I’ve always believed that perfume is a pretty silly thing to be snobbish about. Everyone deserves access to good perfume, regardless of socioeconomic or geographic status! It improves all of our lives and morning commutes. In that spirit, I’ve decided to do a best-of series for a wide variety of perfume vendors, including the ones that I’m occasionally guilty of overlooking in favor of Scent Bar or Bergdorf’s. Today’s topic: Tar-jay!
At first glance (okay, maybe the second glance too), Target doesn’t appear to have much to offer the average perfumista. There are over 900 perfumes on the Target website, but the in-store selection is dominated by celebrity perfumes that even Macy’s is too proud to carry (Shania Twain Starlight, anyone?) and reformulated (some might say butchered) classics. But there are still a few goodies if you know where to look!
Pacifica Rollerballs in Indian Coconut Nectar, Tuscan Blood Orange, and Hawaiian Ruby Guava. Sephora used to carry the Pacifica line, but now they don’t because I don’t even know. Sephora is like that friend who keeps making questionable decisions and you want to be like “Why are you dating that compulsive gambler who dresses like Gandalf?” but you love her so much that you just try to support her in whatever way you can. Pacifica perfumes are generally simple but enjoyable fruity scents. (They do have some more complex scents, like Tibetian Mountain Temple, but Target doesn’t carry them.) The Blood Orange is the most popular, but I really like Indian Coconut Nectar for a basic, not-overwhelmingly-sweet coconut. $10.79-11.99
Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum. This is a really good price, y’all! Sephora sells the exact same product for $52. The original Juicy Couture is a playful, transparent watermelon tuberose scent. This is the only perfume I know with that particular combination of notes, and it’s especially good in the summertime. $34.89
Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl. Luca Turin’s most controversial five-star perfume. I must admit that I’ve never smelled it, but if you share Luca’s enthusiasm, this price is right on par with Fragrance Net’s. $23.59
Madonna Truth or Dare. Truth or Dare was my favorite celebrity perfume of last year, unless Kate Walsh Boyfriend also came out last year, in which case it is my second-favorite. This is a modernized (read: less buttery) Fracas, which is sacrilege to some but suits me just fine. $24.99
Ralph Lauren Remembrance. I’ve never heard of this perfume, but it’s $5.99 for 3.4 oz. The only logical explanation for such an insanely low price is that it must be horrific. Somebody buy it and report back. $5.99
Warning: Target is not the place to buy nostalgic classics such as Evyan White Shoulders or Jovan Musk. These will be the current versions, which means that there is a very high chance that they have been reformulated since the last time you tried them. Spare yourself the money and heartbreak.