Perfumes can get very expensive, especially if you want to buy one that is instantly recognizable. Buying expensive perfumes doesn’t necessarily ensure you’ll prefer the scent over that of lower-priced fragrances. Some costly perfumes offer exotic ingredients, however. The quality of some expensive perfumes may also be better than that of cheap colognes. The decision of whether to spend a lot of money on expensive perfumes should be weighed carefully.
It might be worth spending more money for expensive perfumes, if the user is sensitive to certain ingredients. Some of the high-cost fragrances are made with natural or organic oils, making them less likely to cause irritation. Synthetic ingredients found in some cheap fragrances may cause skin rashes or other reactions. For someone who has sensitivity issues, buying expensive perfume may be worth the cost.
You also have to realize that cheaper perfumes won’t last quite as long as their more expensive brothers. They also won’t have as much of an authentic smell. Buying an expensive perfume as a unique gift to present to a special recipient can often be worth the cost. For special occasions, it may be worth the money to indulge in a bottle of costly perfume. For those who find it impractical to buy very expensive fragrances, there is an alternative – look for designer colognes at cheaper prices. Here are some of our favorite picks:
Valentino Uomo Eau De Toilette Spray
Valentino Uomo is a new, masculine fragrance that embodies the spirit of the timeless yet modern man with opening notes of Italian bergamot and a hint of spice. Straight from Spain, the scent is thoroughly masculine and unforgettable.
This is not the kind of cologne you will want to spray everywhere or use to cover up after the gym – it is a luxury that should be used with great discretion.
If you were to buy this scent at a specialty store or in retail, it would be over $100.
– Top: Italian bergamot, myrtle liquor.
– Middle: crema de gianduia.
– Base: leather, cedarwood.
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Eau De Toilette Spray
In a masterful synthesis of ingredients, Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Eau de Toilette captures the essence of the ideal Bottega Veneta man: chic, classic, and unpredictable. A blend of bergamot and fir balsam brings brightness and depth to the fragrance, while a strong, charismatic note of pimento adds refinement. A harmonious combination of leather and labdanum provides a masculine finish.
This scent, in stores, is well over $115 plus tax. Remember that it may take longer to receive if you get it off of Amazon.
By Bottega Veneta; made in France.
-Top: citruses, basil and coriander;
-Middle: aromatic spices, rose and ylang-ylang;
-Base: vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, moss and white musk
This is definitely still a luxury scent, but it is several discounted from the $220 price tag you would pay at a store like Bloomingdale’s. This is such a beloved scent that it is one of the most reproduced and faked scents on the market. Still, you can enjoy it for a lot less money if you are just smart about where you shop!
– Top: French verbena, Florentine iris.
– Middle: violet leaves.
– Base: sandalwood from Mysore, ambergris.
This fragrance, born from the sea, the sun, the earth and the breeze of a Mediterranean island. Transparent, aromatic and woody in nature, Acqua di Giò pour Homme emanates an aura of marine notes, fruits, herbs and woods. The scent itself is pure sailor – masculine but with a hint of that summer breeze everyone craves. This is definitely not a deep winter or fall scent, instead it should be used during the summer months to accent casualwear. You can never go wrong with Giorgio Armani, and this scent is no different. It is so beloved that is was the Winner of FiFi® ‘Fragrance Hall of Fame Men’ award; 2012.
In stores, this retails for almost $80!
-Top: Jasmine, Rosemary, Hespiradic Notes
-Middle: Persimmon Fruits, Marine Notes
-Base: Cedar, Patchouli, White Musk, Rock Rose
‘Spicebomb’ Eau de Toilette
Infusing the codes of masculine perfumery with olfactory dynamite, Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb is an explosive cocktail of virility that transforms you into a powerful, intense and daring man.
The provocative look of this cologne, in the hand grenade bottle, has made it an instant collector’s item among fashionable men. Viktor and Rolf, while not being the first name one thinks of when they think of men’s fashion, is an extremely elite brand that gives some of the best colognes on the market.
Typically this retails for well over $100!
– Top: bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper, elemi.
– Middle: cinnamon, chili pepper, saffron.
– Base: leather, vetiver, tobacco.
Jimmy Choo MAN Eau de Toilette is a powerfully fresh and modern fougère, created for the confident, refined man with a rebellious spirit and an open heart.
Sophisticated. Refined. Modern.
This signature fragrance combines a seductive lavender and fresh honeydew melon blend with pink pepper and pineapple leaf while an elegant trail of patchouli leaves a lasting imprint. It is definitely one that lasts for a long time, and a little will go a long way.
In stores, you will buy this for well over $80 – a steal for the quality, but you can go cheaper.
Don’t just think Jimmy Choo is for the ladies, the men can get involved as well!
– Top: mandarin, lavender, honeydew melon.
– Middle: geranium, rose and pink pepper, pineapple leaves.
– Base: patchouli, suede, woody accord, amber notes.
Polo Blue evokes a feeling of the freedom of the big, blue sky and the energy of the open waters, combined with an invigorating blast of fresh air. This lush fragrance for men is a fresh blend of aquatic accords combined with spicy basil, verbena and clary sage, softened with soothing notes of washed suede, velvety moss and sheer musk.
Ralph Lauren has long been a name symbolizing luxury, and you should have that luxury as well. In stores, this fragrance (when you can get it – stores often sold out!) is almost $100!
-Top: Melon de cavaillon, lush accord, lush watery melon, fresh-sliced cucumber, tangerine
-Middle: clary sage absolute, geranium, basil verbena, washed suede, velvety moss,
-Bottom: amber wood, patchouli coeur, sheer musk.