• The Pound Shop Fragrance Challenge

      When the latest brief from your editor begins “Do you have access to a pound shop?”, you know you’re in trouble. When that brief then goes on to suggest you spend a week wearing “fragrances” you find in the aforementioned pound shop your heart sinks, and you might have a little cry at your desk. However, when said editor then suggests you enlist the help of your partner, meaning you can torture him a little in the process, well, you can’t really refuse, can you? You can, however, bear a grudge. Just sayin’ …

      Anyway, the challenge was to spend £14 in the "poundshop of our choice", on seven female fragrances, and seven masculine fragrances, wear one (each) every day for a week, and report back on our experiences. So here we are. I think I have my vision back now. However, I’ll never be able to show my face in the local poundshop ever again.




      The purchasing:

      We head off to a rather fancy poundshop in Fulham (dahlings), it’s clean and light and airy, but we’re initially surprised that they don’t appear to have any fragrances. Turns out they’re not actually with the beauty products, because they are, of course, by the household cleaning products, leading one to speculate darkly on the very nature of what it is we’re about to do. We find the stash, full of what are obviously designer fragrance knock-offs, remaindered ends of legitimate high street brand scents, and generic “fragrances”. It’s rather depressing. Luckily, there are no testers, so we don’t get a chance to frighten ourselves utterly out of the challenge before we even begin. The checkout assistant offers us a couple of pitying looks whilst she’s putting the fragrances through, and I can tell she’s obviously wondering what kind of horrific disease we’re both suffering from that require us pickling ourselves in PoundWorldLand’s finest scents.

      His Observations: Ugh. I spend slow years being weaned away from Lynx Africa, only to be dragged back past and beyond that to PoundLandWorld’s finest. I ask myself just what sort of cruel and horrific person would ask me to do such a thing but, upon reflection, it strikes me that both the Basenotes editor and my lovely partner herself fit the bill precisely. That’s one of the great questions about the universe answered, then. Cursing my pliability, I dragged myself into the pound shop and picked out my fragrances with an air of resignation… (editor’s note: MrLippie was bribed with vodka to take part in this challenge – he’s no martyr)


      Press 'Next' to read the Scent Diary

      For the ladies.. From left to right – Rush Hour, Fire Princess, Mademoiselle London, VB, Madonna Diamonds, DINKY Delectable and Story of Rose...

      ◄ Prev •  Next ►
      About the author Get Lippie
      Author AvatarLouise is a management accountant by day, beauty editor by night, and has been writing getlippie.com since 2009 in a (failed) attempt to rid herself of her lipstick addiction. She also writes regularly for SLiNK magazine

      Share:

      Comments 29 Comments
      1. Gblue's Avatar
        Gblue -
        Ohhh what fun! I am so pleased to hear that you finally found a wedding day fragrance in Rush Hour. Hahaha!
      1. Scentsucker's Avatar
        Scentsucker -
        I think, nay, I'm pretty sure you went to my local pound shop. LOL.
      1. chrisaxp's Avatar
        chrisaxp -
        You are much much braver than I am.

        - - - Updated - - -

        You are much much braver than I am.
      1. walkdogg's Avatar
        walkdogg -
        I suppose the poundshop is a kin to our Walmart or family dollar stores in the US?

        if so, this article is sufficiently frightening!
      1. Grant's Avatar
        Grant -
        Quote Originally Posted by walkdogg View Post
        I suppose the poundshop is a kin to our Walmart or family dollar stores in the US?

        if so, this article is sufficiently frightening!
        It's basically our equivalent of a dollar store. Everything in the shop costs £1.
      1. Get Lippie's Avatar
        Get Lippie -
        I'm glad my pain amused people ... <weeps for humanity>
      1. Persolaise's Avatar
        Persolaise -
        A perfect read for a Sunday morning :-)

        And Rush Hour is a genius name for a perfume!
      1. voodoodanny's Avatar
        voodoodanny -
        Huzzah! I've been waiting for someone to do one of these for ages! I was hoping it was Poundland you visited for your olfactory gems though, as they have quite a number of 'fragrances' in there that I'm too afraid to try. Great article nonetheless!

        Any chance you could spill the beans on which poundshop you did visit? Or at least PM me with it? I can't say I've seen those beauties on my travels.
      1. rubegon's Avatar
        rubegon -
        Louise - that's what we call "taking one for the team" on this side of the Atlantic. Or maybe a test of fealty is more like it.
      1. efemmeral's Avatar
        efemmeral -
        It'sMySake!

        Genius.
      1. Mr. Stinky's Avatar
        Mr. Stinky -
        Whats with the picture of big pink penis in some guys face?
      1. mumsy's Avatar
        mumsy -
        Thank you for that article. That is quite the funniest thing and I have just chortled all the way through it.

        I think you deserve a BN medal for this.
      1. Hayven's Avatar
        Hayven -
        Oh, what fun! This might actually prove useful to the people who like to wear this kind of stuff...
      1. Grant's Avatar
        Grant -
        Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Stinky View Post
        Whats with the picture of big pink penis in some guys face?
        I think you might need to see a doctor...
      1. bnusr's Avatar
        bnusr -
        Quote Originally Posted by Hayven View Post
        Oh, what fun! This might actually prove useful to the people who like to wear this kind of stuff...
        but it's doubtful they are here
      1. Azieru's Avatar
        Azieru -
        Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Stinky View Post
        Whats with the picture of big pink penis in some guys face?
        I concur lol.
      1. mnaonbn's Avatar
        mnaonbn -
        Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Stinky View Post
        Whats with the picture of big pink penis in some guys face?
        LOL! This is exactly what I thought when I saw the image...it is indeed very suggestive (and hilarious).
      1. elfkincatcher's Avatar
        elfkincatcher -
        .....and for your next experiment .....and you thought you had reached the bottom of the perfume tree......visit the 99p shop and spend £13.86 on 14 fragrances......

        Actually ....don't diss the £1 shop or 99p shop....a lot of my make up comes from there lately.....MaxFactor...Bourjois....Revlon....Maybe lline....!!! Not sure I'd brave the perfumes though.....what I have sniffed in passing smells like those ghastly 'celebrity' brands which are sickly to the point of olefactory enteritis! As one celeb goes back to oblivion the perfume is passed on to the next 'great thing' to put their name to....wish the perfumes would pass into oblivion too.....!!!
      1. mumsy's Avatar
        mumsy -
        I read somewhere that many of the 'under ranks' were in fact made by the very same manufacturers that make some of the lovelies. I may be very wrong but I'm sure I remember seeing that Bourgois is made by something to do with the hands of Chanel somehow. I use the Bourgois powder because I adore the smell of it. It reminds me of my grandmother.

        The Tescos 'Make up" in the black compacts is made by a high ranking make up artist too, was it Barbara Daly? There are loads like that. I cannot think of any more off the top of my head. I do know that some research was done with lots of high end down to low end face moisturisers in a scientific comparison test. Did the high end Kanebo £100+ win? No... the cheap Vaseline Intensive care won hands down.... lol

        Some of the high end perfumes smell like that too. I tried a right scrubber on this morning from a fairly well known house. Proper price of £35ish and I would have preferred one from the pound shop.
      1. kida2007's Avatar
        kida2007 -
        I love this article well done for doing it, i've only tried a few at my local pound shops and they're all err interesting... lol. I have come across some funny ones though like 99p versions of 1 Million and Hugo which wernt too bad just terrible fakes.
        Excellent challenge though i can imagine you walking to the tills with 14 bottles! lol



    Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000