Today on the PerfumePosse I look at a bunch of Fragrant Gift Certificates. Excellent Christmas option.
We are all going a little Christmas Cuckoo here at APJ. I thought I would swing in with some lovely and affordable fragrant gifts. Many of us have had to tighten our belts over the last 12 months and it’s getting harder to find something that gives the feeling of luxury in these straightened circumstances, so here are a few of my favourite cheapies that may help you to fill stockings for less.
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Korres: Japanese Rose: I use the shower gel and body butter to layer under rose scents like Rosa Sur Reuse by SOIVOHLE and Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gun. They came together as a pack 2 Christmas ago and I have constantly kept a stock ever since, now onto my 4th set I think. You can still get the set from Bath & Unwind for around $30
One Seed natural perfume sample set: This is a great way to get to know one of Australia’s budding niche perfume houses. You will receive 8 x 1ml samples and including International Postage for only $30 at the One seed ETSY Store
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Kiehl’s Original Musk: I have the fragrance and body lotion and often use the body lotion to plump up the funk on modern formulations of old favourite fragrances like Rochas Femme, YSL Rive Gauche and CHANEL No 5. Currently 200ml body lotion is around $35 online at Kiehl’s
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LUSH You’ve Been Mangoed Bath Melt: This comes in a 30gram tablet that I cut into 4 and use separately so each one lasts for four baths. Here in Australia they retail for only $8.50 which works out to $2.12 per bath. BARGAIN. And it’s a great base for some delicious mango dripping fragrances like NVC Bombay Bling or Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil. Available from LUSHCosmetics
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Coming To My Senses by Alyssa Harad: Whether you are buying for a perfumista or not this is a great tale that keeps you turning pages and wishing for a sequel at the end. The story of a woman’s fragrant searching for where she belongs. BookDepository has the hardback for around $20 delivered worldwide!!
Smell Bent, Sunset People Sample Pack: If you’ve spent any time at all on AustralianPerfumeJunkies then you’ll know what fans we are of the Smell Bent ranges by that uber hottie Brent Leonesio. Sunset People Sample Pack features 5 x 4ml EdT Travel Sprays of their latest juices for only $28 with such excellent names as Disco Nap and Walk of Shame! Wonderful stocking filler from SmellBent.
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Halle by Halle Berry: I use the body lotion and the fragrance. This is a fabulously wearable woody floral fragrance which has a slightly bitter chocolate feeling about it while still being sweetly amber. The body lotion adds depth and hours of extra wear life. At CheapSmells you can get the 50ml EdP and 200ml Lotion separately but they add up to under $30.
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Jean-Claude Ellena, The Diary Of A Nose: I found this an interesting look at a year in the life of a perfumer. Not trying to be a sensational story but a look at how much travel, meetings and associated stuff come with being a perfume creator. At times during it I felt that it must be very frustrating sometimes when you want to create but the world impinges. He also gives some fascinating self observances and all done in great good humour. I already liked him before I read this but felt like I knew something of him after. BookDepository has the hardback for around $22 delivered worldwide.
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Olympic Orchids Deluxe Sample Set: 16 x 2ml samples of the Olympic Orchids range for only $40 including International Shipping! This is the ultimate affordable gift for any aspiring perfumista or already deep in the wormhole devotee. Go have a look at Olympic Orchids Samples
Worth, Je Riviens body lotion: I know, I know! The fragrance has been cheapened and thinned beyond a whisper of its former self. The lotion is still lovely though and at around $7 for 200ml you can’t go wrong for keeping those wintery ambers in place all day long like L’Artisan’s L’Eau d’Ambre and Ambre Narguile by Hermes. I buy it from CheapSmells
Gift Certificates: Many of my favourite online stores do Gift Certificates too. Part of the joy of my fragrance addiction is the seeking and finding what I want for myself so here are a few links to sites that offer them, from as little as $1. Jin often gets me a $50 Posh Peasant Voucher that gets mailed to me and I love them. That can be as many as 20 samples and postage, depending. See what I mean, cool and classy gift for a perfumista to receive.
PoshPeasant from $25
ThePerfumedCourt from $10
SurrenderToChance from $1 – $100
MyPerfumeSamples from $15
AftelierPerfumes from $20
FragranceNet from $20
FragranceX from $5 – $500
I hope this has helped you all shop smarter.
With huge wafts of fragrant love,
Alyssa is a great read. A life adventure. Loved the contemplative style of Diary of a Nose. Portia what is a melt? Soap or like soap or not soap or?
It’s a soft cake that melts as your bath runs. it is fragrant oils and takes you somewhere else when you close your eyes. my skin feels more beautiful than ever after using it too.
What a terrific post with wonderful picks! So many major lemmings for me nowbut at least won’t break the bank!
I’ve asked Nickalicious for ‘Coming to my Senses’ but now I must also have the Olympics Orchids and Smell Bent packs and the Mango bath bomb.
Love M x
Ha Ha Ha. Sorry Madeleine. Nick will be thrilled to go get this stuff. Am I seeing you tomorrow? I was going to bring something for you, yes?
Yes! Vintage Opium! See you tonight xx
As always you are a veritable fountain of damn fine smelling ideas! Love your work my love xxx
As I love YOU!
Using the Kiehl’s lotion to “plump up the funk”. That is the quote of the day, perhaps the week, right there. It’s a brilliant idea too. I’ve got some of the Olympic Orchids samples on my Christmas list. I’m happy to see someone else likes getting gift certificates too. Whenever I tell people I like getting them they think I’m nuts. It’s so nice to go on a shopping spree on someone else’s nickel. Great ideas on this list.
I know! Some people don’t get our joy at finding our own. I hope you enjoy the Olympic Orchids. I am quite mad for them,
Oh Christmas tree , oh Christmas tree! Great selection of thrifty treats PT!
I’m loving the lotion selection,
Not long to go now , ho ho ho 🙂
Who you calling a Ho Ho Ho? Yo mother is a, Merry Christmas Darling
Ho darls, not hoe ! Merry Christmas to u to , I have started saying it already as I’m trying to capture the spirit earlier than most , MERRY CHRISTMAS APJ
Love the selection Portia, and your wordsmanship is spectacular too! xo
WOW! Thanks. That is a wonderful Christmas present.
Now I have to find that Kiel’s lotion at duty free so I can plump up the funk! 🙂
Ha Ha ha! Have fun, it is YUMMY!