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    MSE Martin
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    Buying perfume/aftershave for Christmas? Slash the cost!
    • #1
    • 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 Fragrancedirect.co.uk* (first one to try, good for benchmarking the price) and Halfpriceperfumes.co.uk.

    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 Shopping.com are a few good engines that will trawl sites such as Strawberrynet.com and Sospecial.co.uk

    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


    Martin


    * 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 amazon.co.uk, argos.co.uk or tesco.com 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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  • Muscle_Croc
    • #2
    • 5th Nov 03, 9:57 PM
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    • #2
    • 5th Nov 03, 9:57 PM
    Would be interested to hear if this comes thru ok, i dont tend to trust websites i dont know much about some things can be too good to be true.

    Hopefully this is the real deal with xmas due, this has just reminded me of a tip i think i should post RE not buying ciggies online, new topic coming up !
    • #3
    • 6th Nov 03, 11:11 AM
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    • #3
    • 6th Nov 03, 11:11 AM
    Used these before - wrong perfume sent. Replaced with correct one no problems
    • #4
    • 6th Nov 03, 11:56 AM
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    • #4
    • 6th Nov 03, 11:56 AM
    if stocked , then these guys are normally the cheapest out of the various perfume websites i know of. Often product is a "tester"
    Never had any problem with them .
    • #5
    • 10th Nov 03, 1:44 PM
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    • #5
    • 10th Nov 03, 1:44 PM
    Another good sight for such toiletries is Strawberry.com.
    Have just got some after-shave from them and as well as being very competitive, they kept me in touch all the time about what was happening to my order etc.
  • LongDongDave
    • #6
    • 10th Nov 03, 3:11 PM
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    • #6
    • 10th Nov 03, 3:11 PM
    Another good sight for such toiletries is Strawberry.com.
    Have just got some after-shave from them and !as well as being very competitive, they kept me in touch all the time about what was happening to my order etc.
    I think you mean Strawberrynet.com, Strawberry.com is a German IT site : When i last ordered from them, a couple of years ago, the items came to 30+, were delivered from HK and i was charged duty and VAT by HM Customs & Excise.
    • #7
    • 10th Nov 03, 8:18 PM
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    • #7
    • 10th Nov 03, 8:18 PM
    Yes, but I had terrible trouble getting a refund from them when an order went missing.
  • payless
    • #8
    • 10th Nov 03, 8:58 PM
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    • #8
    • 10th Nov 03, 8:58 PM

    nothing against this firm-

    but
    not much use if as a pressy if you get a tester
    --

    • #9
    • 10th Nov 03, 9:12 PM
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    • #9
    • 10th Nov 03, 9:12 PM
    fragrancedirect do a super job as do dutyfreeperfumes... one or the other normally has the availability and /or best price. Take the point about testers but example last week ... wife bought a 50ml boss in Boots for 23 and the 100ml size albeit a tester was on fragrancedirect for 25. There's a decision !!!

    I did use srawberrynet once but got caught with having to pay the extra tax.
  • Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    [right][right]Martin, you of all people should know you don't get something for nothing.

    Fragrance web sites buy their goods on the 'Grey' market. Cheap they may be, but there is no guarantee where the stock has come from, where it has been stored or when it was manufactured. Knowing the answers to the above are vital to ensure the good condition of the product.

    You pay more in the shops because you buy directly from the manufacturer, that is your guarantee of quality.

    Would you buy an electrical product in a car - boot sale just because it was half price (and without a box)? I hope not.

    A bottle of fragrance that costs 36 in the shops (same price as a kettle) and bought for 18 could be completely off, which means your lady friend will trade you in instead! It could also be a tester which in some cases the retailer is paying nothing for or a couple of pounds at most. In which case, paying these companies 18 seems like a rip-off in itself.

    We are not talking Levi's and Tesco here, but a sensitive product with a shelf life pertinent to its storage condition.
    • Nile
    • By Nile 11th Nov 03, 10:12 AM
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    Nile
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    RE STORAGE OF PERFUMES AND AFTERSHAVES

    Try to store them in a cool and dark place, like inside a cupboard or drawer and not on a dressing room table or window ledge. If the bottle is exposed to sunlight or direct heat the contents will quickly deteriorate.

    If at all possible, buy eau de parfum rather than eau de toilette for a longer lasting scent.

    Always test perfumes/after shaves on your skin to see how the scent settles after the initial spray. Using one of those paper strips to test perfume is not the same as applying it on your skin.
  • Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    I would just like to tell you that I was in Asda yesterday and I priced Obsession for women perfume (Calvin Klein). The cheapest anywhere else (Boots, House of Fraser,etc) I have found is 28-29 for a 50ml bottle but Asda only charge 24.87!! Also, the 30 ml bottle is only 18.37!! I have used Obsession for the last 10 years and this is definitely the cheapest I have ever seen it.
  • skybelle
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    Have just ordered Jean Paul Gautier's Le Classique eau de toilette 100ml from wowwoman.com (part of cd wow) for 41.99 instead of 52.50 - was 40 on fragrance direct, but was a tester. No delivery charge and they say I won't be charged customs duties. Use strawberrynet.com frequently - only charged duties the first time when I ordered several items at once. Order one thing at a time and each order qualifies you for a discount - the more often you buy the bigger the discount.
  • Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    Safeway are doing some excellent perfume and aftershave offers including one of my favorites Samsara. RRP for 50ml eau de toilette is 39.50, Safeway price 14.99. They also have Nivia men products and Olay total effects products at half price.
  • dingo
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    Hi people

    Look, I don't know much about money-saving with regard to perfumes but I just wanted to say that this is the best-smelling thread on the site (although I have to say that the stuff Martin is using smells a bit too musky).
  • dingo
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    Also, just noticed, that if you register at rpoints (you get 1 for registering if you are not already a member) then you can use their link to fragrancedirect to get an additional 2.5% of your order off.
  • presterjohn
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    Well the cheapest way though not very ethical is to just go to four or five different high streets stores and collect a few samples. I picked up enough free aftershaves to keep me going for at least two months !today.

    Once in a while people will comment on one perticular scent, and I may buy a small bottle of that once a year or so, but the rest of the time I just use freebies.

    Right now I am giving off the fragrent odour of a new Hugo Boss Special edition aftershave courtesy of Superdrug.
  • Sexy_Sarah
    Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    ooh dear presterjohn!

    You can't smell very nice if it'll take you 2 months to use samples collected at the counters! There's only enough in one of them for about 2 days. I don't believe you collected 30 samples! And unless you're cleaning your suits/jackets all the time, the smells will all mingle into 1. you'll be creating your own little fragrance!

    I work in fragrance sometimes.

    The prices are set by the fragrance houses - ie YSL, Ralph Lauren and not the stores. If the stores are selling them cheaper - ie when Boots take 1/3rd off, that is a store reduction, not a fragrance house reduction.


    The advantage of buying fragrance from a high street chain is that the product will be fresh and recently manufactured. If you go to a fragrance counter they will gift wrap it for you, usually in the gift wrap of the fragrance and this is always free and 9/10 better than you would do at home as we are all trained in wrapping in the "Dior" way or the "YSL" way etc.

    The fragrances I have looked at on sale at discount on the internet - and the same applies to cosmetics I have seen for sale on the internet are 9/10 old packaging or old shape bottles. This means they are old stock.

    For example, Opium by YSL now has a new shape bottle and all YSL ladies fragrance packaging has been updated although the changes are subtle. All the Opium I have seen on the net and all the packaging I have seen on the net is the old style.

    I have also seen Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream on the net for around 10 when the proper price is 19. However, it is always the blue packaging which, as far as I know, Elizabeth Arden stopped producing about 2 years ago.

    As to how long fragrance lasts? I think personally it depends on the fragrance. I have Opium EDT that is 10 years old and smells the same as that I sell and lasts as long and its never been near a fridge. Its always lurked on the dressing table.

    Mum has Youth Dew (Estee Lauder) that is at least 10 years old and has never been near a fridge and ditto, it smells the same and lasts as long.

    You also have to remember that as we age our skin changes and for some people the fragrance that sat on us beautifully a few years ago will smell vile now.

    And as for testers, I wouldn't want a tester as a present and if it wasn't in the proper packaging, then I'd be immediately suspicious that it fell off the back of a lorry. But if it was for my own use, then I guess there's nothing wrong with it...except you really have no guarantee of what is in the bottle as the majority of fragrance sold in store is cellophane wrapped at manufacture......I'm quite careful about what I put on my skin!

    Anyway, haven't been on the site for a while and thought I'd just put my experience down!

    S x
  • Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    : Hi, I used a company called Supa Perfume.com last Christmas to buy my 2 ladies Burberry London. I saved over 30.00 per 50ml bottle. My local price was 50.00 per bottle.

    The postage is a little slow, but other than that, they are really good.

    Find them here.

    http://64.62.156.54/site/index.asp
    ;D
  • Re: Cheap Aftershave (perfume)
    ??? :'(

    Sorry, I meant that was 100 ml and NOT 50 ml.


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