By  on June 10, 1994

Laura Saia, a 35-year-old teacher, said, "Nowadays perfumes are extremely expensive, especially Italian designer ones. Besides the fact that they're highly priced, I rarely like the scents. They're too strong. In general, I like to stick to natural products, such as essential oils and creams for the body that I buy at the Body Shop or in natural health stores. They cost less, last longer and perfectly suit my needs."

Marianna Pagliara, a 21-year-old saleswoman, said, "I personally don't trust cheaper fragrances. They probably cost less because of the poor quality. For a good perfume, I'm willing to pay up to 100,000 lire ($62). My favorite perfumes are Obsession by Calvin Klein and Casmir by Chopard. I also use scented bath and body creams from these lines."

Raffaella Pozzetto, a 24-year-old college student, said, "Perfumes are too expensive, especially for a student like me without a fixed income. My favorite one is Cacharel pour Homme. I don't believe in cheaper perfumes, although I've never tried one. The only body lotions that I use are unscented, so that I can use them with my perfume."

Paola Annoni, a 46-year-old housewife, said, "The maximum I'm willing to spend for a perfume is 100,000 lire ($62). Chanel No. 5 is my favorite, and even though it costs about 150,000 lire, it's worth the price. I never use scented body creams or soaps as an alternative to a fragrance. I really like my Chanel No. 5, and I have never considered trying out other fragrances."

Angela Gaspari, a 45-year-old secretary, said, "Since fragrances are very expensive, I try to have people give them to me for Christmas or as a birthday present. It's very important for me to always have some perfume on. The ideal price for a perfume is under 50,000 lire ($32). Unfortunately, the less costly perfumes just aren't good.

"My favorite scents are Chanel No. 5 and Capucci, which I keep for special occasions. Otherwise, I opt for scented body and bath products that I buy in drugstores or at supermarkets. That's all I can afford for everyday use!"

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