We're firm believers that fragrance is just as important to personal style as clothing. Scent memory is intense; the one you choose will likely leave a lasting impression on everyone you meet. For this reason, we're constantly keeping tabs on the most popular perfumes, the best new offerings, and even the ones our editors are wearing on repeat to stay abreast of the very best aromas out there.
Right now, we're interested in the rich, complex scents that smell downright expensive. You know, the ones that make you do a double-take. We scoured good ol' Nordstrom for the most elegant elixirs and then took it a step further by calculating their price per wear. And honestly, these numbers make a serious case for shelling out the cash for these little bottles of heaven.
We put on our very fashionable math hats and came up with a formula to determine this info. As a general rule of thumb, there are about 10 spritzes for every milliliter of perfume, and we estimate that women will use two spritzes at a time. This means that we get about five wears per milliliter, by volume.
Now that we're done crunching the numbers, we invite you to shop our curated list of the chicest scents to round out your perfume wardrobe, all for a daily price less than that of parking in Los Angeles.
If you're a sandalwood lover, then this nuanced take on the commonly used base will be both surprising and pleasing to the senses. Notes of bergamot, lemon, orange, and petitgrain (a bitter orange-derived scent) sit on top but are softened by lavender and cardamom in the middle. It's just divine.
The cost breakdown: $122 ÷ 100 wears = $1.22 per wear
This Tom Ford option evokes fantasies of the most lavish vacation you can imagine. Oils of cypress fucus algae and armoise mixed with salty driftwood make for a complex, elegant aroma.
The cost breakdown: $128 ÷ 150 wears = $0.85 per wear
With bergamot, lemon, and pomegranate layered atop a base including sandalwood, and musk, this sweet, floral scent is bold without being overpowering.
The cost breakdown: $106 ÷ 500 wears = $0.21 per wear