How To Buy Perfume Cheap.


A common question for beginning perfume hobbyists is how can I try all the perfumes I want? There are so many out there that I want to try, but I can’t afford them. What’s the best way I can try the ones I want without going bankrupt? Do I buy full bottles or samples? Where do I get the best deals? Where can I buy perfume cheap?

Loving perfume can be an expensive hobby, or you can make it a fun hobby with a budget. It’s all up to you. And your wallet. Everyone knows how much money they have to spend.

First, decide what your budget will be each month that you’ll set aside for perfume choices. Next, your decision should be what types of perfumes you’d like to buy. Are you the type of person that buys only perfumes you’ve sniffed before? Or are you more daring and you’re willing to purchase perfumes based on others’ reviews and the notes in the perfumes?

If you’re familiar with the kind of perfume you like, sometimes blind-buying works out. Blind-buying a perfume is when you purchase a bottle without ever smelling the perfume first. It’s basically a 50-50 gamble, unless you arm yourself with the education that’s at hand of reviews online and information about the perfume.


Full bottles or samples? Samples are the little tiny carded miniatures that are usually .01-.05 ml that are given out through promotions at department stores sold online through auction sites like Ebay , or other outlets. These can range in price from .99 upwards to $4.99 and more, depending on the age and name of the perfume. Sometimes, you can find carded samples in box lots of 5 or more at a time. Buying these are a cheap alternative for trying perfumes.

Full bottles are just that, any bottle is considered a full bottle usually at 1/2 ounce or more, unless the bottle is pure parfum at a 1/4 ounce. Other ways to buying small samples of perfumes one at a time are available at online retailers such as,,,,,, and others. I am not affiliated with any of these listed and cannot verify the authenticity of their wares.

Just remember that the vials are tiny, starting at 1 ml, which is enough to give you about one good wearing on your wrist. I find that to properly test a perfume I need to wear it more than once and also, I need to have enough of the liquid to mesh with my skin to get a good feel of it. What I smell in the bottle or on a strip of paper is not the same as what goes on my skin and blends with my chemistry. 99 cents may sound cheap enough, and it certainly is, but to properly review and know if the perfume is going to be right for you takes a bit more than the equivalent of one or two good sprays. But in the spirit of having fun, it’s another way to go to experience a lot of perfumes.


Perfumes can behave differently under different temperatures. Some “come out” or “shine” better in the colder weather while in the summer heat they may be too cloying. When you have a miniature, you have enough liquid to last you and test it out over time. You also will have a little collectible bottle that nice to put in a cabinet. (Out of sunlight and direct light.)

Another way to go small is to buy miniature bottles. Tiny bottles of perfume are often sold by perfume stores online or also by sites like,,,,  They are also very inexpensive. Instead of paying for a full bottle, you’re only buying a very small amount, and you’re able to experiment with enough perfume during different weather conditions (such as the different seasons) to see how the perfume reacts with you.


If you prefer the spray method for your perfumes, you can always decant them into 5 ml or larger sprayers that you can order online. Or, you can use a mini-funnel or pipette to pour the contents into a sprayer. It just takes a few minutes, but for those who either enjoy spraying or feel spraying disperses the scent better, it’s well worth it.

Design houses of perfumes sometimes have a contact form at the bottom of their page where you can write them. Take a chance and ask them for samples of their perfume if you’re not able to find any elsewhere.

In the USA, there are discount stores like TJMaxx, Ross, and Marshalls that sell (usually) last season’s perfumes that at times, might be considered gray-market at a considerable discount. They are the same perfumes that you would buy in regular department stores. It’s a hit-or-miss what you’ll find. Other countries have comparable stores.

Don’t ever pass up drugstores and even grocery stores to see what they have in stock. Many times they’ll have old stock that they’ve discounted to very low prices just to get off their shelves.

So if you’re beginning your perfume Journey and want to start your collection, remember to:

  1. Create your monthly budget and stick to it. There will always be perfume for sale.
  2. Decide on the types of perfume that you’d like to buy along the way. Keep a journal or notecards. Oriental, woody, floral, musk, gourmand, green fruity-there are all types to try. This is your fun opportunity to learn about them. Try as many as you’d like by sampling first.
  3. Read reviews. Arm yourself with information about perfumes. Once you try a perfume, go back and re-read those same reviews and see if you still feel the same way. It’s the only way to learn and steer yourself in the direction of what fragrance type you are leaning towards.
  4. Blind-buy full bottles? Order samples? What’s your choice? Base your decision on this ahead of time or you’ll be caught in dilemmas, wasting money, and before you know it, perfumes won’t be fun. It’s your money to spend, but spend it wisely.                                                                                                                                                       Having a hobby is fun. Pursuing goals is excellent. Putting this all together can be Heaven.   I know it is for me. Do it wisely and you’ll not only be developing a creative hobby that’s very enjoyable for yourself, but having scents to delight in, relax with and drift off to sleep with that is the utmost in stress-relief and unwinding your life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peace.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sorceress                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            All works past, present and future are protected under a CCC. Creative Common License, Kaarie Blake Musings by Kaarie Blake is licensed under a Creative Common Attribution-Noncommercial-Noderivs-3.0-Unported License.

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