"I can tell by the smell of that perfume, it's like 40 dollars too sweet," Carrie Underwood once sang, in one of the sickest fragrance-related burns to date. It's brutal, but understandable: Most of us hear "cheap perfume" and think of saccharine-sweet, alcohol-heavy, vanilla-coconut scents that suffocate us in elevators.
But it doesn't have to be like that. In fact, what if we told you there are a bunch of fragrances on the market that come cheap and chic? Yep, believe it. Ahead, click through to shop our favorite under-$50 fragrances that don't sacrifice quality or aesthetic.