We recently ran an Instagram story poll and asked everyone what their number one luxury fragrance would be, what scent would you love to own if price was no limit…
We had some amazing results and decided to find all the best
fragrances that smell exactly like the expensive versions! So, if you’re
desperate to smell like Chanel Chance, then keep reading to find out the closest
scent at a much cheaper price tag!
YSL Libre smells like… Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely,
Guerlain Mon Guerlain, Katy Perry Purr
YSL Libre is one of our bestselling new fragrances from the
last few months and it’s easy to see why, it smells incredible and the bottle
is super luxurious, but it does come with a hefty price tag at £66.99 for 50ml.
The main notes in Libre that make it smell so addictive are lavender, mandarin
ad blackcurrant. We’ve scoured out website to find some different brands with
surprisingly similar notes…
Katy Perry Purr – £19.95 for 175ml. Notes include peach,
apple, jasmine and Bulgarian rose.
Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche smells like… CK One, Lancome La
Vie Est Belle Intense, Burberry Brit Rhythm
Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche was very popular on our Instagram
poll, we had so many people saying this was one of their most coveted
fragrances. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche is a beautiful, fresh, floral fragrance
with zesty notes of citrus, jasmine and teak wood. We managed to find a few
fragrances that emulate that same fresh, floral scent…
Dior Miss Dior smells like… Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps,
Clinique Aramatics Elixir
Miss Dior is a bestseller all over the globe with its modern
and confident femininity. It compromises fresh notes, woven with lively
rosewood to give a gorgeous fruity scent. Notes include Calabrian Bergamot,
Grasse Rose and Rosewood…
Penhaligons Empressa smells like… Thierry Mugler Angel,
Vera Wang Rock Princess
Penhaligons has long been a super luxurious fragrance brand
that has been on the lust list for many! With the high price tag of Empressa at
£178 for 100ml, you can’t be blamed for searching round for a cheaper
alternative. Empressa is laced with notes of peach, vanilla and blood orange…
Chanel Gabrielle smells like… Hugo Deep Red, Britney
Spears Hidden, Missguided Babe Power
Chanel Gabrielle is one of the newest scents from Chanel and
has quickly become a firm favourite in the luxury market. It’s a pure, floral
fragrance that was created around four white flowers, orange blossom,
ylang-ylang, jasmine and grasse tuberose.
Spring is our
favourite time of year to invest in a new fragrance. Why? Besides the fact that
many major fragrance brands release highly anticipated new lines for spring,
the change in weather has us feeling refreshed and ready for the new season
ahead, and we like to replicate that in our scent.
These fresh floral fragrances are the perfect
way to put an extra spring in your step each morning. From heady rose scents to
bright, aquatic options, here are our ultimate spring fragrances with something
Figuring out your spring persona
Whether you’re looking for something bright and
perky or a memorable fragrance to set you apart, the first step to choosing
your new spring fragrance is figuring out your seasonal vibe.
For something fresh and light, check out
sparkling fragrances like Kenzo
World EDT. Feminine, floral, and playful, it’s the perfect ode to springtime
and a true mood-booster.
Striking a middle ground between a fresh scent
and a hint of seduction is easy with the right fragrance in your collection. Jimmy
Choo Blossom gives you a taste of warmer nights, helping to well and
truly banish those winter chills. Mixing florals with punchy citrus fruits,
it’s both sweet and sexy.
If that sounds too youthful for you, opt for the ultra-feminine undertones
Saint Laurent’s Black Opium Glow. Sensuous, dazzling and energising, this
fragrance blends notes like black coffee with citrus to create a powerful spring
The power couple
Hugo Boss has the perfect male and female scent
duo for this time of the year. Boss
The Scent For Her EDT is zesty, warm, and light. It’s also alluringly
feminine, making it a go-to scent for anyone looking for a new signature this
spring. For him, Boss The Scent is rich, exotic and powerful.
When it comes to harnessing the essence of divine beauty, look no further
Rabanne’s Olympea, and to match, Invictus
aftershave. Olympea is perfect for inspiring confidence at the start of the
season. Invictus is the ideal pairing thanks to masculine, energetic notes.
Romantic types deserve seductive scents
Obsessed Intense. The aftershave and perfume blur gender lines, creating an
exquisite marriage of sensuality and power. Non-conformist and mysterious Gucci
Guilty Absolute fragrances for him and her are another great option.
The best spring floral fragrances
If you’re still searching for your new spring scent, explore our ultimate list of the best floral options for the season. There’s something to suit every taste in this collation, so you can be sure to find your new favourite in no time.
YSL Black Opium is a long-standing favourite. With fruity top notes and coffee accord base, it’s the perfect choice for special occasions. New to the Black Opium family, Floral Shock combines much fresher, floral tones with the iconic coffee notes. Think Black Opium on ice.
The bottles alone scream spring, pretty enough to grace even the most beautiful dressing table. The Daisy Kiss editions were released in 2017 as an adaptation on the ever-popular originals, with fruity and floral compositions that are perfect for a fresh daytime scent. Which one will you choose?
The newest release from Chloe, Love Story Eau Sensuelle is a sweet, sensual scent that’s perfect for spring. A little sweeter and more romantic than other Love Story editions, this super-feminine fragrance is ideal for a laid-back spring occasion.
Fleur Musc represents bold, passionate femininity, evoking charm and grace. The perfect spring scent for fans of a muskier finish, Fleur Musc boasts vibrant notes of rose, spices, and amber wood. What’s more, the bright pink bottle will stun in any collection.
Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria EDT is the newest offering from the Euphoria range. A radiant spring scent with a light, fresh finish. Deep Euphoria opens with fresh floral compositions, while whimsical notes of water lily and pear leave a lasting impression. If you’re a fan of Euphoria or Deep Euphoria, this will be the perfect addition to your collection.
Fiesta Carioca gives us start-of-summer vibes, but we’re happy to feel that way throughout spring! A quick mid-afternoon spritz is a perfect way to reenergize and perk up your day. The fragrance is sweet, fruity, and tropical, with notes of Brazilian passion fruit, red raspberry, and orange flower.
Bulgari Rose Goldea is a little more mature than your usual spring option, with a combination of rose and white musk leading the way. Perfect for spring evenings or statement-making occasions, Goldea skips out on the fruity note in favour of a more sensual finish.
A fresh release from Nina Ricci, Luna’s first glimpse is beautiful and enticing with notes of orange blossom and wild berries. The heart and base notes create a bold sensuality with eternal flower, caramel, and sandalwood. Luna is a great addition if you love something a little deeper – the perfect intense and captivating evening option.
This Givenchy EDT is the ultimate fruity scent for the warmer months. Givenchy Live Irresistible boasts pineapple, spicy rose, and amber in the perfect combination of fresh, fruity, and floral – a perfect choice for brighter days ahead.
A limited-edition fragrance presented in Givenchy’s iconic bottle, Gentlemen Only Parisian Break is a light, bright scent designed to remind you of a summer morning stroll through Paris. With splashes of lemon, hints of mint, and touches of sage keeping it fresh and aromatic, it’s our favourite of the Gentlemen Only line.
Another beautifully packaged fragrance for floral fans, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush, is a light and airy choice with notes of violet leaves and lily of the valley. Add rose tones and base notes, and you’ve got the perfect signature scent for the upcoming season.
A twist on the original L.12.12 Blanc fragrance, Lacoste L.12.12 Energized packs a punch of ginger, citrus, and mint to leave an extra fresh, crisp scent. For a light finish over a heavy musk, this is the perfect EDT to transition from spring through to summer.
Romantic and dreamy, Endless Euphoria is intensely fresh yet delicate – a firm favourite for springtime. With notes of cherry blossom, mandarin, and rose, Endless Euphoria is the perfect choice for special occasions and springtime walks alike.
Enjoy a dream of Italy when you spritz on Dolce
and Gabbana Dolce. This pretty spring fragrance tells the story of soft and
feminine Italian love. Boasting notes of papaya flower, white amaryllis, and
musk, this soft yet fresh scent lingers on the skin all day.
For more seasonal fragrance inspiration,
keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. Discover our favourite autumnal musk
or winter spiced scents and ensure you’re always feeling in touch with the
Si Fiori is a luminous and delicate fragrance inspired by the simple, yet complex grace of a flower. Fiori, meaning ‘flowers’ in Italian incorporates Neroli, a light and blooming Mediterranean flower. Effortless floral, this eau de parfum resembles the sparkling glow as the sun sets. We think this would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift; a luxurious brand that is going to make her feel super special.
L’Interdit is a tribute to bold femininity. An invitation to defy convention and embrace individuality. If your mum loves to walk her own path and break the rules, then this Givenchy perfume is perfect for her. A white floral cut through with dark notes unleashing a bold luminosity that flirts with obscurity.
Freedom, in a scent… Libre is a grand floral perfume with an unequivocal YSL twist. The burning sensuality of the orange blossom flowers from Morocco, twisted with the aromatic boldness of lavender from France. This perfume has a couture-infused scent that is uniquely androgynous.
Decadence is an iconic scent that exudes glamourous luxury and indulgence. The perfect way to make your mum feel like a million dollars. The bottle makes a statement with bold styling and luxurious craftmanship making it really feel like a special gift. It is an indulgent sensual woody scent that captivates the heart of succulent Italian plum, golden saffron and velvety iris.
The Only One captivates the essence of
sophisticated and hypnotising femininity. The signature notes lie in the
surprising combination of violet and coffee, giving life to an enchanting
floral scent. The notes together envelope the senses in an opulent embrace,
sure to make her feel super special on Mother’s Day.
BOSS The Scent for Her is a beautifully feminine fragrance that features pink pepper and green mandarin to lend their luminous and zesty qualities to the scent. This is a super light, wearable fragrance that is perfect for every day. The gift set includes a 50ml fragrance along with a 50ml body lotion and a travel spray, really making sure your gift is super special!
La Vie Est Belle is an iconic fragrance that
is loved by many across the globe. If this is your mum’s favourite perfume,
then buying her the giftset is going to make sure you’re number 1 favourite
child! The gift set includes a 30ml bottle, 50ml body lotion and a mini
Nuxe is a beautiful skincare brand that offers all the luxury of French pharmacy. In this gift set it includes an amazing range of the bestselling products from the brand for your mum to try. It contains Hiule moisturiser, body wash, multi-correctional gel cream and a candle. It comes in a gorgeous box that will make the perfect gift!
If you’re looking for something a little more
luxury, then Decleor skincare is the answer! Decleor masters the science of
essential oils to propose a complete illuminating routine for mature skin. This
infinite lift set contains four products enriched with Lavender Fine Essential
Oil and Plum Extract to smooth out wrinkles.
Balanced living is he principle behind
Ayurveda, the science of life. This ancient wisdom from India helps you to
improve health and wellbeing by cleansing and nourishing your energy. If you
think your mum pushes herself too hard, then this candle should help her set
some time for herself and relax!
It’s new fragrance season and we’re loving it. One stunning fragrance after the other graces us with some of the most addictive notes yet and the new year has only just begun. To be honest, it’s kind of overwhelming and a slight concern when it comes to the good old bank balance, but hey, who couldn’t do with a new fragrance… or six.
If you’re a lover of Marc Jacob’s iconic Daisy ranges, this is definitely going to be another one to add to that list. Warm. Vibrant. Bright. The new fragrance range by Marc Jacobs consists of four limited-edition, feel-good scents for spring. The Daisy Daze collection has a fresh and fruity twist on the classic daisy fragrances and offers an escape to an unexpected daisy universe. With inviting bursts of mandarin and sweet mirabelle that sparkle against smooth creamy musks, daisy daze is a crisp, sumptuous scent.
Looking to try out a new fragrance from a luxury, high-end couture brand? You’re in the perfect place. Ralph Lauren presents a new interpretation of his classic Romance fragrance (that was actually inspired by his wife, Ricky Lauren – how sweet!) with the introduction of Beyond Romance. This gorgeous new floral and woody perfume is fresh and fruity with sparkling, radiant notes of bergamot, mandarin and raspberry.
This new fragrance celebrates the joyful return of spring. Bright colours and an explosion of sumptuous scents, this is one to take over the senses. With notes of sweet, exotic fruits, sandalwood and frangipani flower, it’s the perfect balance between elegance and warmth. A rosy coral shade sums up spring’s renaissance on the scent’s iconic facetted bottle, dressed in an alluring gradient of colour that reveals the joyous fragrance inside.
Energetic, powerful, beautiful. The new floral perfume by Kenzo celebrates a contagious energy. In 2000, Kenzo created the fragrance of a scentless flower, the poppy. A timeless powdery floral that has become an icon of perfumery. In 2020, Flower by Kenzo reinvents itself in a new fragrance. With notes of fresh juicy pear, jasmine and rose, it’s a truly addictive woody floral fragrance you just won’t want to miss.
A new fragrance taking the world by storm. In Love With You Freeze is a fresh fragrance for women by Emporio Armani that captures the thrill of the most joyful love. Each new day is as strong as the first. Alluring, soft and delicate, yet bursting with profound sensuality. It makes up half the power couple to the matching men’s fragrance Stronger With You Freeze. A celebration of life and togetherness, this addictive fragranced warmed up with cherry, peony and patchouli is a must-have this season!
Discover the newest addition to the Opium fragrance family where
signature coffee notes meet dragon fruit. This rock couture fragrance is
addictive and deliberately seductive. This year YSL continues to re-invent its
ever-epic perfume in its sculptural bottle re-mastered with a fluorescent twist
for that extra YSL touch. Adrenaline-rich coffee gives way to an orange blossom
heart electrified by luminous dragon fruit accord wrapped by cool vanilla and
white musk – what a combination!
Which of these new in women’s fragrances will you be treating
yourself to or someone special this year?
If you’re looking for your new signature scent, or maybe
you’re desperate to find the perfect gift for the man in your life then we’re
ready to help!
There’s something super sexy about a man who smells amazing
and fragrance is the discreet accessory every man needs.
So, we’ve taken the hard work out of finding the right
aftershave for you with some of favourite men’s fragrances available right now!
But first let’s start with the basics…
What’s the difference between aftershave, Eau de Toilette
and Eau de Parfum?
Many people often use the terms randomly, but they do
actually refer to different things. Aftershave contains less perfume oil and
typically contains soothing ingredients like aloe vera or camomile. The low oil
concentration is perfect for applying post shave. The scent tends to be fresher
and lasts for around 3 hours.
An Eau de toilette contains more perfume oil than
aftershave. The higher concentration means if you apply it post shave, it might
sting a little! An Eau de toilette again tend to be very fresh, more of an
everyday scent. They will probably last around 6 to 8 hours.
If you’re looking for something a little bit stronger then
reach for an Eau de parfum. Eau de parfum fragrances contain the highest
concentration of perfume oil, usually around 8 to 15 percent. They tend to be
spicier, richer scents that will last much longer.
Our top picks!
Right, now we’re onto the good stuff! Here at Fragrance
Direct we’ve had some amazing new men’s fragrances launches over the last few
months that you’ll be dying to try…
BOSS The Scent Absolute for Him offers a richer and more
intense interpretation of the original BOSS The Scent masculine fragrance. Its
signature ingredients include stimulating Ginger and exotic Maninka fruit –
combined with the arousing power of Mondia roots and the elegance of Vetiver to
create an absolutely seductive and addictive fragrance.
K By Dolce & Gabbana is a fragrance that celebrates a
new era of masculinity. It makes you dream of the Italian countryside and the
Mediterranean midday sun with a combination of citrus freshness, blood orange
and Sicilian lemon. It is a crisp and masculine scent that is edged by the
fresh bite of the juniper berry. K By Dolce & Gabbana makes for the perfect
everyday fragrance with its fresh and crisp notes.
This Eau de Parfum from Issey Mitake is an intense fragrance
that gives an interpretation of the strength of wood. An invitation to
experience nature’s generosity. With a double concentration of cedarwood and
sandalwood it is offset by the fresh tang of grapefruit. This fragrance is
guaranteed to last all day long, keeping you smelling irresistible for the
Diesel Spirit of the Brave is the next chapter after the
super popular Only The Brave. It introduces a new kind of masculinity and
bravery that is more unconventional and playful. Spirit of the Brave reinvents
the classic fougere and redefines the codes of masculinity in Diesel’s most
luxurious fragrance yet. The first notes unveil a modern and masculine green
signature bringing a boost of freshness with a unprecedented concentration of
With the newest scent from Jean Paul Gaultier he lets us
into his garden, a place of temptation and attraction. The men’s Eau de
Toilette is built around addictive Tonka Beans and Coconut Wood combined with
the fresh facets of Bergamot. It is a super fresh and powerful scent that has a
very sexy feel to it.
YSL Y Live Intense is
a Fougere fragrance that sits between fresh and intense. It is made for the man
who is not afraid to take risks and to make life-changing decisions. A
fragrance that encapsulates the sense of thrill before the performance, the man
who lives for the adrenaline. At the top there are fresh, bright notes of
Grapefruit and Pear and at the base reveals rich sensual strains of Juniper,
Orange Blossom and Amber Woods.
BOSS Bottled On The Go is the perfect accompaniment to a
man’s busy lifestyle. The On The Go sprays can be transported with ease and
make the perfect, gym or work bag accessory! BOSS Bottled is a woody, spicy
scent with notes of apple, geranium, cinnamon and carnation with a dry down of
sandalwood and vetiver.
Bulgari Man Wood Neroli is a perfume inspired by Nature and
the Mediterranean, a light and modern scent with an expected contrast created
with very masculine yet daring woods and the light expressed by the Neroli
flower. Light and energy is a symbol of rebirth and recharge and you can really
capture that with this fragrance.
So, there you have it! Our top picks for all the men’s
fragrances we have available at the moment. Go check them out over on Fragrance Direct. Keep your eyes
peeled on the blog next week for all our favourite ladies fragrances!
Celebrity perfume endorsement has been a big deal for decades, with well-known faces from film, music, and TV adverts and all over print fragrance campaigns. These celeb perfumes are some of the nation’s favourite fragrances for 2019, so you can be sure they’re worth checking out!
Because of their growing popularity and appeal
to the general public, celeb fragrances are sometimes seen as less luxurious
or designer options. Agree? We’ve done the hard work for you, putting
celebrity and celebrity-endorsed perfumes to the test to find out which ones
are worth it, and which should be left well alone.
The best celebrity perfumes ranked
Sarah Jessica Parker – Lovely
Britney Spears – Fantasy
Beyoncé – Heat
David Beckham – Instinct
Katy Perry – Killer Queen
Arianna Grande – Sweet Like
Rihanna – Nude
Jenifer Lopez – Glow
Stacey Solomon – Smile
Antonio Banderas – The Secret
Our top ten is inspired by you! These are the
celebrity perfumes you’ve purchased the most since their release, with SJP
coming in on top and the likes of Bey, Arianna, and Rihanna following closely
behind. Read on for a little more information about our top five winning
Sarah Jessica Parker – Lovely
Lovely is the first signature fragrance from the
queen of the City, Sarah Jessica Parker. Based on the star’s passion for style
and fashion, this inviting and classy perfume features top notes of nectarine,
rosewood, lavender, and white orchid.
Britney Spears Fantasy has been a favourite
fragrance since its release in 2005. Following its success, the pop icon has
released several new versions of the scent including Midnight Fantasy, Hidden
Fantasy, and Fantasy Twist. The classic scent boasts red lychee, golden quince,
and kiwi, which work together to create a fresh and fruity finish.
Beyoncé released her first fragrance in 2010,
and it’s been steadily popular ever since. Heat features opening notes of
orchid, peach, vanilla, and magnolia, with base notes of amber. This fiery and
sensual scent is the perfect gift for Beyoncé fans or a great treat for
Searching for a men’s celebrity fragrance? Look
no further than David Beckham’s Instinct, a classic casual scent with distinct
masculine tones. Think patchouli, vetiver, mandarin, and pimento. It’s spicy
and smooth, with a fuss-free bottle design making it perfect for an elevated
Katy Perry boasts ten perfumes for fans and
fragrance fanatics to discover. The pop star’s third signature fragrance,
Killer Queen, is inspired by Queen’s iconic song. With top notes of wild
berries, dark plum, and bergamot, and a finishing base of patchouli and
praline, this delicious fragrance is suitable for any occasion.