You do not need a lot of cash to smell expensive. There are fragrances that you might not have known, but they are cheap and smell expensive, that can turn eyes and drop jaws of people around you.
These are some perfume brands that are cheap with expensive smells. All these perfumes are under $50/-
1. Zara Fleur D’Oranger
Designed by Jo Malone CBE, founder of Jo Loves, the Zara Emotions collection is responsible for just about the most dreamy perfumes on the high street. This particular scent smells floral but with hints of orange and neroli. Most importantly, it smells incredibly expensive.
2. Beauty Pie Mandarin Leaf, White Cedar, and Freesia
While many an editor will sing the praises of Beauty Pie’s affordable yet effective skincare line, their fragrances tend to fly under the radar despite being seriously good. Created by perfumer Frank Voelkl (the man behind cult fragrance (Le Labo Santal 33), this musky scent really stands out. It’s floral, with fresh tea, green mandarin leaf, and woody cedar. Plus, if you become a Beauty Pie member, this will only set you back $17—bargain.
3. Zara Gardenia Eau de Parfum
Zara fragrances are something of a beauty-editor secret, and trust me—the scents truly defy their modest price tags. Again, there are plenty to choose from depending on your scent preferences, but this one made the cut, as it’s essentially a straight-up dupe of YSL Black Opium with notes of orange blossom, coffee, and vanilla.
4. H&M Comoro Ylang Eau de Parfum
You’re getting the expert hand of another legendary perfumer here at a fraction of the price. Olivier Pescheux, who has worked on scent for the likes of Dior and Montblanc, has turned his attention to this innovative scent for H&M. It manages to be both fruity, spicy and musky with notes of mandarin, ylang ylang and tonka bean for an intoxicating blend.
5. Floral Street Neon Rose Eau de Parfum
It might sound obvious, but a good hack for finding more affordable fragrances is to purchase them in smaller sizes. London-based perfume brand Floral Street offers all of its scents in travel-friendly, 10 ml bottles, which is a great way to discover if you really love a scent before committing to the full size. I’m a big fan of this brand for unusual scents, but I think Neon Rose is a real crowd-pleaser—a fresh, green floral.
7. The Body Shop Black Musk Eau de Parfum
I’m pretty sure girls who grew up in the ’90s would be familiar with The Body Shop’s White Musk perfume. (It’s still available, by the way!) Trust me, though—this black version is like white musk’s cool older sister. It contains sweet pear, spicy pink pepper, and heady bergamot and smells incredible. Honestly, I had a colleague who used to wear this, and I lost count of the number of times people asked her what she was wearing. It’s that good.
8. Lush Sun Perfume
Way more than bath bombs and fresh face masks, Lush have a decent offering of affordable fragrances too. This sweet orange and mimosa scent is a fabulous summer fragrance and a great mood booster on drizzly days.
9. Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Hair & Body Mist
It won’t last as long as a proper eau de parfume, but there are some incredible body mists on the market right now if you don’t mind refreshing throughout the day. This sweet, cherry-blossom scent is as uplifting as it is calming and makes a great addition to my desk-side beauty stash.
10. Nuxe Sun Delicious Fragrant Water
I’m a huge fan of Estée Lauder’s iconic Bronze Goddess fragrance that comes out every summer, but this affordable scent from French skincare brand Nuxe is a close second. Both scents contain notes of coconut, vanilla and tiare flowers, and have that sunny, tropical feel that makes me think instantly of beach vacations and piña coladas.