Buying perfume, whether for ourselves or for others, is usually a pleasurable experience. Spraying on that familiar and fragrant scent every morning will easily make you feel happier and more at ease, starting your day on the right note. Putting on perfume makes us feel good about ourselves and makes meeting and greeting people in the real world more enjoyable.
However, one question we've always had regarding our favorite smells is if there is a genuine difference between expensive perfumes and their more affordable cousins. If that's the case, what are the differences, and do they really matter? In today’s article, we will find out why some perfumes are expensive and why others aren’t.
What Makes an Expensive Perfume?
Expensive perfumes tend to have smell 'levels' or odor concentration, and as a result, they last much longer. More expensive fragrances feature more layers of aroma, making the scent more complex, whilst less expensive options have fewer.
In more costly perfumes, top notes, mid notes, and base notes are employed, with each 'note' corresponding to the time of day you'll be able to smell it. The top notes are immediately detectable and last for around half an hour, while the mid notes emerge after half an hour and last for two to four hours. The base notes are the foundation of the perfume and are what linger on your skin at the end of the day.
With more affordable fragrances, you may only get the top notes — and in rare cases, the mid notes. This implies that your aroma may fade faster and take impact for shorter periods, compared to a more expensive choice. Furthermore, by the end of the day, the perfume may not smell as good as it did when it was first applied, it could potentially even smell unpleasant.
However, this does not imply that fragrances with just top notes are unworthy of purchase, nor does it suggest that all costly perfumes comprise all three tiers of notes. In fact, one of the most popular fragrances of all time, Chanel No.5, exclusively contains top notes.
Cheaper scents also tend to come off sweeter in scent profile. This is often the case since sweeter-smelling components are less expensive to use in perfumes. Less-priced smells are frequently sweeter since they are offered to younger consumers, who may not have as much disposable income to spend on fragrances.
However, this does not imply that cheaper perfumes should be avoided at all costs, quite the opposite. Choosing a perfume is deeply personal, so if you like sweeter scents that just happen to be more budget-friendly, there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't enjoy them.
Scent Preference Is Subjective
Pricier fragrances are often built up with layers that guarantee the aroma lasts longer, but it all comes down to personal preference. Aside from the qualities described above, there's no reason why a less costly perfume can't be as nice as a more expensive one. Furthermore, there are several excellent less costly substitutes for more expensive fragrances. Remember, expensive does not always mean better. The most important thing is that you like the smell and that it is the perfect scent for you.