In this article, I’m rounding up a list of 3 affordable perfume brands in Singapore. All these fragrance labels are homegrown and offer unique scents to complement your outfit.

Tons of unique local perfume brands to check out!

When it comes to fragrances, most still opt for “big brand” options that one finds in departmental stores. News flash: those aren’t very good, and are often overpriced. Instead of buying a brand name perfume, why not opt for a homegrown perfume brand – don’t smell like everyone else.

Update: I’m pleased to list some of the below-mentioned perfume brands on my new web-store, The Shiok Shop. If you’re looking for bang-for-buck deals, do check out the web-store.

1) Best Perfume Store

Best Perfume Store specialises in offering affordable “dupes” of renowned fragrances at affordable prices.

My collection of fragrances from Best Perfume Store.

Who they are: Best Perfume Store boasts its in-house production, and operates on a direct-to-consumer model with no additional margins (investors, distribution or resale). As such, the brand can keep its prices down, with its 100ml Parfum bottles starting at just $59. All their processes are HSA-compliant, cruelty-free, and the brand even promises lifetime support for the perfumes. They boldly proclaim themselves to be the “most affordable in the country” – that might actually be true.

My opinion: Best Perfume Store does a stellar job of duplicating the original scents, and offers its perfume at very affordable prices. If you’re a fan of luxury fragrances from the likes of Le Labo, Dior, Chanel, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Jo Malone, and Penhaligons (you know, those atas stores that you see in ION Orchard and MBS), but don’t feel like burning a hole in your wallet to wear those scents, then Best Perfume Store is a no-brainer. It’s also a great way to try out different scents as well, before committing to the original (if that is what you desire). In today’s age of rising costs, it’s refreshing to come across a brand that genuinely helps you save money.

Prices: A 100ml Parfum bottle starts from $59. As Best Perfume Store is an official partner of Wah So Shiok, readers can quote the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” upon checkout to enjoy 5% off all products online.

Where to buy: Interested readers can buy from their online store here.

2) Singapore Memories

The first on the list has to be the homegrown perfume brand Singapore Memories, which as the name suggest offers perfumes that are inspired by Singaporean heritage.

My favourite: the Aranda 1965.

Who they are: “Singapore Memories is trying to research these fragrant and therapeutic Orchids of Asia and bring them to you as perfumes, room aroma and eventually as skin care.”

My opinion: You guys know how much I love supporting local brands – this entire website is dedicated to that – and I love it when homegrown brands unabashedly pay homage to their local roots. Singapore Memories has a nice variety of perfumes available, all at very affordable prices. My personal favourites are the Aranda 1965, the Singapore Girl, and the Orchids by the Bay. The Aranda 1965 makes for a great everyday perfume to the office, with the Singapore Girl being a nice exotic option for a night out whilst the lighter Orchids by the Bay is perfect for a weekend out with friends. Lastly, I have to shout out the Peranakan Oud too – it’s very affordable for an Oud perfume, yet still possesses some unique characteristics. I think they make great souvenirs for tourists/overseas friends as well. For those who are interested, I did an in-depth review of the full range of Singapore Memories’ perfumes, which you can read here. I also reviewed their room fragrances here. In addition, I attended a perfume workshop by them – I chronicled my experience here.

Prices: A 18ml EDT bottle starts at $28.

Where to buy: Interested readers can buy from their online store here. A curated selection of Singapore Memories perfumes can also be found on The Shiok Shop.

3) Maison 21G

Maison 21G specialises in “tailor-made perfumes”, allowing customers to create their own unique scent at an affordable price.

One of my favourite “ingredients” from Maison 21G – Tea Time.

Who they are: “We’re a House of Scent Designers. Come inside and feel empowered to experiment with the finest ingredients. With us, you’ll be able to unlock your soul scent. Free of all toxins and hazards, this is a scent of your own. Made by you, for you.”

My opinion: I love Maison 21G – they are undoubtedly one of my personal favourites on this list. Firstly, their Duxton Road boutique is welcoming and beautifully designed. Secondly, I love their concept of “tailoring” a scent for yourself. As you guys know, I’m quite big on tailoring and was immensely intrigued by the concept of bringing the same notion over to fragrances. How Maison 21G works is simple – they have over 30 different solo scents, which customers can combine to make their own unique scent. According to the brand, there are over a hundred different combinations for customers to explore! My favourite has to be combining Tea Time with Terrific Tonka, as well as Cannabis Cloud with Ginger Game. Maison 21G also offers a perfume workshop, where participants can learn about the history and art of perfume making, as well as get the opportunity to bespeak their own scent. Oh yes – Maison 21G also offers free engraving on each of their perfume bottles, so they make great gifts as well. Perfume roll-ons are also available for those who prefer non-alcoholic products. For those interested, I chronicled my experience of attending a workshop at Maison 21G’s Duxton outlet here, at their ION outlet here, and at their new MBS outlet here. I recently revisited its Duxton outlet, and reviewed my experience here. I also reviewed their home scents here and their new Dual Crayon creation here.

Prices: A 30ml EDP bottle (combination of two scents) starts at $150, while their perfume workshop starts at $180. For those interested, the promo code “WAHMAISON20” will grant readers 20% off all perfume workshop bookings from Maison 21G online (including both weekdays and weekends), as well as all other products on their webstore.

Where to buy: Interested readers can buy from their online store here.

Other listicles

If you found this listicle helpful, do check out some of my other listicles below:

  1. 6 Affordable Briefcases in Singapore
  2. 12 places to get Watch Straps in Singapore
  3. 9 Affordable Tailors in Singapore (Complete Guide!)
  4. 6 Affordable Wallets in Singapore
  5. 10 Underrated Singaporean Watch Brands that won’t break the bank
  6. 4 Affordable Dress shoes in Singapore
  7. 11 Affordable Hotels for Staycations in Singapore

Conclusion

I’m incredibly proud of the local fragrance scene – I was surprised when I discovered that there were so many Singapore perfume brands, offering fragrances more intriguing than those found in departmental stores. To me, the right fragrance adds the perfect finishing touch to one’s outfit. Smell good, and support local businesses at the same time. What’s not to like?

The majority of perfume brands mentioned in this listicle can be found on The Shiok Shop, which serves as a curation of my favourite local items that I’ve reviewed. If you’re looking for the best prices, check the new web-store out.


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