Fragrances are incredibly personal, and it can take a bit of searching to find one you love. Maybe you're exploring the indie scene, or maybe you're all about a classic scent that makes you feel that old Hollywood glamour. Either way, the process that goes into purchasing a perfume can be quite involved. And, unfortunately, many of the nicer perfumes tend to come with a hefty price tag, especially if they come in a bottle with a designer label.
But there’s good news if you're on a budget, just want to be more judicious with your spending, or want to buy a different fragrance for each day of the week: there are actually quite a few scents out there that don't cost an arm and a leg. So, we've gathered our top picks for cheap perfumes so you can smell great without breaking the bank.
Want an inexpensive, high-quality perfume? Keep scrolling to check out our 11 favorite affordable fragrances under $50.
MIX:Bar Vanilla Bourbon
MIX:BAR is a Target-exclusive product line. And, at just $19 each, you can buy multiple scents and switch it up, or express your creativity and customize your scent by layering them together, as the brand suggests. All of their fragrances are free from parabens, phthalates, and animal products. Our favorites are Tangerine Squeeze, Blackberry Tonic, Coconut Palm, and Vanilla Bourbon. Yum.
Adorn Rose Quartz
Each of the beautiful, natural Adorn fragrances comes equipped with crystals to help supercharge your fragrance. And, every blend is intoxicating and mystifying in its own way, so find the one that brings you the good energy you're in search of. You'll also find floral and citrus notes in each blend for a feminine and flirty perfume.
LAVANILA The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Coconut
The same brand that makes Sephora's first-ever natural deodorant and underarm detox mask also makes affordable perfumes with vanilla undertones and variations such as grapefruit, lemon, and coconut. The Vanilla Coconut perfume's luxuriously rich scent will transport you to a tropical island. With sweet coconut, Madagascar vanilla, and hints of Tahitian tiare flower, it's a scrumptious aroma that also feels sophisticated. LAVANILA's Healthy Fragrances are handcrafted by master natural perfumers, who use pure essential oils blended with organic sugar cane alcohols—an ingredient that softens the skin and has antiseptic qualities. What's even better is that the fragrances are natural, gentle on sensitive skin, and free of harsh chemicals like parabens and phthalates.
C.O. BIGELOW Lemon
This pleasant fragrance comes in a large, sleek glass bottle, imparting a more expensive look than its affordable price tag demands. With a refreshing citrus scent, paired with white and green musk, you get an elegant perfume that's vegan, made in the USA, and not tested on animals.
Good Chemistry Sugar Berry
Good Chemistry lives up to its name by producing a delicious-smelling Eau de Parfum that's free from parabens, aluminum, phthalates, and even dyes. Plus, it's vegan and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about using it and comfortable spritzing it liberally on your body. The fragrance is sweet and light, with notes of raspberry, freesia, and vanilla.
Pacifica High Vibration
Pacifica has a whole line of affordable perfumes. We love this one because it has a deeply sweet, satisfying, and seductive smell. It's woodsy and floral all at once, somewhat beach-y, somewhat breezy. It blends syrupy sandalwood with beautiful white jasmine, and has hints of vetiver. The white jasmine is said to be "high vibration" and promote positive energy. And, it's made from 100 percent natural ingredients that are vegan, cruelty-free, and doesn't contain any parabens, phthalates, or propylene glycol.
Gourmand Fleur de Blonde
We love this chic line of fragrances at Urban Outfitters. At such a low price point, you can experiment with fun Gourmand scents like Lait de Coco, Pistachio Brûlée, and Noir Distillé, which is a seductive and sophisticated blend of black coconut, vanilla whiskey, and crisp amber. The Fleur de Blonde fragrance is a musky blend of violet, cashmere musk, and ambrette, a medicinal plant from India that has a somewhat woodsy smell.
Clean Classics Warm Cotton
Clean brand fragrances are true to their name with an environmentally-friendly manufacturing process and vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free products. Take, for example, this warm cotton variation. With just a few spritzes, you're instantly covered in the smell of fresh-out-of-the-dryer laundry. You'll enjoy hints of citrus and light florals like peony and bergamot. So cozy.
Pacifica Persian Rose
Here's another Pacifica favorite. A nod to the floral empire of the Persians, this blend of Bulgarian rose, subtle violet, myrrh, and delicate fruit make for a queen's fragrance on a commoner's budget.
Demeter Fresh Brewed Coffee
At such a low price, you wouldn't expect the Demeter fragrances to pack as large of a punch as they do. Its newest café blend of fragrances—Fresh Brewed Coffee and Nitro Coffee—smell just like a strong cup of java, doubling as both a room spray and a cheeky body scent. Some of our other favorites are Angel Food Cake, Between the Sheets, and Crème Anglaise. Just don't blame us if your mouth waters when you try Chocolate Chip Cookie or Brownie. You’ll leave hints of a scrumptious bakery in your wake.
Philosophy Pure Grace
For lovers of a pared-down crisp, clean fragrance, Philosophy's OG Pure Grace scent is a mainstay. It's a fresh blend of waterlily, leafy greens, and a "frosted musk” that's perfectly suitable for all seasons. It will give you that "just showered" smell, even hours after you've toweled off for the day. And though it’s $52, pushing it slightly over the $50 price point, it’s a large bottle, so it still gets our vote.