First off: don't think for a second that the cost of ingredients of most niche brand perfumes is substantially higher than the cost of designer brand perfumes' ingredients. We're talking $2.50 vs $2 per bottle, something like that. There are exceptions: Creed, while much maligned for its fleeting perfumes, uses more natural ingredients which also contributes to their perfumes being somewhat fleeting. In general, naturals are more fleeting than synthetics. Second: don't think that naturals = expensive = good and synthetics = cheap = bad. There are cheap and expensive naturals and there are cheap and expensive synthetics. Synthetics are a necessary component of perfumes without which modern perfumery would literally have never existed and we'd all still be splashing scented citrus waters on ourselves 12 times a day. As for the price of niche brand perfumes, I think it's a combination of pricing as a tool of raising perceived value AND of the necessity of asking higher prices because the makers have to make a profit while selling much less of the stuff. If you're really really into the stuff, start looking into vintage Guerlain, Chanel, Caron, Dior etc. 1970's or earlier. They are more widely available than you would think, especially on the Bay.
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1/14/11 at 4:36pm