I've developed quite a passion for perfumes over the years, and it all traces back to my childhood when I couldn't resist sneaking spritzes from my mom's impressive collection. Just like Molly Mae, Giorgio Armani Sí, will always be a scent that brings back the fondest of memories. It's a quintessential feminine fragrance that just oozes nostalgia - I'll still mist it liberally to this day.
And now, as a beauty journalist, the obsession continues. I have a perfume shelf in my room that houses around 20 bottles of the stuff all with their own unique story. From luxurious scents to affordable supermarket treasures (shoutout to Aldi and M&S) I'm not a snob - if it smells good, I'll spray it. And along the journey my nose has picked up that Zara and other high street brands are pretty good at ‘taking inspiration’, shall we say, from higher-end fragrances. With this in mind, I bring you the best perfume ‘dupes’ that smell so similar to their premium counterparts. While fans of the originals are unlikely to be swayed, I can promise that this lot still smell gorgeous and allow you to cut down on a few zeros.
FYI, an eau de toilette (EDT), by definition, won’t last as long as an eau de parfum (EDP) because the concentration of perfume oil to alcohol/water is lower. And it's worth noting that scents are also hugely subjective so it’s worth giving them a smell before you buy. But a good recommendation never went amiss. Scroll on for my take on the best perfume dupes of 2023.
The Best Perfume Dupes 2023
Smells like: Lancome La Vie Est Belle
This perfume was given to me as a gift and I'll forever
Smells like: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge
This is the one everyone talks
Smells like: Byredo Gypsy Water
If you love Byredo Gypsy Water then you'll love & Other
4. Marks and Spencer Midnight Blossom | YSL Black Opium
Smells like: YSL Black Opium
Sharing notes of soft jasmine florals, with deeper, musky
Smells like: Paco Rabanne Olympéa
Aldi know a thing or two about dupes. This one is a
Smells like: YSL Libre
If YSL Libre tickles your fancy, you'll be pleased to know Zara