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Affordable perfumes that smell expensive

Discover the secret to affordable perfumes that exude luxury! We’ve curated insights into the best fragrances that not only capture opulence but also offer unbeatable value for money. Who doesn’t love a sensational scent without breaking the bank?

Affordable perfumes that smell expensive

The perfume industry evolves each year with a myriad of fragrances—from celebrity endorsements to designer dupes and in-house brands. At FM World, we offer a vast selection of perfumes and aftershaves catering to every budget. We believe nothing is satisfying about wearing a scent that feels cheap.

Navigating between heavy scents that linger for hours and weak ones that fade too quickly, finding the perfect fragrance is an art. While many are drawn to trusted designer bottles, the allure of a celebrity-endorsed fragrance can make it even more appealing, despite the potential cost. It’s worth noting, however, that the market is flooded with cheap imitations of designer brands. To ensure quality and authenticity, it’s best to steer clear of these counterfeit products.

Read our article on why buying cheap perfume will cost you more.

Scent matters

We believe in the perfect trifecta: a fragrance that not only boasts a delightful and fitting scent but also stands the test of time—all without putting a strain on your purse strings or wallet. Because who says you can’t have it all?


While some may wait for special occasions or opt for Duty-Free discounts to indulge in designer scents, what if you want your favourite fragrance without the wait?

Explore the world of options beyond traditional choices. At FM World, we’ve crafted unique scents for both men and women. Our extensive range caters to everyone’s budget, ensuring that quality and longevity are never compromised.”

How can they do this?

While we understand that perfumes and aftershaves consist of perfume oil, alcohol, and fragrance notes, the question remains: what makes a perfume so expensive?

In a previous article, I delved into the reasons behind the hefty price tags of some designer perfumes.

At FM World, we’ve demystified the process, crafting unique scents in a way that keeps them both exceptional and affordable.

It’s a common sight to see celebrities endorsing the latest fragrances, with advertisements often surfacing around Christmas, featuring top actresses, models, or film stars showcasing a particular bottle.

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It’s a clever strategy to present a product to a vast audience, and FM World seized this opportunity brilliantly.

Recognizing the desire for beautiful fragrances that everyone could enjoy without breaking the bank, FM World created scents for both men and women that are not just reserved for special occasions. Customers can regularly purchase their favourite scents, ensuring a constant supply when needed.

Moreover, customers have the flexibility to build a collection of their preferred scents, giving them the option to wear a different fragrance every day if they so desire.

By eliminating middlemen, TV advertising, and relying on salespeople, FM World manages to minimize costs while still producing exquisite scents that customers love.

In recent times, names like Tom Ford and Jo Malone have surged in popularity, joining the ranks of iconic perfumes from Chanel, Paco Rabanne, and Lancôme, which continue to dominate the perfume industry.

Affordable perfumes that smell expensive
Jo Malone is a popular scent for both men and women
Affordable perfumes than smell expensive
The iconic Chanel No. 5

We might find ourselves shelling out anywhere from £70 to £120 for these high-profile scents. While many are willing to pay such prices for their favourite perfume or aftershave, it’s important to recognize that a significant portion of the cost often goes into the packaging, the celebrity endorser, and the associated TV advertisements.

Nobody appreciates cheap perfume and aftershave. They often carry an unfamiliar scent and lack the longevity we desire, and in instances where products are ‘copied,’ you may find yourself dealing with fake packaging and counterfeit liquids in a fraudulent bottle.

An affordable range at FM World

FM fragrances for both men and women maintain unwavering quality despite their more affordable price tag. As previously mentioned, FM utilizes perfume oil from the reputable company DROM.

DROM is also a supplier of perfume oil for many of the designer perfumes and aftershaves available on our shelves and online today.

When customers inquire about our fragrances, we highlight that FM scents share very similar fragrance notes with designer perfumes. To assist customers in finding their preferred scents, we use a fragrance wheel that helps identify their preference among floral, oriental, woody, citrus, and other fragrance categories.

Affordable perfumes that smell expensive

After discovering the fragrance notes a customer prefers, we can then curate a selection of perfumes or aftershaves that specifically contain those notes. For instance, if a customer expresses a fondness for fruity scents, we offer a variety of perfume fragrances with prominent fruity notes.

To provide customers with a firsthand experience, we offer samples available for purchase from our online store. This allows them the opportunity to try the scent on their skin and determine if it’s the perfect fit for them.

Affordable perfumes that smell expensive
FM have over 200 perfume and aftershave samples to choose from

We always recommend trying a fragrance on the skin and allowing it a couple of minutes to settle. This method is crucial in determining if a particular fragrance suits an individual.

Fragrances interact uniquely with each person’s skin, and what complements one person may not necessarily work for another. The availability of trying fragrances before purchase is especially beneficial, especially for those inclined towards expensive perfumes.

While many perfume stores and departments offer to spray the fragrance on a test paper strip, this provides only an initial sense of the scent. For a more accurate representation, it’s highly effective to try the fragrance directly on the skin, allowing you to fully experience and assess the new scent before making a purchase.

Affordable perfumes that smell expensive
Samples are a great way to try a new fragrance before you purchase

Similar fragrance notes

All the fragrances offered by FM share very similar notes with designer counterparts. For instance, if a customer has a favourite perfume like Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, we can consult our perfume list to find a scent that closely resembles that particular designer fragrance.

It’s important to note that we can’t sell a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle since we don’t carry it. Our FM fragrance bottles are uniquely numbered, housed in their packaging, and distinct from designer brands.

FM doesn’t engage in copying designer fragrances. Instead, by incorporating similar fragrance notes, FM perfumes offer a comparable and familiar scent to well-known designer fragrances.


Our range of quality fragrances

In our fragrance range, we offer the PURE and PURE ROYAL selections, as well as the UTIQUE range. Notably, all our fragrances contain either 20% or 30% perfume oil, with the 30% being our INTENSE range. You can explore and shop our collection here.

It’s worth mentioning that many designer fragrances are Eau De Toilette scents, meaning their perfume oil is diluted down, resulting in a shorter-lasting scent compared to Eau de Parfum. At FM, we can afford to use 20% pure perfume, offering a longer-lasting experience.

This ability to use a higher concentration of pure perfume is due to our unique approach. Unlike brands with celebrity endorsements, TV advertisements, and in-store sales assistance, FM operates without these elements, allowing us to focus on delivering quality at an affordable price.


Giving the customer what they want

By eliminating the middleman in our manufacturing process, we can offer customers high-quality perfumes and aftershaves that last approximately eight hours when opting for the 20% perfume range.

Opting for the 30% pure perfume range ensures an even longer-lasting fragrance—a fantastic choice for those seeking an extended scent experience.

Explore our tips on maximizing the longevity and enjoyment of your fragrance here.

Celebrity fragrances- Paco Rabanne-1 Million


I mentioned popular celebrity fragrances that are around at the moment. Let’s take a look at Paco Rabanne1 million.

Affordable perfumes that smell expensive
The Paco Rabanne scent is pure class. Distinguished, unique and popular with both men and women

A popular men’s fragrance, this scent could cost around £70 when purchased from stores such as Superdrugs. At this price point, you’re likely to receive a 100ml bottle. However, it’s worth noting that it is an Eau de Toilette spray, providing a lasting fragrance of approximately 4-6 hours.

The perfume features top notes of fresh grapefruit, mandarin, and peppermint, combined with middle notes of rose absolute, cinnamon bark, and mask. The base notes offer an ultra-masculine leather scent.

FM shares a striking similarity with Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million, both belonging to the oriental notes family. A comparison of notes between FM199 PURE ROYAL (our inspired fragrance) and 1 Million reveals significant similarities, although they are not identical.

Type: rich, multi-threaded fragrance notes:

Head: Italian mandarin, peppermint

Heart: cinnamon, Turkish rose, cardamom

Base: leather note


Indulge in the opulence of our rich, multi-threaded fragrance. The journey begins with vibrant top notes of Italian mandarin and invigorating peppermint, setting the stage for a sensory experience like no other.

As the scent unfolds, the heart reveals a harmonious blend of warming cinnamon, luxurious Turkish rose, and the exotic allure of cardamom. This intricate composition captivates the senses, creating an aromatic tapestry that lingers throughout the day.

At the foundation lies a bold and enduring base note, characterized by the unmistakable essence of leather. This final touch adds depth and sophistication, ensuring that the fragrance leaves a lasting impression.

Elevate your senses with this meticulously crafted scent, where each note weaves together seamlessly to embody a truly indulgent olfactory experience.


Saving you money on the things you love

For a 50m bottle, you will get 20% pure fragrance oil and an affordable price tag of just £27.50. Another great fact about some of our fragrances is that other products in the same scent can be purchased too.

Alongside FM 199 fragrance, they have a range of products to complement their perfume.

As FM World enters its 14th year, it continues to celebrate mastery in the fragrance world by offering scents with similar notes to designer brands at an affordable price.

Indulge in the luxury of smelling gorgeous with a long-lasting fragrance that rivals your favourite expensive brands. The best part? Your friends won’t be able to tell the difference.

What’s truly wonderful is that FM World extends an invitation to anyone over the age of sixteen to create a FREE account. This presents a fantastic opportunity to save on perfumes and aftershaves by purchasing them at cost price. Don’t miss out—sign up here for the UK and elevate your scent experience affordably.

Connect with us, no matter where you are in the world.

In a world filled with top-designer brands, we offer a compelling alternative. Save your money for other things while enjoying the opportunity to make a switch to a different brand, allowing you to purchase your favourite perfume or aftershave.

We don’t compromise on quality. There are no fancy packaging or celebrity endorsers. Our perfumes are crafted with you in mind.

Explore our diverse range available in our online shop. Embrace a new scent experience without breaking the bank.”

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  • Michel Maling

    I am not a fan of buying expensive perfume. I would rather wear nothing at all than something that smells horrible. I also have a sensitive nose so I have to be careful what I wear. I agree, nothing smells worse than cheap perfume, but many of us can’t afford the price tag of the more expensive ones. Thank. you for your recommendation, but it is also difficult to order online without smelling them first. If they supply samples of ones you think you are going to like, then that would be an ideal way to pick the best one for you.

    • Louise Allen

      Hi Michel, Thank you for visiting my article. Absolutely agree with you that perfumes can be very expensive and this is one of the reasons why many people don’t wear a fragrance.

      Along with the fact that they could have sensitive skin or sense of smell like yourself. 

      The good thing about FM WORLD fragrances is that we do sell fragrance samples for you to try before you buy the bottle. You can purchase some here. 

      Our fragrances are inspired by the designer scents so if you do have one particular scent that you prefer then we can match one that is most suitable to you.

      Get in touch if you would like any further assistance and thank you for reading.

      Best wishes,,


  • Anusuya

    Getting the best and the cheapest! who doesn’t want it

    I like the ways you have analyzed the cost components of a celebrity-endorsed perfume which is packaged to perfection, advised on TV, and on social media where one spends money. These aspects do not increase the quality of the product but add heavily to the cost of the perfume.

    Eliminating the extras while keeping the quality helps the frugal consumers in their daily budget. One can afford varieties as well.

    • Louise Allen


      Yes there are many consumers who are unaware of just where our money goes when we purchase designer perfumes.

      Knowing that there is a more affordable alternative is a great thing and FM WORLD certainly encourage customers to try a sample first. We have over 200 to choose from.

      We believe in great quality as well as making customers favourite scents more affordable and therefore the option to own more than one bottle.

      Thanks for reading,


  • pasindu dimanka

    Thank you so much for this post I also love perfume. And my girlfriend asks more than I do. Her birthday is next week. I was really looking for perfume for her. This post was found at the right time. I think the iconic channel no 5 is great for her. Also, the price is good. I will definitely buy it. I think the smell is very good too. Keep posting like this. I will definitely be sharing this.

    • Louise Allen

      Hi, thanks for stopping by to read my article and a very happy birthday to your girlfriend for next week.

      Chanel no.5 is a wonderful scent and iconic.

      At FM World we have a scent inspired by Chanel no.5 which is our FM no. 21.

      You can purchase a sample to try or the bottle and you will save money with our affordable alternative alongside a longer lasting scent of 20% perfume. We also have the same scent in an intense range which is 30% perfume.

      Thanks again for reading and sharing. 

      Much appreciated.

      All the best,


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