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:
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Mon Jasmin Noir EDP (25 mL)
jasmine, nougat, musk, lily-of-the-valley, cedar
Vintage Bloom EDP Gift Set (50 mL)
peony, raspberry blossom, lime, lemon, musk, sandalwood
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.
Loverdose EDP (30 mL)
licorice, anise, vanilla, jasmine, gardenia, amber
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.
Omnia Crystalline EDT (25 mL)
lotus, musk, nashi, bamboo, woods
The Dreamer EDT (30 mL)
lavender, rose, carnation, sage, tobacco, tonka bean, vetiver, cedar
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.
Omnia Paraiba (25 mL)
passionfruit, bitter orange, passionflower, gardenia, cocoa, vetiver
Live EDP (50 mL)
pineapple, caramel, lemon, orange, peony, sandalwood
Loverdose Red Kiss EDP (30 mL)
sugared hazelnut, cocoa, orange blossom, blackcurrant, patchouli
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.
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.
Just Cavalli EDP (30 mL)
tiare, neroli, rosewood
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.
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Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL)
Reb’l Fleur EDP (30 mL)
coconut, peach, plum, vanilla, patchouli
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Omnia Amethyste EDT (25 mL)
iris, heliotrope, woods
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)
pink pepper, orange blossom, vanilla, benzoin, tonka bean
Can’t go wrong with Cavalli, apparently. Another winner.
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.
IN2U for Her EDT (50 mL)
grapefruit, bergamot, cactus, cedar, orchid, vanilla
Very unisex and very appealing.
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)
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.
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.
What are you wearing for Fragrance Day?