These Perfume Discovery Sets Ensure You'll Never Have Buyer's Remorse

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Whether a post-lockdown habit or simply a matter of convenience, like the rest of the world, you've probably started buying the majority of your beauty merchandise online, inspired by recommendations from your favourite influencers, content creators, editors, and industry experts.

Nine times out of ten, it's failsafe, and you end up with a lipstick or moisturiser that you adore. But when it comes to shopping online for perfume, things can be a little more hit and miss. We've all been there, you've read the scent notes, trawled through reviews, and watched countless TikToks — enough to convince you to purchase, and leaving you confident that you've found your new signature scent. Until—wait for it—you actually smell it. If you, like so many of us, have experienced that remorseful "What the hell?" moment post-perfume purchase, then you've come to the right place.

Even though we do our best to never lead you astray when it comes to describing fragrance here on Who What Wear UK, perfume is probably the most personal and polarising product you can buy within the beauty arena. You might hate what your best friend loves, and something that smells good on your sister might not smell so good on you.

Since we're not psychic, we can't always recommend your most perfect perfume, but what we can do is point you in the direction of some of our all-time favourite brands that have a ridiculously impressive number of delicious, best-smelling perfumes, and tell you to buy their discovery sets. From there, you can test drive an array of options and land on a personal favourite. Oh, and we'd also highly recommend this strategy if you're planning on gifting perfume, since the one thing harder than buying fragrance for yourself is buying fragrance for someone else...

Sound like a plan? Great, because 17 of the best perfume discovery sets on the market (plus our top scent from each) are just below. Keep scrolling! 

1. Le Labo Eau de Parfum Discovery Set

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2. Byredo Eau de Parfum Discovery Set

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3. Diptyque Discovery Set

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4. Penhaligon's Portraits Mansion

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5. Jo Malone London Discovery Set

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6. Floral Street The Discovery Set

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7. Maison Margiela Replica Memory Box Perfume Set

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8. Serge Lutens Collection Noire Discovery Set

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 9. Frédéric Malle Fragrance Discovery Set for Women

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10. Off-White Olfactive ID Box

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11. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Travel Size Fragrance Wardrobe

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12. Penhaligon's Bestseller Scent Library

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13. Victoria Beckham Beauty Fragrance Discovery Set

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14. Kilian The Icons Mini Discovery Set

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15. Parfums de Marly Discovery Set for Her

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16. Ormonde Jayne Discovery Lab - Signature

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17. Ex Nihilo Temptation Travel Set

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Freelance Beauty Editor

Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines.

While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.