I've spoken before of my love for a good perfume (both eye-wateringly expensive ones and more affordable options), but there's one purse-friendly fragrance that has been literally turning heads whenever I wear it recently. And I've decided it's only polite to share it with everyone. After all, last night at a work dinner, three different people asked me what scent I was wearing—so it must be good, right? Well, it turns out the fragrance in question isn't really perfume at all but a body mist. Yes, as in one of those plastic pump bottles of scent that you probably kept in your PE kit at school. Worry not, though. This one has the mastermind behind luxury fragrance house Byredo behind it but at a seriously affordable price point.
Delivering on way more than sellout summer dresses, & Other Stories is probably the high-street store I recommend most for beauty products that rival the most luxurious brands on the market. As for their fragrances? Trust me—they smell seriously expensive. And it's no surprise when & Other Stories has Ben Gorham, founder of Byredo (and probably my favourite ever fragrance brand), working on its scents. And while you won't find any Byredo dupes, you will find seriously original and complex perfumes that smell incredible. As for the specific scent I always get compliments on? The Arabesque Wood Body Mist (£13).
Described on the bottle as a "deep earthy oud with a twist of citrus," it might sound like your typical summer scent, but I've been spritzing this on like there's no tomorrow during the heatwave, and it's perfect for hot weather. Besides how damn refreshing it feels to apply a body mist in 35-degree heat, this scent contains lemon and ginger for zesty freshness, but dries down into amber undertones for that expensive-smelling edge. Keep scrolling to shop my other favourite fragrance picks from & Other Stories. (Compliments guaranteed.)
This is my favourite-ever & Other Stories perfume, so I'm delighted it also comes in this summer-ready body mist formula. It's a deep floral with hints of vanilla that reminds me of balmy nights on holiday.
This uplifting citrus scent smells like the best homemade lemonade—in a good way, of course. Its basically summer in a bottle.
If you're not ready to embrace '90s-esque body mists, these portable perfume oils make a chic alternative. This one smells of fresh mimosa and musk, and belies its £13 price tag.
& Other Stories even gets sweet scents right. Unlike the sickly aromas more affordable options often create, this one contains pink pepper to lend a grown-up edge to the cotton-candy heart.
Yes, it's even possible to create your own bespoke scent at high-street prices. This trio of roll-on perfumes from & Other Stories can be worn separately or layered up to create your own personalised blend.