The 5 Best Affordable Perfumes For Women

A spritz of your favourite perfume always feels luxurious, and there’s nothing better than a good fragrance to boost your confidence and elevate your mood.

At Beauty Base, we believe every woman deserves the opportunity to find a scent to fall in love with; that’s why we’ve rounded up our top picks on the best affordable perfumes for women. 

From designer fragrances to celebrity scents, our choices will leave you smelling great without breaking the bank! And with our tips on how to make your fragrance last longer included, it’s never been easier to smell good on a budget!

a vintage perfume bottle sits on a pink silk sheet

Table of contents:

What is a good inexpensive fragrance?

Our five best affordable fragrances for women

How can I get a designer fragrance on a budget?

How do I make my fragrance last longer?

What is a good inexpensive fragrance?

If you’re searching for a new fragrance, you may be overwhelmed by the cost. 

Some perfumes, particularly designer fragrances, can set you back at least a three-figure price tag, but the price doesn’t always equate to quality. Many lower-priced fragrances offer longevity of wear and the same luxurious aroma without the enormous price tag!

But before we go into our top-budget perfumes, here are a few things to look for when choosing a fragrance to guarantee it’ll be the right purse-friendly scent for you:

  1. Scent families

Perfumes are made from a collection of individual scents grouped into scent families based on their shared characteristics. You can use the fragrance wheel to identify your favourite scent and choose the family most suited to your preferences. For example, if you love the smell of roses, you’ll most likely be suited to a floral fragrance.

  1. Eau de parfum vs Eau de toilette 

Most fragrances fall into one of these two categories. The difference between Eau de parfum (EDP) and eau de toilette (EDT) is related to the concentration of perfume oil in each scent. EDT tends to be made of roughly eight to twelve per cent of perfume oil, whereas EDP has a higher concentration of perfume oil, usually around twelve to eighteen per cent. 

Because of this, Eau de parfum offers longer wear, only needing to be topped up around every five hours. If you can pick up a budget EDP over an EDT, this might be a more economical choice; however, as a rule of thumb, EDT tends to be a cheaper option that can still offer a significant length of wear.

  1. Notes 

Perfumes contain notes in three layers, top, middle and bottom. The top notes are what you smell first, whereas the middle and bottom come later, with the base notes usually being the smell you remember the most. If you can’t spray a perfume to test it, always read its scent profile to gather an idea of its strongest notes to see whether or not it will suit your preferences. 

Our 5 best affordable perfumes for women 

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a new signature scent without an eye-watering price tag. Here are our top five best affordable fragrance picks that offer a luxury feel at a purse-friendly price:

1 Ari – Ariana Grande, 30ml Eau De Parfum

Ari by Ariana Grande perfume bottle

Starting at just £28.00, ARI was the first fragrance released by pop superstar Ariana Grande. Coming in a stunning pink bottle that would look eye-catching on any dressing table, ARI is said to embody Ariana’s playful character in fragrance form. 

This fruity floral gourmand has top notes of sparkling fruits, ultra-feminine heart notes of lily of the valley, rose and vanilla and base notes of wood, musk and marshmallow. Released to encourage her fans to embrace their flaws, ARI is a fun floral scent that is a pleasure to wear.

2 Princess – Vera Wang, 100ml Eau De Toilette

A purple Vera Wang Princess bottle with a crown

A slightly more mature fruity floral, Vera Wang Princess was first released in 2006. 

Coming in a stunning purple bottle, finished with the iconic gold crown lid studded with purple stones, it’s a versatile scent that appeals to a wide age demographic. With top notes of water lily, apricot, apple and Mandarin orange and base notes of vanilla, amber and wood, it’s strong and heady without being too sweet. However, Princess is loved for its heart notes of dark chocolate, guava, tuberose and tiare flower, which linger on the skin. 

A great choice at an exceptional price if you love an eye-catching bottle and don’t mind occasionally reapplying the scent.

3 Light Blue – Dolce & Gabbana, 50ml Eau De Toilette

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume

A designer fragrance classic, Light Blue first came to prominence in 2001. Created by Italian fashion powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana, Light Blue is synonymous with holidays and sun-drenched days. A citrusy scent with top notes of Sicilian lemon, cedar, apple and bellflower, it’s the perfect budget pick for those who like fresh scents. In a classic, chic bottle, it’ll look great on your dressing table or tucked away in your case for your next holiday! Light Blue fits nicely in any fragrance collection offering decent longevity of wear.

4 Lovely – Sarah Jessica Parker, 100ml Eau De Parfum

Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely perfume

A timeless scent for women of all ages, Sarah Jessica Parker’s debut scent was inspired by her love of layering fragrances. Feminine but not floral, this scent has a woody, musky profile. A daytime scent perfect for spring, Lovely has top notes of lavender, martini, bergamot, orange and rosewood, middle notes of patchouli, orchid and narcissus and musky, woody base notes. Classy and elegant, Lovely is a budget perfume that smells premium. 

5 Ghost – Deep Night, 30ml Eau De Toilette

Ghost Deep Night Perfume

Another floral, fruity fragrance, Deep Night by Ghost, was first released in 2001. Referred to as the perfume of love, it evokes fairytales, daydreams, and the harmony between body and spirit. Loved by many for its night-blooming cereus and rose top notes, mixed with citrus and wood heart notes and a base of vanilla and musk, Deep Night is a sensual scent perfect for evenings out. 

How can I get designer fragrances on a budget?

If you want to expand your fragrance collection or add some designer names to it, there’s no reason why you should break the bank to smell amazing.

Designer fragrances often have a hefty price point when they’re first released, but there are always great offers and discounts online at Beauty Base. 

By searching through our women’s fragrance offers, you’ll find top designer scents from brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Versace and many more, all on a budget!

So whether you’re looking for a new everyday scent or something to add a sultry finish to your date night look, you’ll find perfect designer fragrance options!

How do I make my fragrance last longer?

Another great way to save money is to look after your perfume to ensure it lasts longer. How you store your fragrance collection and how you apply it can impact its longevity of wear, so if you want to smell good all day and prevent your perfume from going off, follow our list of handy tips:

  • When you apply your perfume comes down to personal choice, but if you apply it after showering, your scent may last longer as it adheres well to hydrated skin. Failing that, applying a fragrance-free moisturiser before your perfume will also help it to stick.
  • Spray your fragrance on your pulse points, including your wrists, behind your ears and neck. These areas have heat and will diffuse the perfume helping it to last longer. Don’t rub your wrists together; this will break down its odorous molecules and remove the top notes, changing the scent profile.
  • Spray a mist above your hair, and your scent will linger longer. Never spray the perfume directly into your hair, as this can damage it; mist above and walk through the scent for best results.
  • Store your perfumes in a dark, cool place, or place them back into their box after applying. Heat, light and humidity can alter the colour and scent of a fragrance, so always keep yours away from direct sunlight.

Shop budget fragrances at Beauty Base 

So now you know the best fragrances to buy on a budget, why not shop for your next scent using the links above? With an extensive collection of women’s fragrances, from budget to premium, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect perfume to fall in love with. Or, why not shop our men’s fragrances to treat the man in your life?   

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