• Perfumes,  Shopping,  The cost of perfume

    Buying cheap perfume will cost more

    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.

    Buying cheap perfume will cost more
    No one wants to see their money wasted

     

    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.

     

    Buying cheap perfume will cost more
    The iconic bottle and fragrance of Chanel. A fragrance owned by many women around the world

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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.

     

    Buying cheap perfume will cost more
    Savings on perfume isn’t always the best option

    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?

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    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.

    Buying cheap perfume will cost more

    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 ?

    Cheaper alternatives

    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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    pop along here at our perfume resources page for some great products!

     

     

     

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    Perfume longevity

    Perfume longevity. How long should your perfume last ?

    Well, there are a few factors to consider.

    Shelf life of perfume

    Perfume longevity
    It can be a costly process if your favourite fragrance sits on the shelf waiting to be used.

     

     

    All fragrances will have a shelf life and we can usually get away with a couple of years before our favourite perfume starts to smell ‘off’ and turn a different colour.

    This is due to the fragrance becoming oxidised and the molecules in the bottle will break down and this eventually affects the scent.

    Exposing a bottle of perfume to direct sunlight and not keeping it in a dark place or in its own box, can have an impact.

    It might look elegant showing off your designer bottles but you will accelerate the molecules breaking down and you won’t get a long shelf life for your favourites. Painful if you’re spending £80-£100 on a bottle.

    Perfume notes for longevity

    There are some notes within the fragrance family that are less likely to oxidise and those are ones with a high alcohol content like amber, leather and woody notes.

    Fragrances that lose their longevity the quickest tend to be perfumes with citrus or patchouli notes. Perfumes contain alcohol in order to preserve their shelf life.

    Perfume longevity
    How we look after our perfume will determine how long it could last for

    Perfume Longevity

    Whilst leaving your perfume in direct sunlight is a definite no no, heat in general will have the same effect so don’t leave them close to any radiators.

    The best place to store your perfume is inside a wardrobe or cupboard

    Away from places like the bathroom where you will have hot water pipes, heat and humidity.

    Another way of making sure your perfume holds its longevity is covered in my topic here Using perfume correctly

    Perfume longevity
    It’s important to store your bottles correctly
    Perfume longevity
    Bottles look pretty on display but you will preserve them longer in a cupboard

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Remember also that perfume longevity is different to perfume sillage.

    What is perfume Sillage

     

    So get into the habit of storing your perfumes correctly and you will notice that they will last much longer.

    If you love designer fragrances but not their price tag, then take a look at our online shop for better savings and longer lasting fragrances.

    If you have any questions then please feel free to get in touch

     

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