I’ve got a bit of a thing for perfumes. I’m not entirely sure when it started. It might have been on a 2006 family holiday to Turkey when my cousin would douse herself in Davidoff’s Cool Water, and I decided that was exactly what I wanted to smell like for the forseeable future (I stand by it, too). No doubt there’s a scent that summed up your teens, too.
And the obsession continues. I have a perfume shelf in my room that houses around 12 bottles of the stuff. But the irritating thing about fragrance is that you usually have to spend upwards of £30 on a bottle which, when you can’t even justify taking the leap from Sainsburys Basics to just Sainsburys, is not going to happen. But is cheap perfume ever any good?
Turns out that the high street is pretty good at ‘taking inspiration’, shall we say, from some higher-end scents and creating some great smell-a-like cheap perfumes. For that reason, I bring you the best perfume ‘dupes’ that really do smell like the pricier versions, so you can still smell divine without taking out a loan.
A disclaimer: I didn’t test the longevity of these perfumes in comparison to the more expensive ones, mainly because this really does depend on the wearer. 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. To be honest, I don’t think it really matters when you’re spending such a small amount. On top of that, scents are hugely subjective so it’s worth giving them a smell before you buy.
Further disclaimer: Describing scents is notoriously difficult, so give me a break.
1. Just Pink EDP, Next £8 for 30ml
Smells like: Ralph Lauren Romance EDP, £42 for 30ml.
What else? I'm really into masculine scents so I preferred Just Pink because it wasn't as floral as Romance. Plus, Just Pink is an EDP, so it's an absolute bargain for what you're getting. This one's definitely getting a place in my collection. Points to whoever can guess what fragrance the bottle has been 'inspired' by... (It's Chloe.)
This article originally appeared on The Debrief.