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10 of the best perfume dupes to know

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From high street heroes to Aldi perfume dupes, we’ve scoured the shelves for fragrances that smell just like designer perfumes – at a fraction of the cost.

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MOON FICTION EAU DE TOILETTE (50ml)

Where: & Other Stories

Price: £29.00 

Dupe perfume of: Byredo Gypsy Water £150.00 (you save £121.00)

Byredo has taken the fragrance world by storm in recent years, but we’ve found a dupe that you don’t feel so bad spritzing generously – Moon Fiction by & Other Stories. The best part? It really lasts. It’s woody with a musk undertone, but light enough to wear day and night. We’re stocking up.

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LACURA EMPRESS EAU DE PARFUM (100ml)

Where: Aldi

Price: £5.99 

Dupe perfume of: Olympéa Eau de Parfum by Paco Rabanne £85.00 (you save ~£79.01)

Introducing the newest of Aldi perfume dupes, currently making huge waves in the #PerfumeTok world. Empress from the store’s own Lacura range is incredibly similar to Paco Rabanne’s Olympéa; both enjoy a sensual, elegant combination of fresh jasmine, sandalwood and sweet vanilla. In fact, much like Cuthbert the Caterpillar and his M&S cousin, the resemblance between the two fragrances is uncanny. But you already know Aldi perfume dupes don’t hang about for long.

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SOFT IRIS EAU DE TOILETTE (100ml)

Where: M&S

Price: £10.00 

Dupe perfume of: Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel£145.00 (you save £135.00)

If it’s a clever Chanel dupe perfume you’re after this summer, then look no further than M&S’ Soft Iris. To say this scent gets away with murder in perfume duping form is an understatement; the flavour profile of Soft Iris and Coco Mademoiselle both see orange blossom intermingle with notes of jasmine, patchouli and vetiver to create a spirited, voluptuous and feminine fragrance. 

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WONDER ROSE (100ml)

Where: Zara

Price: £12.99 (you save: £124.01)

Dupe perfume of: J’adore by Dior £137.00 (you save 

While we can all agree on its merits for high street fashion finds, Zara perfume dupes are an underrated national treasure. And their latest release – Wonder Rose – is no exception. Revealing all the embellishment of a fruity cocktail, with notes of red fruits and peach wrapping themselves around the creaminess of a vanilla, jasmine flower and coconut concoction, it’s instantly addictive. Oh, and its scent is rather reminiscent of Dior’s iconic fragrance. Winner, winner.  

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MIDNIGHT BLOSSOM EAU DE TOILETTE (100ml)

Where: M&S

Price: £10.00

Dupe perfume of: Black Opium by YSL £125.00 (you save £115.00)

Explore layers of soft florals and warm, musky undertones with the Midnight Blossom eau de toilette from the M&S Discover collection. An added perk is that your mates may just think you’ve invested in YSL’s famous Black Opium fragrance – whose notes of black coffee and sensual vanilla have made it an evergreen bestseller. We won’t tell if you don’t.

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HAWAII BY MILTON-LLOYD (150ml)

Where: Amazon

Price: £4.00

Dupe perfume of: Chloé eau de Toilette £123.00 (you save £119.00)

We’ll forgive you for being as surprised as we were that so close a dupe perfume on Chloé’s signature fragrance is weighing in at under £4. And yet, here we are. And while Milton-Lloyd’s Hawaii is a body spray, it nevertheless gives the impression of a luxury fragrance akin to any of the designers on this list. Fresh and musky, top notes of bergamot mingling with white rose, magnolia and cedar in its base create a flavour profile startingly similar to the powdery white rose and heady magnolia notes in Chloé. Talk about a steal.

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GOLD (100ml)

Where: Next

Price: £20.00

Dupe perfume of: Cinéma by YSL £115.00 (you save £90.00)

Another unsung hero of the high street, Next often delivers on the perfume dupes front, too. And this smart gift set of their Gold fragrance is an affordable yet characteristic take on a YSL classic. Both Gold and Cinéma enjoy fruity top notes – the former, from grapefruit and mandarin, and the latter with nectarine and lychee. These each intermingle with earthier, musky tones at their base, centring around a rose harmony which works to create a sophisticated, elegant scent that will easily see you from day to night.

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BILLIE ELISH NO.3 EAU DE PARFUM (100ml)

Where: Superdrug

Price: £52.00 

Dupe perfume of: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge £245.00 (you save: £193.00)

Another top entrant to this list of spring 2024’s best perfume dupes from Superdrug, Billie Elish No.3 is a reincarnation of the iconic Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge. Both enjoy the same notes of jasmine, saffron, cedar and amber, making it an impactful scent that’s warm, strong and lasts for hours. Everyone will be asking you what perfume you’re wearing (shhh, don’t tell).

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HOTEL COLLECTION NO.1: LIME, BASIL & MANDARIN EAU DE PARFUM (100ml)

Where: Aldi

Price: £6.24

Dupe perfume of: London Lime, Basil and Mandarin Cologne by Jo Malone £118.00 (you save £111.76)

If you’ve walked past this perfume dupe a few times on the weekly food shop already, stop! The first of Aldi’s Hotel Collection is well worth your attention. Much like the Jo Malone bestseller that it’s considered a proper perfume dupe of, Aldi’s No.1 is crisp, light and seems made for summer. And, just as Jo Malone fragrances are known for their potency and longevity, one spray of Lime, Basil & Mandarin will fill your room for hours. 

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WARM NEROLI EAU DE TOILETTE (100ml)

Where: M&S

Price: £10.00

Dupe perfume of: Lady Million by Paco Rabanne £98.00 (you save £88.00)

The final entrant from M&S’ enviable dupe perfume collection may well be the most disarming. The Warm Neroli scent expertly blends citrusy notes of neroli and bergamot with an earthy, dry-down of musk to create an elegant scent suspiciously reminiscent of Paco Rabanne’s sensual, fruity fragrance, Lady Million. 

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 All savings estimates are based on buying 100ml (or less than, but as close to 100ml as possible) of the designer perfume stated from their brand websites at full price.

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