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Emma Hobday
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A pair of hands holding a KAYALI Vacay in a Bottle Miniature Set with the lid off to show the bottles lying inside the box.


What’s that we smell? A new fragrance discovery set, of course.  

Allowing you to sample a range of fragrances at once, a discovery set is often the ideal way to try out *that* viral fragrance without having to commit to a big bottle. And that’s not all... if you want to be the kind of person who has a signature scent, this is the easiest way, as it narrows down which brands and fragrances you prefer.  

Plus, if you’re jetting off on holiday or going travelling these are just the ticket to take with you, so you can: a) smell divine every day, b) save on precious suitcase space and c) beat the liquids limit if you’re just taking a carry-on. 

Perhaps the best thing of all is that they make excellent gifts! Hint, hint...  



Step into the luxe world of Le Labo with the Le Labo Discovery Set, starring three bestselling fragrances.Brimming with musky accords, Another 13 features a blend of apple, pear, jasmine, musk and leathery ambroxan, while Thé Noir 29 is one for tea lovers, being an olfactory ode to black tea.Inhale its warming scent of bergamot, smoky cedarwood, rich tobacco and fig with a cuppa in hand, or spritz Santal 33, bursting with notes of spicy cardamom, leather and musk. 


Want to jet off to paradise... without the plane ticket? Enter: the KAYALI Vacay in a Bottle Miniature Set, which captures the brand's signature sweetness in four captivating aromas. So, where will you go? Capri in a Bottle Lemon Sugar is sweet, yet sharp and zesty, while Maldives in a Bottle Ylang Coco transports you to a golden beach, listening to the waves lap while you sip a fresh coconut water. And if you’ve always wanted to go to Morocco, the Marrakesh in a Bottle Orange Blossom, with notes of bergamot and neroli, has your name on it. Finally, if fruity scents are more your vibe, you’ll love the Maui in a Bottle Sweet Banana, with a delectable blend of pear, coconut and vanilla. 


Created to mirror specific moments in time, Maison Margiela’s REPLICA Memory Box transports you to your favourite places and scenarios. Whether it’s a buzzing evening in a Jazz Club, a relaxing Beach Walk with the scent of salty sea air lingering in your hair or enjoying the scent of an unopened book just waiting to be read with Whispers in the Library, match your mood to your aroma with just one spritz. 


Designed to be layered as well as worn alone, the Jo Malone London Cologne Collection offers endless scent scenarios to tickle your nose in five iconic bottles. Give Lime Basil and Mandarin a spray to be teleported to fresh citrus fruit groves, or try luscious English Pear and Freesia to step into a country garden, with trees and fresh flowers in full bloom. Go for a windy walk along a picturesque cliff top with Wood Sage and Sea Salt, or enjoy a romantic date night with sensual Pomegranate Noir. If you want to stop and smell the roses (or peonies, in this case), try Peony and Blush Suede, a light and fresh floral. 


A Team Cult Beauty favourite, the Sol de Janeiro Perfume Mist Discovery Set brings the heat of Rio to your fragrance wardrobe (even in rainy London). Hosting five bestselling scents that are just as delicious as brigadeiro (rich chocolate truffles, a traditional Brazilian dessert), simply spritz away to be enveloped in a cloud of mood-boosting goodness. Seriously, we always know when one of the team sprays a Sol de Janeiro scent because they smell *that* good. Choose from Cheirosa '40, '68, '59, '87 and '62 and be whisked away on an olfactive journey like no other... 


BYREDO scents are seriously covetable, so you’d be forgiven for wanting to try three of them at once. The BYREDO La Sélection Florale Discovery Set stars a trio of the brand’s bestsellers with a focus on florals. The Blanche is a truly enchanting blend, featuring top notes of white rose and pink pepper, before melding into a heart of neroli and a base of musk and sandalwood. Rose of No Man's Land celebrates the nickname given to nurses by soldiers during World War One, with Turkish rose petals, raspberry blossom and white amber. And if you want to smell the fresh scent of spring all year round, La Tulipe is a bouquet that bottles the aroma of a wild flower garden, with freesia, cyclamen and, of course, tulip accords. 


Doing what it says on the tin, theD.S. & Durga Greatest Hits Vol.1 is a selection of the brand’s bestsellers to suit all occasions. This set includes Cowboy Grass (uniting wild thyme and bergamot with basil, rose otto, vetiver and grass), Debaser (with pear, coconut milk and iris) and Rose Atlantic (a blend of honeysuckle, black raspberry and rose). Next up is Radio Bombay (merging sandalwood and coconut musk) and I Don’t Know (swirling together bergamot essence and vetiver). Finally, Bowmakers mixes mahogany, maplewood and spiced tree resin for a woody, smoky effect. 


Uniting six 2ml vials, theMALIN + GOETZFragrance Discovery Kit delivers a modern set of fragrances, each offering an intense aroma that will keep you coming back for more. Smoky Leather dances across your wrists with accords of sandalwood and incense, while the scent of earthy Vetiver combines citrus, cardamom and white iris to deliver an unexpected take on the classic perfumery ingredient. Dark Rum blends ripe plum with amber and leather, while the Cannabis scent melds earthy woods, dark florals and zesty citrus. If you want something uplifting, choose Bergamot for its refreshing citrusy burst effortlessly blended with sharp pepper and warm woods. And finally, the newest addition to the kit, Strawberry, reimagines the sweet summer fruit with fresh and bright notes of bergamot and pink pepper, plus warm musks, jasmine petals, and orris root. 


It’s time to follow your nose... 


Emma Hobday
Writer and expert
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One of Cult Beauty’s Junior Copywriters, Emma is a beauty obsessive who loves nothing more than keeping on top of the latest beauty trends, ingredients and innovations. Efficient, potent skin care with proven results is her weakness (she’s never without her ride or die Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm) and loves a relaxing evening in with a face mask, hair oil and candle. When Emma’s not staying up to date with the latest industry news or ordering a Cult Beauty haul, she can be found with her head buried in glossy magazines, obsessing over dogs of *every* shape and size, or visiting her favourite movie locations (Bridget Jones’ flat, anyone?).