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We all want to give that Hollywood effect when we walk into a room, and let’s be real, not everyone makes that Hollywood money. So the goal is to smell so L.A. even when our bank accounts are so Seattle. 

Good news ladies and gents! There are so many perfumes we can use to achieve this, let us look at ten of them.

Best Affordable Perfumes

  • Eau De Toilette Pillowtalk Poet by Pinrose 
  • Secret Genius by Pinrose 
  • The Blanc by Solinotes
  • Cotton Blossom by Solinotes
  • Philosophy The Fragrance by Philosophy 
  • Versace Pour Homme by Versace
  • CK Everyone Eau de Toilette by Calvin Klein
  • Pi by Givenchy 
  • Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani
  • Eternity For Men by Calvin Klein 

  • Pillowtalk Poet by Pinrose EDT

    Pillowtalk Poet by Pinrose EDT

    Pillowtalk Poet was formulated to give a soapy, clean, and fresh sensation as you cozy up. The Ambergris gives it a sexy, beachy, ocean-like scent, and the base notes give it a grown-up flair. If you're looking to find a sophisticated womanly scent for bedtime, this is perfect!

    • Top notes: Opens with  Powdery Notes and Geranium Flower
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Ambergris and Cloves
    • Base notes: At the base, Musk, Amber, and Sandalwood
    • Perfume Gender: Feminine
    • Scent Accord: Amber
    • Longevity: 9 hours plus
    • Sillage: Intimate
    • Projection: Weak
    • Secret Genius by Pinrose 

    Secret Genius by Pinrose

    This sweet and spicy fragrance is so captivating and romantic, that the boys might not resist its temptation. Secret Genius has an arresting aroma that leaves a soft air of you in a room when you walk in. 

    This fragrance is a charming marriage of caramel and vanilla that dries down to a subtle clean scent after the top notes fade. It is warm, it is spicy, and it flourishes in cold weather.

    • Top notes: Opens with Caramel
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies White Chocolate
    • Base notes: At the base, Madagascar Vanilla, Cedar, and Sandalwood
    • Perfume Gender: Unisex
    • Scent Accord: Amber Vanilla
    • Longevity: 8 hours
    • Sillage: Moderate
    • Projection: Moderate
    • The Blanc by Solinotes

    The Blanc by Solinotes

    What sets Solinotes from other cheap brands is that they have fragrances that focus on one note. The fragrances do have other notes, but each of them has one particular note they focus on, while the other notes play a complementary role.

    The Blanc has a crisp clean scent with a hint of mint that is perfect as an underlayer for floral perfumes. It also works as a standalone scent if you want to dash out because it won't last you all day.

    • Top notes: Opens with Cardamom and Bergamot
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies White Tea and Sage
    • Base notes: At the base, Osmanthus and Musk
    • Perfume Gender: Unisex
    • Scent Accord: Citrus Aromatic
    • Longevity: 2-4 hours
    • Sillage: Poor
    • Projection : Weak
    • Cotton Blossom (Cotton) by Solinotes

    Cotton Blossom (Cotton) by Solinotes

    Cotton Blossom is a powdery, musky scent that makes you feel clean and fresh like you just got out of a cold shower. This fragrance also gives you a relaxing stay-at-home feeling, making it an ideal bedtime scent.

    Cotton Blossom is perfect for casual outings because it is not strong enough to mask sweat or to make a lasting impression.

    • Top notes: Opens with Rice Powder and Bergamot
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Jasmine and Rose
    • Base notes: At the base, Vanilla and Musk
    • Perfume Gender: Unisex
    • Scent Accord: Floral
    • Longevity: 2-4 hours
    • Sillage: Poor
    • Projection : Weak
    • Philosophy The Fragrance by Philosophy 

     

    Philosophy is a fragrance that would take you back to a lemon field in the middle of summer. The first impression is citrusy then, it dries down to a very aromatic, green smell that locks it in the unisex zone.

    This perfume is so soothing that you can do more than just spray it on. You can spray it around your room, or in a hot tub, to get that tranquilizing feel.

    • Top notes: Opens with Ginger, Lemon, and Green Leaves.
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Jasmine and Hyacinth
    • Base notes: At the base, White Musk, Sandalwood, and Amber
    • Perfume Gender: Unisex
    • Scent Accord: Citrus
    • Longevity: 3 hours
    • Sillage: Intimate
    • Projection : Weak
    • Versace Pour Homme by Versace

    Versace Pour Homme by Versace

    Versace Pour Homme is similar in scent profile to Allure Homme Sport by Chanel. This fresh cologne is love at first sniff, and can be your everyday scent during spring or summer. It performs really well in high heat and not a lot of perfumes can pull it off on hot days.

    Would it be the best in every category? Maybe not, but it is versatile enough to work in any category- any event, place, or time.

    • Top notes: Opens with Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli and Rose de Mai
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Hyacinth, Cedar, Clary Sage, and Geranium
    • Base notes: At the base, Amber, Musk, and Tonka Bean
    • Perfume Gender: Masculine
    • Scent Accord: Aromatic Fougere
    • Longevity: 8 hours
    • Sillage: Moderate
    • Projection : Moderate
    • CK Everyone Eau de Toilette by Calvin Klein

    CK Everyone Eau de Toilette by Calvin Klein

    The perfumer behind this fragrance is Alberto Morillas, the same nose behind Aqua Di Gio Profondo, so you know it’s good. This cologne is a bit generic, it definitely smells like something you have smelled before, but it still has a unique element.

    CK Everyone is a citrusy revelation of the ocean with a creamy undertone that is decent for official gatherings. Although it is unisex, it leans a bit more to the masculine side.

    • Top notes: Opens with Organic Orange Oil and Ginger
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Watery Notes and Tea
    • Base notes: At the base, Musk, Cedar, Patchouli, and Amber
    • Perfume Gender: Unisex
    • Scent Accord: Citrus Aromatic
    • Longevity: 5- 6 hours
    • Sillage: Moderate
    • Projection : Weak
    • Pi by Givenchy 

    Pi by Givenchy

    This sensual perfume was created for the adventurous man. Even though it's a woody fragrance, it is also very lush and green. This could be described as a transmuting fragrance: the first impression is not at all what you get at the heart and not at all what you rest on. 

    Though it is versatile occasion-wise, this mature, well-established fragrance is best utilized in a cool weather because high heat would kill its longevity. It works well as a date night scent because it permits the person close to you to come even closer.

    • Top notes: Opens with Mandarin Orange, Tarragon, Basil, and Rosemary
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Neroli, Geranium, Lily-of-the-Valley, and Anise
    • Base notes: At the base, Vanilla, Almond, Tonka Bean, Benzoin, Cedar, and  Brown Sugar
    • Perfume Gender: Masculine
    • Scent Accord: Amber Woody
    • Longevity: 5- 6 hours
    • Sillage: Heavy
    • Projection : Wide
    • Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

    Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

    This is reportedly the most sold men’s fragrance on the market. I would smell like the uncle, the grandfather, the brother, the husband, the ex-boyfriend, or cousin of someone you know. But there is a reason why it is so popular: it has character, it's not flat, it's not boring.

    Aqua Di Gio is one of the first fragrances to use Calone, which is the aquatic note, making it a piece of fragrance history. Like many fresh smells, the performance isn't so great, but it is one of those fragrances you have to have.

    • Top notes: Opens with  Lemon, Jasmine, Mandarin Orange, and Neroli Bergamot, Lime, and Orange.
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Sea Notes, Jasmine, Calone, Peach, Freesia, Hyacinth, Cyclamen, Rosemary, Coriander, Nutmeg, Rose, Violet, and Mignonette
    • Base notes: At the base, Cedar, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Amber White Musk
    • Perfume Gender: Masculine
    • Scent Accord: Aromatic Aquatic
    • Longevity: 5-6 hours
    • Sillage: Poor
    • Projection : Weak
    • Eternity For Men by Calvin Klein 

    Eternity For Men by Calvin Klein

    Eternity for men is a timeless classic that launched in 1990. It is a summer and springtime perfume that is refreshing with a pleasant projection.

    It really does feel like this fragrance has been around for eternity. Even though it's been put out for a long time, it doesn't smell dated, but it is an acquired taste- if you're a fan of lavender, chances are you're going to love this green soapy scent.

    • Top notes: Opens with Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot and Mandarin Orange
    • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Sage, Juniper Berries, Basil, Geranium, Orange Blossom,  Lily-of-the-Valley, Coriander, and Jasmine
    • Base notes: At the base, Musk, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Brazilian Rosewood, and Amber
    • Perfume Gender: Masculine
    • Scent Accord: Aromatic Fougere
    • Longevity: 4 hours plus
    • Sillage: Strong
    • Projection : Wide

    CONCLUSION

    Evidently, you don't have to empty your wallets chasing after high end perfumes when you can easily purchase a couple affordable ones that do the same job. Whether you use them together, or alone, there are so many budget perfumes that would elevate your inner grandeur.

    People Also Ask

    Which is better perfume or cologne?

    Neither perfume nor cologne is better than the other. Perfume has a greater concentration of essential oils than cologne so it really depends on what you want- a longer lasting scent or milder one.

    What is the difference between Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum?

    The difference between Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum also lies in the concentration of essences in their oil or alcohol base. Eau de Parfums are stronger and longer lasting than their Eau de Toilette counterparts.

    How do I know if I stink?

    You can know if you stink by asking a friend you trust. We often don't know how we come off to others because we cannot smell ourselves. If there is no friend around to ask, you can take off your clothes and smell the pits.

    Why is perfume called toilet water?

    Perfume is called toilet water (Eau de Toilette) because back in the day, the French would use aromatic aftershaves that they called ‘Eau de Toilette’ which would evolve to mean perfumes that have light concentrations of essential oils.

    Should I buy expensive perfume?

    You should definitely buy expensive perfume if you can afford it. Oftentimes perfumes are more expensive because of the effort and ingredients that are employed to make it worth buying. This almost always guarantees that you would get something of high quality.



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