The cost of perfume
If you’re looking for affordable perfumes that smell expensive, we have an insight into the best fragrances.
Everyone loves a bargain and getting value for money.
The perfume world continues to sour every year with such a variety of fragrances.
Celebrity endorsed, copies of designer scents, own shop brands and perfumes that contain similar notes to that of the designers.
At FM World, there is a huge selection of perfumes and aftershaves that suit any budget.
There’s nothing good about wearing a perfume or aftershave that smells cheap.
Heavy scents can linger for hours as well as very weak scents not lasting as long as we’d like.
Many of us will reach for the designer bottles because they are known and trusted to us.
When the fragrance has a celebrity endorser too, this makes the product more appealing even though it can be a little expensive.
The market has and will always have designer brands being sold for cheap. These are usually fake and should be avoided.
Read our article on why buying cheap perfume will cost you more.
We like to have the best of both worlds. A fragrance that has a pleasant and suitable scent, long-lasting and kind to the purse strings or wallet.
Some will wait for a special occasion before purchasing the designer scents or purchase at the Duty Free for a small discount.
What about when you want to purchase your favourite scent without having to wait for these occasions ?
There will be many places online that sell designer scents that are fitting to people’s budgets but there are other options.
At FM World, they have created their own unique scents for men and women.
A large range of fragrances to suit everyone’s budget without compromising on the quality or longevity of their scents.
How can they do this ?
We already know that perfumes and aftershaves are made up from perfume oil, alcohol and fragrance notes but what makes a perfume so expensive ?
In my previous article I cover why some designer perfumes have a big price tag.
The unique way that FM World have created their own scents and kept them affordable isn’t complicated.
Celebrities are constantly endorsing the latest fragrances and we see the advert, usually around Christmas, where that particular bottle is being advertised by a top actress, model or film star.
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It’s a very clever way of getting a product in front of the customer and a large audience at that.
FM World saw an opportunity to create beautiful fragrances that both men and women can enjoy and be able to afford.
Not just on special occasions, but regular purchasing once their favourite scent had been used and needed replacing.
Customers are able to do this as well as having a selection of their favourite scents to choose from and having the option to wear a different one every day if they desired.
Having no middle man, TV advertising or sales people advertising their brand means that they can keep costs to a minimum whilst still creating beautiful scents that customers are familiar with.
The perfume world has seen such names as Tom Ford and Jo Malone scents become very popular of late along with the likes of the iconic Chanel, Paco Rabanne and Lancôme still dominating the perfume industry.
We could potentially pay anything from £70- £120 for such high profile scents.
Whilst there will indeed be many that will happily pay such a price for their perfume or aftershave, a lot of what we are purchasing is around the packaging, the celebrity endorser and the TV advert.
Can we really buy our favourite scent cheaper?
No one likes cheap perfume and aftershave.
It often has a different smell, doesn’t last for the duration that we hope for and in some cases where a product has been ‘copied’, you’re dealing with fake packaging and fake liquids in a fake bottle.
An affordable range at FM WorldFM fragrances for men and women don’t compromise on quality even though they do has a more affordable price tag.As previously covered, Fm use perfume oil from a company called DROM.DROM also provide perfume oil for the designer perfumes and aftershaves that we see on our shelves and online today.When customers ask about our fragrances, we advise that FM scents have very similar fragrance notes to that of the designer perfumes.
We use a fragrance wheel to determine what type of fragrance notes the customer particularly likes.
Floral, oriental, woody, citrus etc.
Once we learn the type of fragrance notes that a customer likes, this will enable us to narrow down a selection of perfumes or aftershave that contain those fragrance notes that the customer likes.
For example, if a customer likes fruity scents then we has a selection of perfume fragrances that contain fruity notes.
When the customer try’s a sample which are available to purchase from our online store here, this will give them the chance to try the scent on the skin to see if it is a fit for them.
We always recommend that a fragrance should be tried on the skin and left for a couple of minutes as this will determine if that fragrance is suitable for that particular person.
We all wear fragrances differently and what suits one person wouldn’t necessarily suit another.
It is great that we have the option these days to try fragrances before we purchase, especially if we do steer towards the expensive perfumes.
Many perfume stores and departments will spray the perfume on a test paper strip for you to try.
Whilst this is okay to get an initial test of the fragrance, this won’t determine what the fragrance smells like on your skin.
It is much better and more effective to try directly on the skin to get a proper feel and smell of your new scent before you make a purchase.
Similar fragrance notes
All fragrances that FM sell has very similar notes to the designer fragrances.
If a customer has a favourite perfume scent such as Coco mademoiselle by Chanel then we can look on our perfume list to see what perfume is very similar to that designer perfume.
We can’t sell a bottle of Coco mademoiselle to a customer because we don’t sell it. Our fragrance bottles are numbered and are in their own bottles and packaging.
Fm haven’t copied any of the designers. Simply by using similar fragrance notes to that of the designer fragrances, gives FM perfumes a very similar and familiar scent to what we already know.
Our range of quality fragrancesIn our range we have PURE and PURE ROYAL selection. We also has a UTIQUE range.All of our fragrances contain either 20% or 30% perfume oil. 30% is our INTENSE range.Shop here for our collection.Many designer fragrances are Eau De Toilette scents and therefore they won’t last as long as an Eau de parfum because their perfume oil has been diluted down.At FM, we can afford to use 20% pure perfume.The reason behind this is that we have no celebrity endorser, we don’t have anyone advertising our product on TV and we don’t have any sales assistance in the shops selling it either.
Giving the customer what they want
By cutting out the middleman in our manufacturing, we can provide the customer with a quality perfume or aftershave that will last around eight hours if the 20% perfume range is bought.
By purchasing the 30% pure perfume range, will mean that your fragrance will last even longer. A great choice for a longer- lasting scent.
Read here on the tips of how to get the best out of your fragrance.
Celebrity fragrances- Paco Rabanne-1 Million
I mentioned about popular celebrity fragrances that are around at the moment.
Let’s take a look at Paco Rabanne– 1 million.
A very popular scent for men that could set you back around £70 if you were to purchase from stores such as Superdrug.
Although you are likely to get a 100mil bottle for this price, it is an Eau de Toilette spray so will last around 4-6 hours.
The fragrance notes in this perfume consist of fresh grapefruit, mandarin and peppermint alongside rose absolute, cinnamon bark and mask. The base has an ultra masculine leather scent.
FM has a very similar scent to that of Paco Rabanne – 1 million which falls in the oriental notes family.
Compare the notes to FM199 PURE ROYAL ( our inspired fragrance) and you will see that they are very similar but not the same.
Type: rich, multi-threaded Fragrance notes:
Head: Italian mandarin, peppermint
Heart: cinnamon, Turkish rose, cardamom
Base: leather note
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 with some of our fragrances is that other products in the same scent can be purchased too.
With FM 199 fragrance, we has a refreshing aftershave lotion and an aftershave balm to compliment their perfume.
When there is a scent that has similar notes to the designer scents at an affordable price, it’s no wonder that FM World is in its 13th year celebrating such mastery in the fragrance world.
You get to smell gorgeous, with a long-lasting scent that has similar notes to your favourite expensive brand and the best thing is that your friends won’t tell the difference.
What’s even more wonderful is that the company allow anyone over the age of sixteen to create a FREE account. A great opportunity to save on perfumes and aftershaves by buying at cost price. Sign up here for the UK.
Get in touch if you live in a different part of the world.
With so many top designer brands to choose from, we have an alternative.
Saving you money to spend on other things and the chance to make a switch to a different brand that allows the customer to buy their favourite perfume or aftershave.
No compromise on quality. No fancy packaging or celebrity endorsers.
Perfumes created with you in mind.
Available from our online shop
Buying cheap perfume will cost more in the long run so why do people opt for this as an alternative ?
Whenever we hear the word designer, we instantly think of expensive brands, celebrities and quality products.
Whether it’s a clothing range, cosmetics, shoes or perfume.
We do get what we pay for although many would agree that some designer brands are overpriced.
Customers can be left feeling ripped off when they see a huge price tag that perhaps doesn’t justify the item being purchased.
We’ve all been there. A spot of retail therapy works wonders to lift the mood but at what cost ?
Men and women love to shop, especially if they know what they are intending to buy. Whilst women are more prone to window-shopping more than men, buying something new really can lift the mood.
Some may say buying impulsively can have the opposite effect and leave you with the panic of overspending and falling into the dept hole. Especially if one’s purchase is on the more expensive side.
It’s important to balance the two.
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Personally, I’m not a big lover of shopping, aimlessly walking around the shops in the hope that something will catch my eye.
I prefer a more purposeful visit, with the intention of knowing exactly what I am shopping for.
My sister and late mother on the other hand would shop till they dropped!
We all have the idea of shopping and saving at the same time, so it’s very much done with the intention of buying more for our money. That makes sense.
Looking for cheaper options
There will be certain products on the market that this will work in our favour.
Clothes for instance, can be bought much cheaper and some will still last just as long and come out of the wash the same size as they went in!
What about products such as cosmetics ?
These too can be bought cheaper but if you are prone to sensitive skin, purchasing a more expensive brand will always be the better option to avoid skin allergies.
When it comes to perfumes, we all know the price we pay to have a designer bottle of Chanel in our possession.
An iconic perfume
Chanel perfume was also the most popular and highest ranked brand for women in the UK in 2020, with an estimated 4.9million women enjoying its unique fragrance. That’s a huge amount of sales for just one designer bottle.
So what about when shops sell copies of the designer perfumes at a fraction of the price?
We already know that we can buy the real thing at the Duty Free and they will often be a little cheaper.
A cheeky purchase for the up coming holiday that we all look forward to having. Almost obligatory to visit one too, before boarding the plane.
Some wait until this time to purchase their favourite or ask their family member/friend to pick one up on their way through or on the plane because the price is a little lower.
Copies of our favourite perfumes
Recently, Poundland have released a selection of fragrances, all in the same packaging and bottles as the designer brands, but with a huge difference.
The price tag.
For as little as £1, customers can purchase a copy of their favourite bottle but at what cost ?
We’re all bargain hunters inside. Even those who can afford the real thing more than some. Everyone loves a saving. It leaves more money and opportunity to spend the rest on something else.
A walk into Poundland is everyone’s idea of the perfect shop.
A shop that everyone loves for the fact that they can purchase household products, cosmetics, birthday cards and food for a bargain price.
Carry on walking through and we now see a display of designer fragrances from such names as Chanel, Creed, Carolina Herrera and Paco Rabanne. Or are they ?
We all know that Poundland is just that, a pound shop. A place that almost seems too good to be true when we can purchase hand wash or toothpaste for just £1.
Some would argue that such items can be bought cheaper from the big stores such as Asda and Sainsbury’s. Indeed, they can so it’s important to be savvy when we shop.
So what about buying your favourite perfume for £1? A fragrance such as Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million, would leave your purse short of around £83 for the real thing. Can it really be bought for £1 instead?
Of course, we all love to save money but at what cost?
Buying cheap perfume will cost more
On the first initial spray we are surprised by the similarity in fragrance notes but the real key is how long will the scent last?
Lady Million is a very popular fragrance and the third most favourite scent for women.
Containing notes of Raspberry, Jasmine, Patchouli and Amber to name a few, this perfume scent is instantly noticed with its first spray.
The packaging alone suggests that this isn’t the real deal. Poundland cleverly use slightly different names for their duped fragrances. This allows them to sell a product that has similar scents to the real perfumes.
Trying to sell a fake product off as the real thing is counterfeit.
So Lady Million is labeled as Queen in Million and although the design of bottles may be similar, companies do change their bottles so they are not identical to the real item.
A clever marketing strategy
We already know that purchasing a bottle for £1 won’t give us a designer brand in our shopping basket.
Many will be on a shopping budget so buying such an affordable fragrance will seem very appealing.
What about the longevity though?
Whilst it’s a great purchase to buy a similar bottle to one of our favourites at a fraction of the cost, is it really worth it ?
A spray of a cheaper alternative will save money for other things for sure but at what cost ?
Imagine you have picked up a dupe bottle of Black Opium by Yves St Laurent which is named as Black Dust in Poundland.
A great bottle and packaging and definitely inspired by the real designer perfume, it doesn’t look out of place on the shelf.
A pleasant smell, just like Black Opium, with a sweet scent but instantly too overpowering with its sweetness.
The depth that Black Opium carries wasn’t a match though for this alternative.
When we use perfume, we apply in the morning, preferably on clean, moisturized skin so that we get the most out of the fragrance.
Purchasing a Poundland alternative will leave you using it a more of a body spray as the initial first spray was gone within minutes. No one wants to keep reapplying their scent throughout the day just to make it last.
Speaking of making a perfume last, this bottle really won’t last very long if it’s constantly needs reapplying throughout the day.
The chances of anyone around you noticing the whiff of scent will be very slim too unless they are standing right beside you when you spray.
So the £1 bottle of fragrance that initially saved you a fair amount of money, will eventually cost you more. You will constantly be spending money on replacing the bottle that’s only lasted a week!
Purchasing for the younger generation would be the only reason to buy a £1 fragrance. They don’t need overpowering scents to make an impression and will still feel like they are a part of the grown up world with a bottle of designer spritz.
If buying a dupe bottle seems to be the only option to owning a scent that’s similar to your favourite designer perfume, there is another option.
At FM World, we sell designer inspired fragrances.
What does that mean? Check out my article on do you sell designer perfume ?
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