My latest find from Aldi is their “Hotel Collection – Eau De Toilette”, a line-up of fragrance combinations that are notably close to “Jo Malone London” bestsellers, both visually and scent wise. Of course, nothing beats the real thing – or does it?
The choice of fragrance on offer is Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Velvety Rose, or Pomegranate. These are names which you may find familiar if you’re a big “Jo Malone” fan, as I am. Both “Lime, Basil & Mandarin” and “Pomegranate Noir” have been my favourite signature fragrances for a long time.
Both “Jo Malone” perfumes I wear bring back memories of years gone by. It’s a fact that our brain learns to associate smells and aromas with certain emotional memories. This is probably why I stick to the same familiar scents. They bring comfort, pleasure and can certainly lift my mood.
I bought the Lime, Basil & Mandarin and Pomegranate (Aldi version). The cost is £5.99 per 100ml – compared to Jo Malone’s £100.00 and over price tag. It is difficult to ignore the price difference. If your budget doesn’t stretch to the original, or you just want to save the pricier stuff for special occasions, it’s worth popping one (of each) into your trolley. I did!!
There is a saying that “nothing beats the real thing”. But, the Aldi dupe is very good and worth the outlay. I’ve tried other so-called dupes of JML “Pomegranate Noir” and haven’t been very impressed, so far, until now. I’m also a fan of their room diffusers (£3.49). I have two dotted around my home – they have the same scent as this perfume range and I can highly rate them. I certainly couldn’t warrant spending £64.00 on the JML version of their room diffuser.
Aldi also do candles in this range. I haven’t tried them, yet, but fully intend to, as they have great reviews, too. I always make a point of reading reviews of what the other shoppers think. The reviews on these items I’ve mentioned, today, speak for themselves.
Whether you want to try the newcomers or some of their much-loved predecessors, I must warn you that the availability of Aldi perfumes does vary greatly depending on which “Special Buys” are on offer at the time. They also frequently get discontinued and/or reinvented – so the only way to know what’s current is to check online or head into your local branch and see what they have in stock. I phoned their 0800 number before going to my local branch to see if they had the perfumes in stock. They were able to tell me they had a box of each at 8.00am that morning. I have learnt that some “best buys” sell out fast! Some of the products are sold online and some in store only.
Another great find from Aldi is these sheepskin slippers (above, right). I have bought them two years running. I think you will agree, for £15.99, they are such a bargain. I have another pair almost identical from “Just” and they were over £50.00. I’ve checked on-line and they are only available in small sizes at the moment. So, keep checking as they can get re-stocked.
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