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18th Jul 2012

Pocket-friendly Perfumes from Essence – That Makes Scents!

A 50ml bottle of perfume, for less than a tenner? Sounds too good to be true, we know, but German beauty brand Essence have come up trumps.

We’ve professed our love for Essence products on these pages before (you can check that out here), and last week attended the launch of a new fragrance line from the budget beauty brand.

The motto for the line is ‘Choose your mood! It’s just one spray away!’ The idea being that with the low prices, you can afford a whole fragrance wardrobe, as it were, and choose whichever suits your mood on any given day.

These fragrances are the first permanent perfume additions to Essence shelves, (previous scent releases have been part of special edition lines), and with six fragrances in all, chances are you’ll find something to suit your tastes.


Like a walk in the summer rain 

A floral, aquatic and clean scent, with fruity top notes of lemon, orange and watermelon and a base of moss and cedar wood.

Like a trip to New York

Cheerful, fruity and urban, with top notes of cardamom, grapefruit and cranberry and a base of white wood and amber.

Like a new love 

Floral, romantic and modern, with top notes of tangerine, pepper and elemi, and a coffee, chocolate and vanilla base.

Like a day in a candy shop

Floral, fresh and sensual, with top notes of peach and orchid and a vanilla and musk base.

Like a first day in spring

Fruity, floral and sunny fragrance with top notes of pineapple and tangerine, and base notes of sandalwood and musk. 

Like a girl’s night out

A fruity and sparkling fragrance with top notes of elemi, dragon fruit and goji berries, with a base of vetiver and vanilla.


The verdict?

Affordability is certainly a massive plus with any releases from Essence, but when it comes to perfumes it’s usually an automatic mindset that to be any good a fragrance must be costly. Essence have managed to prove that this is not the case, and for the absolute bargain price of €7.99 for a 50ml bottle and only €3.49 for a handbag-friendly 10ml bottle, they are definitely worth exploring. We put all six to the test in the offices and in general we were pleasantly surprised with ‘Like a day in a candy shop’, (which is nowhere near as overpoweringly sweet as it might sound), and ‘Like a walk in the summer rain’ – perhaps because we’ve all been walking in summer rain for two months now and it never smelled like this. 

These scents won’t knock your favourite luxury brand perfumes off its pedestal, but if you want some variety in your daily perfume choice or a handy bottle to pop in your bag, you won’t go far wrong with Essence. And, if you have younger sisters or nieces to think of, these scents would make a fab little gift.


The new fragrances are available from Pennys, Dunnes, Heatons and pharmacies nationwide.