Loving perfume can be an expensive thing. Collecting perfume is an incredibly expensive hobby. Being single with a fabulous job is about the only way to truly afford it in some cases; sharing a bank account with someone else and having family obligations can put a damper on any kind of fragrance obsession you may have.
Sometimes, you can get a decant of the more expensive fragrances and that can see you through the obsession with a handful of notes, but other times, a knockoff will do as long as there’s a lot of it.
Even decants can get expensive because theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re often around $4.00 for tiny samples of scents you can get in stores, and even more than that for the vintage perfumes.
I found Hayward Enterprises a while ago, and it looks like the company has grown since then. If I remember correctly, they just had the designer-inspired and single-note scents in the body oils, but now they also have sprays, lotions, bubble bath, shower gel, candles, and more, in several different sizes.
I used to order the oils and make my own scented lotions to layer with the more concentrated scents for more longevity and to make putting on lotion more fun. (Am I the only one who feels like lotion is a huge chore?) Most of the designer-inspired scents were very, very close to the originals; others weren’t quite right, but not completely off, either.
They have over 1200 to choose from; some are knockoffs of designer scents and others are more general, like nutmeg or almond. Those single notes make it easy to layer them and create your own signature scent for yourself or candles for your home.
The prices are reasonable when you compare to the original designer fragrances or even the amount you get for the price when you order decants.
I recommend trying out the sampler packs first because, as I mentioned, some of the scents are so close to the originals, you’ll never drop the money at a perfume counter again unless you just love the bottle. However, others may be different enough to seem completely different with your body chemistry.
Overall, I highly recommend the company because, in my experience, they shipped quickly and the products were of high quality.
Photo credit: Hayward Enterprises