Perfumes make great gifts for women of all ages. If you are looking to give your friend, wife, sister, mother or even daughter a perfume gift then we have the top 10 selection of perfumes which you can possibly get for under $100. Additionally at the end of the article we will list some more perfumes which you could look into if you are not happy with our top 10 women’s perfume list.
We recommend that you read our other two articles on basic guide to buying perfumes and fragrances and how to get a perfume within your budget which can help you make a more informed decision among these perfumes and will help you match the perfect perfume to the person for whom you plan on buying the gift.
In general, women like flowery and fruity notes with a hint of woody notes as the base notes. But it must be kept in mind that every woman’s taste is different and therefore, take some time to do some research to buy the perfect gift for the recipient. Try to match your woman’s fragrances to the type of perfumes she already has, or even deodorants or body wash fragrances.
We have ranked our list in the order of popularity and will provide details on its note composition and price range to help you buy your budget perfume gift. Some premium perfumes may be priced over $100 but you could bring down the price by buying a smaller bottle or by applying coupons.
1] Chanel No 5 (premium perfume- rarely under $100)
One of the all-time favorites among women is the Chanel No 5 perfume. This classic perfume has been a strong seller since 1921 despite it being priced as a premium perfume. It can therefore be inferred that this perfume must be really good for it to be so popular. It is a perfect gift for a woman close to your heart. The note composition of the Chanel No 5 is as follows:
- Top Notes: Aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang
- Middle Notes: Jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris
- Base Notes: Vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli
Even though this premium perfume is priced over the budget of our article of $100, we had to list it because it is that good. The other factor to consider is the availability of this perfume in stores. It is difficult to find this perfume in most online stores, and it is best to buy this premium perfume from a department store like Macy’s or Nordstrom.
2] Shalimar by Guerlain
Another classic perfume which has been around since the 1925 is the Shalimar by Guerlain. This perfume was created by Jacques Guerlain as a tribute to the love story between the king Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz for whom the Taj Mahal was built. The bottle is hence shaped like a Mughal palace making it a very presentable gift for the woman you love and the name “Shalimar” means “Jewels of the Palace”, symbolizing the importance of your loved one in your heart.
- Top Notes: Bergamot and lemon
- Middle Notes: Iris, jasmine, rose and incense
- Base Notes: Tonka bean, opoponax, and vanilla
Being a classic, this perfume rarely comes at a price below $100. A 3 oz bottle costs anywhere between 100-150$ but makes a great gift for the woman you love. The original perfume is very long lasting.
3] L’Air Du Temps by Nina Ricky
This perfume was designed in 1948 and has been around for over 60 years. It is a best seller and is relatively inexpensive. The perfume has a floral top note with a spicy and woody base note which is unique. The perfume is holstered in a beautifully designed bottle who’s cap is shaped like a pair of loving doves- symbolizing love and peace. This makes it a perfect gift for the woman you love.
- Top Notes: carnation, peach, neroli, bergamot, rose and Brazilian rosewood
- Middle Notes: rosemary, carnation, gardenia, violet, orchid, cloves, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose
- Base Notes: spices, iris, amber, sandalwood, amber, musk, benzoin, oak moss, vetiver and cedar
A 1.7 oz of this perfume costs around 60$ while a 3.3 oz of the same costs around 85$ making the larger bottle a better buy. The fragrance is availabe at:
4] J’adore by Christian Dior
Christian Dior makes some world class perfumes. Out of which J’adore is one of the most selling brands, and for good reason. It has been a popular choice since 1999. The primary fruity and floral notes with a woody base captures the essence of the 21st century women, making it an excellent perfume gift.
- Top Notes: tangy mandarin orange, magnolia champaca flowers
- Middle Notes: red orchids, damuscus plum, roses, violet
- Base Notes: blackberry musk, amaranth wood
A 1.7 oz bottle of this eau de parfum costs around $98, but with coupons you could easily get it for 80$. In fact with coupons you could get a 3.4 oz bottle of the eau de parfum within 100$ as well. The fragrance is available at:
5] Euphoria by Calvin Klein
Euphoria by Calvin Klein has to be our best perfume for the value of money choice. This perfume blends in mysterious fruity notes with floral notes making it a fresh fragrance for all women. Released in 2005 this is a relatively new perfume which would make a great gift to any girl.
- Top Notes: pomegranate, persimmon, lush green accord
- Middle Notes: lotus, magnolia champaca, orchid
- Base Notes: liquid amber, mahogany wood, black violet
A 1.7 oz bottle costs around 35$ (although in department stores this would cost around 70$), while a 3.4 oz bottle would cost around 50$ (while in department stores it would be around 90$). This is a relatively inexpensive perfume which can make a great budget gift. The perfume is available at:
6] Youth Dew by Estee Lauder
Youth Dew is a classic perfume by Estee Lauder which was released in 1953. This oriental floral, spicy fragrance makes for a good budget gift. The cheap price does not compromise for quality, as this perfume has got high recommendations on review boards across the internet. However, not everyone likes spicy fragrances so keep that in mind.
- Top Notes: rose, janquil, lavender
- Middle Notes: spices (cinnamon, cloves), jasmine, lily of the valley (Muguet)
- Base Notes: vetiver, amber, patchoulli
This perfume is one of the cheapest quality perfumes out there for women. A 2.25 oz bottle of Youth Dew will cost around $35, which is a reasonable price. Youth Dew is available at:
7] Opium by Yves Saint Lauren
A perfume released in 1977, Opium by YSL is a classic perfume which can adore any woman. The perfume has a fruity-aromatic opening, leading to flowery mid notes and spicy-woody base. This perfume covers almost all good senses at a reasonable price.
- Top Notes: mandarin orange, bergamot, lily of the valley (Muguet)
- Middle Notes: jasmine, carnation, myrrh
- Base Notes: vanilla, patchouli, opoponaux, amber
Opium by YSL sells in either Eau De Toilette or Eau De Parfum sprays. Read about the difference between Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum to understand what you are buying. The price ranges from 48$ to 100$ but adding coupons cuts the price a lot, so keep an eye out for them. Opium by YSL can be bought at:
8] Chloe New by Chloe
A new version of a classic perfume Chloe was released in 2009 which has become one of the top perfumes for the modern woman. The new Chloe has a fruity-flowery freshness to it with a woody base making it perfect for all girls.
- Top Notes: pink peony, lychee fruit, freesia
- Middle Notes: rose, magnolia, lily of the valley (muguet)
- Base Notes: amber, cedarwood
A 1.7 oz of Chloe would set you back about 50$, while the larger bottle sells around 80$ after adding coupons. The new Chloe is available at:
9] Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique
Classique is a perfumed released by the house of Jean Paul Gaultier in 1993. This seductive perfume is available in a bottle shaped like a woman’s body, symbolizing the classic feminine perfume. Its unique spicy-floral fragrance makes it an attractive gift in terms of both, the shape of the bottle and the quality of the perfume. The perfume is very long lasting making it an excellent perfume gift.
- Top Notes: rose, star anise, mandarin orange, pear
- Middle Notes: orchid, plum, iris, orange blossom, ylang-ylang
- Base Notes: vanilla, woody amber, musk
Jean Pault Gaultiers’ classique is relatively inexpensive perfume with a 1.7 oz bottle costing around $50, while a 3.4 oz bottle costs around $65. But with coupons both these options are available for cheaper. Check out the links below for reasonable prices and make sure you keep an eye out for coupons.
10] Burberry Brit by Burberry
Burberry Brit is a modern British fragrance that is fresh and and feminine. The fragrance has been around for just over a decade but has gained popularity all over the world. Burberry Brit would make a fine gift for any woman or girl.
- Top Notes: italian lime, icy pear, green almond
- Middle Notes: white peony, sugared almond
- Base Notes: vanilla, mahogany, amber and tonka
A 1.7 oz of Brit eau de parfum goes for $45 while a 3.4 oz bottle would cost around 60$, making this a really good budget perfume. Get Burberry Brit at one of the sites below and make sure to use coupons to save more.
If you haven’t found what you need above check out some more perfumes we recommend:
- Burberry Body
- DKNY Fresh Blossom
- Calvin Klein Obsession
- Nina by Nina Ricci
- Prada – Milano
- Viktor & Rolf – Flowerbomb
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