You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to smell good. Sure, niche and designer fragrances do lead by example for quality, longevity and getting compliments. But, there are lots of gems for those that want to enter the world of fragrances on a strict budget. I have selected some fantastic fragrances below that have left a longstanding impression on me.
Here are 5 cheap fragrances under £50, perfect for gifts, or to add to your collection.
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Rasasi Daarej Pour Homme
(Playful Compliment Getter)
First on the list is Rasasi Daarej Pour Homme. Although the bottle and box may not be the most attractive, the greyish-purple juice colour reveals its playful nature.
This fragrance boasts a strong, sweet, powdery vanilla and amber mix that projects well for the first two hours and lasts for 6-7 hours before turning into a pleasing skin scent.
Fragrance enthusiasts compare the smell of Dareej to Valentino V Pour Homme – a discontinued fragrance that fetches up to £200 now. At under £30 for Dareej, the quality of this juice is an absolute bargain that you won’t want to pass up.
Versace The Dreamer (Scarface)
The smell of this fragrance does its name justice. Versace The Dreamer was released in 1996 and can be had for usually under £46 on a discount for 100ml.
The floral, tobacco goodness that comes from the well-designed bottle sprayer is pure 90s heaven. It has a great balance of sweetness and masculinity that makes it perfect for any occasion. The floral notes give it a playful touch, while the tobacco base note adds a touch of sophistication.
Everyone looking to build a collection should own this one in my opinion. Although it’s friendly on the wallet, this is one I leave for special occasions – it smells classy and richer than the price tag would make it seem. I call this the Scarface (Tony Montana) fragrance! It puts me in a feel-good trance, ready to take on the world.
Antonio Banderas Black Seduction (Seductive Playboy)
Celebrity fragrances get a bad wrap, but Antonio Banderas Black Seduction is one that breaks the mould. Black Seduction (or Seduction In Black, it’s the same juice) is a sexy, masculine fragrance that is perfect for date night or pairing with an all-black suit.
It’s mysterious, seductive and sweet, using blackcurrant, bergamot and cardamom notes. Quite unique on its own feet.
Although it’s not the longest-lasting fragrance, it’s worth reapplying after half a day’s work to restart its journey from bold initial spray to end. And at under £20, it’s an absolute steal.
Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey (Refined Scent)
Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey is a fragrance that is bound to make a statement. Its unique blend of notes, including, bergamot, grapefruit, leather, and wood gives it a warm, spicy character that is perfect for cold winter evenings.
The smokiness in this fragrance is well done and not too harsh, making it stand out from other fragrances on the market. Unlike the shower-gel-type fragrances that most people wear these days, Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey is a fragrance that exudes elegance and refinement. It’s a perfect fit for those who want to add a touch of class to their fragrance collection.
It’s a unique and bold scent that is sure to turn heads and leave a lasting impression. So if you’re looking to make a statement, this fragrance is definitely one to consider.
Moschino Uomo? (Italian Gentleman)
Moschino Uomo? is an old-school barbershop fragrance that’s perfect for any season. Its fruity and citrus blast settles into an earthy musk, making it powdery, Italian, and sophisticated.
Despite being released in 1998, this fragrance still manages to capture the attention of many with its timeless and classic appeal. It’s a versatile scent that’s perfect for any season and occasion. Whether you’re dressing up for a formal event or dressing down for a casual day out, Moschino Uomo? is a safe choice.
Its unique blend of notes makes it uplifting and refreshing, while still maintaining its air of sophistication. And if you’re looking to impress, Moschino Uomo? is a great choice to pair with a light-coloured suit on a warm summer’s day.