Perfumes are as varied as the women who wear them. Each woman brings her own personality and senses as she forms her opinion of a specific fragrance. The fragrances listed here are not only popular choices that offer more subtle scents, but are also more budget friendly as well.
Perfume makes wonderful gifts, whether given to another or purchased for oneself! The five perfumes listed here are all available in certain quantities for under $50, making them both popular and affordable for a variety of occasions.
Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
Lovely was the first of actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s fragrances for women which she launched in 2005. The result was one of casual sophistication with a complexity of scents and inspiration. There are hints of bergamot, rosewood, lavender, patchouli, paper whites, orchids, musk and cedar mingling to create the perfume’s effect. While many of these components can become overpowering in some fragrance blends, Lovely stays subtle and wearable making it suitable for a variety of occasions, settings and even across generations.
This popular perfume is also affordable, making it a budget conscious choice, with a 3.4 oz bottle retailing this season for around $35.
Happy by Clinique
Happy, launched in 1997, does create a feeling of happiness, especially for those who are often perfume sensitive. The simple, light scent from the well known cosmetic maker has become a very popular women’s fragrance. Playing up the floral, citrus, and spring mimosa, the perfume provides another simple, subtle option that allows it to be worn through a variety of social settings-or just to make the wearer feel, well, happy!
The fragrance is also available in gift sets or variations of body washes or body smoothers. This perfume, while under $50 is a little more expensive than some of the others here-with a 1.7 oz. bottle priced at around $39.
Vera Wang by Vera Wang
Many think of fashion designer Vera Wang and beautifully created weddings as being very much interrelated. In true fashion, the Vera Wang fragrance is often an extremely popular choice for a bride seeking a perfume for her wedding day that does not steal the show.
Vera Wang by Vera Wang was the first fragrance in the designers growing perfume line. Launched in 2002, the original Vera Wang perfume brings all of the elegance of a bridal bouquet with traces of calla lily, mandarin blossom, rose, gardenia and lotus blossom paired with sheer musk and blond woods. The blending of scents results in a fresh, subtle fragrances that pleases even the sensitive.
Vera Wang perfume is barely eligible for inclusion as a 1 oz bottle typically averages $45-$50, but it is a wonderfully sophisticated, lower cost fragrance appealing both to the budget conscious and, especially, the wedding planning bride!
Romance by Ralph Lauren
Romance perfume for women by designer Ralph Lauren launched in 1998, but still remains a popular choice of many women. This women’s fragrance blends floral ginger, marigold, fresia, daylilly, white violet with musk and hints of exotic, rich woods.
Romance is not as soft and subtle as the previous fragrances listed-it can be a little strong for some situations and may not be as suitable for all generations. The fragrance is often preferred for evening wear rather than all day use.
Priced at $45 to $50 for a 1.7 oz. bottle, this one also barely makes the list of perfumes costing less than $50! It has; however, been a longstanding favorite fragrance for women for many years.
Touch of Pink by Lacoste
Touch of Pink by Lacoste, introduced in 2004, is undoubtedly the most strongly feminine fragrance making this list. It has a such a sweet tone that it almost has a whimsical, girlish feel. Touch of Pink blends floral jasmine and violet with hints of blood orange, sandalwood, musk, and vanilla.
It is not overpowering or strongly lingering, yet it does give such an extremely sweet fragrance that it limits it sometimes in its appeal to older generations.
Touch of Pink bears some similarity to other more expensive designer fragrances, such as Stella by Stella McCartney and the previously mentioned Romance, and with a retail value often less than $45 for a 3 oz. bottle, it does appeal to many women as an alternative to more expensive perfumes.
As mentioned earlier, perfume is a rather subjective item to review, as each one has the tendency to react differently with an individuals body chemistry. Sometimes those reactions are positive and sometimes, for a variety of factors, a scent that is glorious at the perfume counter is absolutely horrible on the wearer. It may be wise to purchase smaller quantities or samples before committing to a larger bottle of even a positively reviewed fragrance.