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Sick of Spending a Small Fortune on Designer Fragrances? Try These High Street Perfumes Instead

From just £4.99.

Think you need to spend designer prices to get a good perfume? Think again.

Let’s be honest, designer perfumes are expensive. Byredo YSL, Chanel… most of our favourite perfume brands set us back around £100 for a bottle – but do we really need to spend that much for a great scent?

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While most people associate labels and high prices with quality, it doesn’t always have to be the case when it comes to fragrances.

In fact, the perfumers behind most of our favourite designer brands are often the same people who work on the high street’s offering.

For example, last year Zara launched its Emotions collection, an eight-part fragrance collection with iconic perfumer Jo Malone.

ZARA x Jo Malone perfume

It’s not the first time Jo Malone has joined forces with the high street either. She previously worked with French Connection in back in 1998.

Another case in point is H&M’s perfumer Olivier Pescheux, who also previously worked with Diptyque and Yves Saint Laurent.  

There are plenty of purse-friendly high street scents to rival my more expensive favourites—you just need to know where to look.

Keep scrolling for our edit of the 9 best high street perfumes.  

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Shop our edit high street perfumes

Tuberose 90ml, £12.99, Zara – buy now

Zara describes this perfume as a sparkling, powdery and sensual flower; tuberose plays with its charms in a garden of imitation spices, precious woods and vanilla.

I’ve worn this perfume on rotation for years and have always received so many complements on it

the body shop white musk perfume

White Musk Eau De Toilette 30ml, £16.99, The Body Shop – buy now

The Body Shop describe this Eau de Toilette as having floral, sensual notes that will leave you feeling empowered to express yourself.

This vegan scent is made from 95 per cent naturally derived ingredients, and even the bottle itself is made of 42% recycled glass.

zara fashionably london perfume

Fashionably London 75ml, £25.99, ZARA – buy now

This scent was created by a collaboration between Zara and famous perfumer Jo Malone. It was hard not to expect big things from this one and it sure didn’t disappoint.

The scent suits any gender with bergamot, rose and musk it’s equally sweet as it is sexy.

rain perfume h&m

Rain Eau De Toilette, £4.99, H&M – buy now

H&M describe this scent as a sense of calm and new beginnings: delicate, clean and fresh.

At £4.99 for 20ml, it comes in at one of the most reasonable perfumes on the high street.

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m&s Santorini Days perfume

Santorini Days Eau De Parfum 100ml, £15.99, M&S – buy now

Inspired by the Greek Islands, M&S describe this scent as a blend of refreshing citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin combined with aromatic scents of olive, basil and iris with a lingering woody base.

Similar to the above option from The Body Shop, 85 per cent of the ingredients are from natural origin and the fragrance is also vegan.

eau nude next perfume

Eau Nude 100ml Eau de Parfum, £16.99, Next – buy now

Fans have compared this scent to that of to Coco Chanel with its creamy vanilla, fruity top notes, and spiciness from the pink peppercorns and cloves.

Eau Nude comes in slightly more on the rosy side, but it’s a great dupe.

the body shop black musk - vegan perfume

Black Musk Eau De Parfum 30ml, £22, The Body Shop – buy now

This Black Musk version is like White Musk’s cool older sister. It contains sweet pear, spicy pink pepper and heady bergamot, and it smells incredible.

This vegan scent is also made from 95 per cent naturally derived ingredients, and the bottle itself is also made of 42% recycled glass.

lush sun perfume

Sun Perfume 30ml, £20, Lush – buy now

Lush have far more than just bath bombs and face masks to offer, with a very decent selection of affordable fragrances too.

The Sun scent is a really lovely sweet orange and mimosa scent, perfect for summer.

Prodigieux Le parfum 30ml, £18, Nuxe – buy now

This perfume, which was created by perfumer Serge Majoullier (who worked with both Jo Malone London and Viktor & Rolf), is the fine fragrance version of Nuxe’s iconic Huile Prodigieuse.

The scent is a perfect balance of exotic gardenia through to citrus fruit, and into a creamy coconut and vanilla, which makes it totally delicious and addictive.

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