In the world of designer perfumes and colognes, two bottle sizes typically reign supreme: 1.7 oz and 3.4 oz. However, you'll come across other sizes as well, such as 2.5 oz and 4.2 oz bottles. How do you decide which one to purchase?
Should you buy the smaller 1.7 oz bottle, which is going to be cheaper in pure dollar cost, or should you double up in size at less than double the cost? A 3.4 oz bottle will provide more value, from a cost per spray perspective, but you have to be able to justify the purchase.
Allow our Fragrance Familia experts to explain.
Deciding Between 1.7 oz vs. 3.4 oz
Deciding between purchasing a 1.7 oz bottle and a 3.4 oz bottle of perfume can be tricky. Let’s use Azzaro Wanted for Men as a practical example to navigate this decision. Ah, Azzaro Wanted for Men – a citrusy, spicy masterpiece that's turned heads (and sniffed noses) with its charismatic charm. Okay, getting back on track - you can find this fragrance here at Fragrance Familia, where the 1.7 oz bottle is currently priced at $51.99, and the 3.4 oz bottle is available for $64.99.
Cost-Effectiveness and Value: At first glance, the 3.4 oz bottle seems more economical. It offers double the quantity for just a bit more in price. If you calculate the cost per ounce, you're paying approximately $30.58 per ounce for the 1.7 oz bottle and about $19.11 per ounce for the 3.4 oz bottle. Plus, a 3.4 oz bottle typically yields around 1,000 sprays – that's roughly 500 more sprays than the smaller option.
Usage and Longevity: If Azzaro Wanted is a fragrance you adore and use regularly, the 3.4 oz bottle is undoubtedly a smarter choice. It ensures that you have a good supply of your favorite scent, potentially lasting an entire year, depending on your usage.
Exploring New Fragrances: However, if you're new to Azzaro Wanted for Men, the 1.7 oz bottle might be more suitable. This size is ideal for a "blind-buy," where you're trying a fragrance for the first time without knowing whether it will suit your taste or not. In such cases, opting for the smaller bottle means you're minimizing your financial risk. If it turns out that the fragrance doesn’t appeal to you, you've saved money and can easily swap it without a substantial loss.
Travel and Portability: Another factor to consider is the convenience of travel. The 1.7 oz bottle is more travel-friendly and can easily fit in your luggage, a carry-on bag, or even your girlfriend's purse, making it perfect for those who are often on the move. Of course, you could opt for an even smaller mini perfume that's under 1 oz.
Ultimately, the decision rests on your familiarity and love for the scent, your usage patterns, and lifestyle needs. If Azzaro Wanted for Men is a tried-and-tested favorite, the 3.4 oz offers better value for money. But if you're experimenting or prefer a travel-friendly option, the 1.7 oz bottle is the way to go. If you purchase a 1.7 oz bottle the first time and end up loving the perfume, you can always go for the 3.4 oz next time.
Regardless of what you prefer, our vast cologne collection will have a bottle size that'll suit your needs!
What thought process do you use when deciding between a 1.7 oz vs. 3.4 oz bottle of perfume or cologne? Please share with the Fam in the comments!