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    Buying perfume/aftershave for Christmas? Slash the cost!
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    • 5th Nov 03, 8:37 PM
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    Buying perfume/aftershave for Christmas? Slash the cost! 5th Nov 03 at 8:37 PM
    It's said more purfume is sold on 24 December than throughout the whole of August. So if you're going to end up buying perfume, do it now via special discount websites and slash pounds off the cost.

    Where should I try online?

    Two good online retailers for the smelly stuff are* (first one to try, good for benchmarking the price) and

    These tend to sell testers and imported perfume/aftershave from other markets (grey imports).

    This shouldn't be a problem, but it can mean 'unboxed' perfumes - which may be annoying if it's for a gift. But a quick tip to overcome this is if you do want to do it as a gift, simply go and buy a nice looking gift box and pack it in that; the cost saved on buying the perfume should more than cover it.

    Of course not all cheap online perfume is what it says on the box (if there is a box) so it's always worth a healthy degree of skepticism though I'm often told my own John Rocha aftershave bought this way still smells good

    Where else should I try?

    Shopbots (special websites that find the cheapest online price for an item) are also fantastic at tracking down big internet savings. Kelkoo, Pricerunner and are a few good engines that will trawl sites such as and

    Read my Internet Shopping article for more ways to save money online.

    A few examples of the savings

    Hugo Boss 'Baldessarini' 75ml aftershave lotion - £31 at Boots, or £14.99 at Fragrance Direct = a saving of over 50%

    Gucci 'Envy' 50ml eau e toilette spray - £40 at Boots, or £19.40 at Pharmacy 2 U = a saving of over 50%

    Christian Dior 'J'adore' 50ml eau de parfum - £44 at Boots, or £29.99 at So Special = savings of a third


    * Using these links helps the site stay ad-free and free to use, as they’re ‘affiliated links’ which invisibly take you via commercial price comparison services like Moneysupermarket or Find, which then pay this site per click. You shouldn’t notice any difference, the links don’t impact the product at all and the editorial line (the things I write) is NEVER impacted by the revenue. If it isn’t possible to get an affiliate link for the best product, it is still recommended and still included. For the sake of transparency go to, or for an unaffiliated link. Click on the following link for more details on how this site’s financed.
    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 05-12-2006 at 8:12 PM.
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