Find the Cheapest Perfume

Written by Karen Bryan

lancome hynose and miracle perfumesI have a weakness for expensive perfume.Lancome and Estee Lauder are my favourites. I’ve tried using cheaper perfumes, but I either didn’t like the scent and/or they didn’t have any staying power.

Recently, I ended up buying perfume with what started with a quest to find the cheapest hydrocortisone cream.

Annoyingly, the pharmacy website which offered the lowest price hydrocortisone cream at £1.29 for 15gr, wouldn’t let me buy more than two tubes, and had a delivery charge of £3.15 for orders under the value of £40.

That’s when I thought why not buy some perfume in order to get the free delivery. When I started to do price comparisons, the perfume on that pharmacy website was overpriced.

I noticed that The Perfume Shop seemed to have some of the lowest prices. They were joint cheapest, alongside John Lewis, for two of my favourite perfumes; Lancome Hypnose Eau de Parfum (EDP) priced at £40 for 75ml, and Lancome Miracle Pour Femme EDP priced at £40 for 100 ml.

However, The Perfume Shop website offered free standard delivery on all orders. Whereas, you had to spend over £50 on the John Lewis website to qualify for free delivery.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find cashback on shopping at either John Lewis or The Perfume Shop.

As chance would have it, I visited The Perfume Shop website during a flash sale when there was a 15% reduction. I was tempted to buy both the Lancome perfumes. It seemed such a good deal to get them both for £68., especially when I had seen the 100ml Miracle EDP for between £60 – £80 on other websites.

I thought that I’d better give myself a few minutes before parting with £68. I knew that I had to complete the purchase by 10pm that evening.

Just before 10pm, I made the decision to proceed with the purchase. My computer decided to freeze. I missed the 10pm deadline.

The next day I contacted The Perfume Shop through their online chat system to explain what had happened and request that they give me a 15% discount code so that I could buy the two perfumes for £68. Initially, I was offered a 10% discount, but I when I said that I was hoping for a 15% discount my request was granted.

There are two somewhat contradictory morals to this story.

Firstly, don’t get sucked into spending more money in order to save money. My perfume purchase started by trying to negate the effect of paying a delivery charge.

Secondly, if you do see a product or service (that you are sure that you need or want) at good price, you should buy it quickly. The caveat is that you must have done some research, and/or have knowledge of the going rate, so that you can identify a bargain when it appears. I have lost out on some great prices on train tickets and hotels, because I have hesitated in booking.