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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

State of Independence. launches...and a prize draw

By Tom

Perfume prices have skyrocketed in the last few years, so much so that bloggers jest that $200 is the new $100 and $50 is the new free. Those clever gents at Luckyscent have created a new website that showcase perfumers who are at a lower price-point but give up nothing as far as quality or originality. Welcome!

They were nice enough to send me a few samples:

Joya FvsS No. 1 ($113 for 75ML, $28 for 10ML) a soft white floral with quince and heliotrope which sort of didn’t do it for me. FvsS No. 6 is a very grassy cypress that totally did.

Tokyo Milk Ex Libris – No. 16 ($28 for 30ML) is starts off dusty, but then cuts straight to the fig. It’s that slightly slutty fig I loved in Ninfeo Mio, stripped of the rest of the garden. A winner.

Sarah Horowitz Roots ($80 for 40ML) is oud, oakmoss and vanilla that is shockingly rooty in a good way: the shade of a dense forest in spray.

Sonoma Scent Studio Rose Musc ($75 for 34ML) is, well, rose. It’s a very nice rose, and a bargain. The later ambergris and musk adds warmth and a lot more interest.

Softeistanz Im Nebel ($95 for 50ML) is interesting; a yin/yang of cool green fruitiness and warm peppery incense. Totally doesn’t work for me.

Smell Bent is a house I know- I hadn’t tried however Mocktail ($45 for 55ML) and I need a bottle. It took me a while to peg it but finally came to me; it’s kind of a lighter version of Aldehyde 44. The Le Labo is of course much more nuanced. It’s also only available in Dallas and about 5 times the price. Mocktail is fizzy, happy citrus and woods that has great staying power: I sprayed at 7am and was still getting whiffs in line at Bristol Farms at 6.

To celebrate the launch of the new site indiescent is offering a package of 10 samples to three readers of PST. To be entered in the draw leave a comment- tell us what’s your best inexpensive scent perhaps.

Drawing will end on Midnight Pacific time on September 9th. Winner will be announced after so be sure to check back daily after that closing date (not sure with Colombina’s schedule when it will be posted)

More importantly, they are offering all PST readers an introductory discount of 10% off their first order. Just enter “PST” at checkout. Offer is good until September 30th.

I received my sample pack from luckyscent/indiescents. That’s right, just the sample pack.



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12:39 AM EDT  
Anonymous Gillie said...

My favourite inexpensive perfume is the now sadly unavailable "Eau Fraiche" by Elizabeth Arden. It's my "summer is here" scent and I only have one and a half bottles left :(

3:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jiyin said...

Oh goodness, I would love a sample pack. My favorite inexpensive scent for the moment, like Gillie's, is an Elizabeth Arden -- I love love love the Green Tea spray in the summer and am actually doused in it at the moment. A close second is Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom.

3:23 AM EDT  
Blogger Ines said...

Unfortunately, mine is no longer in production but is Chocolate Amber by Bath and Body works.

3:30 AM EDT  
Anonymous Parfymerad said...

Lovely idea - it's about time there was a multi-brand e-tailer specialised in these smaller brands.

The Tokyo Milk sounds totally 'me', would love to try it - please enter me in the draw :)

4:11 AM EDT  
Anonymous mocards said...

My favorite inexpensive scent at the moment is Sexual by Michel Germaine. Please enter me in your drawing. Luckyscent was very clever to create a website like

4:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Melian said...

I had just read about Indie Scents through Laurie Erickson's Sonoma Scent Studio blog. I am just getting interested in exploring indie perfumers more and am excited about the new online store (and about the prices!) so please enter me in the drawing. Currently my favorite inexpensive scents are SSS Sienna Musk and a cheap body spray from CVS called Jasmine and Ginger by Essence of Beauty

5:14 AM EDT  
Blogger Isa said...

There are some inexpensive perfumes in my collection. My favourite is the sadly reformulated Bleu Marine by Pierre Cardin. Oh my! That was good stuff. The best acquatic I have ever smelt. But, as I said, it was reformulated some years ago and now it is simply a bad perfume. Fortunately, I still own half bottle of the old juice.

My other favourite bargain is Azzaro Azzura (I think that it's being discontinued).

I'd love to try some of the scents reviewed here, so please enter me in the draw :)

6:48 AM EDT  
Blogger lovethescents said...

Well this is thoughtful and fun! I'll check out that new website :-)

My favorite "cheap thrills" ranges are Lilly Pulitzer, both Beachy and Squeeze, as well as several Pacifica's including Tibet Mountain Temple and Waikiki.

Please enter me in the draw!


8:20 AM EDT  
Blogger Gator Grad said...

Please enter me! :)

I am really liking the Pacifica Fig lately, which I keep trying but not yet buying. That one is super cheap.

Otherwise, my standby cheapie is the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea. I haven't really had the opportunity yet to try niche cheaper frags-- right now, I'm spending far too much money on the uber expensive ones, so this site is really appealing to me. I can't afford to fall for any more By Kilians.

8:33 AM EDT  
Blogger Dixie said...

I'm so happy to hear about great affordable scents! Please do include me in the draw!
My fave inexpensive scent is (I hope it qualifies) is Neonatura Cocoon.

8:55 AM EDT  
Anonymous RusticDove said...

Some favorite cheap thrills for me include the Yves Rocher Secrets d'Essences line, the 1 oz. size of Sensuous by Estee Lauder, the travel sizes for some of the L'Occitane fragrances and many of the Pacifica scents. That's all I can think of at the moment. I would love to be entered in the draw to discover more inexpensive, but good smelly treats!

8:57 AM EDT  
Blogger cbstarker said...

Please enter me in the drawing for the 10 samples of Indiescents. My best inexpensive fragrance so far has been Smell Bent's Bollywood - a sandalwood and rose scent. I use the edt like water! but the oil has a stronger sandalwood presence when that's what I'm craving. Perhaps Brent's best!

9:21 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favoriete cheapie=Emeraude.
Love to be entered in the drawing.

9:34 AM EDT  
Blogger queen_cupcake said...

I'm excited about and hope that it will be an easy way to see & compare indie frags all on one website. Please enter me in the drawing. My current inexpensive perfume is one from Aveda. I don't remember the name, but it has patchouli in it.

9:44 AM EDT  
Anonymous london said...

Yves Rocher (particularly Voile d'Ambre), Elizabeth W Sweet Tea, Liz Zorn Honeysuckle Bird and Sonoma Scent Opal are my favourite cheap thrills. I'd love to discover some more.

10:10 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to have the sample pack!

My favorite inexpensive scent... hmm. I have a few. I've got a couple Demeter's that I love to use as layering and freshening agents, and I've got one of the Aveda Chakra's (no. 7) that I call my "gardening" scent.

These all have paltry lasting power, but they are fun :)

Also, I really like, yet don't own, P.S. I Love You from B&BW.

10:58 AM EDT  
Blogger Dionne said...

Another vote here for Yves Rocher's Secrets d'Essences line, especially Rose Absolue, and a bunch of the SSS line: Femme Jolie, Vintage Rose, Champagne de Bois, Winter Woods, Incense Pure, Sienna Musk.... I'm looking forward to sampling the Pacifica line and Tokyo Milk.

Oh, and do great deals at the discounters apply? If so, add Tocade to that list as well.

11:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

No need to enter me in the draw, Tom. Just wanted to say what a great idea I think this is. Thanks to Luckyscent! (And to the perfumers!)

11:29 AM EDT  
Anonymous lilacskin said...

how cool...i was just looking at indiescents and being curious about 'im nebel' coincidences in my life!

my fave cheapies are Skin Musk and a solid gardenia scent i got at anthropologie. please enter me in the draw.

11:38 AM EDT  
Blogger Balutakat said...

I too like Yves Rocher's and Demeter for scents I can turn to on a hot summer day. I'm happy for the new site and I'll head there next - please enter me. Katherine B.

12:52 PM EDT  
Anonymous Olivia said...

Oh, the sample pack sounds fun! Please enter me? :-) Currently, my favorite inexpensive fragrance is the Karma solid perfume, by Lush. Nice and comforting :-) Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

1:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please enter me in the draw! My favourite bargain scent is the bottle of Bulgari Black I picked up discount.

1:38 PM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

I'd love to be in the draw!

One of my fave indie and not expensive scents is Maoli Colonia Dulci - smells like your suitcase when you open it after a trip to Hawaii. They're on Etsy.

2:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love Infusion Organique's Buddha's Fig. Lovely and great price.

2:43 PM EDT  
Blogger tsetse said...

Please enter me in the draw :)

My fave inexpensive perfume this summer is Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom, and last summer it was Tokyo Milk Gin & Roses. And I have numerous favorites from both SSS and SmellBent. SSS Tabac Aurea is an all-time favorite!

3:47 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheap treats: Demeter's Honeysuckle and Ginger Ale, and Yves Rocher's Rose Absolute.

8:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tucasam said...

I will give it a go. My favorite cheapy scent was from Avon. Dulce vita? It was discontinued many years ago. I have new cheapy favorite: Amor amor by Cacharel. I sometimes layer it with Tommy Girl Jeans another cheapy I like. Thanks!

8:16 PM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

Oh my, I'm not sure what is really "inexpensive" these days. I haven't bought anything less than $100 as of late. Perhaps CdG Kyoto (around $75, if I remember correctly). Please enter me in the drawing as well.

8:34 PM EDT  
Anonymous Janet in CA said...

What a great idea! Indiescents is brilliant. Please enter me in the draw.

Pacifica almost anything is my favorite inexpensive perfume.

9:14 PM EDT  
Anonymous jo said...

gracious!!! TEN scent samples!!! count me in...... my favorite inexpensive scent is Norell. It's been around a long time, and is still lovely.

9:15 PM EDT  
Anonymous ELizabethC said...

I would love a sample set. I've been wearing Bronze Goddess this summer - perfect in the sunshine!

10:22 PM EDT  
Anonymous L said...

Another vote for Pacifica! Such a great line. I haven't smelled one of theirs yet that I haven't liked, but Gardenia and Malibu Lemon Blossom have been my favorites this summer.

Please enter me in the draw!

12:32 AM EDT  
Blogger nansiepants said...

My cheapest olfactory thrill has got to me Skin Musk by Bonne Bell. Please enter me in the draw. Thanks!

3:06 AM EDT  
Anonymous eleven european mystics said...

lovely post, enjoyable and true. I don't know precisely, but sometimes, the same way we may indulge in junk food,, there is a (very short lived) perverse pleasure in splashing anything on our skin, something not as refined and offense of sorts, self And then we discover our snobbery, because some seemingly cheap fragrances are notoffensive. Perhaps the Body Shop little oils, or O de Lancome, that is always on sale round these shores. But then, the luck of knowing that for just a hundred dollars one can sergelutensify ooneself is fantastic. Want to be in the draw.

6:54 AM EDT  
Anonymous robyn said...

Oh man, this is a dangerous post... so many new things to try! My favorite cheap scents are SSS Champagne de Bois and Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre. Thanks for entering me in the drawing!

8:00 AM EDT  
Blogger JAntoinette said...

My favorite inexpensive scent was the now discontinued Victoria by Victoria's Secret. Anyone remember that one? My first grownup fragrance purchase...

8:03 AM EDT  
Anonymous Marian said...

I didn't know such inexpensive scents even existed! Thanks Tom, for bringing to my attention, and to Luckyscent, and everyone who took price into consideration when composing a scent! (No need to enter me in the draw).

8:37 AM EDT  
Blogger Elisa said...

Excited to check out this site! Not counting perfumes I got on deep discount, I too like SSS (especially Winter Woods and Tabac Aurea) and Estee Lauder (especially White Linen) for small, affordable bottles. And lately I've been enjoying Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie for a sweet fix.

12:05 PM EDT  
Blogger Charlotte said...

I have a few favourite inexpensive fragrances, but the once that I reached for today was Caron Le 3` Homme de Caron (The Third Man). Is supposedly a cologne for men, but I absolutely love to wear it!

Thanks for entering me in your draw.

12:19 PM EDT  
Blogger OperaFan said...

No "cheap" fragrance comes to mind that I can think of - unless you count discounter purchases, in which case, my large tester canister of Jicky edt purchased several years ago would be tops at well-below .50/ml.
Please enter me in the draw!

12:34 PM EDT  
Anonymous Tara C said...

Oooh, a sample drawing, pick me? My favorite cheapie is Demeter's Ginger Ale, and my SSS Tabac Aura is a bargain for the high quality of the scent.

12:40 PM EDT  
Anonymous Denise said...

Thank you for entering me in the draw- I'd be more than thrilled to try this sample pack! Please pick me;)
I've been loving the Lily Pulitzer Beachy scent, and my old tried and true Monoi Tiare oil. I too love the Pacifica line, esp. the guava scent.

1:02 PM EDT  
Anonymous maggiecat said...

Does on sale count? I found a bottle of Kenzo Summer (lovely citrusy ambery scent) at Sephora for $16 last year!

1:09 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love to be entered in the draw. Favorite cheap thrill is Jovan musk oil in the summer. Thanks!

1:48 PM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

Sarah Horowitz Roots sounds amazing!

1:53 PM EDT  
Blogger Katherine said...

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess is one of my cheapie faves. Please enter me in the draw, thank you!

2:12 PM EDT  
Anonymous Tilly said...

Hi, please enter me in the draw! :) My favorite inexpensive fragrance is Christian Lacroix "Absynthe" by Avon.

3:21 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lilybug said...

I love my Caron Eau de Reglisse which I bought for a mere $20 from a discounter. It's one of the few bottles I've actually bought from a store. Please enter me in the drawer :)

6:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Aparatchick said...

I love ExLibris; it's among a number of inexpensive loves: Ava Luxe's No. 23 for example, or Pacifica's Egyptian Bergamot Rose. And I can't praise SSS's Tabac Aurea enough.

What a generous sample offer!

6:28 PM EDT  
Anonymous hotlanta linda said...

I just visited this site a few days ago, and do I ever need MULA for all these buried treasures!! Thank you for sponsering the draw!!

6:38 PM EDT  
Anonymous Ashroncag said...

My favorite more inexpensive perfumes are DSH. They are STUNNING!

6:47 PM EDT  
Blogger lover of perfume said...

PST is my favorite perfume blog. I love SSS, Laurie is great and I heard of indiescents through her website. I love her Opal.

7:54 PM EDT  
Anonymous mridula said...

Please enter me in this drawing. My favourite inexpensive perfume 'sugar champagne' by Sula.

12:06 AM EDT  
Blogger Ľubaša said...

My fav scent was Celine Dion Parfum Notes by Celine Dion. thanks
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1:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Veroushka said...

I think my favourite of the less-expensives has to be Sonoma Scent Studio's Sienna Musk. It's a woody musk that smells far more expensive than it is. :)

1:01 AM EDT  
Anonymous Bellatrix said...

Mine would be Coconut passion from Victoria Secret.

9:13 AM EDT  
Anonymous carol said...

Please enter me in the contest, i use to buy from Sonoma scent studio when it was in its infancy, but have not tried them in quite awhile, my favorite inexpensive perfume is BPAL
and Possets.

10:32 PM EDT  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

I would love to be entered in the draw. My favorite inexpensive scent this summer is A Scent by Issay Miyake. Nice and summery.

1:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Amy K said...

I think my favorite fairly inexpensive fragrance is Clarins Eau Dynamisante, although I also love Skin Musk Oil and usually keep a bottle around. I would love to try some samples!

2:13 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please enter me in the draw! Love that there is a place to discover more of the smaller perfumers. There are a number of SSS scents that I love (though most of my favorites are better for the cooler weather.)

9:44 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

No need to enter me, but this is great news! It will be great to have all those hard to find lines in one handy place!

12:52 AM EDT  
Anonymous Systeme_D said...

Oh, please do enter me. I love SSS fragrances, and I'd love to try the others!

3:29 AM EDT  
Anonymous Tiara said...

I adore SSS Femme Jolie and have picked up a few Possets at one of our local grocery stores!

10:14 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, I can't wait to explore this site! I'm always looking for new fragrance e-tailers since I live in such a rural area. Please do enter my name for the drawing

Let's see my favorite "cheap thrills" include

-Aromatics Elixir
-Y by YSL
-Musk by Bonnie Bell
-Tea Rose from the Perfumers Workshop

2:36 PM EDT  
Blogger hilary said...

I'm trying to find my new scent, as my old bottle of Aveda Equipoise is discontinued and nearly empty. Your blog is very helpful!

10:48 PM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

My current inexpensive fragrance is
Soivohle Daybreak Violin (15ml-$28)
and Bourjois Soir de Paris which you can fin very cheap for 50ml, i paid $30 for my bottle and actually adore it. Would love to win sampler :))

10:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inexpensive? You can still get Chanel #5 on ebay at decent prices at times. There is an indian oil at wholefoods in a stone box I think called vanilla amber that it pretty good...and straight up essential oils like benzoin and vetiver are under 20 bucks. Thanks for this. LOVE reading other posts.

12:03 AM EDT  
Blogger Koki said...

Would love to be entered in the draw. My favorite reasonably priced scent is Ralph Lauren's Eau Turquoise - and my husband scored a 2-for-1 special on it at Christmas ;-). To me it smells just like the old Aquamarine that Revlon produced in the 60's, and that's a good thing - !

8:08 AM EDT  
Blogger Laurinha said...

One of my favourite "cheap thrills" would have to be Holy Water, concocted for Demeter by Francis Kurkdjian, no less! Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Amour de Cacao is also excellent value, and just as yummy as Montale's Chocolate Greedy. But I'm always after a new bargain, so please enter me in the draw!

9:37 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite inexpensive scent at the moment is a heap of lemon peel I preserved in vodka. (We have a lemon tree.) I discovered it at the back of the fridge, and splashed on, it feels wonderful and smells fresh. Doesn't last, but I can also drink it over ice. Not a bad combination.

Please enter me in the drawing.

11:34 PM EDT  
Blogger ginamused said...

my fave cheap scent is sonia rykiel woman. please enter me in the drawing!

11:35 AM EDT  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

Hi, I would love to try the samples. My favorite cheap scent this summer was some Estee Lauder Pleasures Intense that I got online at a discounter. Pleasures smells like nothing to me, but Intense is like someone's just placed a lei around my neck

8:30 PM EDT  
Anonymous TexasB said...

Please enter me, too. I love these sample packs, which is how I found my fav cheap fragrance, Gelty Pleasures from Smell Bent.

11:44 PM EDT  

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