It may seem obvious, but a good trick to finding more affordable fragrances is to buy them in smaller sizes. London-based perfume brand Floral Street offers all of its fragrances in travel-friendly 10ml bottles, which is a great way to find out if you really like a scent before committing to full size. I'm a big fan of this brand because of its unusual scents, but I think Neon Rose is a real crowd-pleaser: a fresh, green floral. Here are 23 fall fragrances you'll want to wear all year long.
Later on, I surveyed Maiya Nicole, founder of Black Girls Smell Good, about the best affordable perfumes each collection needs. Here are the 16 best. When it comes to the debate between affordability and luxury, Maiya Nicole, founder of Black Girls Smell Good, says it all comes down to the composition of her scent. Body sprays and eau de toilette are usually composed of between 1 and 15 percent oil.
You can expect to lose a bit of longevity when buying products in this category, he explains. On the other hand, high-end perfumes, such as eau de parfums and extraits de parfums, have a higher percentage of oil. One of the cheapest perfumes on the list, but still one of the most elegant and classy, Infusion d'Iris by Prada is a fresh, calm and serene perfume that wouldn't smell bad for someone like Cate Blanchette or Tilda Swinton, or perhaps for an elegant Parisian who owns a minimalist clothing brand. Coromandel, an intoxicating blend of rich patchouli (not the Headshop variety, of course), white chocolate, vanilla, benzoin, amber, incense, bitter orange and flowers, all topped with Chanel's signature shine, will make everyone wonder what perfume you're wearing.
A list of perfumes with expensive smells would simply be incomplete without mentioning a Frederic Malle perfume. Pretty much any Chanel perfume smells elegant to say the least, but Coromandel, from the brand's exclusive Les Exclusifs collection, is downright majestic.