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Cheap Toiletries Singapore 2020: 12 Places To Shop

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Cheap Toiletries

We round up the most affordable places where you can get toiletries for as low as $1.

When it comes to toiletries, I’m not particular about brands. Whether a toothbrush has charcoal-infused bristles, for instance, is inconsequential to me. As long as it serves its purpose, I’m satisfied. That’s why every trip to the convenience store has become a quest for the cheapest options. This can mean the difference between a $100 bill and a $20 bill—a lifesaver for a broke millennial living in one of the world’s most expensive cities. 

Considering how essential toiletries are in your day-to-day life, they’ll inevitably take up a considerable portion of your monthly expenses. It may be convenient to pick up your usual items at the drugstore a stone’s throw away from home, but what if you could cut your spending by half? 

Once you’ve seen the deals that await you at these alternative boutiques, you’ll never want to set foot in another Guardian, Watsons or FairPrice store to get your toiletries. Here are 12 places to do your toiletries shopping for less. 

Cheapest Toiletries Shops In Singapore

ShopContact numberOpening hoursLocationBest items to buy
Swanston6535 676310am to 9pm daily32 New Market Road, #02-1004/7Oral care, body care, household products
Ocean Cosmetics6535 517511.30am to 9pm daily32 New Market Road, #03-1058/1060Shampoo, soap, personal care products
Value Dollar & ABC Bargain Centre8331 9010Varies depending on outletIslandwide
111 North Bridge Road, Peninsula Plaza #01-32/42
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soaps, razors 
Red Tomatoes6789 8739Varies depending on outlet2 outlets at Tampines and 1 at Ang Mo Kio
Block 827 Tampines Street 81 #01-130, Singapore 520827
Sanitary pads, diapers, body care products
British Essential6569 3580Varies depending on outletIslandwide
810 Hougang Central #01-218, Singapore 530810
Cosmetics, toiletries
PS Essentials6343 970211am to 9:15pm daily806 Hougang Central, Singapore 530809Shampoo, soap, cosmetics
Venus Beauty6777 3936Varies depending on outletIslandwide
302 Tiong Bahru Road, Tiong Bahru Plaza #B1-128
Shampoo, soap, cosmetics, personal care products
Beauty Language6634 0025Varies depending on outletIslandwide
201 Victoria Street, Bugis+ #02-67/68
Branded skincare and haircare products, fragrances
Pink Beauty6252 3488Varies depending on outletIslandwide
183 Toa Payoh Central, #01-270
Branded cosmetics, skincare, shampoo, soap
CK Department Store6743 7411Varies depending on outletIslandwide
14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #01-08/14
Personal care, household products
Giant6891 8000Varies depending on outletIslandwide
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #B1-152/159
Shampoo, soap, oral care products
Mustafa Centre6295 585524 hours145 Syed Alwi RoadCosmetics, shampoo, soap, oral care products

1. Swanston

When it comes to bargain buys, Swanston is no doubt Singapore’s best-kept secret. Nestled within the second floor of People’s Park Complex Food Centre, Swanston carries a wide range of toiletries and household cleaning products, all of which are a lot cheaper than their FairPrice and Watsons counterparts. For instance, a 1-litre bottle of Dove body wash costs $9.70 at FairPrice, but only $4.90 at Swanston. Get ready to jostle a little though, as the store’s usually swarmed with patrons. 

Address: 32 New Market Road, #02-1004/7
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm daily
Contact number: 6534 5776

2. Ocean Cosmetics

Also known as Sunny Ocean, Ocean Cosmetics stocks toiletries at similar prices to its rival, Swanston. Although it’s not as packed with people as Swanston, its range of products are rather limited. If you’re not one to fuss over specific brands and prefer shopping in peace, opt for Ocean Cosmetics on the third level of People’s Park Complex Food Centre over its more well-known cousin one floor down.

Address: 32 New Market Road, #03-1058/1060
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 9pm daily
Contact number: 6535 5175

3. Value Dollar & ABC Bargain Centre

These budget stores with seemingly permanent “Fire Sales” signs are heartland staples. Owned by Radha Exports, they make use of overstocked items, discontinued products, food items that are near their expiry dates, and items with faulty packaging, and sell them at dirt-cheap prices. While most shoppers frequent them for the cheap snacks, you can also get bar soaps and a pack of three toothbrushes for under $1.

Address: 111 North Bridge Road, Peninsula Plaza #01-32/42 (Full list of stores)
Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet
Contact number: 8331 9010

4. Red Tomatoes

Ladies, the next time you stock up on sanitary pads, head to any of Red Tomatoes outlets in Tampines and Ang Mo Kio for the cheapest deals. A pack of pads can go for under $2 here, and I’m not talking about panty liners or a petite pack of two sanitary pads. Whisper’s Heavy Flow & Overnight Wings that comes in a packet of eight pads, and the Kotex Soft & Smooth Maxi Plus that comes in a packet of 16 pads, only costs $1.60 each. It also offers body care, hair care, skincare, and baby products.

Address: Block 827 Tampines Street 81 #01-130, Singapore 520827 (Full list of stores)
Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet
Contact number: 6789 8739

5. British Essential

Source: British Essential

British Essential is a slightly more upmarket beauty store with outlets in Hougang, Katong, Simei, Tampines, Pasir Ris and Jurong East. For better discounts, swing by their Hougang outlet. It carries more drugstore products, cosmetics and toiletries such as Lux, Dove and Silkygirl items, with a more affordable price tag that caters to the heartland shoppers.

Address: 810 Hougang Central #01-218, Singapore 530810
Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet
Contact number: 6569 3580

6. PS Essentials

A rip-off of British Essential, PS Essentials features a similar catalogue of cosmetics and body care products. What’s more, the shop is situated not too far away from the original British Essential branch in Hougang Central. It pretty much exists entirely offline, without a website or a Facebook page, so you’ll have to make the journey North-East to get a clearer sense of their products and prices.

Address: 806 Hougang Central, Singapore 530809
Opening Hours: 11am to 9:15pm daily
Contact number: 6343 9702

7. Venus Beauty

Source: Venus Beauty

Another common name in the suburbs is Venus Beauty, which has 28 branches islandwide. Its catalogue runs the whole gamut, with a diversity of drugstore brands, household products, and baby care items. Be careful though. Despite the fact that the majority of its merchandise is more affordable than that of regular stores, certain items are more expensive than they should be. A quick online comparison should help you ascertain whether you’re making a smart purchase or not. 

Address: 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Tiong Bahru Plaza #B1-128 (Full list of stores)
Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet
Contact number: 6777 3936

8. Beauty Language

Source: Beauty Language

Don’t shop for shampoo and soap at Beauty Language. You’re not going to get a good deal. Instead, look for its range of designer fragrances, hair care and skincare items from brands such as SK-II, Lancome, L’Oreal and Estee Lauder. Normally, they’d cost an arm and a leg, but at Beauty Language, you could walk away with a substantial discount. Here’s a case in point. The highly lauded SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (330ml), which retails at $365, costs just $255.30 — over $100 cheaper — at this store. 

Address: 201 Victoria Street, Bugis+ #02-67/68 (Full list of stores)
Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet
Contact number: 6634 0025

9. Pink Beauty

If you can’t get enough of Korean cosmetics and skincare products, head to Pink Beauty for a Laneige and Innisfree beauty haul that’s easier on the wallet. Besides international makeup brands, this budget retailer offers generic, drugstore items as well. Almost everything at Pink Beauty is cheaper when compared to Watsons. Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask, originally priced which retails for at $42, only costs $29 here. Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O cleansing water, which retails for $41.90, only sets you back $19.90 at Pink Beauty.

Address: 183 Toa Payoh Central, #01-270 (Full list of stores
Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet
Contact number: 6252 3488

10. CK Department Store

Besides toiletries, CK Department Store features a section for clothes and household essentials as well. Every now and then, it’ll run special monthly discounts and purchase-with-purchase deals that offer more bang for your buck. Currently, it’s offering Head & Shoulders shampoo for only $5.80 per 720ml bottle. You could also tap on their purchase-with-purchase deals to enjoy a major discount on select products when you spend at least $15 in a single receipt.

Address: 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #01-08/14 (Full list of stores)
Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet
Contact number: 6743 7411

11. Giant

Of all the supermarkets in Singapore, Giant is among the most affordable. Shop its selection of personal care goods to save a few dollars, or wait for a sale before you stock up on your toiletries. There’s typically a new promotion each month, where featured items go on sale for a limited period of time. To score a better deal, the general rule-of-thumb here is to buy in bulk. 

Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #B1-154/156 (Full list of stores)
Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet
Contact number: 6891 8000

12. Mustafa Centre

No time to shop for toiletries during the day? This massive retailer is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Stretching over six floors, it sells all sorts of items imaginable, from foreign snacks to furniture, at throwaway prices. When it comes to personal care products, its price tags are no less competitive. You can get an Oral-B Essential Floss for $4.80, when it typically costs $5.60. A 473ml bottle of Cetaphil cleanser at Mustafa costs $14.90, while a 500ml bottle at your nearby supermarket would go for a steeper $21.50. 

Address: 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704
Opening Hours: 24 hours 
Contact: 6295 5855

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By Marie Cheng
Marie is a self-diagnosed cheapskate, who once went dumpster diving and returned with a luggage of free loot. Nothing excites her more than stumbling upon vintage gems with wholesale price tags at the flea market.