Cheap Alternatives for Expensive Perfume

With the economy being in pretty bad shape these days, we all need to make adjustments in our purchases and lifestyle. Things that may once have been pretty may now be luxury items. But you don’t have to stop getting all your favorite creature comforts just because you have to downgrade. If you are a perfume junkie like me, you can still smell great without the extra cost. Below are some of the fragrance families, and some perfume brands that smell great and won’t make your wallet suffer.

Citrus: Citrus scents are usually marketed towards young people and therefore usually tend to run pretty inexpensive. There definitely are high end pricey citrus perfumes, but it is also easy to find good quality citrus perfumes that won’t cost a lot. CK OneSummer and Ralph Lauren Rocks are some popular perfumes in the citrus family and are both under $40 for a 3.4 ounce bottle. These are perfect summer perfumes, or if you’re planning a getaway to a tropical hot spot.

Floral: Floral perfumes are the most popular amongst women, perhaps because they are so elegant and feminine. Floral perfumes were one of the first to be made, and include some timeless classics and collector’s items. Celebrities love to come out with floral perfumes. Try Jennifer Lopez’s Sunkissed Glow or Siren by Paris Hilton if you want to get in touch with your feminine side. Both go for around $35.00 a bottle.

Oriental: If perfume could kill, this type of fragrance would be it. Oriental perfumes scream sensual, sexual and exotic. It definitely makes a big entrance, and can hypnotize a man at first whiff. Black Pearls by Elizabeth Taylor is only $11 for a 3.4 ounce bottle, and has been quite popular amongst women. If you can spend a little more, try Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.

Green: Fragrances in this family are filled with the smell of moss and woods and just make you want to go for a long hike in the forest or rock climbing. But you don’t have to pay a lot to bring out your natural side. Get something like Sung By Alfred Sung. At just 30.00 a bottle, you can still arouse your love of nature without breaking your wallet.

Fruity: If you love fruity perfumes, try Colors for Women by Benetton. The ingredients list is almost identical to many high end perfumes out there, and will definitely have people asking you what perfume you’re wearing. It’s modestly priced at just $14.00 for a 3.4 ounce bottle. If you can hack out a little more cash, try Very Sexy by Victoria’s Secret for $34.00.