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!"Valerie Dudragne, a 25-year-old book store saleswoman, said,"As all luxury products, perfumes are very expensive. I rarely buy perfumes, but if I do, I don't spend more than 100,000 lire ($62). Obviously, I prefer to receive them as gifts.

"I believe in good quality, moderately priced perfumes such as Sunflowers and Chiara Boni. If I have to buy a perfume, however, I prefer to spend more and buy something really exclusive.

"I only buy my body lotions at supermarkets because they're very cheap there and work quite well. Perfumed body and bath products are almost as expensive as perfumes. I'd rather have one good perfume and keep it only for special events."

Silvana Testa, a 54-year-old cashier, said, "Oh gosh! I can't believe how expensive some fragrances are, especially for me, who won't spend more than 50,000 lire ($32) on a perfume. Last Christmas I treated myself to Chanel No. 5 and felt guilty about it, especially because in a few weeks it was gone. It's a real waste of money! I currently share the Krizia fragrance with my daughter. Among the cheaper fragrances, I particularly like Chiara Boni."

Patricia Biancardi, a 27-year-old aerobics instructor, said, "Although perfumes are too expensive, I buy them regularly. The maximum I'm willing to spend is 80,000 to 100,000 lire ($50 to $60). My favorite is Amarige by Givenchy. In fact, I use the full-range body line.

"I usually don't like the smell of cheaper fragrances. I heard about moderately priced new fragrances such as Sunflowers and Chiara Boni that are probably not bad, but right now I'm happy with my Amarige, and I'm not going to try anything else."

Isabelle Palau, a 33-year-old journalist, said, "If a fragrance lasts, I'm willing to spend 40,000 to 50,000 lire ($25 to $32). I don't really know much about cheaper perfumes, but in general I prefer a really good scent that I only wear at night, instead of a cheap one and not feeling comfortable with it. It's fine to buy cheap deodorant at supermarkets, but cheap perfume? No thanks. At the moment, I'm using Fracas, and it will last me at least a year."Oriella Dorella, a 41-year-old classical ballerina, said, "The price doesn't bother me, as long as I feel comfortable with the fragrance. When I'm on stage, I always need to have at least a drop of perfume. I don't have one specific fragrance that I stick to, but I change very often. In the past I used Tresor, Ferre by Ferre, Jardins de Bagatelle, Diorissimo, and now I'm ready to change again."

Sabrina Trentarossi, a 25-year-old saleswoman, said,"I believe perfumes are priced according to their quality and name. I'm personally willing to occasionally spend 70,000 to 80,000 lire ($44 to $50) for a good perfume. I don't know what cheaper ones are like, because the perfumery store where I buy perfumes and cosmetics doesn't carry second line fragrances, but I guess they're OK.

"My favorite perfume is Chanel No. 5, but I change quite often. Sometimes I use scented body and bath products either from the same perfume line or in the place of a scent, especially during the summer, when it's hot."

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