Just like the same can of Coke varies between $0.70 at value shops, $1.40 at the coffee shop, $5 at restaurants and even $8 or more at hotel lobbies, so the same concept applies to the toiletries that you buy month in month out.
If you relish buying your toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, make-up remover, masks etc from chains like Watson’s or Guardian because of the rebates you have on your credit cards or the points you chalk up on your loyalty card, you’ll be in for a big surprise at how much cheaper you can get the same toiletries elsewhere.
Some places to look into to find cheaper alternatives for your toiletries include:
Swanston @ Chinatown
Swanston on level 2 of People’s Park Complex Food Centre is THE granddaddy of discount toiletries stores in Singapore. It’s always crowded! You can find the usual big brands for toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, cotton pads, etc. and also more household items like laundry detergent.
Swanston store location: #02-1004/1007 People’s Park Complex, 32 New Market Rd., Singapore 050032
While you’re at People’s Park Complex you might also want to check out another shop on level 3, called Ocean Cosmetics (also known as Sunny Ocean), which sells toiletries at comparable prices to Swanston.
Ocean Cosmetics store location: #03-1058/1060 People’s Park Complex, 32 New Market Rd., Singapore 050032
It’s not quite as ubiquitous as some of the chains in this article, but Pink Beauty is a beauty junkie’s dream as it stocks even hard-to-find brands. They have an online store which you can browse here.
Pink Beauty store locations: Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Batok, Clementi, Toa Payoh
Found mainly in heartland neighbourhoods, Venus has 21 outlets packed with quality products at very affordable prices. These include exclusive brands like Monsoon, Avida, Mizon and Semplice.
Venus Beauty store locations: 21 outlets islandwide
This shop is well-stocked with everything you’ll need from head to toe. Better yet, their catalogue and prices are available online. You may also order online or sign up to their mailing list to be notified of promotions.
Beauty Language store locations: 28 outlets islandwide
CK Department Store
Every auntie’s favourite store doesn’t just sell clothes and household goods, it also stocks a very respectable selection of toiletries. Even though range isn’t quite as good as specialists like Swanston, it’s a trade-off given the locations of the 19 outlets.
CK Department Store locations: 19 outlets islandwide
East siders can hit up Red Tomatoes’ two Tampines outlets. This beauty and toiletries retailer is quite comprehensive, and best of all, they have an online store. Apart from an extensive range of body care and skincare brands, they also sell baby care products like diapers and rash cream.
Red Tomatoes store locations: Tampines St 81, Tampines St 23, Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
Unlike most of these heartland stores, British Essential is more atas and most of its stores are in shopping malls, similar to chains like Sasa. However, the Hougang Central outlet is a more traditional heartland discount store and focuses mainly on toiletries and makeup from typical drugstore brands like Dove, Olay and Silkygirl.
British Essential store locations: JCube (Jurong East), Dawson Place, Hougang, I12 Katong, Eastpoint (Simei), Tampines 1, White Sands (Pasir Ris)
Basically a clone of British Essential in Hougang Central, also selling mainstream toiletries brands.
PS Essentials location: Blk 806 Hougang Central #01-144 Singapore 530806
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