Earlier this month, Marie Claire did a listicle on 10 Cheap Perfumes Beauty Insiders Love. I have no real objection to their list1 other than the inclusion of a $76 perfume and an $82 body oil — beauty insiders apparently have a different definition of “cheap” than I do, possibly because they don’t have to fork over cash for their beauty products — but I did note on Twitter that I did not love any of their picks. I’ll also add that none of their 10 show up very often in our daily scent of the day polls. So, here is a list of my own. I couldn’t make myself narrow down to fewer than 11, and of course I’ve cheated even more by adding alternatives. As always, do include your own picks in the comments!
Marie Claire included the old standby 4711. I know some of you probably love 4711, and I can’t scoff at it — it’s possibly one of the better fragrances on their list. Still, my old-school drugstore choice would be the venerable spicy carnation, Old Spice…
Sounds good to me: "Create an aura that's slightly rogue and decidedly daring with this magnetic, must-have hair mist. Laced with addictive notes of cedarwood atlas, vetiver and musk, this hair mist moves with you for a new and sexy way to wear STASH. It is light enough to spray on body too, so you can love and layer your STASH." Stash SJP Sexy Hair Mist is $30 for 150 ml at Ulta.
Part four in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts features various and sundry coffrets and gift sets. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!
From Givenchy, 5 ml bottles of seven fragrances in the L’Atelier de Givenchy series (Néroli Originel, Chypre Caresse, Bois Martial, Oud Flamboyant, Ylang Austral, Ambre Tigré and Cuir Blanc). $140 at Barneys…
I forgive Stash many things:
1. its name (to me, “Stash” doesn’t jibe with the advertising or bottle);
2. the fact I could only smell Stash at Ulta Beauty (I went to two Ulta stores in order to get a sample of Stash. At Ulta No. 1 the S.A. said: “Uh, nope, we have Stash but not a tester bottle…I have a bottle here I’m making into a tester.” Me: “Can I sniff it?” S.A.: “I’m making a tester…SOON.” She chuckled and moved on. The store was empty.
3. Sarah Jessica Parker (whose roles never resonate with me). SJP: hie thee to a desert, strip your face of all makeup and play a character with little money and no “wardrobe;” perhaps a graveyard-shift nurse who also runs an animal rescue farm near Albuquerque with her lazy-ass teen sons and bitch of a mother…Sissy Spacek? Kathy Bates?
I admit I didn’t have much hope for Stash…