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Is Expensive Perfume Worth the Money? Why is Choosing the Right Scent Necessary? 

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Expensive perfumes generally owe their prices to the fame of the brand that makes them. The more well-known the brand, the higher the price. Nevertheless, with that brand name also comes a guarantee of exotic and high-quality ingredients, usually from natural sources, like extracts from flowers, the bark of certain trees etc. These top-end components truly highlight the differences in quality between expensive perfumes and cheaper ones. It’s like eating a steak cooked at a Michelin-star restaurant versus one from a highway rest stop. For example, although base notes help extend a perfume’s peak projection, they are expensive to source and, therefore, absent from cheaper fragrances.

This article discusses factors determining how a perfume company charges for a perfume, including the base compound’s origins and variations in medium/fragrance ratios. We will also discuss some of the reasons why choosing the right scent for you is crucial.

Rare and expensive components 

The higher the quality and purity of the ingredients, the higher the cost and the higher the price. In other cases, like certain flowers and spices, immense quantities of the compound are required to produce minuscule amounts of perfume oil. So procurement takes time and heavy investment of natural resources. Here are some of the most sought-after and expensive ingredients used by the perfume industry:


It is a waxy substance produced inside a sperm whale’s digestive system that the whale excretes along with its faecal matter. Once exposed to the colder water, it hardens and bobs along the surface until it reaches a distant shore. Although illegal to use in the US, given the Sperm Whales protected status, most other countries still use naturally occurring ambergris for their perfumes. A pound of this rock-like material can sell for more than $60,000.

Bulgarian Rose 

The Rose Valley in Bulgaria produces almost 70% of the worlds supply of rose oil. With only a few weeks in May and June, workers have to work in the dark to collect, individually cut each petal and send it to a distillery before they wilt. To put the sheer scale of this task into perspective, you need roughly 10,000 pounds of petals to make one pound of pure Bulgarian rose oil.


Although not as inefficient as rose, jasmine oil production requires significant input. You need roughly 224,000 flowers to produce just one ounce of pure fragrance oil. Not to mention that jasmine is an unbelievably fragile flower that bruises easily. It must be transported in special containers and processed immediately.

Levels of perfume/oil concentrations 

Several different types of alcohol to fragrance oil ratios exist in high-end and low-end fragrances; some even replace the alcohol with water. From this perspective, cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean lower quality but instead signifies that it serves another purpose. For example, a perfume company designs an eau de cologne with light fragrances, intending to last no more than an hour, maybe two. On the other hand, eau fraiche has about the same fragrance oil level as a cologne but contains water instead to bring the aroma into focus. Generally, you can break down perfumes into the following categories:

Eau Fraiche 

Eau fraiche contains the lowest concentrations of fragrance oil (1-3%) and, without heavy exertion, should last up to two hours. The fact that it contains water instead of the customary alcohol sets it apart from the rest. Most perfumers do this to mitigate the influences of alcohol on the base notes. This modification makes eau fraiche a good choice for sensitive skin and the cheapest, even under a high-end brand.

Eau de Cologne 

The next highest concentration level belongs to the Eau de Cologne. Colognes usually contain 2-4% fragrance oil in an alcohol solution, designed to last about two hours. This fragrance traditionally uses light, fresh citrus notes with little anchoring in base oils.

Eau de Toilette 

This lighter and fresher perfume alternative contains a slightly higher ratio of fragrance oils than cologne. It is designed to last on the skin without overwhelming the people around you, no matter how much you apply. At 5-15%, it is also one of the most popular types of perfumed liquid available. A perfume company usually keeps these moderately priced and designs them to last up to two to three hours, even on a sunny day, making them an excellent choice for gifts.

Eau de Parfum 

On average, you can get four to five hours of adequate projection from an eau de parfum. With a 15-20% oil to alcohol ratio, this perfumed liquid is the second most common perfume category primarily because of the higher price tag. However, besides perfumes, an eau de parfum contains some of the highest quality fragrance oils that remain prominent for the bulk of the day.


The final and most expensive category, perfumes contain between 20-30% fragrance oil and last around eight hours or more. These perfumes are bold, noticeable and long-lasting by design and, therefore, consist of the purest compounds and ingredients. This quality also makes it the most expensive option.

Suffice it to say, buying an expensive perfume and choosing the right scent can prove challenging since you must consider the factors driving that price which usually reflects the quality ingredients that the perfume company used to make it. Moreover, developing a signature scent for yourself is a statement of confidence and class. Especially since the fragrance you wear is the first thing and the last thing people remember about you, given how deeply olfactory senses affect memories.So choose well and good luck!

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