I never quite get perfume, if we’re being honest. Granted, I like smelling nice, but I’ve never understood why smelling nice usually comes at a pretty high price. I really can’t justify splashing out a hundred quid on something that leaves me smelling lovely, as we’ve established before, so when I stumbled across this classic fragrance the other week, I was intrigued. Coty L’Aimant Parfum has stood the test of time, but is it as good as it is affordable?
It’s been around since 1927, apparently. From the same quick Google that I found that fact from, I also discovered that the name means ‘magnet’ in French. (I did German at school instead, don’t judge me.)
Coty L’Aimant Parfum – A Budget-Friendly Perfume Under £10
I picked it up from Fragrance Direct for £5.99 for a 50ml bottle. That’s the kind of price that I’m perfectly comfortable paying for perfume, because, frankly, I’m tight. Other stores tend to sell it for around £9.99.
We don’t all have the means to go splashing out on Chanel No.5 or a fancy Jo Malone cologne, so affordable fragrances definitely have a growing appeal. (Especially right now with everything that’s happening in the world causing awful financial hardship for so many.)
At first glance, I really loved the design of the bottle. It looks pretty classy sitting on my perfume shelf. Let’s be honest, it looks like it costs more than six pounds, doesn’t it?
But what does it smell like?
Good! At first sniff, I did think it had the same ‘smells like Granny’-ness as Chanel No.5 (it isn’t just me who thinks that, is it?) but after wearing it for a while, it started to smell a little sweeter, and it grew on me.
The actual notes of the perfume are: bergamot, neroli, peach, strawberry, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, vanilla, vetiver and sandalwood.
It’s described as a ‘floral fragrance’ but when you first apply it, I think it’s a tad sharper than that, if that makes sense? After a while, it mellows a bit and begins to smell more floral, in my opinion. I could also really detect vanilla more than any other notes after several hours. (No, I know I’m no fragrance connoisseur.)
Is it long lasting? Yes. It lasted several hours, with no top-ups. So it’s not like some other affordable perfumes where you end up having to top-up repeatedly because it’s cheaper and weaker.
Who’s it for? Those of us who are on a budget but still like to smell nice. People who want to save money where they can. Those who want a classier, more traditional fragrance.
Have you tried Coty L’Aimant Parfum? Did you like it?