Does Cheap Perfume Exist?

Have you ever walked past someone that uses an excessive amount of perfume? Usually when this happens, you can smell them a mile away. This happened to me the other day. I was walking to work from the train and someone with a heavy dose of cologne was about 10 feet in front of me. The worst part about it is that we weren’t just crossing paths. He was walking the same path as I was for a few minutes. I was stuck in the wake of his smell for what seemed like an eternity.

Perfume is Expensive

Have you ever realized how much cologne or perfume costs? I often obsess about the costs of certain things when they come up in my life. This cologne guy was no exception. The thought immediately popped into my head: I wonder how much money he spent spraying his body with this fragrance. It’s remarkable to me that people can spend thousands of dollars on a little bottle of fragrance. That’s right, thousands of dollars. In fact, if you try to search for “expensive perfume” you can find a certain bottle for over $400,000! While I don’t believe that this guy was wearing that expensive of cologne, the fact remains that it is over-priced. My displeasure proves that he overpaid. Even $1 would have been too much.

It was the same day that my wife and I discovered a rotten peach in a lunch bag that she brought to work some days or weeks before. When I say rotten, I mean every word. Immediately after opening the bag, the kitchen smelled horrible! It was so disgusting. There are very few things in my life that have smelled worse than this. It was so bad that we had to take the garbage out right away and open up the kitchen windows. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get rid of this smell for some time. I almost pulled out the Febreeze to mask the smell, but it turned out that it wasn’t necessary.

It was at this moment that I was convinced that companies that sell ‘fragrance products’ must be making a killing. The sense of smell is so potent that anyone is willing to pay a fortune in order to cover up the bad smells of every day life. Isn’t it interesting how certain items can cost so much money?

A Natural Alternative

I didn’t want to take the garbage all the way out to the trash can that time, so instead I left it in the entryway to our apartment. We have a second door to enter our apartment, so we were able to isolate the fumes and keep it separate from the rest of the apartment without taking the long trip out to the trash can. Okay, I admit that I was a little lazy, but my primary concern was on getting the smell out of the kitchen. The only downside to this was that our entryway smelled horrible the next morning. I thought I was doomed and that the rotten smell had attached itself to the very walls of our entryway.

Instead of tackling this giant with Febreeze, I decided to use our basil plant. This worked its magic with just a few hours. In less than a days time, we had a basil-smelling entry way. Wonderful! I keep coming back to the connection between living a frugal lifestyle and saving the environment.

Save Money, Get Rid of the Perfume

The truth is that perfume is an unnecessary accessory. It may seem like a great way to attract that significant other or impress someone in the office, but it really isn’t necessary. If you are truly honest with yourself, most people don’t like it anyway. Save yourself a few bucks and live with the smell. Or better yet, find natural scents. I’m not suggesting rubbing basil leaves on you before heading out the door, but there is probably a better alternative to the over-priced cologne or perfume.

Do you buy over-priced cologne or perfume? What are some possible replacements?

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34 Responses to Does Cheap Perfume Exist?

  1. Add perfume to handbags, shoes, makeup, jewelry… My advice to you Cory is to give up now, it’s a losing battle. Madison Avenue has already convinced your wife she needs Chanel so open up that wallet and just smile. ;)

  2. Aaron Hung says:

    I just use Soap or body wash then I’m good :D

  3. I have never bought much perfume because I work in a scent free environment so the amount of times I can actually wear it is little. Plus my hubby can’t handle strong smells. I find essential oils work really well. Just drop a few drops in a spray bottle full of water and spray yourself or a room. It works great and there are a ton of scents to choose from.

    If you need to freshen up a gym bag etc. drop a few drops of essential oil on a cloth and throw it in the bag.

  4. Why get rid of perfume? you don’t have to pay for extravagant brands, you can still buy mid-range nice smelling perfume. And I recommend it if you work around people, no man is an island…

  5. I hate it when someone left a huge perfume cloud in the elevator. Sometime I wonder if their olfactory is permanently desensitized after prolonged exposure. :)

  6. I wear perfume a few times a month–the one I love is Ming Shu (not Avon…but I forget the company). I paid about $20 bucks for it, and it will last me over a year.

    A compromise I have found is body splash. It you want to smell lovely it will do the trick at a fraction of the cost.

  7. Suba says:

    I like a scent free atmosphere so never a fan of perfume. (ok. this might be bit stupid, but the first thought that comes to my mind when someone walks by with TON of perfume is they haven’t showered or something and covering it up, stupid, I know) I am allergic to a lot of perfumes. So it is mostly deodorant and body splash (that I make) for me.

  8. I never use perfume. I do use deodorant which is much cheaper than perfume. hehe…

  9. YFS says:

    I’m a cologne guy myself and not the cheap stuff. The trick is to not put too much on. 2-3 squirts max. People should not smell you from 20 meters away. But, the right cologne is like the right watch, tie or cufflinks. If done right it can really set you apart. Recommended scents. Jean Paul Gaultier “Le Male”, YSL D’homme, Paco Rabanne 1 million, and Dolce & Gabbana the one. I have more but those are my signature smells.

  10. When it’s a bit too much like Pig-pen and there’s a sent bubble forming from people walking away, it might be too much. Moderation works best, but I usually go au naturale myself.

  11. Aloysa says:

    I never ever leave the house without my perfume. It is my staple. It is one of the most important accessories.
    If you walk into an elevator and smell someone’s perfume that person either does not possess any understanding what perfume is all about or uses cheap crap.
    “Two things make the women unforgettable, their tears and their perfume.” Sacha Guitry

  12. I use perfume daily, its important that you smell good at meetings.

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  18. :-D What a hilarious story! And I can just imagine the look on the spouse’s face the next morning. Poor fella!

    The chucklehead who bathes in cologne is even more inconsiderate than a smoker who lights up in public. Many people are very allergic to perfumes — my sister-in-sin’s head and throat clog up instantly when she’s exposed to perfumes (at any price) in an enclosed place (such as, say, a subway car). For an asthmatic it’s as much a health threat as second-hand smoke.

    I’ve never been able to grasp the appeal of Febreze. That stink of that stuff makes me gag — all it does is cover up one bad smell with another bad smell. What part of clean it with soap and water or get rid of it is hard to grasp? For that matter, when it comes to perfuming one’s body (which is just an attempt to replace the human’s natural and rather offensive body odor with a fake odor), why not just bathe?

    Basil plant idea was clever. Another pleasant scent, very inexpensive, that might have masked the temporary garbage odor is vanilla. Put some vanilla in a bowl with water; warm in the microwave and set it in the entryway. Or just let it simmer on the stove to let it perfume the entire apartment, including the entry.

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  20. lol. That dude must have really stunk to make it into a post. Poor Corey. I’m not big on perfume, I use essential oil in place of perfume because it’s cheaper, smells fabulous and because of the aromatherapy benefits.

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  22. I have to admit that I really like perfume. I’ve always liked it. I don’t marinate in it like that guy did, but I enjoy it.

    Since I’ve started budgeting, my collection of perfumes have decreased significantly. I’ve tried replacing them with more ‘cost-effective’ alternatives, but they’re really not the same.

  23. I will happily admit that I love perfume. I wear it daily (but sparingly). For me, it’s one of those daily luxuries and it makes me happy.

    A couple suggestions: Perfume can be pricey, but it’s also a great birthday or holiday gift. When people ask me for ideas on what I want, I always say perfume or candles.

    Also, perfume samples are fabulous. You can often get them for free in department stores. Whenever I order from Sephora.com (their 20% coupons are great), I get three free samples too.

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