Seven Hundred Dirhams for 75ml?” Sound familiar? Whether jasmine, coriander or lavender are your favourite middle notes, the bank notes you have to part with to get hold of them is often downright shocking. If you want to smell like your favourite Hollywood superstar, you need to spend like them. Or do you?
Forget your major department stores and waiting until you next pass through duty free. Al Barsha Mall is a gem for perfume aficionados.
V Perfumes on the shopping centre’s ground floor is wall-to-wall in everything from Hermes to Dior, Givenchy to Versace, and with considerable reductions on prices you’ll find at your usual counter.
Oddly, it’s a little bit like shopping in Karama. Instead of paying the marked prices on each scent (which are high street standard), the member of staff serving you will tap mysteriously on a computer and let you know the “best price” he can offer you. In less than ten taps, your Dhs680 bottle of Dior J’Adore L’Absolu becomes less than Dhs500.
So far, so shady? We’re assured each of the perfumes, colognes and eau de toilettes are the real deal – but there’s no proper explanation given for the remarkable discount.
Frankly, if it gets us one step and 200 fewer dirhams closer to smelling like Charlize Theron, we’re sold.
V Perfumes, Al Barsha Mall, Al Barsha (04 325 5252).