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Shoppers price survey for perfumes and skin care products in Calais, France – Day-tripper.net
Perfumes and skin care products are excellent good buys when shopping in France. This survey will help you find the best value items. We also list the main words and terms you will find on a French label. Perfume shops in Calais
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We hear that Immac hair removing cream, shaving gels and cottoin wool products are much cheaper in France.
Most shops have similar prices in France. We only found a small difference between the three shops we visited. Perfumes were surprisingly good value on the ferry, only a few percentage points more than in France. Skin Care products are much cheaper in France though and there is a much better range.
Perfumes – overall we found that they are about 14% cheaper in France compared with the United Kingdom Surprisingly they are nearly 19% cheaper on board the ferry.
Skin Care – prices are cheaper in France although it depends on the Brand. In general Clinique is least best value, the French Brands best value. Clarins is a best buy with prices about 26% lower (15% on the ferry). Clinique products are cheaper in France, but not always. Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion is 8% more in France for example. Other products are generally 11 – 15% cheaper though. On the ferry again the range is limited but about 15% cheaper. Lancombe is about 15% cheaper in France (16% cheaper on the ferry, although the range is limited).
Overall EDT and skin care products are nearly 19% cheaper in France, and slightly less on the ferry.
Note; We surveyed prices in two shops at Cité Europe (Nocibé and Marionnaud), and Beauty Success in Centre Auchan. In the United Kingdom we went to Boots.
Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these surveys, and Day-tripper.net has carried out considerable in depth research, they should be seen as a guide only and not definitive.
|Product Name||Pack Size||BOOTS, Brent Cross||POSL Price||Ferry is cheaper by;||Average in France||France is cheaper by;|
|Chanel N%deg;5 EDT Refillable Spray. www.chanel.fr||50ml|
|Anais Anais EDT Natural Spray||50ml|
|Calvin Klein – Eternity EDT Spray||50ml|
|Clarins Eau Dynamisante Natural Spray||100ml|
|Dior DUNE, EDT Natural Spray. www.dior.com||50ml|
|Gucci RUSH, EDT Natural Spray. www.gucci.com||50ml|
|Issey Miyake l'Eau d'Issey EDT Natural Spray||50ml|
|Tommy Girl Cologne Spray||50ml|
|Thierry Nugler ANGEL EDP||50ml|
On average, perfumes are 19% cheaper on the ferry and 14.5% cheaper in France.
|– CLARINS. www.clarins.com|
|Multi Active Day cream||200ml|
|Exfoliating Body Scrub||50ml|
|Extra Firming Contour Gel||20ml|
|Multi Active Night Lotion||50ml|
|Beauty Flash Balm||50ml|
|Hand and Nail Treatment Cream||100ml|
|Revitalising Tinted Moisturiser||50ml|
On average, Clarins Skin care products are 15.2% cheaper on the ferry and 26.6% cheaper in France.
|Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion||125ml|
|Oil Free Moisture Formula||75ml|
On average, Clinique Skin care products are 15% cheaper on the ferry and 10.9% cheaper in France.
|Imanance long Lasting Tinted Skin Care||-|
|Rénergie Anti Wrinkle Treatment||50ml|
|Galateis Clarté Gentle Cleansing Fluid||200ml|
On average, Lancome Skin care products are 16.6% cheaper on the ferry and 15.2% cheaper in France.
|Oil of Olaz Complete Care Lotion. www.olay.com||100ml|
|Oil of Olaz Complete Care Cream||-|
|Perfumes and Skin Care products|
|Cotton Buds Lotus||160|
|Cotton Buds – Own Brand||200|
|Hand Soap – Dove Cream Bar||4 x 100g|
|Hand Soap – Palmolive Original||6 x 25g|
|Shampoo – l'Oreal Elseve Alpha jojoba (yellow label)||250ml|
|Shampoo – Organics 2 in 1 All types (purple label)||200ml|
|Conditioner – Garnier Fructis for dry hair||200ml|
|Hair Colour – l'Oreal Paris (Recital/ Excellence)||-|
|Razor – Mach 3||Holder + 2|
|Razor – Mach 3||Pack of 8|
|Razor – Wilkinson Protector 3D||Holder + 2|
|Razor – Wilkinson Protector 3D||Pack of 8|
|Razor – Gillette Sensor Excel (women)||Holder|
|Razor – Gillette Sensor Excel (women)||Pack of 5|
|Sun Cream – Garnier Ambre Solaire (25)||200ml|
|Sun Cream – Garnier After Sun||200ml|
|Sun Cream – Nivea (4)||200ml|
|Sun Cream – Nivea (8)||200ml|
|Sun Cream – Nivea (12)||200ml|
|Sun Cream – Nivea (20)||200ml|
|Sun Cream – Nivea (30)||200ml|
|Sun Cream – Nivea (50)||200ml|
|Sun Cream – Nivea After Sun||200ml|
|Tampons – Tampax Compak Regular||16|
|Tampons – Multi pac||30|
|Toothpaste – Colgate Protection||100ml|
|Toothpaste – Signal Anti tarter||100ml|
|Mouth Wash – Colgate PLAX||500ml|
|Mouth Wash – Own Brand||500ml|
|Mouth Wash – Colgate PLAX||500ml|
– Armani. www.emporioarmani.com
– Chanel. www.chanel.fr
– Clarins. www.clarins.com
– Clinique. www.clinique.co.uk
– Dior. www.dior.com
– Estee Lauder. www.esteelauder.co.uk
– Givenchy. www.givenchy.com
– Gucci. www.gucci.com
– Lancombe. www.lancome.com
– Loreal. www.loreal-paris.co.uk
– Olay. www.olay.com
– Rochas. www.rochas.com
Counterfeit products. www.a-cg.com
Counterfeit perfume can often burn your skin or leave you with a nasty rash. Tests on some fake fragrances have revealed that urine has been used as a stabiliser. Handley Brustad, Senior Trading Standards Officer at Cardiff County Council, reports:" With perfume, you really don't know what you're getting. We had one bottle of ‘perfume’ analysed, and found it to be pondwater with a fragrance added."
How to spot a fake:
Be wary of products with low-quality packaging, no logo, or mis-spelt brand names. Again, the biggest warning sign is the vendor. As perfumes are perceived as high-end products, they are mostly sold in large, reputable outlets – distrust the man on the street promising a bargain. Always buy from a trustworthy source.