You can spend a fortune on cologne/perfume if you aren’t careful, and frankly, it just isn’t worth it. People get very attached to a particular scent – and that’s fine – but that isn’t a good way to save. Having a few different scents in your palate will increase your chances of finding what you want without spending too much. In addition, looking off the beaten path can help too.
It will come as no surprise that some of the best prices on perfume or cologne can be found online. It is the old story of low overhead, bulk purchases, and deep discounts. You can find just about every scent in the world online in some capacity. That said, some caution is in order.
Anyone can pretend they are selling the legitimate product. That doesn’t mean you will get what you think you are getting. Make sure to check reviews of any Web site you are considering. If you find a consistent history of complaints, go elsewhere.
Auction sites such as Overstock and eBay are also good places to find scents, if you know what you are searching for. Nearly everyone has had the experience of being given a scent they don’t use. Many times these bottles of cologne/perfume end up in the closet gathering dust. Other times, an enterprising individual sells them online for a few dollars. While this isn’t a good way to try a new product, it can be a great way to get a standard.
It’s hard to believe, but even department stores can be a source for inexpensive perfumes. When holidays roll around, many companies offer sales, free samples, and other perks to regular customers. If you have to get something at these prices, make sure to get offered an extra as well.
Some stores specialize in selling department store discards. Among the collection of designer dresses, kitchen wares, and luggage, you can find many fragrances. This is a particularly useful place to search when your favorite scent is being phased out or a special holiday bottle was in use for a short while.
As a culture we overuse our scents. While you can no longer be assaulted in a store by a spray bottle wielding salesperson, you can certainly experience a similar feeling when you smell some people. Scents are meant to enhance, not overpower, and if you purchase good products, you don’t need to overdo it. Learn how to minimize your usage; you will save money and still enjoy your fragrance.
Consider Other Products
Many popular products can be purchased as powders, bath gels, lotions, and more. These alternatives are usually less expensive than the perfume and provide an all over appeal. If you are already dusted with perfume-scented powder, a dab behind each ear is all you need to raise the bar. Your perfume will last a long time that way.
No matter which cologne/perfume you like to wear, stocking up when you find a good deal is a decent option. Remember that even perfumes have a limited shelf life, so look for money-saving opportunities, and you can have your scent and smell it too.
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