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Some of our favourite designer fragrances and their dupes

·Lifestyle Editor
·3-min read
So many fragrances to choose from!
So many fragrances to choose from!

How often have you smelled a scent on someone, so delicious you did a double take when they walked past you? I know I have, and there's no doubt about how a good scent can uplift a person's general physical and sexual appeal.

Like malls, airports and designer stores, humans, too, can brand their image with a signature scent. Designer fragrances like Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum Spray, Dior Sauvage, Hugo Men EDT, YSL Black Opium and more are just some of the most iconic and bestselling fragrances in the world, with some made with hard-to-obtain ingredients while others are known for their unique scents.

But, why is it so hard to smell good at a wallet-friendlier price? The industry-accepted reason is that perfume oils can be hard to obtain, and the percentage of perfume oils to alcohol used in high-end fragrances is supposedly higher and of better quality, which justify the prices.

Ultimately, it all boils down to preferences and what your wallet allows you to purchase. Thankfully for those on a tighter budget, dupes exist – which are perfumes that smell exactly like the more well-known scents, without the steep price tag.

Let's take a look (and maybe a whiff the next time you head down to a fragrance store) at some designer fragrances and their supposed dupes!

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 vs Ariana Grande’s Cloud Perfume

L: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, S$315, 70ml (Photo: Selfridges)
R: Ariana Grande’s Cloud Perfume, S$102, 100ml (Photo: Amazon)
L: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, S$315, 70ml (Photo: Selfridges) R: Ariana Grande’s Cloud Perfume, S$102, 100ml (Photo: Amazon)

Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Eau De Parfum vs La Rive Miss Dream Eau De Parfum

L: Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Eau De Parfum, S$214, 80ml (Photo: Sephora)
R: La Rive Miss Dream Eau De Parfum, S$54, 100ml (Photo: Amazon)
L: Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Eau De Parfum, S$214, 80ml (Photo: Sephora) R: La Rive Miss Dream Eau De Parfum, S$54, 100ml (Photo: Amazon)

Givenchy L'Interdit Eau De Parfum Rouge vs Zara Sublime Epoque

L: Givenchy L'Interdit Eau De Parfum Rouge, S$203, 80ml (Photo: Sephora)
R: Zara Sublime Epoque, S$45.90, 100ml (Photo: Zara)
L: Givenchy L'Interdit Eau De Parfum Rouge, S$203, 80ml (Photo: Sephora) R: Zara Sublime Epoque, S$45.90, 100ml (Photo: Zara)

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre vs Zara Applejuice

Chanel Chance
L: Chanel Chance Eau Tendre, S$156, 100ml (Photo: Selfridges&Co)
R: Zara Applejuice, S$39.90, 200ml (Photo: Zara)

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum vs Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau De Parfum

L: Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum, S$245, 100ml 
R: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau De Parfum, S$109, 100ml
(Photos: Sephora)
L: Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum, S$245, 100ml R: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau De Parfum, S$109, 100ml (Photos: Sephora)

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb vs Zara Oriental

L: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, S$250, 100ml
R: Zara Oriental, S$39.90, 180ml
L: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, S$250 (Photo: Zalora), 100ml R: Zara Oriental, S$39.90,180ml (Photo: Zara)

Byredo Sundazed Eau De Parfum Spray vs DIPTYQUE Eau Des Sens EDT

L: Byredo Sundazed Eau De Parfum Spray, S$386, 100ml (Photo: Zalora)
R: DIPTYQUE Eau Des Sens EDT, S$209, 100ml (Photo: Tangs)
L: Byredo Sundazed Eau De Parfum Spray, S$386, 100ml (Photo: Zalora) R: DIPTYQUE Eau Des Sens EDT, S$209, 100ml (Photo: Tangs)

Disclaimer: Scents are personal, and the suggestions above are simply what general users have considered to smell similar to one another. Decide for yourself which one will make you happier!

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