Perfume can be expensive, and some of the most beautiful feminine fragrances can end up costing a fortune - many of us receive fragrance gift sets for Christmas or birthdays as a way to afford the latest scents! If you're looking for some beautiful feminine fragrances that won't cost the earth, here are 7 of the best options.
1 Kate Moss by Kate Moss
I bought this perfume recently as it was on special offer; I think it cost me £10 (about $16) for a 50ml bottle. To me, it smells almost exactly like Nina by Nina Ricci - the gorgeous fragrance which comes in an apple shaped bottle. As Nina has always been one of my favorite feminine fragrances, I snapped up this bargainous perfume and have been using it ever since; I think I'll buy a new bottle when this one is finished! The fragrance is described as having two sides, much like Kate Moss herself - it's a 'complicated floral' with smoky rose and black undertones, and it's absolutely gorgeous!
2 Lucy B Sample Pack
Shopping at a perfume website such as IndieScents.com allows you to try fragrances made by independent perfume brands. Lucy B creates some amazing scents, although a single bottle of her fragrance can cost quite a lot. Ordering a sample pack is a great way to test out which fragrance you'll like and will set you back $28 plus shipping for mini spray vials of all Lucy's 8 scents. If you think you know which fragrance is for you, a full sized bottle is $28.
3 Lucy B Royal Green Fig and Vanilla Woods
This fresh, green, leafy scent, available at IndieScents.com, comes in stunning packaging and costs just $28. With notes of coconut, green fig, vanilla and wood, it's fresh with just a hint of sweetness and somehow manages to be utterly feminine yet not floral. Gorgeous!
4 By Night Jette by Joop
This is a sophisticated feminine fragrance that costs a lot less than many more expensive scents, yet smells like it costs a million dollars! Perfect for when you want to feel sexy, notes of vanilla, jasmine, sandalwood and cedar are underpinned by a musk base - many women think it smells like its more expensive cousin, Opium, by Yves Saint Laurent.
5 Believe by Britney Spears
Britney's range of perfumes are actually surprisingly wearable, and this is one of my favorites. It's a similar scent to Gucci by Gucci - juicy guava, tangerine and the sweetness of amber and honeysuckle blended with yummy pralines - mmmmm! It's a fresh, floral and flirty feminine fragrance that's perfect for spring, and it won't break the bank!
6 Premier Jour by Nina Ricci
I love Nina Ricci's fragrances, and this is one of their more affordable ones - around $26 for a 30ml bottle. It's not the most affordable fragrance I've listed here, but it is beautiful. It's more of an evening scent - sandalwood, musk, vanilla orchid, tangerine and mandarin combine for a delicious exotic fragrance. Lovely!
7 Lilabelle by Kate Moss
This is another gorgeous fragrance by Kate Moss, this time named after her daughter Lila. It's quite a young, fresh fragrance that's great for spring, with notes of white lily, mandarin, night blooming jasmine and suede. I love this!
Sometimes you don't need to pay a fortune for gorgeous fragrances. Do you prefer to buy designer perfumes or simply choose something that smells beautiful? I'd love to hear about your all-time favorite perfumes, or perhaps you can recommend a budget perfume that smells just as good as this selection?