“A woman who does not wear perfume has no future.”
Secure your future – even on a budget! Purchasing perfume can be costly but there are ways to save dollars on your scents. Here are some tips:
- When you have no money or you forgot to spray up before you left the house, stop by the fragrance counter at your local luxury store. Try the fragrance testers to see which scent you like the most. When you find your favorites, ask for samples. They are usually free, although some stores will give samples only if you buy something. There are also samples you can buy inexpensively.
- If you have some money, go to the stores and buy scents only around the holidays or when there are special events. Not only are they cheaper, they are usually sold as a set with freebies. Ask for samples as well because if you are a traveller, they are lightweight and can be stored in your purse rather than your luggage. Perfume travel atomizers are also helpful because you can fill them with your favorite fragrance and they cost from $7- $10 on fragrancenet.com.
- You can also purchase fragrances online, but be careful. Sometimes the scents are old and may not have an authentic smell. Read the return policies very carefully before you buy. Always google reviews for online companies. The reviews we have seen have been mixed. In addition, if you are not living in the United States know that import taxes and duty may apply which would drive up the cost of the items.
- While it may be tempting to buy scents from the corner vendors, it is not recommended. You cannot be sure where the scents came from, what is in them, how old they are, where they were kept, and if they are authentic. All of those variables affect the strength and safety of the scent. For example, improperly stored fragrances are less potent or may smell differently. Bootleg scents may cause irritation to your skin. These items are typically non-refundable. It simply is not worth the trouble.
For those of you who are wondering where on your body perfume would best be applied, Coco Chanel had the perfect answer, “Where you want to be kissed.”