Cheap and chic Monday

cheap honeysuckleAh, Monday, Monday. After a week of spending lots of $$$, including never-ending plumbing woes and a wonky garage door (man, when one of those big springs breaks, you’d think someone shot off a gun!), plus new brakes for my car not too long ago, I’ll now be singing the budget blues with the best of them. So cheap, yet chic, scents were definitely on my radar this weekend, and probably will be for a while.

So off I went to pull out the Calyx, the L’Occitanes, the Kai, the Aerin Lauders (especially Mediterranean Honeysuckle) and the Guerlain Aqua Allegorias (I’m partial to Mandarine Basilic and Lys Soleia) and some other good stuff. It’s still a little too warm grab the Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Mission Cologne, but if this budget funk continues into the fall, well, I’ll be snapping that up, too.

I want nothing to do with anything that costs big money, screams money, or even smells like it costs a bundle, ha! I’m ignoring my little stash of Roja Doves, Amouages, Le Labo City Exclusives, and Clive Christian for the time being. I want yummy, uplifting, fun scents that err on the cheap -ish side that I can spray with abandon and not feel pinched about it.

So what about you? What do you go for when you want a cheap (maybe cheerful), and chic scent? Or when the budget blues come calling? Or what are some other good affordable scents that I need to try? (Not right now, of course, since I’m watching my wallet like a hawk, but maybe once the pursestrings loosen up a bit.)

38 Comments
Maureen September 22, 2016

One of my favorite cheap thrills is Vanille Noir & Neroli by Yves Rocher. I also like Sanderling, almost a dupe for Coco Mademoiselle, but without the patchouli. Silences, just dabbed on wrists. Body Shop White Musk occasionally. BBW Black Amethyst, discontinued, but really nice in the winter, and, of course, this one lasts forever.....why is it that the cheapies seem to last longer than my absolute favorites, mostly Chanels, which are $$$$???

Amateur Dilettante September 20, 2016

my favorite cheap thrill is Azuree - not only was it about $12 for the bottle, 1/2 of a spray is more than enough! Dune is my second - half price at my local walgreens, their last unloved bottle and they wanted it gone. I also got Bvlgari black and Jacomo Silences cheap. Ya know, those also came from Walgreens, but online, not store. otherwise I also live off samples and decants.

Musette September 19, 2016

My cheap love is Fresh Lemon Sugar. At $22 it's the perfect chic cheapie. xoxox

Marie September 19, 2016

My favourite cheap thrills are the ones that are widely available (in stores and online): NR For Her, Prada Infusion d'Iris, Hermes Eau des Merveilles, etc. I actually find these cheap choices more and more satisfying, now that most new niche perfumes come with a price tag that is close to my monthly rent.

monkeytoe September 19, 2016

The Lolita Lempicka's can be had for a song. I am wearing au Masculin right now! I like quite a few of the Pacifica's for cheap and cheerful, especially Lotus Garden (Jardin sur le Nil adjacent), Malibu Lemon Blossom, and Tibetan Mountain Temple.

SamanthaL September 19, 2016

I'm definitely with you on going with the inexpensive choices, Ann! I'm getting married in November and I'm counting every penny!! I really like Marine Sel by Tokyomilk, but I'm pretty sure it's been discontinued.

rosarita313 September 19, 2016

Just wanted to commiserate about the bills Ann, I'm in the same boat. Shopping my collection right now and looking forward to heading to Ulta to sample SJP Stash which is getting some good reviews and there's a rollerball available too ;)

Portia September 19, 2016

Heya Ann, Yes, the bills KEEP piling up lately. It's as if they all want to get in before Xmas. Cheapies in arms reach right now include Vanille Noire by Yves Rocher, Lovely by SJP and Lolita Lempicka original. Love them all, Portia xx

Koyel September 19, 2016

And Yves Rocher!

Koyel September 19, 2016

The Fragonards and Molinards are nice and cheap :) as are Roger et Gallet and most of the Berdoues!

TaffyJ September 19, 2016

I thought the Des Filles a la Vanille line was discontinued? Maybe not, just difficult to find a couple of them? My suggestion is Dame Perfumery. There is not a bad one in the bunch. My favorites are: Black Flower Mexican Vanilla, Dark Horse and Mate, Heliotrope & Patchouli. Jeffrey Dame has ample trial sizes of all the scents and he is very generous with samples. Not affiliated, but enjoy the house!

FeralJasmine September 19, 2016

I like most of the scents from Des Filles a la Vanille, which are inexpensive but smell a little more sophisticated than American mass-market. I have bought a number of them blind and there has only been one that I didn't like.

HeidiC September 19, 2016

Favorite cheap frags right now are Atelier Cologne's Orange Sanguine and Ivoire de Balmain (super cheap on FragranceNet). I'll have to check out the Prada Infusion d'Iris!

Caroline September 19, 2016

The Comptoir Sud Pacifiques fit the bill...love Pamplemousse. 30 ml sizes are $36 on Beautyhabit--absolutely cheap & cheerful, plus the packaging's a bit nicer than some of the other bargains out there!

islandjavaguy September 19, 2016

Most of what you listed, plus the Tauer Flash series and mostly Guerlain Shali Souffle or Cologne Du 68 (which sadly just got dc'd with so many others) -Robert H.

Tara C September 19, 2016

My favorite cheapies are the Prada Infusion d'Iris edt and Absolue versions, Nirvana Black, Aerin Lilac Path, Kai, Kenzo Amour, and Natori. I love cruising Fragrancenet and Beautyspin for bargains when I want something new but don't want to spend a lot of cash.