I Found 14 Perfumes That Smell So Classy You'd Never Know They're Under $50


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I'll be the first to admit that I have a penchant for expensive perfumes. In fact, I'd even go as far as to say that the majority of my fragrance wardrobe is composed of highly priced designer scents. But I'm not talking about $300-plus fragrances. (Although, there are a couple of those.) I'm talking about those that hover around $100 to $200. Take my all-time favorite signature scent, for instance. It clocks in at a healthy $98, and I simply can't stop spritzing it. 

While my nose appreciates a high-end fragrance, my wallet appreciates something a little more cost-effective. That used to mean forgoing my favorite complex and layered scents for something a little more, well, average. So in my mind, inexpensive perfume became associated with decidedly inexpensive scents.

Fast-forward to today, and that association simply isn't accurate. Lately, I've been noticing a wealth of affordable fragrances that smell surprisingly expensive. In fact, some of them are competing with my other perfumes that are double, if not triple, their prices. Ahead, see 14 under-$50 perfumes you should add to your collection. Trust me—they're legit. 

Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum

Clean Reserve Warm Cotton Eau de Parfum

Dossier Woody Sage Eau de Parfum

Fine'ry Jungle Santal Perfume

Good Chemistry Tiger Lily Eau de Parfum

Dossier Aquatic Peony Eau de Parfum

Being Frenshe Lavender Cloud Roll-On Fragrance Oil

Good Chemistry Magnolia Violet Eau de Parfum

Clean Reserve Skin Eau de Parfum

Dime Beauty Malibu Night Perfume

Fine'ry Sunphoria Fragrance

Zara Applejuice Eau de Toilette

Philosophy Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere Eau de Toilette

Dossier Woody Oakmoss Eau de Parfum

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Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.