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Best Discount Perfumes and Colognes for Women, with Descriptions and Reviews

Updated on December 17, 2015

Discount Designer Perfume

I like designer perfume as much as the next woman, but I don't want to pay the price that's usually included. Luckily, I can often find discount designer perfume. When you’re trying to decide on a gift for a woman, perfume or cologne is hard to beat! Every woman I know likes to “smell pretty,” and wearing a great fragrance makes us feel feminine and sexy. Women appreciate getting this romantic gift for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, birthday, Mothers’ Day, anniversary, or just as a special way to say “I love you.” Unfortunately, with all the perfumes on the market today, the average male shopper is often intimidated and confused when trying to select a fragrance as a gift for his significant other.

Below are some of the most popular perfumes for women, including traditional favorites, along with a couple of new scents that are making a big splash. As a dedicated perfume wearer, I’ve personally tested all these fragrances and would not hesitate to recommend any of them. Most of these are readily avialable at higher-end department stores and boutiques, but online prices are almost always lower, from my shopping experience.

Eternity for Women, by Calvin Klein


This fragrance is best for daytime use. It combines the scents of exotic fruits, amber, patchouli, flowers, and spices. This is a romantic fragrance much favored by men, according to reviews and personal feedback!

Obsession, by Calvin Klein

 This is a warm, sexy, long lasting scent with earthy notes of flowers and spices an old classic that was first marketed in 1985 and is still a best seller. This sweet, alluring scent is great for any season, day or night.

Obsession Night, by Calvin Klein

This heady perfume combines the intoxicating scents of sandalwood, vanilla, bitter orange, rose, gardenia, jasmine, amber, and mandarin to create a decidedly sensual fragrance. The rich aroma is alluring and exotic and is a favorite autumn fragrance.

Light Blue, by Dolce and Gabbana

 This light scent is great for daytime wear, whether at work or play. It’s very feminine, combining the scents of citron, apple, rose, jasmine, bluebells, and amber, with just a hint of musk. The attitude is happy and flirty.

L’eau D’issey, by Issey Miyake

This is a warm, multi-level fragrance of carnation, freesia, lily, tuberose, peony, and cyclamen, with undertones of musk and woods. It’s light enough for daytime wear yet provocative enough for night.

Women’s Juicy Couture

 Juicy has the amazing combination of fruits, crushed leaves, florals, patchouli, vanilla, and crème brulee. Wearers of this fragrance often describe it as soft, feminine, and girly, and I agree!

Burberry for Women

 This light, clean scent is perfect for daytime wear. The scent  is most often described as sophisticated and classy. I found it to be invigorating and definitely not too heavy or too sweet.

Bvlgari Omnia

 This fragrance is light and unmistakably Oriental, with a combination of mandarin, white chocolate, and saffron. This is the preferred winter fragrance for many women, who describe it as “delicious.” I found the scent to be warm and slightly exotic.


L'air du Temps for Women, by Nina Ricci

This is a classic scent that was introduced in 1948. It combines iris, gardenia, and sandalwood into a wonderfully romantic aroma. This subtle, alluring scent is recommended for nighttime use. This was a favorite with my mother, who often described it as "sophisticated."

Ed Hardy, by Christian Audigier

 This new fragrance is a mixture of strawberry, mango, grapefruit, freesia, amber, and musk.  This sweet, light, edgy fragrance is a favorite with younger women and teens. My daughters love the scent, as well as the "tattoo bottle" it comes in.

Emporio Armani, by Giorgio Armani

This is a modern fragrance of florals, vanilla, cedar, and almonds. The scent is light, elegant, and feminine, without being overpowering. I found this to be a wonderful fragrance for daytime wear.

Safari for Women, by Ralph Lauren

 I was amazed to find this old favorite on Amazon! It’s one of my favorite perfumes, and I’ve searched for it everywhere, in vain. Safari is a perfect blend of orange, mandarin, patchouli, rose, hyacinth, jasmine, narcissus, sandalwood,  black currant, cedar, and amber. Those dedicated to Safari will be delighted to receive this hard-to-find favorite!

Dior J’adore, by Christian Dior

This fragrance is uniquely sensual and feminine, while being sophisticated at the same time. Levels of scents include African orchid, violet, rose, ivy, Damascus plum, amaranth wood, and blackberry musk. This elegant fragrance is light yet long lasting, so just a touch on the pulse points will last for hours.

Gucci for Women

The sultry scent of Gucci combines fruit fragrances, making the perfume sweet, yet tart. The rich aroma is best used for nighttime wear. I found this scent to be intoxicating but not cloying.

Cashmere Mist, by Donna Karan

 This soft fragrance smells and feels wonderful on your skin! It combines the scents of jasmine, sandalwood, Lily of the Valley, suede, bergamot, patchouli, vanilla, orris, ylang, cedar, and amber, with just a hint of musk. The long-lasting fragrance is best described as exotic, warm, and sensual. I found it to be truly luxurious!


Opium for Women, by Yves Saint Laurent

 This is another popular fragrance that has withstood the test of time. Opium is exotic and rich, with an air of mystery. It combines the heady scents of spices, florals, tangerine, plum, myrrh, castoreum,  sandalwood, and cedar. When I wear Opium, I always feel sexy and a bit daring!

Giorgio Beverly Hills for Women

This is my all-time favorite fragrance! I’ve tried other scents by Giorgio, but in my opinion, they pale in comparison to the original. The sweet smell is truly intoxicating and long lasting without being cloying or overpowering. I get more compliments on this perfume than on any other I’ve ever worn - especially from men!

Beautiful, by Estee Lauder

 This is my second-favorite perfume of all, and definitely my favorite of all the Estee products. My husband chose this for me several years ago because he found the light floral scents so alluring. I concur – it truly is beautiful!



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