Best in Show Shopping Challenge: Gourmands Under $25 USD

Shopping Challenge: Gourmands Under $25 USD

03/26/17 09:48:17 (62 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison, Daniel Barros, Stefanie Jähn, Elena Vosnaki, Rouu Abd El-Latif, John Biebel, Sergey Borisov

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Surprisingly, one of the most popular genres of modern perfumery is also one of its newest. Many attribute to the rise of dessert-like fragrances - those offering chocolate, caramel, biscuit and even liquer notes - to 1992's groundbreaking Angel by Thierry Mugler and Clarins. And for the past 25 years, the market has seen an exctiing array of variations on gourmand themes.

So popular are gourmand fragrances that we've even dedicated a Fragrantica Forum discussion board specifically to them HERE. And last year we showcased chocolate fragrances in a Best in Show article that you can read HERE.

Today, our international writers offer some of their favorite budget-friendly gourmands, aromas that can be purchased for $25 USD or less. Please join in the conversation by leaving a comment below!

 

 

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Jessica Simpson Fancy

By: Elena Vosnaki, editor of Fragrantica in Greek

Jessica Simpson Fancy

Talk about a double whammy! A gourmand and a celebrity scent too? No way am I going to even approach this within a pole's length, I thought. And here comes the Nemesis to my Hubris: I loved Jessica Simpson's Fancy the minute I tried it on! There is a balanced interplay between sweet, potentially cloying notes such as caramel and vanilla, but the judicious application of almond (as in bittersweet, fluffy, coumarin-leaning almond) and pear flavour manages to make Fancy a pretty perfume that ladies beyond their 18th birthday can carry without feeling like role playing a My Little Pony scene. Fancy that!

As I soon discovered, branching out, Jessica Simpson did a rather good work overseeing her entire fragrance line. If not her in person, then someone else surely did. I hereby fully admit that if given Fancy as a gift (I can't find it locally and have to order overseas) I'd wear the hell out of it on exactly those days when I want to feel like I don't have a care in the world. It's pure bliss, pure pleasure, unburdened by any kind of guilt. It's fun! That's priceless really, but you can buy a slice of fun for just $20.65 for 3.4 fl.oz eau de parfum right now on Amazon.

 

 

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Hanae Mori HM

By: John Biebel, co-editor of Fragrantica in English

Hanae Mori HM

A gourmand that touches so many pleasurable centers in mind is the blissful, affordable Hanae Mori HM. It wears like a much more expensive and exclusive niche perfume, right down to its intriguingly understated frosted bottle and contradictory bolt-like cap. HM is a blend of berries, vanilla, wood and citrus that recalls summery drinks, fruit pies, refreshing eaux de colognes, many sweet and silky sensations balanced with a milk-and-amber base.

HM is marketed for men but clearly appeals as a unisex perfume - anyone could find something of interest here. Listed among its notes are many different flowers (rose, lily of the valley, orange blossom, iris) but they are carefully subdued here, gentle, warming. Nice, small touches like chocolate, lavender, lemon, oakmoss all contribute to a full, pulsating bouquet that tickles the tongue as much as the nose. The milk-like character pushes the gourmand feel so that you can imagine black currants and cream right at the table with you.

Despite being delicious, this is an elegant fragrance. It is refined, smooth, no abrupt edges or sudden changes. It wears like a gently arcing curve. For the reasonable price of $23.99 USD, you can add this refreshing, longevity-achiever to a new gourmand collection, or extend your expectations of well-priced perfumes.

 

 

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Aquolina Pink Sugar

By: Daniel Barros, translator/writer for Fragrantica in Portuguese

Aquolina Pink Sugar

Seven years after the launch of the gourmand masterpiece Lolita Lempicka, the Italian house of Aquolina introduced a budget alternative that mimics the famous cotton candy / licorice accord present in the former. While Lolita has a distinct floral quality, mainly powdery, with the help of violet and iris, Pink Sugar is a more literal translation of caramel in a perfume format. As such, it is not as nuanced and sophisticated, rather straight to the point.

Pink Sugar, however, has some elaboration. It adds citruses as top notes, while hedione (an isolate from jasmine that exudes floral luminosity) prevents the scent from becoming too literal (who wants to smell like pure caramel?). The licorice note is very discernible and provides a "fake freshness" to the composition. Overall, Pink Sugar is an excellent alternative to those who have less than $25 USD to spend – for example, you can find a 50 ml bottle for $15 USD at Amazon.

Attention male audience: Although Aquolina discontinued Blue Sugar, I see no reason why you should not enjoy Pink Sugar as a unisex fragrance.

 

 

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Playboy VIP Platinum Edition

By: Sergey Borisov, writer for Fragrantica in Russian

Playboy VIP Platinum Edition

While officially classified as an Oriental Woody fragrance, Playboy VIP Platinum Edition is sort of a hybrid of two genres: modern masculine fougere and sweet gourmand. So you'll find green apple and green birch leaves in the start (Hugo by Hugo Boss), violet leaves in the heart with ozone aquatics (He Wood by DSQUARED²), and a good measure of sweet fougere in the base also comprised of musks, vanilla, and tonka beans (Le Male Jean-Paul Gaultier). Sweet gourmand notes of chocolate praline and lactonic sandalwood (Lolita Lempicka and La Vie Est Belle) make the fragrance so well-known and familiar for every girl, that no one could stand its seducing vibes.

As its name presupposed, Playboy VIP Platinum Edition was created to be the most perfect seducing weapon that has ever been bottled. Ummm, the result is not necessarily a panty-Dropper, but definitely nice and sweet. Like a One-More-Dessert-In-Every-Spray, with no calories. Maybe it’s not so exceptionally original and singular, but it never claims to be that. At ~$12 USD with free shipping at Amazon no other masculine cologne can beat that. I, for one, had found its simple pleasures as a no-brainer supplement for lazy days with kids – they adore this sweet cologne on me. But when it’s night time, Playboy VIP Platinum Edition cannot help. I still have to help my 3yr old daughter to take her pants off.

 

macarons

 

Le Couvent des Minimes
Cologne of the Missions

By: Stefanie Jähn editor of Fragrantica in German

Couvent des Minimes Cologne of the Missions Body & Massage Oil

The fragrant homage to the Maria Missions Franciscan nuns consists, according to Le Couvent des Minimes, of ingredients selected for their properties: Vanilla: soothing, Centella Asiatica: invigorating, Myrrh: refreshing, Benzoin: source of well-being, Chinese camellia: protective, Virginia cedar: vitalizing. The word choice "ingredients" is quite honest, as you'll find extracts and oils in the list of ingredients.

Freshly applied you can perceive an almost medicinally herbaceous green accompanied by a "boozy" woody vanilla, semisweet, not cloying and slightly reminiscent of Tonka and honey. A distant floral tune hums in the background, while the cedar takes a woody but soft center stage. Occasionally the scent impression takes a slightly smoky turn and even drifts into cocoa territories. If you produce your own vanilla extract by soaking vanilla pods in rum, you'll find the smell of Eau des Missions very familiar.

The warm and really relaxing coziness lasts not very long on my skin, only about 3-4 hours, but in all fairness, this is a Cologne and meant to be used quite liberally and repeatedly throughout the day, which is basically a real treat. Though discontinued, Cologne of the Missions is still available on the web. And if you're on a budget, check out the body & massage oil. At $15 USD for a 100ml bottle at Amazon.com, the oil is a great way to wear the cuddly, comfortable vanilla-boozy goodness of Minimes' Missions.

 

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Al-Rehab Choco Musk

By: Marlen Elliot Harrison, co-editor of Fragrantica in English

Al Rehab Choco Musk

Just in case you haven't yet heard, Al Rehab's Choco Musk is a wonderful chocolate-marshmallow-incense aroma that has deservedly earned a cult following. Just look at all of the happy reviewers on its Fragrantica page who enjoy using it on its own or blended with other products! A 6ml roll-on (and a little of this goes a long way) can be found for about $5 USD on Amazon. Created by one of Saudi Arabia's leading fragrance manufacturers, Choco Musk offers a lot of chocolate (think powdery, sweet hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and all), a good bit of vanilla, and a touch of musk. Perhaps best of all, the sweetness is tempered by a hint of what I can only describe as incense, kind of like spicy woods. Longevity is excellent and sillage is moderate to heavy depending on how much you roll on. Choco Musk is also available in an alcohol-based spray but I haven't tried it...yet.

 

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Rihanna Rebelle

By: Rouu Abd El-Latifeditor of Fragrantica in Arabic

Rihanna Rebelle

Price tags don’t evaluate a fragrance’s performance or smell – every perfume lover learns this fact while plunging into the scented maze. Whether you pay over a hundred bucks or only a few dollars is never the point. Experiencing great value of money for some celebrity and mass market fragrances - which are often affordably-priced - becomes kind of a habit; it took me some effort to pick only one budget gourmand fragrance!

Why Rihanna Rebelle?! Because it’s “unique” and offers a great performance for the price. It opens loudly; opulent and intense with a coffee flavor commanding the top notes; it's intensive though never suffocating. It quickly develops into a coconut aroma, which although not listed can’t be mistaken – it’s dusty and slightly dry delivering a dusky cacao cloud. Rebelle moves between a cup of dark, freshly-ground coffee and a hot, melted semi-sweet mug of cocoa. It is well-balanced and a little bit candied. However, expecting a sort of creamy/milky drydown, the scent goes deep, sour and a little bit dry due to nippy ginger/chocolate notes; but while spicy, it’s absolutely gourmand. This is a cocoon kind of scent; delicious, warm and cozy, very wearable and sexy - very exotic, likewise urban and modern. Offering a heavy sillage, amazing longevity and distinct projection. You can find it at Amazon for less than $25 USD.

 

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Which are your favorite affordable gourmands?

 

 



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Jayawardana
Jayawardana

Al Rehab Soft,which is better than Pink Sugar
Al Rehab Choco Musk
Al Rehab Golden Sand
Al Rehab Dalal
I bought all 4 (6ml rollerball) for just $5 in my country. Im not joking.

May
29
2017
katemax
katemax

Ard al zafaaran vanilla oud..more rich and sweet version of nabeel illusion.
Zara dark emerald
primark creme BruLee
so....? Sinful
al rehab so sweet

May
15
2017
Islandaromatika
Islandaromatika

Kyse Perfumes by Terri Bozzo is my go-to for inexpensive gourmands that are exquisitely made using top-tier ingredients!

May
14
2017
DarlingNikki
DarlingNikki

For JacquieDS: Pink Sugar smelled like cotton candy mixed with burnt caramel on my skin while Meow is an almost linear vanilla on me (there are other notes, but that vanilla is the star and remains so for the duration). I wanted to like Pink Sugar since it has such a following, but that caramel just comes across so burnt smelling that I can't take it. The only caramel scent I've liked so far in my tries is Juicy Couture Gold Couture, although I do want to try Viktor and Rolf's Bon Bon scent.

May
14
2017
cumulnimbus
cumulnimbus

Dolcelisir, Mandorla and All'olio di Argan by L'Erbolario, Le Couvent des Minimes Eau de Missions, Zara's:Tobacco collection Rich Warm Addictive, Crème Brulée and Chocolate, Ives Rocher Vanille noir.

May
14
2017
bronni666
bronni666

la perla, j'aime. caramel and raspberry.

Apr
24
2017
june7rose
june7rose

There are a bazillion gourmands under $25, the fact that none of them are wearable (with the big exception of Couvent) is another matter.

Apr
23
2017
corkscrewcurly
corkscrewcurly

Khurafi Lattafa - just yummy.

The notes listed on Fragrantica are VERY misleading as they lead you to believe it to be a woody-oudh fragrance.

It's a sugary, lemony gourmand, with incredible longevity and sillage.

Highly recommended for lovers of Fancy, Pink Sugar etc. and priced at under £15GBP for 100ml.

Apr
23
2017
artsyrn
artsyrn

Bravo! Great article and ensuing comments. Happy to always learn about budget friendly recommendations on this site! Wish there were more!
Already ordered the Choco Musk based on the reviews and the crazy low price for an oil to boot. I am also considering the Rebelle now by Rihana!☺ I do recommend Fancy and agree that it smells expensive, is long lasting,can tell you it gets me compliments, and it is just delicious.

Apr
23
2017
JacquieDS
JacquieDS

Is Pink Sugar similar to Katy Perry's Meow?

Apr
22
2017
KajiraSuzanne
KajiraSuzanne

Somethin' Special has many delicious and inexpensive gourmands!

Mar
29
2017
chanelnumerocinq
chanelnumerocinq

Go indie!
Irresistible by Alkemia on Etsy is one of the best gourmands I ever smelled.

Mar
29
2017
culinaryqueen
culinaryqueen

The Choco Musk is reall pretty good, but the celeb scents are something I generally stay far from because of their almost rancid synthetic notes. One of my favortie "foodie" gourmands is Dame's Chocolate Man, but a local soap company also makes a wonder lavender chocolate oil I would love to slather myself in. There are other gourmands that do not have chocolate in them, like many of the offerings from Korres.

Mar
28
2017
lemonzest
lemonzest

Queen by Queen Latifah

Sweet boozy vanilla. Incredible and inexpensive.

Not chocolate or praline like other gourmands, but to me this feels more like a gourmand than an oriental. It's a gourmiental. :)

Mar
28
2017
Suzybee
Suzybee

@kessyster: The Bath & Body Works Bourbon Strawberry and Vanilla is really yummy. It's discontinued at stores but can be purchased on their website under "Retired Fragrances". I was wearing just the Body Cream the other day and the cashier at Sprout's commented on how good I smelled. Projection and longevity are moderate on my skin.

Mar
28
2017
Soofiya
Soofiya

-Oriflame love potion(coffee,rum,cacao,vanilla)
-Oriflame love potion secret(strawberry, white chocolate)
-Mariah Carey dreams(caramel,apple)
-charriol saphir(doesn't have gourmand notes,but smells very delicious like caramelizad orangey cookies)
-Aquolina chocolover(hazelnut,chocolate)
-Beyonce heat orchid(coconut cream,vanilla,berry)
-cacharel amor amor in a flash(caramel,Cinnamon, apple)
-replay essential (to my nose it's a dupe for fantasy rocker femme)
-police forbidden(almond,vanilla)
-love hope denim(burnt caramel)
-tous happy(fruits,popcorn
-lulu castagnette delices(sweet orange hard candies)
-solinotes vanilla(sugary vanilla)
-body fantasies signature vanilla(powdery vanilla great for layering)
-Body fantasies sweet vanilla kiss(caramel,vanilla,berry)
-Bath & body works Madagascar vanilla(pear,vanilla.I also get coffee)
-Britney spears rocker femme(cream,berry)
-Halloween shot(caramel,fruits)
Most of them are not completely foody but they're all delicious
-ungaro fruit lilac (caramel,blueberry)
-ungaro La diva (fruity vanilla)
-angel schlesser Oriental 2 (praline,rose,saffron)

Mar
28
2017
catherine82
catherine82

@ kessyster Try 'Christina' by Nabeel, it smells kinda like strawberries and cream.

Mar
28
2017
Smellyfaerie
Smellyfaerie

Rudy Profumi makes excellent gourmands, like "Red Apple", "Vanilla and Coconut" & "Strawberries and Chocolate". There are more, but these are the ones I tried. Excellent prices (around 12€ a bottle), beautiful design (white glass) and very longlasting high quality fragrances. I've asked a while ago to have them added to the database, more people should know about these beauties.

Mar
28
2017
culinaryqueen
culinaryqueen

The Choco Musk is reall pretty good, but the celeb scents are something I generally stay far from because of their almost rancid synthetic notes. One of my favortie "foodie" gourmands is Dame's Chocolate Man, but a local soap company also makes a wonder lavender chocolate oil I would love to slather myself in. There are other gourmands that do not have chocolate in them, like many of the offerings from Korres.

Mar
28
2017
kessyster
kessyster

I would like to add that I would love to get a perfume that have whipped cream, strawberries and vanilla..( maybe chocolate as well?) .. Yum!!

Mar
27
2017
StarlingT
StarlingT

Kimberly Timmis-Kennedy Niche Scent Boutique (on Facebook) has an excellent Rootbeer Vanilla Ice Cream Float perfume that is one of my very favorite of all time. It gets compliments like crazy! It is amazingly FANTASTIC.

Mar
27
2017
StarlingT
StarlingT

Okay, so gourmands under $25...definitely so many Demeter to list here that I really love and with a $3 spray sample available (often less with sales on the Demeter site). I've tried and loved Marshmallow (so authentic and delicious), Waffles, Chocolate Covered Cherries, Vanilla Ice Cream, Pistachio Ice Cream, Junior Mints, Tootsie Roll, Angel Food, Apple Pie, Birthday Cake, Brownie, Candy Cane Truffle, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Butterscotch (omg, so good!), Cherry Cream, Sugar Cookie, Cinnamon Toast, Cinnamon Bun, and wonderful Cotton Candy. I have full size bottles of way too many of these and I love to spritz them over my fave Kilians. Other Demeter faves are Lemon Meringue, Hot Fudge Sundae, Maple Syrup, Dark Chocolate, Devil's Food and Graham Cracker. Low cost, inexpensive fun to mix things up! (The only disappointment I had with a Demeter [fruit &] gourmand-type fragrance is the Watermelon Lollipop.)

Mar
27
2017
ptilda
ptilda

Kyse should have been mentioned here at least a couple of times. It's the king (queen?) of gourmand houses!

Mar
27
2017
katemax
katemax

Victoria secret amber romance, Rihanna rebelle fleure

Mar
27
2017
OTA Mom
OTA Mom

Outremer Vanille and Dame Chocolate Man!

Mar
27
2017
kessyster
kessyster

Choco Musk, Mad Love ( although is not classified as a gourmand but in my opinion feels like a gourmand to me) Hawaiian tropics Golden Paradise and Britney Spears Midnight fantasy!
Edit :
Almost forgot, I love Ariana Sweet like candy one but the only reason I didn't get it yet is because the reviews about it ( seems like the longevity and sillage is not great) I am waiting to get cheaper as possible for that reason. Apart from that, is a delightful fragrance ( feels like cupcakes with cream and lemon zest on top).

Mar
27
2017
emt1986
emt1986

Oh, and Britney Spears Fantasy The Naughty Remix <3

Mar
27
2017
bjer-don
bjer-don

What? No mention of Chopard's Cashmire? Or Wish? These are easily found for under 25 bucks.

Mar
27
2017
pearlbelle
pearlbelle

I know many people are 'sick' of gourmands, but I personally couldn't live without them!
Done right, a gourmand can be a comforting and memorable scent. While I've never smelled Fancy, the writer's story behind her discovery of the scent, shows that you should NEVER write a fragrance off because of who it is by. You might be missing out on something gorgeous all because the label!
Fantasy by Britney Spears is a celebrity scent, but what a stunning little gourmand it is! So many nice memories attached to that one.
Ari by Ariana Grande (Raspberry Marshmallows), Jlove by Jennifer Lopez (Fruity Ice Cream) and Princess by Vera Wang (Chocolate and Vanilla HEAVEN) are also among my favourite gourmand beauties!

Mar
27
2017
Nil3
Nil3

Gourmands arent my thing.
Rebelle worked very well for me though.
30 ml´s of any gourmand is more than enough for me.

I'd love to have Signature by Jessica Simpson. It looks like something I could pull off. That's my sixth olfactory sense speaking.

Mad Potion by Katy perry turned out also very well and yummy on me. Again, only a 30 ml.
And the apple musk won the other notes all over. :) I was lucky. :)

Rocker femme and private show by B.S
I´d love to have, bigger than the usual 30 ml please. :)

Mar
27
2017
meissie1982
meissie1982

Chopard Casmir is the first that comes to mind.

I love that sweet and calming scent. For a good price you smell like a sweet cupcake.

Mar
27
2017
katemax
katemax

How about zara dark emerald..my favourite zara scent and only 9.99
also the person who suggested so sinful,the best cheapest gourmand I own!

Mar
27
2017
StellaDiverFlynn
StellaDiverFlynn

Wonderful selection! I love Cologne des Missions, it's such a beautiful smoky boozy vanilla!

I agree that Kyse as an independent house, offers lots of brilliant and affordable gourmand choices. My favourite is Frollino Lavanda and Confit de Rose. Comptoir Sud Pacifique Amour de Cacao is also a lovely chocolate perfume.

Mar
26
2017
eirenelisa
eirenelisa

Voluspa Macaron is nice

Mar
26
2017
the big totoro
the big totoro

My favorite gourmand fragrances are from Solstice Scents, Arcana and Alkemia. I'm surprised that I only saw one other mention of these (from Paneradfisk). All of which cost from $12-$20 and they are amazing! Bonfire Toffees and Woodsmoke, Pumpkin Strumpet, Lemon Ginger Creams, Cherry Cordial, Strawberries Crave Pie and Cakelust just to name a few... ;)

Mar
26
2017
exciter76
exciter76

@spcmiller: you HAVE to tell me where you got Blue Sugar for under $25. Seriously, I need a backup.

Mar
26
2017
Suzybee
Suzybee

Reading this article gave me a yen for some chocolates, thank God, we always have a small stash in the house!

Gourmands, oh how I love thee! Some of my faves are:

- Yves Rocher: Pear & Cocoa Holiday Lotion & Bath Gel. Makes me want to lick my arms! I purchased these right before the new year on clearance!

- XOXO Mi Amore: marzipan cotton candy 3.4 oz $19.99 Stein Mart

- Hard Candy: caramel vanilla 3.4 oz $9.99 at Ross

- The Bath & Body Works: Tuti Dolce White Mocha Kiss (white chocolate frosting) and Golden Honey Praline (buttered praline)

- Britney Spears: Fantasy, Fantasy Intimate Edition, Fantasy Stage Edition, Rocker Femme Fantasy (I know, they all smell similar but darn that TJMAXX...haha)

Mar
26
2017
angelfishie
angelfishie

Chopard Casmir
B&BW Warm Vanilla Sugar
Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams

Gourmands sadly usually make me feel nauseated after a little while but I have a soft spot for these! For Angel, too, but you can't even get a purse spray of that for under $25. :)

Mar
26
2017
mkpunk
mkpunk

Cuba Paris Cuba Magnum Black, a mix of Cuba Black with a little bit of Dior Homme as well. It can be found online for under $15 in a 130ml bottle.
Cuba Paris Cuba Prestige, a near clone of A*Men. Found in Ross for $7.99 in a 100ml bottle
Davidoff The Brillant Game, a nice boozy caramel fragrance along the lines of Polo Red. It is as low as $20 for a 100ml bottle.
Michael Jordan Legend, syrupy precuser to Rochas Man and New Harleem for under $20.00 in a 100ml bottle
Playboy VIP for Men, a boozy gourmand that can be found under $10 in a 100ml bottle
Rocawear Evolution, a boozy balsamic dark coffee version of Polo Double Black that can be found as low as $18 for a 100ml bottle.

Mar
26
2017
HyacinthBucket
HyacinthBucket

Fabulous! I love a good treasure hunt. It would be great to see more of these shopping challenges :)

Mar
26
2017
KaseyC
KaseyC

my favorite gourmands on budget are: 1) Aquolina Gold Sugar; 2) Zara Lily Pad; and 3) Zara Rich/ Warm/ Addictive.

Mar
26
2017
colettemichelle
colettemichelle

I love Katy Perry Meow, Aquolina Pink Sugar Sensual, Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy, and for fleeting but yummy scents, Bath and Body Works' holiday body sprays. I fell hard for Gingerbread Latte this year!

Mar
26
2017
paneradfisk
paneradfisk

I agree Fancy and Rebelle are really yummy. Here are my suggestions:

Oui Plus and Douceur Brulee by Kyse Perfumes. It's 15 ml for 23 vs 21 dollars and the best chocolate-graham cracker perfume and the best crispy creme brulee.

Midnight Fantasy by Britney Spears. You can get 100 ml for around 20 dollars. Sweet and berry like candy.

Private Show also by Britney. It's the newest one. Reminds me of a cool frappuccino.

Byzantium by Tesori d`Oriente. If I remember it correctly, I got it for about 8 dollars for 100 ml. Great rendition of loukhoum, almondy and powdery.

County Fair, Irresistible and Chocolate Noir by Alkemia. 12 dollars for 5 ml. 15 dollars for 5 ml from Solstice Scents, where I recommend Cocoa Absolute and Sycamore sugarworks as well as Owlcreek aleworks.

Mar
26
2017
BloomPerfume
BloomPerfume

Easy. Brocard's Modern Classic Noir: almond, cherry, red berries, licorice, musk, patchoili and vanilla 17GBP for 50 ml EdP. Smells like the Black Forest cake.

Mar
26
2017
smellagent
smellagent

I have Pink Sugar and Pink Sugar Extract which I paid 25.00usd for so it was cheap. I love the extract. Another cheapo is Lavanila Pure Vanilla not sure it's exact price but it was not much. I have never tried Fancy but I might.

Mar
26
2017
foxy_princess
foxy_princess

Outremer vanille, malizia bon bons milkshake, Britney Spears fantasy

Mar
26
2017
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Wonderful, wonderful suggestions!

The ones listed that I love are as follows:

Rihanna Rebelle (coffee mocha treat)

Pink Sugar (powdery raspberry spun sugar)

Choco Musk (creamy s'mores or milk chocolate)

Fancy (caramel & flowers- I'll sniff for that almond!)


And of those not listed:

Gold Sugar (white flowers, nougat, cream, and honey)

Black Sugar (powdery licorice,oud, and raspberry)

xoxo Amore (berry scented doll!)

Pacific Island Vanilla (tooth-ache sweet vanilla)

Gale Hayman - Delicious Vanilla (white flowers and soft vanilla)

( BOTH vanillas make great layering scents! )

And my favorite:


DALAL - a rich caramel, vanilla, oud dream. For the brave of heart. ;)

Mar
26
2017
caitrun
caitrun

Oh boy do I love a good gourmand, and I've found some cheap delights in this catogory!!

Aquolina: Gold Sugar
Britney Spears: Fantasy
Britney Spears: Curious In Control
Snooki: Snooki
Christian Audiger: Villian
Pacifica: Mexican Cocoa
Pacifica: Island Vanilla
Tokyo Milk: Tainted Love
Harvey Prince: Hello

These are just a few of my affordable foodie perfume loves!

Mar
26
2017
spcmiller
spcmiller

Two glaring omissions: Blue Sugar (Pink Sugar's less appreciated little brother) and Lolita Lempicka's Au Masculin.

For shame. :-)

Mar
26
2017
Fragaria
Fragaria

Fantasy and Pink Sugar Sensual are my two sweet candy scents!

Mar
26
2017
catherine82
catherine82

Three of my favourites listed here (pink sugar, Choco Musk, fancy - and I like rebelle too).

I'd add 'So...? Sinful', which is a lovely, airy chocolate and musk/powder perfume (£3!) Also, Golden Sand and Dalal by Al Rehab.

Mar
26
2017
jana.hullinghorst
jana.hullinghorst

Hanae Mori EDT and Al Rehab Chcomusk!

Mar
26
2017
AngieGCarp
AngieGCarp

Al-rehab Golden Sand

Mar
26
2017
DistantSamantha
DistantSamantha

Britney Spears' Curious In Control (a flanker for Curious), hands down! And I'd like to point out, that yes, as many have voted, it does remind me of Bonbon (or Bonbon reminds me of In Control), but is actually miles and miles better than the more expensive creation of Viktor & Rolf.

Mar
26
2017
emt1986
emt1986

Gold Sugar!

Mar
26
2017
UnearthlyApothecary
UnearthlyApothecary

Michael Jordan Legend, the inspiration for Bond no 9 New Haarlem. I honestly prefer Legend.
Rue 21 Rebel Girl an improvement on VS Noir Tease
Sofia Vergara Love often compared to Black Opium once again, I prefer Love
Michael Germain Tattoo lime and caramel, A great summer gourmand
I think I purchased all of these for $10 or less

Mar
26
2017
KarlekLila
KarlekLila

I LOVE my cheap gourmands and I've tried quite a few. My current favorite is Aquolina Black Sugar! I was given a sample and fell in love upon first sniff.

@bibiling: I gave HM to my brother as a Birthday gift. He loved it and decided to make it his signature summer scent. (And he's EXTREMELY picky about fragtances). He has since gone through three bottles!

Mar
26
2017
ysatis
ysatis

Jeanne en Provence le Temps des secrets one of such gourmand bargains.

Mar
26
2017
Erinbath22
Erinbath22

Tattoo by Michel Germaine is like a caramel-drizzled key lime pie. It's long-lasting, light, sweet but with a realistic juicy lime. Dries down warm, caramelly, like a gourmand Light Blue. And very inexpensive! A good one for summer.

Mar
26
2017
bibibling
bibibling

I love seeing Hanae Mori's HM here! I'm a woman and I love it! If I ever met a man who wears it, (and he picked it out himself, it wasn't a gift) I would probably just eat him up!

And to add to your list, I just saw a giant 8.0oz (236ml!) spray bottle thing of Britney Spears: Fantasy for $10 at Sears. They had Fancy, the Snookie perfume and one of Rihanna's perfumes too as well as many others like Pris Hilton, Taylor Swift, etc, all with the same shape bottle but original bottle colors, fonts and designs. I still regret not buying it when I had the chance but my Too-good-to-be-true alarms were ringing off the charts! I went online to Sears.com and saw they are called "body spray mist" so they are a lower concentration (they all smelled same to me... Possibly lighter but that happens when you smell 20 things in a row!) I guess this is just a thing Elizabeth Arden, Parlux and other celebrity perfume producing companies are doing with Sears. Everyone go stock up!!

Mar
26
2017
Objections
Objections

I love gale hayman cotton candy for my cotton candy fix. I find its an exact dupe for my favorite cotton candy scent, the body fantasies cotton candy one, but with better longevity. Pink sugar tends to turn a little "burnt" and citrusy on me. There are plenty of lovely affordable gourmands! I agree with so many listed. Love this article, think its a great idea. White florals next?~

Mar
26
2017
exciter76
exciter76

Jeanne Arthes' Private Room is a delicious caramel treat that is at once sweet and sophisticated. Fans of Fancy and other caramel lovers will find this sticky treat as satisfying and as affordable as Fancy. However, it's its own perfume, not to be confused for Fancy. I love it!

Mar
26
2017

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