may be a little hidden gem much like the "for Him" version. The tacky and un-fragrance like bottles are definitely not helping the brand here whatsoever. If you can get past that, this may be a nice cheapie for anyone's collection.
 

Trilby Lark

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Feb 17, 2013
Ha ha ha. I always admired this woman’s appetite for socialising, despite someone being killed at every single gathering. It would have been my inclination to stay at home after the first two, maybe three.

So, “Jessica” smells amazing, but could you be bothered with every social event being marred by a murder?

Yes! It’s a chance to be a busybody. I just love the idea of a sweet, dignified lady surrounded by mayhem,
 

Kotori

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Aug 17, 2006
Yeah, pardon that accidental intrusion - I didn't realize this was the "Female Fragrance Discussion" forum until after I already posted that recommendation. Having said that, I think CK One Shock is pretty unisex, and it shouldn't come off as too masculine. The first 3-5 minutes, perhaps a little bit, with the initial tobacco, but it immediately tones down to very light and soft citrusy (mandarin? clementine? tangerine?) tobacco, which I think is perfectly unisex. Projection is low, but longevity is very decent. It really comes and goes in waves, I've noticed, when I think it's mostly skin scent but get away from my desk and walk to another room, it comes back and I can smell it without raising my arms to my nose.

Give it a try - it's at Sephora and most other fragrance counters - if you think the initial tobacco is too strong (it's not to me, when compared to other tobacco-centric fragrances), bite your tongue and wait 5 minutes. :)

Based on this, I'd recommend checking out CK One Shock for Her - who knows, it may be a little hidden gem much like the "for Him" version. The tacky and un-fragrance like bottles are definitely not helping the brand here whatsoever. If you can get past that, this may be a nice cheapie for anyone's collection.

Silly! TDS wears perfumes for boys, too!
 

Hazel5

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Jul 25, 2016
Jovan's Musk. Brings me right back to the 70s. Cruising in my friend's Monte Carlo. Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden. Crushing on Bowie and painting our faces like him on the cover of Aladdin Sane. Getting into as much trouble as possible. Sigh. I love it but there's no going back....!
 

thediamondsea

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Jan 10, 2016
Jovan's Musk. Brings me right back to the 70s. Cruising in my friend's Monte Carlo. Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden. Crushing on Bowie and painting our faces like him on the cover of Aladdin Sane. Getting into as much trouble as possible. Sigh. I love it but there's no going back....!

You had me with Zepplin and Bowie. (I feel the same way about Poison, btw--I think Kotori put it best in another thread when she described wearing a former perfume love as "sex with an ex"). i was a (little) kid in the 70s, and I remember a certain babysitter who always wore a Pink Floyd shirt who wore Jovan Musk. All my gajillion female cousins wore Love's Baby Soft. I was smitten with Moon Drops at that age (yeah, always precocious with the perfume) but I also loved my dad's Paco Rabanne PH.

Have you smelled the recent iteration of that musk (or any of those other 70's classics above)? I read conflicting reports about the Jovan. I only recently bought my first proper musk (Annick Goutal's Musc Nomade, although lots of folks here say that one doesn't count). I'm not afraid of skank; I just always went for florals with my skank. Which brings me to another thing that I'm just gonna blind buy because I'm sure it will work: Kiehl's Original Musk, probably in the oil form, because I understand there are smutty florals in there, and I *love* smutty florals.
 

thediamondsea

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Jan 10, 2016
Yeah, pardon that accidental intrusion - I didn't realize this was the "Female Fragrance Discussion" forum until after I already posted that recommendation. Having said that, I think CK One Shock is pretty unisex, and it shouldn't come off as too masculine. The first 3-5 minutes, perhaps a little bit, with the initial tobacco, but it immediately tones down to very light and soft citrusy (mandarin? clementine? tangerine?) tobacco, which I think is perfectly unisex. Projection is low, but longevity is very decent. It really comes and goes in waves, I've noticed, when I think it's mostly skin scent but get away from my desk and walk to another room, it comes back and I can smell it without raising my arms to my nose.

Give it a try - it's at Sephora and most other fragrance counters - if you think the initial tobacco is too strong (it's not to me, when compared to other tobacco-centric fragrances), bite your tongue and wait 5 minutes. :)

Based on this, I'd recommend checking out CK One Shock for Her - who knows, it may be a little hidden gem much like the "for Him" version. The tacky and un-fragrance like bottles are definitely not helping the brand here whatsoever. If you can get past that, this may be a nice cheapie for anyone's collection.

Dude, I do not mind at all As others here have vouched, I wear masculines/unisex/whatever all the time. This one really sounds intriguing. I don't know if it's at my local Sephora or not; it probably is, but I just tune out all the CK stuff for obvious reasons. I was thinking along the same lines with For Her. Frankly, I kind of love it when a brand screws up and releases something interesting in a bad package, because that means more for us.

And I guess the "shock" is that the perfume is actually good . . . .
 

thediamondsea

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Jan 10, 2016
In which case, why not Guerlain Vetiver, Habit Rouge L'Eau, or even Ferrari Bright Neroli ?

I used to wear Guerlain Vetiver, and I've been thinking I need to bring it back into my world. Habit Rouge would be lovely, especailly once the heat dies down (even the L'Eau is too much in Texas summer). I know nothing about Ferrari Bright Neroli, but I love neroli and I'll check out the reviews. Thanks for the recces!
 

teardrop

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Sep 1, 2010
Jovan's Musk. Brings me right back to the 70s. Cruising in my friend's Monte Carlo. Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden. Crushing on Bowie and painting our faces like him on the cover of Aladdin Sane. Getting into as much trouble as possible. Sigh. I love it but there's no going back....!

Just Musk by Lentheric was another great one, back in the day. :smiley:
 

thediamondsea

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Jan 10, 2016
My favourite cheapies are:

Fragonard's Fleur d'Oranger
Yves Rocher Comme Une Evidence
Roger et Gallet Bois d'Orange

I've been eyeing Comme Une Evidence for quite a while now. I do have a soft spot for YR--and it's (sadly) not so easy to get here in the States.
 

Bal a Versailles

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Feb 15, 2012
You can pick up some classics very reasonably on the grey market, especially if you wait for sales. For example, Mitsouko EDP is currently $45 with coupon on Fragrancenet, and L'Heure Bleue is about $55.

And Strawberrynet has, just today, selected fragrances at 50% discount. This includes an EDT of L'Heure Bleu and a Terre d'Iris from Miller Harris, others, but that was the stand out for me
 

thediamondsea

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Jan 10, 2016
And Strawberrynet has, just today, selected fragrances at 50% discount. This includes an EDT of L'Heure Bleu and a Terre d'Iris from Miller Harris, others, but that was the stand out for me

That's awesome! I'm stocked for Guerlain classics, having availed myself of just these kinds of sales early on. I got my Mitsouko for a song. I still haven't smelled a single thing from Miller Harris (I know, I know) but there's soooo much stuff out there and you know how it is . . ..

For the most part, Fragrancenet has been my go-to for bargains. They don't have everything, and when they do have something, it's not always the best price, but about 50/60 percent of the time, they have marvelous deals. I got a big bottle of Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil for 20 dollars. It lasts all of an hour on skin, but it's fun for the hour it lasts. I found unboxed Prada L'Eau Ambree and Infusion d'Iris for similar prices, so I'm pretty happy with those.

My next round of buying will certainly include the Natori perfume that is going for peanuts--it's one of those big ol' purple perfumes that reminds me of things like Poison and Alien. I have my eye on a few other goodies as well. This round of buying was all really tasteful stuff, so next time it's all gonna be full-bore silly and trashy stuff because we need those things for summer, too.
 

thediamondsea

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Jan 10, 2016
lf not for the draconian postal regs we have now, l'd post you some in a heartbeat! :cry:

Yes, ma'am!! I really hope that we all live to see the day that some of the current ridiculousness is finally sorted out. It really sucks having to pay US retail for niche goodies (and VAT and all that other stuff that doesn't apply to us here). (I would normally take a moment to go off on our current regime and their trade "policy" but this isn't where we do that kind of stuff :lipsrsealed:). We have every single Ghost flanker under the sun available for 20 bucks or less, but the good one is going for a hundred fifty bucks on eBay. And it is really good, but if I have that kind of moneyf for one bottle, I'll be patronizing my dear friends over at Luckyscent.
 

Hazel5

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Jul 25, 2016
I've been eyeing Comme Une Evidence for quite a while now. I do have a soft spot for YR--and it's (sadly) not so easy to get here in the States.

Yes...Vanille Noire by Yves Rocher is a fave. I loved Néonatura Cocoon in the little ergonomic flat egg bottle but now that it's discontinued it's gotten prohibitively expensive.
 

thediamondsea

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Jan 10, 2016
Yes...Vanille Noire by Yves Rocher is a fave. I loved Néonatura Cocoon in the little ergonomic flat egg bottle but now that it's discontinued it's gotten prohibitively expensive.

I've noticed that with NC--missed the boat with that one for sure. I can't believe YR hasn't done a reissue, because it gets much love.

I'm still going back and forth on the next order about Amor Amor vs Eden. I've read that AA was affected by reformulation, but then again, I've never smelled the original. I'm also fairly certain that people don't know to wait a few weeks at least before they decide whether or not their new bottle of an old fave is really a bust. Sometimes reformulation really jacks things up (anyone smelled Must de Cartier lately? OMG) but if the perfume was made in the last 10 years or so, I think the likelihood is much better that the formula won't contain so many IFRA no-nos to begin with . . . . On the other hand, I think L'Oreal owns Cacharel, and they are, as Luca Turin says, "a dismal, penny-pinching outfit," so I could see them doing a profit-driven reformulation rather than one necessitated by IFRA. It's always a crapshoot.

The reason I'm asking about Eden is because it sounds so weird, and weirdness is where I live (I bought property there). On the other hand, my boyfriend M. Ropion did Amor Amor, so there's that. :undecided: I do think Cacharel is an underappreciated house overall, because even though they pretty much do "cheap and cheerful," they have a history of using serious talent to do it, and the perfumes that I do know are striking and usually quite original and influential. I love Anais Anais, and I turned to Loulou back in the 80s on days when I wasn't feeling my Poison. Unfortunately, the drug stores where I live don't stock any of these, and even the cheapie perfume outfits seem crammed with Gucci and CK and all the usual suspects, which makes going there pretty much pointless.
 

Kitty2Shoes

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Dec 17, 2016
I've been a fan of Yardley since moving to the UK. I find the body sprays are good to keep in my desk at work for a light touch up or just a bit of something if what I put on that morning has already dissipated.

Woods of Windsor also has some nice surprising perfumes with matching hand lotions/body wash/soaps, similar to Yardley. Floral, green, easy for office settings.
 

theladymay

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Feb 6, 2015
Lady Stetson, Parfums de Coeur Ninja, Obsession (can still get vintage dirt cheap on eBay), Lagerfeld Chloe, Revson Ciara
 

Alityke

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Nov 27, 2011
I’m going to resurrect this thread rather than start a new one.

I no longer have the budget for unicorns, super high end or even much niche anymore. However, I do still love the thrill of newness arriving.
Hence my current 1 in, 1 out policy.

I’ve never really explored drug store, low rent or otherwise cheap thrills til this year & Ive been having an absolute party!

My cheap thrills have all come in at under £25 & include:
Jacomo Silences
EL Green Tea & a few of its flankers
Mauboussin in the pyramid flacon
Avon Far Away travel coffret (Far Away & 4 flankers)
Avon Far Away Royale, which is an extrait.
Woods of Windsor Lily of the Valley
Woods of Windsor Jasmine

For less than £10, yes Les than a tenner each I found:
Avon Soft Musk
Coty L’Aimant which is superb!
A Tabu gift set
A Chantilly gift set
EA Green Tea Lavendar
Adam Levine for Her

I’ve read all the recommendations in this thread today. Some I know, some not & I’ll have a look around to see if they’re available here in the U.K.
 

Alityke

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Nov 27, 2011
SJP Stash
Eau de Gaga

These are my two penn'orths (literally!).
Stash I’ve owned since it’s UK release
Will search out Eau de Gaga cos I lost interest in her scents after the black juice debacle. Maybe my rather heated exchange with a certain ex-BNer who had the distinction of being scratched from BN not once but twice 😁
An excellent one! In a similar vein, you can also often find vintage Givenchy III for under ~$30.


Love tobacco scents and have been meaning to try Cigar for ages. It's just such an ugly bottle. :(
GIII is one of my HGs 😁

Havana I know but Cigar is new to me
 

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