On this page you can find a variety of information about my most used online fragrance related sources, stores where I shop, places for buying decants, current perfume discounts available online e.t.c.
I hope you find this information helpful.
PERFUME SOCIETY ON PARFUMO
It won’t be surprise for anyone that parfumo.net is my main and mostly used resource when it comes to fragrance search. It is basically a huge library of fragrance and much more. Being a large community, it has subpages which are very interesting to visit. From fun chats with other collectors, sharing photos, following the new perfume launches, Parfumo has it all.
PERFUME SOCIETY ON FRAGRANTICA
Most of you may know fragrantica.com I personally love to visit other subpages and forum in order to see what other interesting info is out there. If you stick to the dot com version it’s fine, there is plenty information and a lot of reviews present at all times for most scents. But when it comes to more niche brands, reviews can be sparse so every information is helpful. Sometimes Fragrantica come in handy as more people use it but info is often biased. I opt for reviews in different languages, especially for very limited release fragrances. Google translate comes in very handy if you don’t speak Italian or Romanian or French
NOW SMELL THIS BLOG
Now Smell This or NST is a huge blog that features latest releases and provides interesting reviews to existing or upcoming scents. It is by far my most favorite blog page to snoop around. I love how well and straight to the point their descriptions are. Very lovely blog if you like combining your cup of tea wit some fine reads.
CHECKING PERFUME PRODUCTION DATES
Once buying perfumes in store or second hand I usually go for two existing websites for checking product batch codes. Beware though! Niche fragrances are not on these websites and can not be traced with a code. But there are other ways to recognize authenticity or production year in selective perfumery. Almost all of the designer fragrances can be found on either one of the following websites:
SELLING & BUYING DECANTS
Since I live in Netherlands, here we have a big local online Marketplace where you can list the perfumes or decants you want to buy or sell.
Similar system called Souk works on Parfumo webpage. If you are looking for something more exclusive or out of reach such as vintage perfumes and great competitive prices for web perfume discounts, try ebay but make sure that the seller can authenticate the bottle for you by providing actual images of the bottle.
Don’t get fooled by images of the listings as these are frequently hijacked by other Ebay users.
ONLINE PERFUME SAMPLING SERVICES
Several perfume stores with exclusive rights to sell niche brands are often offering sample services and occasional perfume discounts. I continuously use these throughout the years. That is where I get my niche and more high end samples from in 99% of the case.
My absolute number one shop is called Skins Cosmetics They have a large online space and also several stores across big cities in Netherlands. Their online shop provides 5 samples for 20 euros. Each sample you can select yourself or buy a premed bundle. These contain 1,5 ml and each kit includes 10 euro voucher for the next time purchase. SHIPPING IS INTERNATIONAL
Second online favorite is Sens Unique, very incredible collection of fragrances and unique sample set design that is travelling super safely to my door each time. You can have perfume subscription there or order personalised box. one of the best services in online shops that I have encountered. SHIPPING IS INTERNATIONAL
Another one is called NOSE It offeres an olfactory diagnosis where you have to list your current perfumes and you will end up with 5 recommendations for a fragrance. 5-sample pack costs you 10 euros. If there are certain extra samples you want to try out they will make them for you at a reasonable cost. SHIPPING IS INTERNATIONAL
Another good favourite of mine is Ecuacion Natural. Perfect for larger decant orders of exclusive nit so easy to find brands in EU. Love the service and shipping speed. They carry incredible variety of exclusive fragrance brands on their page. SHIPPING IS INTERNATIONAL
Another great way to sample or enjoy What happens if some fragrances are loved by you but you think full size bottle is not necessary? That is where fragrance subscription services come in handy. I am a member of YUNIQU and Parfumado subscriptions and enjoy both. There is also SNIPH and ScentBird but I can not vouch for them as I never had any purchasing experience there.
FAVORITE SHOPPING SPOTS
Perfume discounts are of great help if you are on a budget and that is when many discount stores come at play. Here is a quick overview of my favourite discounters where I shop regularly. Many of these offer great deals on self-care items as well:
Notino Often good sales on bottles and cosmetics. Occasionally free shipping. Okay speed shipping. SHIPPING ACROSS EU & UK
BeautiNow Every couple of weeks good sales on bottles and testers, great choice of niche brands. Additional discount for first time users and for their Instagram followers. Free shipping on all orders above 80 euros (50 euros if you are in Netherlands or Belgium). Fast shipping. SHIPPING ACROSS EU & UK
Allbeauty Often relatively good sales on bottles and cosmetics. Free shipping on all orders above 60 euros. If you are in EU, customs and import fees are being paid by the webshop. Fast shipping. SHIPPING ACROSS US, UK, EU & JAPAN
ParfumDeo Occasionally good sales on niche fragrances and cosmetics. Sadly no free shipping. Okay speed shipping. SHIPPING ACROSS EU *
*might not be interesting for people outside Netherlands due to high shipping fees