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Perfume Dupes for Your Favorite Designer Scents

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January 31, 2022

Valentine's day is coming up, and we all want to smell like the gates of heaven, but not all our wallets are as heavy as Cole Sprouse's. Perfumes are so expensive due to the number of oils they have. The more oil, the more expensive it is.

The price also depends on how rare the ingredients are in a perfume. Below, you'll find cheap alternatives to some of the most popular and well-collected fragrances in the world, saving both our wallets and time.

Milton Lloyd Vogue Similar to Chanel No.5, $7

Chanel No. 5 was the world's first abstract fragrance, with over 80 ingredients in the formulation process. Over 1.92 million women have bought this perfume, including the famous Marilyn Monroe. Milton Lloyd Vogue, on the other hand, smells almost exactly like Chanel No.5, sensing roses, jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, and Neroli, and is half as expensive as Chanel No.5.

Chanel uses something called aldehydes in their perfume to help pop their fragrance and it's very unique. This dupe has the aforementioned aldehydes and other similar ingredients to serve as a near deal of the classic.

Instyled fragrances Inspired by Thierry Mugler's Angel, $12

Thierry Mugler’s Angel smells of patchouli, praline, red berries, and vanilla. The perfume has been a bestseller ever since it came out in 1992. The cologne has an ingredient called praline, or ethyl maltol, which smells like cotton candy.

The dupe is inspired by Thierry Mugler's Angel, replicates the original and it seems to last longer. It is a great alternative compared to the expensive option.

PB ParfumsBelcam Premiere Editions Version Eau de Parfum replicating Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, $7

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium is one of the most recognized designer fragrances, the smell consisting of coffee, floral notes of white flowers, and vanilla. PB Parfums Belcam Premiere Editions Version Eau de Parfum is virtually identical to the original, and the light scent is great because it's not limited to women's perfume.

Avon Eve Truth comparable to Marc Jacobs Daisy, $15

Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance has become an international icon, just behind Chanel and Jo Malone favorites. Beauty company Avon has come up with a smell almost identical to the Daisy fragrance, for almost half the price. The perfumer who mixed this dupe, Laurent Le Guernec, actually worked with Marc Jacobs to create other perfumes, like Splash Rain. Avon Eve Truth seemingly smells like amber, gardenia, peony, and cedarwood for a light, summery scent. Although Marc Jacob's bottle looks prettier, Avon Eve Truth will save you money.

Suddenly Madame Glamour, emulating Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, $23

One of Chanel's most famous fragrances has to be Coco Mademoiselle, which smells like sweet florals. The brand Lidl claims to be selling a bottle just like the original, named Suddenly Madame glamour, consisting of patchouli, tonka bean, vetiver, rose ylang-ylang, and a number of citruses.

NUXE Sun Fragrant Water, analogous to Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess, $12

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess was a limited edition for the summer of 2011 and reflects coastline, sandy beaches, sun, and tanned skin essences. The perfect fragrance to wear to the beach, Nuxe-sun fragrant water has duplicated the smell of the original, making a blend of sweet orange, Tahitian gardenia, and coconut is summer in a bottle. The perfume has been formulated to be non-photo-sensitizing, so it’s completely fine to wear on your skin in the sun.

When applying perfume, make sure your skin is moisturized, as it will help absorb the perfume and last longer. Also, spray the perfume near your pulse points (wrist, behind ears) so that when it starts getting hot, the skin will release the fragrance. Don't rub your wrists together, as that can speed up evaporation. Have fun picking perfumes, and here's to scenting!

Angelina Manoj
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Angelina is a High School Senior with a profound interest in Journalism and Environmental Science. She is the founder of the Gilmore Review, a literature magazine she started for teens to express their creativity.