When Sofia Honekman first discovered the fragrance world, an exciting romance between visual aesthetics, history and beauty awaited her.
Originally from Peru, the beauty blogger, glossier rep and art history major moved to South Florida at age 11. She’s since been inspired to share with others the diversity of beauty surrounding her through her passion of aesthetics and beauty products.
“Once I discovered the world of niche perfumery, the angels sang - the perfect combination of beauty, art and history encased in a perfect perfume bottle - that is when I truly fell in love with the beauty world" - Sofia
We're always down to try amazing new scents at Sauce, and those at affordable prices are even better, so we asked our friend and fragrance expert Sofia to share her top 5 budget buys. So it is great excitement we bring you Sofia's collection of favourite fragrances, all for under $100 [NZ $150] – a price tag match made in heaven!
Sofia Honekman's top 5 fragrances for under $100 [nz $150]
FRAGRANCE REVIEWS BY SOFIA
1. Blackbird - Pipe Bomb Intense
Blackbird’s unique and gender fluid creations never disappoint, but this rendition is one of their best. A raw, metallic and simultaneously energetic scent is the perfect androgynous every-day scent. Featuring some of my favorite notes of - Saltwater, Metal, Smoke, Amber and Oud, this is one of my favorite scents - period.
Available here, $88 for 30ml
2. A.N OTHER - WD/18:
Liberated from traditional name labels and restrictive budget, the brand focuses on releasing a set of 4 core fragrances each year - highlighting and celebrating the perfumers behind each scent, which is rare in the perfume industry. My favorite scent from this year’s selection is WD/18 - a warm and boozy woody rendition that bears close resemblance to my favorite scent of all time - Byredo’s Accord Oud. Perfectly elegant, yet casual. Featuring notes of Pear Sparkle, Cardamon Spice, Violet Leaves, Rich Orris, Cypress, Amyris, Sandalwood, Blonde Cedar and Vetiver Madagascar.
Available here, $60 for 50ml
3. Maison Louis Marie - 04 Bois de Balincourt
MLM does classics with a modern edge - Bois de Balincourt is the perfect scent for woods lovers - the mix of Sandalwood, Cedar, Vetiver, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Amber Wood, elevates the traditional mixture of woodsy elements with those of spices, making it the perfect every-day scent. It’s also very reminiscent of the beloved Le Labo Santal33 and Diptyque Tam Dao, but at a much more affordable price tag.
Available here, $85 for 50ml
4. Ded Cool - 03 BLONDE
A dirty and wet earthiness with the beautiful softness of Violet and Saffron. This scent is all about balance - the grittiness of the earth juxtaposed with the sweetness of the Saffron make it one of my go-tos. Featuring notes: Juniper Berries, Pomelo, Saffron, Accord Cuir, Black Violet, Crystal Rose, Blonde Woods, Raspberry, Vetiver.
Available here, $110 for 50ml
5. Glossier - You:
The effortless scent that lets YOU shine through. A mixture of peppery and silky muskiness, Glossier’s You stays very close to the skin, making it intimate and personal. The way it lingers on clothing make you want to wear the same sweater two days in a row - just to get a whiff of it again. Beautifully crafted and surprisingly long tasting, it features notes of Iris Root, Pink Pepper, Ambrette, Ambrox and Musk.
Thank you so much Sofia.We love you xx
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All images | Photographed by Sofia Honkeman