One of the many expectations men have for women is to smell good. Since men often reek of grass stains, dirt, sweat or barbecue meat, they love when their ladies smell nice in comparison.
That being said, designer perfume is just downright expensive.
No matter what Vogue magazine says, it’s not practical (or savvy) to splurge on the most high end designer scents. You know that bottle of Chanel perfume, you dream about 24/7? Yeah, it costs over $325 for a one ounce bottle. The perfume is definitely great quality and a classic scent, but come on, that money is equivalent to a car payment.
Don’t fret ladies. There are plenty of other perfumes out there that will keep you smelling fresh and flirty. Whether you love warm, cozy scents like vanilla, flirty, fruity scents like peach or sexy, sultry scents like amber, there are many cheap eau de toilettes to choose from that will satisfy you and your man.
Whatever perfume you pick, here’s a simple hack to make your signature scent last longer: Before you apply your perfume, rub Vaseline or another moisturizer onto your pulse points. The extra moisture in those areas will absorb the scent and make it last longer. Now you don’t have to reapply your perfume twenty times a day and will be left smelling heavenly. You’ll thank me later.
20 Black Star by Avril Lavigne Eau De Parfum
“Hey hey, you you I don’t like your perfume. No way, no way think you need a new one!” If you don’t like your current perfume, Avril Lavigne has a solution for you. Her Black Star Eau De Parfum is a soft and fruity scent despite the pink and black punk rock style of the bottle. According to Cosmopolitan.com, the perfume has notes of hibiscus flower and black plum and get this: a one ounce bottle will only cost you $29 at Kohl’s.
19 Victoria’s Secret Pink Sweet & Flirty Body Mist
Many women don’t know what their significant others like in a perfume scent. The answer is something sweet and flirty. Victoria Secret’s Pink Sweet & Flirty Perfume is your go-to perfume for date night. This refreshing body mist has notes of sugar berry and pink grapefruit and will be sure to bring out your man’s sweet side. Not to mention, you get a lot of body mist for your buck. An eight ounce bottle costs $18 at your local Victoria’s Secret.
18 fresh. Sugar Eau De Parfum
If you want a natural smelling way to impress your man, look no further than fresh products. According to fresh.com, The Sugar Eau De Parfum is an “iconic blend of zesty citruses, soft florals and sweet gourmand notes housed in an artisanal glass bottle.” Brown sugar is one of the key ingredients in the perfume and Cosmopolitan.com says a one ounce bottle will only set you back $24.50 at Sephora. The "parfum" features high notes of bergamot, lemon and Brazilian sweet orange, middle notes of petitgrain, heliotrope and white lily and low notes of caramel, vanilla and marjoram. Yummy!
17 Pacifica Perfume Roll-on in Tuscan Blood Orange
When you and your man are tired and rolling out of bed, this citrus perfume will perk you both up. Red Book Magazine says Pacifica’s Perfume Roll-on in Tuscan Blood Orange features “a mix of spicy blood orange, fresh picked strawberries, and a succulent mandarin.” Plus, this roll-on is free of synthetic chemicals, like phthalates, nitro-musks and benzene and a .33 ounce tube is $10.59 at Target. The strong citrus scent will go great with your coffee as the perfect morning pick-me-up. You'll be ready to take on whatever the day brings.
16 With Love by Hilary Duff
With Love isn’t just the name of one of Hilary Duff’s hit singles; it’s also the name of her spicy, oriental fragrance. Duff’s perfume launched in 2006 and includes top notes of mangos and spices, middle notes of cocobolo and mango blossom and low notes of amber and musk. According to fragrantica.com, the vast majority of testers liked or loved the tropical mango scents of With Love. A three ounce bottle only costs $22.50 at Kohl’s so you will definitely be purchasing this perfume "with love."
15 Essence of Beauty Forever Paris
Smelling like an angel is as easy as heading over to your local CVS and picking up a bottle of Forever Paris by Essence of Beauty. The fragrance launched in 2013 and mainly has fruity, sweet and citrus accords. According to fragrantica.com, Forever Paris has top notes of mandarin orange, big strawberry and cassis; middle notes of tulip, jasmine and rose and base notes are vanilla, amber and musk. And just so you know, an eight ounce bottle only costs $7.99! Are you and your man going to love this bargain scent? Wee wee.
14 Pour Femme by Bvlgari
There’s no better way to smell feminine than using Pour Femme by Bvlgari perfume. Although the perfume is designer, the cost isn’t. A .34 ounce bottle will only cost you $20.00 at Sephora. According to Sephora’s website, the perfume is a “sensual and refined scent” filled with notes of Jasmine, Rose, Bergamot, Citrus, Tuberose, Hesperidic and musk. “This luxurious scent exudes a delicate tonality that was inspired by the essential design of the frosted glass bottle with its round and full notes.” Translation: You'll be feeling feminine and fab in no time!
13 Passion by Elizabeth Taylor
On your next grocery shopping trip at Walmart and Target, treat yourself by purchasing the Passion by Elizabeth Taylor perfume. The purchase won’t be a total hit to your budget and won't make you feel guilty; a 1.5 ounce bottle only costs $16.27 at Walmart. If you’re worried about the quality of the perfume, don’t. The scent, launched by the Elizabeth Taylor design house in 1987, is floral and feminine with sultry notes of jasmine and vanilla. Plus, Walmart.com reccomends this scent for evening wear as it will amp up the passion between you and your man. What’s not to love?
12 Curious by Britney Spears
Britney Spears, the pop icon, was raised in Kentwood, Louisiana and is paying homage to her hometown in her signature perfume. Curious by Britney Spears is a bold, exotic scent with notes of Louisiana Magnolia and vanilla-infused musk, according to Cosmopolitan. The huge diamond perfume bottle is a showstopper and so is the price! A 1.0 ounce bottle costs $26.99 at Target. The perfume launched in 2004 and is considered a drug store classic by many young women. According to fragrantica.com, “the Curious woman is romantic, independent and mischievous, one who's not afraid of risk.”
11 Pink Sugar by Aquolina
The name “Pink Sugar” just sounds delicious. This 1 ounce perfume has a distinct personality and delivers a sweet, sexy scent all for $30.00. Pink Sugar has a multitude of natural notes blended together including, Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Licorice, Strawberry, Red Fruit, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood, Powder. Yes, you read that right. It has cotton candy in it! Pink Sugar has over 20,000 approving testers on Sephora.com and promises to “take you on a journey through the pleasures and flavors of childhood with a playful blend of vanilla and caramel.” Your man is guaranteed to love this scent because well, who doesn’t love sugar?
10 Sonia Kashuk Purple Seductia Eau De Toilette
While the Sonia Kashuk brand is mostly known for their designer-quality makeup, their perfume is amazing too. If you want a bold, sexy eau de toilette for a good price, look no further than a bottle of Purple Seductia. Target.com gives the scent four and a half stars and says the blend of “effervescent pomegranate fuses with rose delicacy and earthy patchouli. For the daring, confident and passionate woman, exuding sensuality and who loves to sparkle.” Not to mention, it’s a steal-- only $16.99 for 3.4 ounces.
9 Bodycology Toasted Sugar Mist
If you can’t tell sugar is a big theme on this list. Bodycology’s toasted sugar fragrance mist is the cheapest perfume on this list coming in at $4.99 for 8 ounces. That being said, this drugstore perfume does not smell cheap. Not only does this Bodycology perfume contain aloe vera to moisturize and condition your skin, but it also contains cozy notes of vanilla, brown sugar and amber. Wear it and your boyfriend will think you smell like a fresh bake shop. Mmm. Cookies, anyone?
8 Fancy Love for Women by Jessica Simpson
Change up your typical everyday perfume with Jessica Simpson’s 2009 scent, Fancy Love. The fragrance is a whirlwind of sweet, exotic notes including, goji leaf, peach blossom, bergamot, blush champagne, lotus blossom, peony, plumeria, jasmine, rose, creamy amber, blonde woods, musk and patchouli. While the perfume is of designer-quality and has Jessica Simpson’s name on it, it won’t cost you more than a couple of bucks to purchase. At Perfumania, an 8.0 ounce bottle is only $6.39. That’s less than one dollar per ounce!
7 Aerie Body Mist
Simply put, Aerie Body Mist smells light and airy. Aerie is a lingerie store owned by American Eagle and has several scents of body mist in stores. According to the store's website, the most popular smells are Hidden Love, Aerie and Daydream. All of the scents are tried and true but if you don’t know which one to pick, Aerie.com has a scent matcher that will pair you with the best scent for your personality. You gotta love that! Next time you’re out purchasing your date night lingerie at Aerie, grab a bottle of their 6.7 ounce body mist for only $19.95.
6 Demeter Honeysuckle
The Demeter Fragrance Company has an insane library of your not-so-typical scents. Their scents are based on everyday smells and range from Baby Powder to Tootsie Roll to Dirt. There is even a Cannabis scented fragrance. Not kidding! Demeter has been pushing the perfume boundaries for years with its utterly simple perfume titles and classic smells. If you want to impress your man, try Demeter’s classic Honeysuckle perfume. According to Demeter’s website, the scent is of “honeysuckle in June on a warm, sunny day, experienced while driving down a country road about 45 MPH with the windows down. It gets no better than this. Ever.”
5 Halle Berry Exotic Jasmine
No celebrity is sexier than Halle Berry, so you know her perfume has to be sexy too. Exotic Jasmine by Halle Berry is a woody, floral, powdery, aquatic and sweet smelling perfume all in one. According to fragrantica.com, Exotic Jasmine has high notes of raspberry, water lily and fern; middle notes are violet and mimosa; base notes are cedar, vanilla, mahogany and cashmere wood. What’s even sexier than the floral freshness in this perfume is the price tag. A one ounce bottle costs $28.99 on Amazon.
4 White Musk Midnight Iris by The Body Shop
For the perfect summer night out with your man (or your girls) pick up a bottle of White Musk Midnight Iris at The Body Shop. This body mist is the epitome of sexy. Its sensual notes of fresh bergamot and iris bring the scent to a whole new level. According to fragrantica.com, White Musk Midnight Iris is full of “depth with essences of lily of the valley, clary sage and iris, leaving sensual musk waves, sandalwood and tonka in the finish.” The best part? This scent is is available in shimmery lotions, shower gels, soap and body butter too.
3 Philosophy LoveSwept
When it’s Valentine’s Day (or any day) and you are preparing to go on a dinner date with your BF, spritz on Philosophy's Loveswept perfume. This sweet, romantic fragrance is described “to make a woman feel irresistibly swept away” according to philosophy.com. Testers gave this perfume four out of five stars and unanimously loved its uplifting energies. There’s a matching shower gel and lotion, by the way! What did the testers love even more than the scent? The low price, of course. A .5 ounce bottle costs $18.
2 Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar
Behold, Bath and Body’s signature scent: Warm Vanilla Sugar. It’s the scent that started it all years ago and has had a massive following ever since. Warm Vanilla Sugar is a sweet, cozy scent that will remind you of your mother’s homemade sugar cookies. The scent is a mystery as it manages to smell sexy and sensual, but comforting at the same time. It is simply to die for and your go-to scent for any occasion. Head on over to your closest Bath & Body Works and pick up a bottle of Warm Vanilla Sugar Eau De Toilette for $29.95.
1 Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things
The highest ranked perfume on this list is Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things and rest assured, the perfume is as sexy as the name insinuates. The body spray has been a VS classic ever since it launched in 2006. It includes top notes of osmanthus, apple and water lily; middle notes are honeysuckle, jasmine and lotus; base notes are iris, musk and cashmere wood. The super feminine scent will make you feel like a VS angel yourself. If you are looking to amp up the sex appeal in your relationship, look no further than this perfume-- available for $50 on victoriasecret.com.