10 Fragrance and Perfume Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

10 Fragrance and Perfume Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a fragrance business in 2022?

We put together 10 of the best fragrance businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other fragrance businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a fragrance store ($2.42M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$201,943 — $2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,250
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Kamil Banc from West Palm Beach started Fragrance One over 3 years ago, a fragrance store.

  • Revenue: $201,943/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: West Palm Beach

Case Study

My background is in industrial engineering, design thinking, and startup funding. Growing up with my brother Jeremy (who is the Face of the brand) in Germany we always knew we wanted to work on something together. After college, I moved to Hawaii and he stayed to work on various projects in the entertainment industry.

In 2014, Jeremy was looking for fragrance reviews online but could not find any helpful advice so he decided to do it himself. He was not the first reviewer but when he started filming reactions and ratings for people he would meet on the street, it occurred to me that people care much more about whether or not a fragrance is well received and gives you compliments rather than the complexity of exotic ingredients paired with unpronounceable names.

I encouraged him to review “the complement factor” of other products as well, but I’m happy he stuck with fragrances. In a matter of 6 months, he was able to grow his channel to about 60k subscribers, separating him from other reviewers in this field at a record pace. Today Jeremy Fragrance has a reach of about 2M subscribers across his channels (an additional 2.5M on TikTok).

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2. Start an air freshener business ($48K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,800 — $4,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Henrik Toft Simonsen from Hørsholm, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark started Mosspiration Biotech over 6 years ago, a air freshener business.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Hørsholm, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

Case Study

We are two founders of the company, Henrik Toft Simonsen and Hansol Bae.

Henrik, 45, CEO and Associate Prof., a passionate plant biochemist, had a desire to discover new chemistries in the small green moss plants. Henrik has many years of research experience from different universities with a main focus on his favourite plants, the mosses. His passion lead towards using these little plants to production of chemical, which started out with the fragrance Patchouli.

My best advice is… don’t listen to advice - because someone else’s advice is not designed for your situation.

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3. Start a deodorant brand ($2.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$65,000 — $183,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$225,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Stacia Guzzo from Bend, OR, USA started SmartyPits over 8 years ago, a deodorant brand.

  • Revenue: $183,333/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 13
  • Location: Bend, OR, USA

Case Study

SmartyPits itself was inspired by my mom’s experience as a breast cancer survivor. When she discovered the lump, it was directly underneath her armpit.

It was an incredibly aggressive cancer. We had no family history of breast cancer--no genetic predisposition, no family history at all. In fact, her doctors at the time told her it was likely it was environmentally influenced.

I think one of my biggest lessons learned is that fast is not always better. When I first started, I thought scaling meant simply doing what I was already doing, but doing it more.

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4. Start a cosmetic manufacturing business

Examples of a successful cosmetic manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cosmetic manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cosmetic manufacturing business ➜

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5. Start a perfume making business

How Much Can You Make?
$19,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful perfume making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a perfume making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a perfume making business ➜

Case Study

Hi, my name is Rafael Hernandez and I am the founder of Alfred Lane. I have a line of personal and home fragrances handcrafted in small batches out of our Miami studio. I began selling solid colognes initially as an alternative to spray colognes and released three fragrances.

The business generates $19k a month in revenue. In 2020, the company had its best year ever. I opened a production studio where we make everything and hired a studio assistant all within the last 5 months. It’s been more than 8 years since I started and the journey has been a wild one.

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6. Start a scented sticks making business

Examples of a successful scented sticks making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a scented sticks making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a scented sticks making business ➜

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7. Start a perfume retail kiosk business

How Much Can You Make?
$19,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Skills

Examples of a successful perfume retail kiosk business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a perfume retail kiosk business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a perfume retail kiosk business ➜

Case Study

Hi, my name is Rafael Hernandez and I am the founder of Alfred Lane. I have a line of personal and home fragrances handcrafted in small batches out of our Miami studio. I began selling solid colognes initially as an alternative to spray colognes and released three fragrances.

The business generates $19k a month in revenue. In 2020, the company had its best year ever. I opened a production studio where we make everything and hired a studio assistant all within the last 5 months. It’s been more than 8 years since I started and the journey has been a wild one.

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8. Start an aromatherapy scents production business

Examples of a successful aromatherapy scents production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a aromatherapy scents production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an aromatherapy scents production business ➜

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9. Become a fragrance connoisseur

Examples of a successful fragrance connoisseur:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fragrance connoisseur:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fragrance connoisseur ➜

10. Become a fragrance bottle manufacturer

Examples of a successful fragrance bottle manufacturer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fragrance bottle manufacturer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fragrance bottle manufacturer ➜

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