Hello everyone, and welcome to another Singaporean article! On this shiok Sunday, I’m rounding up a list of 6 affordable perfume brands in Singapore. All these fragrance labels are homegrown, and offer unique scents to complement your outfit.
When it comes to fragrances, most still unfortunately 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!
The first on the list have to be homegrown perfume brand Singapore Memories, which as the name suggest offers perfumes that are inspired by Singaporean heritage.
Who they are: “Singapore Memories is trying to research on 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 perfume 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 possessing some unique characteristics. I think they make as great souvenirs for tourists/overseas friends as well! For those that are interested, I did an in-depth review of the full range of Singapore Memories’ perfumes, which you can read here. In addition, I also attended a perfume workshop by them – I chronicled my experience here.
Prices: A 18ml EDT bottle starts at $28. As Singapore Memories is an official partner of Wah So Shiok, readers can quote the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” upon checkout to enjoy 10% off all products online!
Maison 21G specialises in “tailor-made perfumes”, allowing customers to create their own unique scent at an affordable price.
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, and 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 bespoke their own scent. Oh yes – Maison 21G also offers free engraving on each of their perfume bottles, so they make for great gifts as well! Perfume roll-ons are also available for those that prefer non-alcoholic products. For those interested, I chronicled my experience of attending a workshop at Maison 21G’s Duxton outlet here, and at their new ION outlet here. I also reviewed their home scents here, and their new Dual Crayon creation here.
Prices: A 25ml EDP bottle (combination of two scents) starts at $95, while their perfume workshop starts at $150. As Maison 21G is an official partner of Wah So Shiok, readers can quote the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” upon checkout to enjoy 15% off all products, and use the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK21” to enjoy a whopping 21% off all perfume workshop bookings online!
Where to buy: Interested readers can buy from their online store here, or visit their lovely boutique over at 77 Duxton Road.
Describing themselves as an artisanal fragrance label, Scent by SIX positions itself as the perfume brand for “trendy, adventurous and soul-searching individuals”.
Who they are: “A cocktail mix of emotions and memories, SIX’s fine fragrances are inspired by destinations and immersive spaces aimed to appeal to your wanderlust.”
My opinion: SIX burst into the local fragrance scene in 2016 with its initial trio of perfumes, the Tribeca, Puka and my favourite, the Biei. Packaged in a svelte black form factor – it looks more like lip balm than a perfume bottle – the scents were meant to evoke the smells and vibe of the namesake locations. I found the concept of perfumes inspired by locations (which the founder had been to and loved) immensely intriguing. The scents are very unique as well, unlike anything I’ve ever smelt. The founder, Jason, actually worked at world renowned fragrance house Givaudan for 4 years, and used that expertise to develop scents for his own brand. For those who desire a more exotic scent, SIX is definitely a good option to consider. The best part? Their perfume bottles are refillable, so you can simply buy a refill (at a much lower price) when you run out. Not only is it economically friendly, it’s environmentally friendly as well! For more information, do read my review of Scent by SIX here, and my review of their perfume workshop here. I also reviewed their new Hikaru fragrances here.
Prices: A 20ml EDT bottle starts at $66 while refills costs $45. As Scent by SIX is an official partner of Wah So Shiok, readers can quote the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” upon checkout to enjoy 10% off all products online!
Where to buy: Interested readers can buy from their online store here, or visit their physical stores at Bugis Junction.
Established in 2010, Sifr Aromatics is an independent homegrown niche perfume shop that’s located in a 19th century heritage shophouse in the Kampong Glam district.
Who they are: “Sifr Aromatics is an independent home-grown niche perfume shop established by a third-generation perfumer. Housed in a 19th century heritage shophouse in the Kampong Glam district, we specialise in customised perfume blends, small-batch perfumes, scented soy-wax candles, natural essential oil blends, home fragrances, and scent accessories.”
My opinion: If you’re into traditional, complex scents, then Sifr Aromatics is for you. Founded in 2010, Sifr is one of the OG local fragrance labels – in fact, it’s probably the oldest on this list. Furthermore, their perfumes are made in small batches from natural ingredients, locally blended by their master perfumers. Customers also have the option to have their scent of choice stored in a gorgeous old-world perfume bottle which would look right at home in a Persian palace. They also do their own custom perfume workshops!
Prices: A 15ml oil perfume starts at $45, while a 30ml EDP starts at $55. Custom Perfume Workshops start at $250.
For those that prefer stronger and longer lasting scents, the Lab Fragrances offer perfumes made from quality ingredients at an affordable price.
Who they are: “At a time where fine fragrances are mass marketed and mass produced, The LAB Fragrances proposes unique scents freshly hand made in small batches with the wearer’s name printed on the label. It chooses to tell only one story; that of its highest quality ingredients.”
My opinion: What makes a perfume is the quality of its ingredients, and in that regard the LAB Fragrances really stands out. The brand are proud and transparent about the ingredients that they use – instead of being opaque about them like most big brands, the ingredients take centre stage with the LAB Fragrances. The hand-blended scents are made in small batches to ensure high quality control, and the range of offerings available are intriguing to say the least. My favourite has to be the Earl Grey – I was really surprised by its strength and intensity – but there are numerous other notable creations, such as Rose Oud and Peach Musk. All perfume bottles also come with the wearer’s name on the label, so they make for great gifts as well! For those that are into more uncommon scents, you need to check out the LAB Fragrances. Perfume oils are also available for those who prefer non-alcoholic products. For those interested, I reviewed the Earl Grey and Pepper & Tobacco perfumes here.
Prices: A 50ml EDP bottle starts at $98. As the LAB Fragrances is an official partner of Wah So Shiok, readers can enjoy a 10% discount, valid till the end of February. Simply apply the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” upon checkout.
Last but not least, Code Deco creates some of the most complex scents for the sophisticated individual.
Who they are: “A luxurious and refined material palette and a highly original approach to creative perfumery. Creating fragrances that are distinctive, nuanced and highly pleasurable.”
My opinion: Offering scents curated for both genders, I personally find Code Deco fragrances to be multi-faceted and immensely memorable. Code Deco states that they “create fragrances that are as exuberant and multi-faceted as our patrons”, and I certainly have to agree with that. There are multiple levels and depth to their scents, though they always smell luxurious and indulgent. Their prices are admittedly on the higher side, but if you have the budget and you love their perfumes, do check them out (they send over free samples)! Personally, I think Code Deco fragrances are perfect for special occasions – the times where you want to impress the other party, and stand out.
Prices: A 50ml bottle starts at $175.
Where to buy: Interested readers can buy from their online store here. They are also physically stocked at Naiise over at Jewel, Changi Airport.
If you found this tailoring listicle helpful, do check out some of my other listicles below:
- 6 Affordable Briefcases in Singapore
- 12 places to get Watch Straps in Singapore
- 9 Affordable Tailors in Singapore (Complete Guide!)
- 6 Affordable Wallets in Singapore
- 10 Underrated Singaporean Watch Brands that won’t break the bank
- 4 Affordable Dress shoes in Singapore
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 that are frankly speaking much better than the name brands variants found in departmental stores. To me, the right fragrance adds the perfect finishing touch to one’s outfit. In addition, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I think a bottle of personalised perfume makes for a great gift. For those looking for date ideas, I recommend going for a perfume making session together – it’s fun, romantic, meaningful and educational. Make your significant other happy, and support local businesses at the same time!
P.S Do check out the new “Discounts!” page for exclusive discounts for Wahsoshiok readers! More brands will be added very soon – stay tuned!