Smelling the Roses: Finding Perfume on a Budget

You’ve got a nose for sniffing out terrific deals on the latest fall fashions—if you read this site at all, that’s a given. But when it comes to your eau de essence, it might get a little trickier. Those haute fragrances you love so much often come with a price tag that could finance a small wardrobe—even a small bottle from the sensual and sensorially-indulgent Bond No. 9 perfume line will set you back $150 to start.

But finding a signature scent is as clutch to your fall style as your statement necklace, your trusty pop-of-color or print bag, your classic LBD or your go-to power heel. Your friends and colleagues already revel in the awesomeness of your brains and beauty—now they can revel in how nice you smell, too.

Finding a perfume when you’re watching your pennies isn’t always easy, but it can be done, if you know what you’re looking for. Fruity? Floral? Herby? Or maybe you trend toward earthier scents, like ylang-ylang or sandalwood. Whatever piques your olfactory senses this autumn, remember: Mist, don’t douse. It’s nice to leave people with a light lingering of a scent they’ll always associate with you, but it’s not nice to cause an allergy attack the moment you step foot on the same city block as them.

Here are a few fragrance items that will leave you sitting—and smelling—pretty, without breaking the bank:

Budget-Friendly Perfumes

Banana Republic

Banana Republic Wildbloom Vert Smelling the Roses: Finding Perfume on a Budget

Banana Republic Wildbloom Vert from Fragrantica

The classic apparel store is obviously best known for its chic classics for men and women, but poke around their in-store accessory islands and you’ll find a plethora of perfumes, all typically under $50. Their newest edition is the light and lovely Wildbloom Vert, which is predominantly floral with hints of fruity and fresh water notes.