Ever since the days of PE lessons at school, spraying cans of Impulse like they were going out of fashion in the changing rooms, we’ve been pretty obsessed with perfume. But when it comes to smelling good, we’ve certainly got our favourites, which are often on the pricier side.
So in the interests of penny pinching, we’ve been sniffing around for some amazing dupes of some of the most iconic perfumes around. Turns out the high street is pretty good at ‘designer-inspired’ scents; we’ve found dupes of Chanel, Viktor & Rolf, Marc Jacobs and even Jo Malone – and they’re all under £20.
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
Good old Primark have come through once again, their dupe of the iconic Lady Million fragrance by Paco Rabanne is almost identical. Both are very feminine scents with floral notes of neroli, jasmine and gardenia mixed with amber, patchouli and bitter orange; Primark’s version, Polka, is just £6 and comes in a very on-trend polka dot bottle. We’re sold.
Polka, Primark £6 – Available in-store
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
Flowerbomb has got to be one of the most popular fragrances of all time, so we were pretty pleased with ourselves when we found a dupe for just £12.99. It’s notes of rose, jasmine, orchid and patchouli are instantly recognisable, thankfully New Look’s version, Dusk, has the same signature notes and at just £12.99 for 100ml it’s an absolute steal.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
One of the most iconic fragrances of all time, Coco Mademoiselle has a fresh oriental scent with notes of orange, jasmine, rose and patchouli which are instantly recognisable. We found a dupe of it at a fairly unlikely place: Lidl. In smell tests Lidl’s version beat the Chanel original, and at under a tenth of the price you can definitely afford to sneak this into your weekly shop.
Suddenly Glamour, Lidl £3.99 – Available in-store
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Zara are renowned for their incredible selection of fragrances, so we were pretty sure we’d be able to find a dupe for D&G Light Blue there. The classic fresh, floral and fruity scent takes us straight to the Mediterranean with notes of rose, apple, musk and jasmine which are also found in Zara’s ‘Forget Me Not’.
Marc Jacobs Daisy
One of our all-time favourite summer scents, Daisy by Marc Jacobs, is the perfect youthful, feminine fragrance; notes of strawberry, grapefruit, violet, gardenia and musk make up the scent, but our favourite bit is the iconic bottle. You can find a great dupe at M&S, Butterfly has the same key notes of grapefruit, violet and musk; and it has an adorable bottle.
YSL Black Opium
If you love the intense, sweet and spicy scent of YSL Black Opium but not the hefty price tag, Superdrug’s body mist in Exotic is well worth snapping up. Black Opium has notes of black coffee, vanilla, citrus and white musk and the Superdrug dupe smells almost exactly the same – the only downside is that Superdrug’s version is a body mist so won’t last as long on the skin, but, for under £4 you can afford to keep topping up.
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir
Jo Malone fragrances are cult but also have a pretty hefty price tag, so we were pretty chuffed when we discovered Primark have an £8 dupe of one of her best fragrances: Pomegranate Noir. The Jo Malone scent has rich notes of pomegranate, raspberry, plum, pink pepper, lily and spicy woods; Primark’s dupe has many similar notes for a fraction of the price, so it’s certainly worth a try.
Pomegranate and Black Tea, Primark £8 – Available in-store
Thierry Mugler Alien
Another amazing Superdrug body mist, and this time they’ve got a dupe for Thierry Mugler Alien. Intense notes of rose, jasmine and amber make up the signature woody-floral scent of Alien, for a budget-friendly version be sure to check out Blossom body mist from Superdrug.
Chanel definitely make some of the most popular perfumes around – their fragrance Allure has a fresh, oriental scent with notes of mandarin, rose and vanilla. M&S have a great dupe of Allure for just £18; it has similar notes but with a slightly more woody scent, and we like.
Ralph Lauren Romance
This fresh and floral fragrance is a classic scent with notes of rose, freesia, lemon and white musk. The Next dupe of the perfume, Just Pink, costs just £8 and has many similar notes including fresh florals, patchouli and musk – it also has hints of mandarin oil making it slightly fruitier than the Ralph Lauren one.
Dolce & Gabbana The One
Zara really are the champions of designer fragrances dupes; their Black Amber fragrance is a great dupe for Dolce & Gabbana The One. D&G’s scent is a fruity and floral blend of mandarin, lychee, vanilla, musk and amber, whilst the Zara dupe has similar notes of tangerine, passion fruit vanilla and musk making it a great cheaper alternative.