Is there anything more comforting than the scent of your favourite perfume? A decent dupe of it, maybe.
For many of us, picking out one perfume and sticking with it has become the norm, but with so many cheap dupes out there, it's easy to have a large collection of different fragrances at the ready these days.
However, this also poses a number of problems.
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How can you be sure they’re actually similar scents to the original? Do they last as long or smell as strong as you’d like?
And with so many to choose from on the shelves of your local Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets, where do you even start?
With that in mind, we decided to put a range of perfume dupes, said to be similar to high street and designer favourites to the test, to see how they held up. Here's the results:
Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist
Dupe for: Thierry Mugler’s Alien
My go-to perfume is Thierry Mugler’s Alien and has been for the last few years. It’s rare that I’ll deviate from it, but I recently came across a good dupe that’s useful on the days I don’t fancy wearing my good perfume.
Superdrug’s Layering Lab Blossom range is a well known dupe for Mugler’s popular purple fragrance, so I thought I’d pick it up and put it to the test.
I couldn’t get my hands on the eau de toilette, but I did get the body mist - and it didn’t disappoint.
The fragrances are eerily similar, offering a powerful jasmine scent mixed with woody tones.
Blossom is just as floral and feels just as luxurious as Alien, but certainly doesn’t last as long.
While I’m usually comfortable in the knowledge that I’ve used Alien in the morning and it’ll last all day, I took to carrying Blossom around with me as it seemed to fade after an hour or two.
The Blossom body mist (100ml) is priced at £3.99 while Alien comes in at £57 (30ml) at Boots, so you certainly get what you pay for.
I don’t think I’m quite ready to abandon Alien, but Superdrug’s Blossom certainly makes a decent stand in.
Where to buy: Blossom can be bought online from Superdrug. You can buy Thierry Mugler’s Alien from Boots.
Aldi's Hotel Collection No. 3 Pomegranate Eau De Parfum
Dupe for: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir
Aldi is certainly know for its dupes, from its Cuthbert the Caterpillar controversy and 'Mint Bubbly' take on Aeros, to its Lacura range, which has versions of best-selling beauty products by Liz Earle, Nivea, Pixi and more.
The supermarket chain also has a range of perfumes, which look and smell strangely familiar. Aldi's 'Hotel Collection' perfumes have a similar vibe to the Jo Malone fragrance range, but come in at a tiny fraction of the price of course.
I bought what I thought was Aldi's Hotel Collection No. 1 Lime, Basil and Mandarin Eau De Parfum - a take on Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne. Unfortunately when I got it out the box, I discovered that inside was actually a bottle of Aldi's Hotel Collection No. 3 Pomegranate - a take on Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne. And it was missing its lid.
At £5.99, the Aldi buy is a £96.01 cheaper than buying the Jo Malone scent on the designer's website. But I would have still liked it to have had a lid and be the right scent I'd been expecting to buy.
You certainly don't need to spray a lot of the Aldi perfume for it to be noticed. A couple of pumps stuck with me for several hours, which would have been great if I'd liked the scent. Of course fragrance is personal taste and I'm sure some people would welcome the Jo Malone-esque smell at a fraction of the cost. But for me, its notes of pomegranate, plum, musk and amber were overpowering and old fashioned.
Where to buy: The Pomegranate Noir Eau De Parfum is available in Aldi stores. It's currently sold out online but you can buy it in a hand and body wash for £2.49 You can buy the Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir on the Jo Malone website.
Aldi's Hotel Collection No. 14 Velvety Rose Eau De Parfum
Dupe for: Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud
Jo Malone's Velvet Rose & Oud has been my go-to evening perfume for the last few years, so when I first came across Aldi's Hotel Collection No. 14 Velvety Rose, I didn't quite know how to feel.
Have I spent a lot of money (£130 to be precise) on a scent that I could have bought for a fraction of the price? Or is it a terrible dupe and smells nothing like the real deal?
The first thing I noticed was the smell as soon as I took the lid off before I'd even sprayed the product. Straight away it smelt very familiar, so this was a positive first impression.
I applied the supermarket perfume to my wrists and neck and was greeted by the fragrance that I love so much. However, this only lasted for a few minutes, as after the perfume had absorbed into my skin, it started to smell a little different and became less intense.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I like a stronger perfume for an evening scent. Aldi have done a good job in trying to replicate the smell though, and I think if you haven't worn the Jo Malone version before, you'd be impressed with the dupe.
Where to buy: The Velvety Rose Eau De Parfum is available in Aldi stores but is currently unavailable online. Jo Malone's Velvet Rose & Oud can be bought from the store's website.
Superdrug Layering Lab Body Mist Paradise
Dupe for: Paco Rabanne Olympea
In my opinion, you can never have too many bottles of perfume, body mist or body sprays.
With decent perfumes being pretty pricey, I’m often on the hunt for a good dupe so was keen to try Superdrug’s Layering Lab range.
There’s a host of fragrances to choose from in the lineup, each an apparent dupe of a high end product. I love Superdug’s own brand products as they’re so affordable, and each item is cruelty free.
I opted for Superdrug’s Layering Lab Body Mist in the scent Paradise, which is meant to be a dupe of Paco Rabanne’s popular fragrance Olympea.
When you first spray the budget-friendly alternative, it’s a little musky - it reminded me of the cheap fragrances I used to treat myself to with pocket money in my early teens. It does settle after a minute or two and the notes of tangerine, green tea and vanilla do come through.
I like fresh and clean smelling fragrances, and Paradise has notes of both - though the vanilla does give it a little heaviness I’m not as keen on.
When compared to Paco Rabanne’s Olympea, the similarities are definitely notable but Olympea is much stronger and leans more towards a fresher scent than Paradise.
If you’re after a budget friendly perfume fix, then Superdrug’s Layering Lab range is definitely worth a go - they’re just not as strong and long lasting as their pricier alternatives.
Price: £3.99 for 100ml, vs £49 for a 30ml bottle of Olympea
Where to buy: You can buy Superdrug’s Layering Lab Body Mist in the scent Paradise by clicking here and Paco Rabanne’s Olympea from The Perfume Shop by clicking here.
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