Roberto Cavalli Paradiso eau de parfum

Happy National Fragrance Day! (2018)

Today is National Fragrance Day! I don’t know which nation this is from (probably not Canada), but I’ll celebrate it, anyway!

In honor of the day, I will round up all my Canadian drugstore perfume deals. For those who do not know, many locations of Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall drugstores have clearance perfume shelves, where they rotate perfumes priced at CA$19.99. Occasionally, Shoppers even has weekend deals for $17.77!

These perfumes are often the cheaper drugstore lines (drugstore staples and celeb scents), but occasionally one will also find discontinued smaller sizes of designer fragrances that usually go for a lot more! It’s well worth it to swing by the clearance shelf once a week.

Here are the ones I’ve picked up over the years:

Isabella Rossellini Manifesto EDT (50 mL)
ISABELLA ROSSELLINI
Manifesto EDT (50 mL)

basil, pepper, bergamot, lily, orange blossom, musk

This is a super old one in my collection! To be honest, I haven’t used it in forever; hope it hasn’t turned. But it is quite a lovely herbal green scent.


Oscar de la Renta So de la Renta EDP (30 mL)
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
So de la Renta EDP (30 mL)

kiwi, mango, watermelon, white florals, lotus, peony, musk

This remains one of my very favorite florals. It’s light and bright, youthful yet completely classy, and supremely easy to wear. My bottle is very old, so I don’t know if the certainly reformulated version out today compares. But I do love the original.


Oscar de la Renta Rosamor EDT (30 mL)
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Rosamor EDT (30 mL)

mandarin, rose, white florals, sandalwood

I bought this ages ago, purely on the strength of the previous perfume, So de la Renta. Sadly, Rosamor is lightweight, very safe, and ultimately boring.


Burberry Brit for Her EDT (30 mL)
BURBERRY
Brit for Her EDT (30 mL)

lime, sugared almonds, vanilla, icy pear, amber

I’ve since upgraded to the much longer-lasting EDP in the newer (and much more elegant) packaging, and this old EDT’s top notes have started to go off, but it was a true love for me back in the day.


Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir EDP (25 mL)
BVLGARI
Mon Jasmin Noir EDP (25 mL)

jasmine, nougat, musk, lily-of-the-valley, cedar


Jessica Simpson Vintage Bloom EDP Gift Set (50 mL)
JESSICA SIMPSON
Vintage Bloom EDP Gift Set (50 mL)

peony, raspberry blossom, lime, lemon, musk, sandalwood


Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto EDP (30 mL)
ROBERTO CAVALLI
Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto EDP (30 mL)

orchid, vanilla, ebony

Sexy, sexy stuff! I don’t know that I’ve sniffed a Cavalli that I haven’t enjoyed.


Diesel Loverdose EDP (30 mL)
DIESEL
Loverdose EDP (30 mL)

licorice, anise, vanilla, jasmine, gardenia, amber


Adam Levine for Women (EDP 50 mL)
ADAM LEVINE
Adam Levine for Women (EDP 50 mL)

sandalwood, spices, vanilla, marigold, saffron

Yes, he’s the front-man for Maroon 5. Whatevs.

If you took this out of its microphone-shaped bottle—I don’t know why so many people hate it, as I think it’s kinda kitschy in a good way!—and renamed it so it wasn’t a celeb scent, nobody would blink an eye. It smells good.


Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline EDT (25 mL)
BVLGARI
Omnia Crystalline EDT (25 mL)

lotus, musk, nashi, bamboo, woods


Versace The Dreamer EDT (30 mL)
VERSACE
The Dreamer EDT (30 mL)

lavender, rose, carnation, sage, tobacco, tonka bean, vetiver, cedar

Reviewed here.


Moschino Cheap & Chic I Love Love EDT (30 mL)
MOSCHINO
Cheap & Chic I Love Love EDT (30 mL)

citrus, red berries, florals, woods, musk

This is a perfect summer scent! The bottle is fun in a weird way.


Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba EDT (25 mL)
BVLGARI
Omnia Paraiba (25 mL)

passionfruit, bitter orange, passionflower, gardenia, cocoa, vetiver


Jennifer Lopez Live EDP (50 mL)
JENNIFER LOPEZ
Live EDP (50 mL)

pineapple, caramel, lemon, orange, peony, sandalwood


Diesel Loverdose Red Kiss EDP (30 mL)
DIESEL
Loverdose Red Kiss EDP (30 mL)

sugared hazelnut, cocoa, orange blossom, blackcurrant, patchouli


Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Charms EDT (50 mL)
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
Incanto Charms EDT (50 mL)

passionfruit, honeysuckle, rose, jasmine, musk, woods

Kind of meh on this fruity-floral, and the bottle is less cute in person.


Rihanna Mini Set: Nude, RiRi, Rogue Love EDPs (15 mL each)
RIHANNA
Mini Set: Nude, RiRi, Rogue Love EDPs (15 mL each)

Nude: guava, pear, orchid, white florals, musk
RiRi: passionfruit, rum, cassis, white florals, vanilla, musk, sandalwood
Rogue Love: peach, coconut, red berries, honeysuckle, caramel, vanilla

I love Rihanna Nude but the full-sized bottle is hideous and annoying to use. This mini set was a nice compromise—the mini bottle is a little cuter. I have seen the full-size (50 or 100 ml?) at Rexall for $19.99, and was tempted, but I should finish the mini first.


Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli EDP (30 mL)
ROBERTO CAVALLI
Just Cavalli EDP (30 mL)

tiare, neroli, rosewood


Calvin Klein Escape EDP (50 mL)
CALVIN KLEIN
Escape EDP (50 mL)

cantaloupe, chamomile, marigold, peach, apricot, hyacinth

A total 1980s classic!
I’m not sure I love it but it’s nice to have such an iconic scent in my collection.


Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL)
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL)

Reviewed here.


Rihanna Reb'l Fleur EDP (30 mL)
RIHANNA
Reb’l Fleur EDP (30 mL)

coconut, peach, plum, vanilla, patchouli

 


Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl EDT (50 mL)
TOMMY HILFIGER
Tommy Girl EDT (50 mL)

lemon, grapefruit, rose, bright florals, mint, sandalwood, leather

Another classic, this time from the 1990s. Fresh and easy to wear.


Britney Spears Private Show EDP (50 mL)
BRITNEY SPEARS
Private Show EDP (50 mL)

dulce de leche, orange blossom, jasmine, iced coffee

Oh my god, this smells delicious.
The bottle is also surprisingly lovely in person.


Dana Mini Set: Tabu EDC, Chantilly EDT, Chantilly Eau de Vie EDT, Navy, Tabu Rose EDT
DANA
Mini Set: Tabu EDC, Chantilly EDT, Chantilly Eau de Vie EDT, Navy, Tabu Rose EDT

Chantilly: fruits, citrus, spices, florals, leather, sandalwood, vanilla
Chantilly Eau de Vie: white florals, sparkling fruits, amber, sandalwood
Navy: peach, ylang-ylang, white florals, cinnamon, coriander, amber
Tabu: citrus, spices, ylang-ylang, rose, civet, amber, patchouli
Tabu Rose: rose, lychee, amber

$15 for the set; it went even cheaper after the holidays!


Jennifer Aniston Rollerball Set: J, Lolavie, Near Dusk
JENNIFER ANISTON
Rollerball Set: J, Lolavie, Near Dusk

Lolavie: citrus, white florals, musk, sandalwood
J: salty sea, water lily, white florals, vanilla, musk
Near Dusk: pink pepper, coconut water, white florals, sea spray, musk

I hate rollerballs, but this was a cheap way for me to try J and Near Dusk.
I already have Lolavie in full size, and it’s lovely.


Ariana Grande Mini Set: Ari, Moonlight, Sweet Like Candy, Sweet Like Candy LE
ARIANA GRANDE
Mini Set: Ari, Moonlight, Sweet Like Candy, Sweet Like Candy LE

Ari: grapefruit, pear, raspberry, marshmallow, musk
Moonlight: blackcurrant, plum, marshmallow, peony, vanilla
Sweet Like Candy: bergamot, sugared blackberries, marshmallow, vanilla
Sweet Like Candy LE: red berries, pear, marshmallow, crème de cassis, florals

This was about $22 after the holidays.


Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu EDP (50 mL)
ELIZABETH ARDEN
Untold Absolu EDP (50 mL)

vanilla, tonka bean, plum, benzoin, ginger, jasmine

Totally classy and well-made! There aren’t any citrus notes listed, but this turns very lemon-y on me, which I can’t get enough of.


Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste EDT (25 mL)
BVLGARI
Omnia Amethyste EDT (25 mL)

iris, heliotrope, woods


Van Cleef & Arpels So First EDP (30 mL)
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
So First EDP (30 mL)

bergamot, frangipani, white florals, vanilla, sandalwood

I wish the staying power was better, but this is generically lovely and, for me, hard to dislike. The bottle is very nice in hand.


Roberto Cavalli EDP (30 mL)
ROBERTO CAVALLI
Roberto Cavalli EDP (30 mL)

pink pepper, orange blossom, vanilla, benzoin, tonka bean

Can’t go wrong with Cavalli, apparently. Another winner.


Aquolina Pink Sugar EDT (30 mL)
AQUOLINA
Pink Sugar EDT (30 mL)

cotton candy, caramel, vanilla, licorice, red berries

This size was $9.99. They often have 3-pc gift sets at $19.99.
It’s not my favorite scent, but it’s a good one for layering.


Calvin Klein ck IN2U for Her EDT (50 mL)
CALVIN KLEIN
IN2U for Her EDT (50 mL)

grapefruit, bergamot, cactus, cedar, orchid, vanilla

Very unisex and very appealing.


Britney Spears Curious EDP (100 mL)
BRITNEY SPEARS
Curious EDP (100 mL)

magnolia, pear, lotus, jasmine, tuberose, musk

This was Britney’s first ever perfume, and I can’t believe it took me
so long to try it! It’s seriously impressive.


Burberry for Women EDP (30 mL)
BURBERRY
Burberry for Women EDP (30 mL)

peach, apricot, vanilla, pear, cedar, sandalwood, musk

Hmm, I actually don’t like this as much as I thought I would, based on the notes. Still, for $17.77 I shouldn’t complain too much.


Roberto Cavalli Paradiso EDP (50 mL)
ROBERTO CAVALLI
Paradiso EDP (50 mL)

jasmine, citrus, cypress, pine

This is my most recent purchase (I just got it yesterday) and it is perfect for spring. Beautiful. I think I’m just going to pick up every Cavalli I happen to see on clearance. They go for a lot more, normally, and are quality. Also, this is the nicest Cavalli bottle I have so far. Pretty, pretty! I’m wearing it again today.


Happy shopping!

What are you wearing for Fragrance Day?

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3 thoughts on “Happy National Fragrance Day! (2018)

  1. The Roberto Cavalli in the black bottle sounds amazing! I’m glad you like Private Show by Britney, it is one of my favourites of hers and I often get complimented when I wear it. The In2U by Calvin Klein intrigues me as a concept, if I see that scent I will give it a spritz! What do you think of the Aria Grande minis – they look so cute! I haven’t smelt any of her scent but I like the bottles 😛 I also don’t mind the microphone bottle of Adam Levine’s scent.

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  2. Wow you’ve tried so many fragrances from the drugstore! I love that a few of Britney’s made your list of favourites, I like so many of hers, particularly Fantasy. I’ve never seen Private Show before but I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

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  3. Happy National Fragrance Day to you too! ❤
    I had no idea that Adam Levine had a perfume… I dig the microphone bottle (it’s no that obvious, really)
    Oh I had no idea Rihanna did variations of that hideous bottle design in different colours. Who thought that was a good idea? 🙄
    I wore the Lavanila Fresh Vanilla Lemon EdP today – smells like lemon pound cake!

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