Today I want to talk about a topic I find very interesting myself since so many people have a different opinion about this subject.
Myths about luxury / expensive perfumes
But before we are going to talk about this, I want to make it clear what a 'luxury perfume' is for me. (For some it might be a Jean Paul Gaultier bottle, for others it's the newest Roja Dove).
What makes a fragrance luxurious for me?
- A heavy bottle with thick glass.
- A lot of effort that has been put in on the packaging/bottle design. With special details.
- A great atomizer.
- A price range that is a lot higher than the designer perfumes.
- Sold in luxury stores.
- The scent is original, and contains high quality ingredients.
- The brand has some kind of status in the fragrance world. (Like Ferrari has with cars).
- Most of the time, it takes some effort to actually buy the scent. Money and shop wise.
- I want to buy the perfume in the store instead of ordering it online. I expect better service.
In this post I would like to give my opinion on the myths that are going on about luxury perfumes and their prices to finally answer the question : Are luxury fragrances worth the money? All these myths are based on the questions I get a lot at work as a sales person in the fragrance industry.
Do luxury perfumes lasts longer on the skin?
Not true. There are a lot of cheapies out there with amazing performance and longevity on the skin. I DO think that there are a lot of expensive ones out there that have amazing performance more than I know compared to the cheaper ones. Still, it would be false to say that this statement is true.
Do luxury perfumes contain better ingredients?
I find this a hard one. Because it's very difficult to get insights in the quality of ingredients the brands both cheap and expensive use. But, one thing I know for sure is that expensive brands , especially niche ones, always try to focus on the best of the best and also explain their prices by the quality of the ingredients they use. I just can't imagine that a 15 Euro drugstore fragrance contains the same ingredients as Amouage.
But talking about Molecules 01, which is also quite expensive starting at a price of 60 Euros for 30 ml, as a scent that is so easy to DIY, I don't really know why it has to be so over-priced.
Are niche perfumes are better than designer scents?
Difficult question again. It's more what do you prefer? I won't say that a niche brand is better but what I do love about niche brands is that they really stand for something, have a special concept and background story, and make more original fragrances. I would never say to a guest that they should always go for niche. I do say that once you go niche, you never go back ....
Luxury perfumes are only for rich people!
Both true and not true. I can imagine that if you are a single mom, living with 2 kids in a flat, only having 5 euro's left every single month it's not something within your reach. But ....... in the end it all comes down to saving. If this lady would save 20 scents a week, within 2 years she would be able to buy a luxury scent ... I think it's just a matter of principles and perspective.
Why should I buy a very expensive perfume if there are a lot more cheaper options out there?
Why should you buy expensive shoes instead of cheap ones?
Other people won't smell it, so why bother?
This is true, a lot of people won't notice it when you wear your Tom Ford to work. But, perfume is something you wear for yourself. You fell in love with that specific perfume, not your co-workers or the people in the street. I think it's strange when you want others to know you are wearing something expensive. I have this same feeling with people that like to wear clothes with big brands on them. You are not an advert.
You only pay for the brand and the bottle design!
No, you pay for juice + bottle + brand + the box + the export + the tax ... it's a whole package.
As a perfume lover I NEED to have some luxury perfumes.
Not true, I hear a lot of people about this in the fragrance community and it bothers me. Your love for something is not measured by the cost of it.
Are luxury perfumes worth the money?
I would say most of the time yes. It's about the whole experience you pay for.
Please share you thoughts in the comments below.
I would love to hear your opinion!