How to Smell Luxurious Without Breaking the Bank

Smelling good can make one feel luxurious, and luxury costs. Whatever feeling or memory you wish to evoke, there usually is a nuanced fragrance for it. However, it can cost a pretty penny. While it might seem exorbitant to pay a hefty price for a small bottle of scented liquid, there are reasons behind why branded perfumes are so extraordinarily expensive. The posh branding is definitely a factor, however, luxury perfumes are usually expensive due to  the rare ingredients needed to create them. The scarcity of the ingredient, or the difficulty in obtaining them, drives the cost of these perfumes up. 

Companies that produce luxury perfumes also tend to spend millions of dollars on marketing their perfumes. Its popularity with the masses, combined with the beautiful packaging are also part of why they are valued so highly. However, the good news is that you don’t need to buy expensive perfumes to smell good. There are plenty of other more affordable options to keep yourself smelling good without breaking the bank. 

1. Use Deodorant 

First up, a daily necessity that we are familiar with - deodorant. Deodorants serve the dual purpose of killing the bacteria on your skin and preventing body odour. We usually apply deodorant in the morning as part of our morning routine for personal hygiene, which includes brushing our teeth, washing our face, and brushing our hair. 

Both spray on and rollerball deodorants are effective in neutralising body odour. However, roll-ons do tend to be more hydrating due to water being the leading ingredient in most roll-on deodorants. On the other hand, spray-on deodorants are dry quickly and reapplication will never be sticky. 

If your deodorant has antiperspirants, the best time to apply it is actually at night. Your body’s sweat glands are less active at night, making them better able to absorb the aluminium-based active ingredient in antiperspirant. As opposed to popular belief, deodorants should not be applied right after showering. Apply it after your underarms have dried completely so that the chemicals can actually reach inside the pores to allow the sweat blocking action to occur. Apart from their ease of use, deodorants are also priced way lower than perfumes, ranging anywhere between $5 to $15. 

2. Use Scented Skincare

Another way to smell good without spending too much on a single product would be to invest in scented skincare instead. Whether it’s after a long week, or you’re dealing with dryness, dullness, or bumps, body scrubs are the way to give your body that much-needed tender loving care. Scented body scrubs can help to enhance your natural smell while taking care of your skin. The formula is designed to remove any dead skin cells and leave your skin silky smooth. Exfoliating is a must in your routine. So why not also take the opportunity to leave your body feeling clean and lush while smelling good? 

Naturally, after exfoliation comes moisturisation. Scented body lotions will give you a lasting scent that is neither overwhelming nor overpowering. They also come in all sorts of scents, from citrus to floral. Now that your body has been taken care of, all that’s left are those luscious locks. Opt for a scented shampoo. From floral-scented formulas to fresh and fruity-smelling formulas, your hair will get all the care and love it deserves. 

3. Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are a  great way to complement your natural scent without the use of expensive perfumes. Some of the most popular essential oils are easily available and have strong health benefits. Common aromatic profiles are Lavender, Geranium, and Cedarwood.

Lavender is gentle and can help with stress, pain, and sleep. Geranium and Cedarwood are natural anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory oils, and they actively boost skin's health and natural glow. You can also use these essential oils in your hair to refresh your locks during no-wash days.

4. Use Affordable Alternatives

Last but not least, you can always go for affordable alternatives to luxury branded perfumes that you love. Affordable alternatives are perfumes that smell similar to branded names priced at a lower price point. For fans of Coco Chanel Mademoiselle, the Armaf Club De Nuit Woman 105 ml EDP is the one to get. It has a floral yet sophisticated scent, and its versatility may have you reaching out for it regularly.

For fans of gourmand perfumes with candy sweet notes like MFK Baccarat Rouge or Ariana Grande Cloud, you can opt for the Afnan Violet Bouquet. It has a delectable floral-sweet fragrance, making it perfect for a night out. Lovers of the Estee Lauder Modern Muse will love the Armaf Le Parfait. It has a powdery floral fragrance, reminiscent of a clear spring day and golden sunshine. 

Find Affordable Alternatives at Aurel Now

There are plenty of ways to smell luxurious and luscious without having to buy an expensive bottle of perfume. At Aurel, you can find all of these affordable alternative perfumes, ladies' fragrances and more scented items, that can help you feel your best self. At the Aurel Experiential Centre, you even get the opportunity to test the fragrances and get the help of a consultant to help you pick the perfect one. 

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