5 Cheap Fragrances that Smell Like Expensive Fragrances


Times are hard and they only seem to be getting harder. It is getting harder for the average man to live a comfortable life. Consequently, some sacrifices have to be made to live life on a budget. People usually think that cheap perfume is a bad perfume. Fortunately, this is not true. Their plenty of affordable perfumes that perform very well compared to the expensive ones. In fact, some of these perfumes are even rated higher than their expensive counterparts. Here is a list of the top 5 best cheap cologne for men that I have compiled. I have tried to include various categories of scents.

  1. Cerruti 1881 by Nino Cerruti for Men

 The house of Cerruti is an Italian brand that was founded in 1957 by Nino Cerruti. In 1990, they produced Cerruti 1881. 1881 was the year in which the founder’s grandfather opened up his textile business in Biella, Italy. In fact, the textile business is the inspiration behind this fragrance.

The true nose behind this fragrance is Martin Gras. He is a master perfumer who has worked on iconic fragrances like Daylight by Gabriela Sabatini. In my opinion, this is the best cheap woodsy smelling cologne. It opens up with a refreshing top note consisting of Lemon, Bergamot, Basil, Clove, Tarragon, Rosemary, Cypress, Lavender, and Juniper berry. The heart notes are floral and help bring out the refreshing top note scent. The heart notes consist of Ylang-ylang, Rose, and Blackcurrant. The base note is the most prominent of all the notes. It consists of Wood musk, Sandalwood, Balsam fir, and Amber. This gives the fragrance a woody foundation with warm and earthy undertones.

It has a 4-star rating on Amazon. Also, a 100ml bottle will only cost you $33.56. This is a great purchase when you are on a tight budget.


  1. Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene for Men

Next, Grey Flannel is a great fragrance that has endured the test of time. It was produced by the United States perfume company Geoffrey Beene in 1975 and has remained a best-seller to this day. In fact, in 1976 it won a FIFI award.

The nose behind this one is André Fromentin. He is a great American perfumer. This one is more of an oriental woodsy fragrance. It has a robust and citrusy top note consisting of Violet, Lemon, Orange, Petitgrain, Bergamot, and Galbanum. Next, the middle notes are a combination of floral and woodsy notes. These heart notes are Rose, Clary sage, Geranium, and Fern. They give the fragrance a classic and sophisticated scent. Finally, the base notes are Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Tonka, and Musk. These ones give the fragrance a warm and woodsy finish that is masculine.

A 120 ml bottle of this classic fragrance will only cost you $26.73 on Amazon.


  1. Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir

Drakkar Noir is yet another fragrance that has endured the test of time. It first came out in 1982 and was produced the house of Guy Laroche. The house of Guy Laroche is a French perfume company that started operations in 1957. This is a great masculine scent. In fact, Drakkar is a Viking word for dragon boat. I do not know about you but anything with a Viking word on it is manly enough for me.

The nose behind this masculine scent is Pierre Wargnye. He is a well-known perfumer who has worked on some great fragrances like Very Irrésistible for Men (2005) by Givenchy. In my opinion, this one is a truly aromatic sensation. It opens up with a citrusy and refreshing top note that is packed with revitalizing power. The top notes consist of Basil, Green mint, Rosemary Verbena, Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, and Artemesia. The heart notes are spicy with earthy undertones they consist of Coriander, Angelica, Cinnamon, Wormwood, Juniper, and Cardamom. Finally, the fragrance has a masculine and woodsy foundation consisting of Patchouli, Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Amber, Pine needle, Leather, Sandalwood, and Balsam.

This one has a 4.4-star rating on Amazon.100ml of this fragrance that will only cost you $32.96.


  1. Perry Ellis 360 Red by Perry Ellis for Men

This one ranks among the best affordable fragrances. It was produced by the US-based perfume house Perry Ellis in 2003. It is an intoxicating and seductive scent that is suitable for a night out with friends. I personally also love its packaging. To me, the bottle is reminiscent of an old lighthouse.

The fragrance opens up with a spicy, citrusy and fresh top note. The top notes are Lime Zest, Italian Bergamot, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Ruby Orange, Red Cinnamon, and Clove Bud. The spice is alluring while the citrusy notes are rejuvenating. The heart notes are more floral in nature with fresh undertones. The heart notes are Coriander Seeds, Parsley, and Lavender. Lastly, the base notes are Red Cedarwood, Sandalwood Mysore, Vetiver Root, Oakmoss, Indonesian Patchouli, and Clean Musk. These give it a warm, earthy and woody smell that solidifies it as a masculine scent.

This seductive fragrance has an impressive 4.5 rating on Amazon. Ironically, it only costs $26 for a 100ml bottle. Consequently, it is one of the most affordable fragrances on this list.


  1. Guess seductive For Men

 Finally, we have to Guess seductive by Guess for men. To be honest, I love this fragrance so forgive me if I am a little bias. In fact, here is a quick review of Guess seductive cologne. The house of Guess is a US-based perfume company. They released the fragrance back in 2011.

The man behind this fragrance is Frank Voelkl. He is an expert perfumer who has worked on many iconic fragrances such as Kenneth Cole Signature by Kenneth Cole (2005). It opens up with a unique top note consisting of Mandarin Orange, Cardamom, and Pink Pepper. The citrusy orange gives it a refreshing feel while the spicy cardamom and pink pepper bring out some seductive undertones. Next, the heart notes are Violet and Vetiver. These give the fragrance its unique and distinct smell. Finally, the foundation is made up of a masculine base note that consists of Sandalwood, Amber, Orchid, Musk, and Patchouli. These notes are warm and alluring and solidify the scent as a seductive fragrance suitable for nightwear.

It has a rating of 4 stars on Amazon with lots of great reviews. Moreover, a100ml bottle only costs $22. This makes it the most affordable fragrance on this list.


Final Verdict

There you have it the top 5 best cheap cologne for men. In this list, you are sure to find one that suits you well.

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