Surely it has to be Heathrow, no?
I'll be making a trip to NZ soon and was wondering which London Airport has the best and or most exclusive fragrances in Duty Free? This will inform me where I have to fly from! If you know any of the houses that they carry, please let me know.
With much thanks!
Surely it has to be Heathrow, no?
Yep, Heathrow but there are five terminals to choose from.
Terminal 3 has a Chanel boutique, so for any of the Les Exclusifs at a discounted price, you ought to fly from here...
Terminal 4 has a Jo Malone shop.
Terminal 4 also has the Tom Ford private blend range at about 20% off.
I'd say Heathrow Terminal 5, they even have the Tom Ford Private Blends.
Looks like terminal 5 then! Cheers guys!
In Stansted duty free shop, I saw Pure Havane 100ml for 33 pounds.
Not much really. Terminal 3 Has both Chanel exclusives and the hermessence line at their respective boutiques, but their prices are higher than the united states (considering how bad the dollar is doing now, you'll be paying around $20 more).
The whole Tom Ford line is available in every terminal as far as I know, and it is actually cheaper than the united states and most other countries for the private blends so that's my only recommendation.
A few limited editions/europe exclusives are easily available there and that's the best thing (Aside from the tom ford). So you can still get Dior Hypnotic Poison Elixir, Dior Homme Intense, Narcisso Rodriguez for him Musc EDP, L'instant de guerlain extreme....etc from there. Than that, they only offer mainstream designer lines and their prices are not the best (same as retail really).
So i'm off to Prague with work on Monday, and having qualified in my profession on Friday I think I deserve a fragrant treat.
So which are the top 3 potential purchases from Heathrow Terminal 3? There is a Perfume Gallery which will carry all of the designer fragrances I imagine. There is also a Harrods concession (Tom Ford Private Blends - I own Tobacco Vanille, Noir de Noir and Tuscan Leather), Chanel and Hermes.
Chanel Sycomore is the first one I am leading towards having tried it last time I was there.
I have not sampled any of the Hermessence line, so any thoughts would be welcome.
I don't suppose anybody is aware whether the likes of Guerlain Tonka Imperiale or Spiriuese Double Vanille are stocked there? Otherwise that would be my likely Top 3.
I got my Sycomore 75ml from the Chanel Boutique in T3 for £88-something, which is a saving of £12 or £19 of high street price. Not bad given that everything in London is a rip-off.
The Hermes boutique is tucked away behind the Chanel one. But the Hermessence range is not discounted there, but it should be good to sample. They also have some hard to find Hermes like Bel Ami and Rocabar.
All Harrods stores within Heathrow do not sell fragrances, so don't bother visiting. Tom Fords are all within the World Duty Free shop.
Have a wonderful trip!
I too will be off to T3, and was wondering how much does a bottle of Egoiste cost at the Chanel Boutique?
Heathrow Terminal 5 has, in addition to Tom Ford Private Blend, Miller Harris, Molton Brown, Jo Malone, and Floris. And all the usual stuff found in most airports.
On topic though, I was impressed with Heathrow T3. They had Tom Ford Private Blend & lots, lots more!
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I had a nice time shopping for fragrance in T3 of Heathrow last time I was there. Sometimes they give you a discount card towards the end of World Duty Free, so definitely hunt out for that. Its minimal (about 10 pounds off 100), but on Duty Free prices, It is definitely worth looking for.
I'm more of a designer guy, so when I saw 1 Million Pure Parfume I originally thought it was the same as the original, but was pleasantly surprised. A really natural take on the original with the same epic longevity but smoother and more refined. If the "1 Million" scent wasn't so engrained into our society here, I'm sure this would be a BN hit.
The hunt for a Signature Fragrance is not an easy one! I see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Want to buy! "Nothing?!, well that's a first."
Why go to the effort of wasting your discount on stuff like 1 Million, when you can get them for even less at CheapSmells or The Perfume Shop online?
I am very disappointed that there's no shop in the airport selling British fragrances, other than the few brands listed above.
I thought for sure there would be a shop selling Penhaligon's, Trumpers, Taylor of Old Bond Street, Czech and Speake, Trueffitt and Hill, D.R. Harris, Ormond Jayne, Illuminum, and any others I may have forgotten.
Most airports I've visited have shops selling local products. Perhaps Heathrow is too cosmopolitan to consider itself especially British. Unfortunate.
I first heard about Trumper's on an in-flight magazine in 2006 on a Swiss Air flight out of what was Terminal 2 at the time. I got really excited about trying out the product. It was July and I had just discovered my signature fragrance, Terre d' Hermes. I still own a bottle to this day and use it from time to time.
On my return to London after that trip, I went on a discovering journey to find out if I could buy these brands anywhere else. The interest in wet shaving at the time wasn't great, but there are MANY online shops that do sell them. They like to keep these brands exclusive. DR Harris is (was?), for example, the exclusive supplier to British Airways first class customers (onboard). The want to keep these brands as exclusive as possible. Hence why some carry royal warrants, etc.
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On the World Duty Free website, you can also sign up to have a voucher emailed to you, £5 off if you spend more than £75. You then print it out and they barcode scan it when you pay.
Also worth getting a BAA WorldPoints card (it's free) if you travel and shop frequently at airports... Google that for the link.
Heathrow terminal 4 has a harrods section with all the Tom fords and Armani prive stuff and Jo Malone
1. Dior Homme/Intense
3. Musc Ravageur
4. Creed GIT
5. Tobacco Vanille
Current swap list found here ... http://tinyurl.com/9udvk8q
*Edit: Received a £5 off £100 on completion of a survey, but that survey has now expired
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Are the prices in there better than in Paris?
Compared to other similar schemes in the uk it is quite generous (7 points I think for every pound spent). 500 points gets me a five pound voucher in return.
If you travel from Heathrow frequently it's well worth it.
Anyway here's a link to the £5 off £75 that andym72 was talking about