5 of the best new affordable fragrances for Spring 2022 – all £20 or less
There’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a new perfume, or better yet, asking someone else to buy you one.
But perfumes are notoriously expensive, which is why they’re often added to birthday wish lists or seen as something to do once in a while. However, this new batch of spring scents proves that you don’t need to spend a fortune on your favorite scent.
I’ve been researching the best new affordable perfumes that definitely don’t smell cheap. Read on to find your new signature scent that won’t break the bank…
The best new cheap perfumes of spring 2022
MRS Check out Intense Mandarin & Ylang Ylang EDT, £6 here
Marks & Spencer has recently created some excellent budget fragrances, especially at the lighter end of the scale. Own brand offerings such as Water Jasmine (£6) and Provenance Amongst The Olive Groves (£7.50) have a cool feel that reminds me a bit of Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria line.
Now M&S is diving deeper with Discover Intense, a range of richer scents designed to stay on skin longer. Try Mandarin & Ylang Ylang, or the £5 Discovery Kit with all six scents.
Scentology Pomelo & Neroli EDP, £9.99 here
This chic new range would find its place among the perfumes 10 times more expensive on your dressing table.
There are five scents to try, and as someone who has had many vacation romances with beach scents like Estée Lauder’s Nuxe Prodigieux and Bronze Goddess, I’m drawn to the creamy, coco elements of Vanilla Latte & Velvet Woods. I also love Pomelo & Neroli, which is a crush of juicy fruit at the top, followed by a beat of sun petals and a sweet, musky base.
Yardley Magnolia and Fig EDT, £10.66 here
A few years ago, Yardley (now 252!) embarked on a bold image update and decided to modernize all of its traditional scents, even its classic lavender. It’s paying off, paving the way for new contemporary blends like this new green floral. Expect the sweet sweetness of figs and the romance of magnolia, along with blackcurrant berries and a hint of patchouli.
The Body Shop Rebel Rosebud EDT, £20 here
Rose scents are definitely having a moment, and this new season bloomer from The Body Shop is well worth picking off the shelf.
With an 87% natural formula and a 42% recycled bottle, it is a resolutely modern rose, complemented by notes of amber and saffron. Extra points for perfume geeks if you recognize that this is a refresh of The Body Shop’s Red Fixation perfume. It’s actually one of five favorites reinvented into a collection of “ambient” scents, including Wild Jasmine and Vibrant Bergamot.
Zara Twilight Mauve EDT, £12.99 here
The fashion chain takes its house fragrance seriously and recently teamed up with perfume legend Jo Malone CBE to create a Vibrant Cities collection.
This season, it updates its own brand offering with six stylish bottles from the Zara Summer collection. If you like a fruity floral that’s not too sweet, try Twilight Mauve which combines apple and cassis with subtly powdery floral notes and crisp woody base notes.
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