Discovering a signature scent that embodies your personal style and character can be really satisfying - that is until you uncover the high price tag that most designer perfumes cost. Luckily, the best-smelling scents don't always mean having to break the bank. If you've been eyeing a high-end fragrance but you need to save money, or you simply love a good bargain, look no further than Zara's very own line of affordable perfumes!
We've put together a top 10 list of the best Zara perfume dupes that will help you smell great while allowing you to save precious pounds. Whether you're looking for a dupe for the famous £200+ Baccarat Rouge 540 perfume that's been blowing up on TikTok recently or Jo Malone's Ebony Wood - keep reading to find delicious new scents at a fraction of the price!
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Luckily for those who enjoy frugal shopping, the world of cosmetics is full of comparable dupes. From iconic makeup must-haves to world-famous fragrances, some brands will release dupes, copies, or close matches of their products to make them more accessible and cost-friendly for consumers. Some of them are so alike that you'd struggle to tell them apart!
Whether deliberately or coincidentally, high-street brands like Zara are known for manufacturing perfume dupes that are less expensive than their designer versions. This is perfect if you're on a budget or are looking for a cheaper equivalent that you can use every day so that you can save the luxury one for special occasions.
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If you don't have a designer perfume in mind and are on the market for a new, affordable favourite, it's worth learning about perfume notes to ensure you can find a scent you like. Notes in perfumery are used to define the aromas that you smell, which often describe the fragrance's character.
Top notes are the first scent that you can detect upon spraying, which is often herby or citrusy scents such as bergamot, lemon or orange, or florals like rose orchid, lily, and peony. Heart notes are the "heart" of the fragrance and have full-bodied, aromatic notes. Think fruity notes like peach or floral scents like jasmine or spices such as clove and pink peppercorn.
Base notes are rich and long-lasting. They add depth to lighter notes which together make up the fragrance's overall character. Common base notes are musky and woody and may include scents like patchouli, vanilla, or amber. Learning about a perfume's character can help you decide on a scent that suits you. This is especially handy if you're shopping online, buying a gift, or narrowing down options to sample in-store.
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When shopping for a perfume, it's also important to consider the occasion and the season you're planning to wear it. Generally, heavy, musky, and woody notes such as amber, patchouli, and tonka bean are better suited for evening wear during autumn and winter, and for more glamorous, festive, or formal events.
Spring to summer is the best time to go for fresh, citrusy, fruity, and floral scents, as these are perfect for an invigorating mood booster during warmer months. These notes are also good options for an everyday perfume that you can wear to work, school or simply just for running errands.
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When shopping for perfumes, you will come across two general types: Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette. The main difference between the two is their concentration of fragrance oil. Eau de Toilette contains between 8 to 10%, whereas Eau de Parfum contains around 10 to 15%. This difference sets them apart in terms of intensity and longevity.
Since Eau de Parfum has a higher percentage of fragrance oils, the scent they project is more intense and will last longer, typically between 4 to 6 hours. Eau de Toilette has fewer fragrance oils, so they are of a light to moderate intensity, with a longevity of only 2 to 4 hours. If you want a strong scent that will last all day, go for an Eau de Parfum, but if you want something light and subtle, pick an Eau de Toilette.
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Red Temptation｜80 ml
The Most Talked About Dupe of the High-End £320 Baccarat Rouge 540 Fragrance
An Impressive Fragrance Dupe of YSL's Classic Black Opium
Ebony Wood｜40 ml
The Perfect Autumn Fragrance Collaboration With Renowned British Perfumer Jo Malone
Pink Flambé｜180 ml
Smells as Expensive and Lasts Just as Long as Juicy Couture’s Viva la Juicy
Apple Juice｜180 ml
A Blend of Feminine, Fresh and Fruity Notes, Comparable to Chanel’s Eau de Tendre
Rose Gourmand｜80 ml
The Perfect Dupe for Two Luxury Fragrances That Smells Like Vanilla Heaven
Rose Marshmallow Candy｜40 ml
A Dupe for by Killian’s Love, Don’t Be Shy That Some Users Say Smells Better Than the Real Thing!
Gourmand Addict｜90 ml
A Bright and Fruity Fragrance That Will Last All Day
Amber Fusion｜80 ml
A Great Unisex Scent to Share With Your Boo Featuring a Musky Tone and Decent Depth
Cherry Smoothie｜100 ml
A Fruity, Mouth-Watering Scent, Almost Like Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry
TikTok is famous for entertaining videos, but if you ever need reliable product recommendations, the site has plenty of viral these too. Recently, the latest trending product that TikTok users couldn't stop talking about was this Red Temptation perfume from Zara!
TikTokers have rightly pointed out that the affordable perfume is the perfect dupe of Baccarat Rouge 540, a high-end cult-favourite fragrance that retails for upwards of 300 pounds. This low-cost replica impressively replicates the original's heady blend of woody, smoky notes and aromatic freshness. An almost perfect dupe at a fraction of the price - what a steal!
YSL's Black Opium is a classic favourite that remains forever popular. The Eau de Parfum features black coffee and sensual vanilla, which are usually tricky notes to mimic in perfumery, but leave it up to Zara to come up with a close to identical dupe, including the signature coffee aroma!
Zara's Gardenia is also an Eau de parfum, so you can expect the scent to linger on the skin for a while. The orange blossom and coffee notes get a boost from gardenia's sensual undertones, while the fruity notes of peach and raspberry round out the fragrance for a seductive, irresistible finish.
Jo Malone is well known for her line of clean, unique, and elegant fragrances. Her collections always become cult favourites, and the wood sage and sea salt cologne are no different. Luckily for those who are looking for a cheaper alternative, Zara has partnered with the perfumer herself to bring us this charming autumnal scent.
Notes of pink peppercorn, clove, and ebony wood give this perfume a heady woodiness, rounded out by a delicate, sultry sweetness that smells like a dream. We think this one is perfect if you're looking for a scent to wear on date night or nights out with friends.
Viva la Juicy by Juicy Couture is a favourite for those who enjoy an opulent, flirty, warm, feminine scent. Zara's Pink Flambe is said to be a spot-on match as it gives off a bold but fun feminine energy by using a blend of rose, jasmine, and orchid, enveloped in the warm notes of vanilla and rounded off with the richness of wood and amber.
If your goal is to smell irresistible, this is the perfume that you'll want to complete your outfit. Not only does it smell amazingly expensive for the price, but users have said that it also lasts for a very long time on the skin and clothing.
This fragrance features a vibrant blend of floral and fruity notes, as it comprises of green apple, pink grapefruit, orange, rose, jasmine, violet, cedar, and sandalwood. If you enjoy Chanel's Chance Eau Tendre, you won't go wrong with this almost exact match.
Immediately upon spritzing, you are engulfed with the smell of freshly peeled green apples, which dries down to a powdery, floral finish. We think this scent is perfect for an invigorating pick me up on hot, sweaty days, so you want this on hand when summertime rolls around!
Rose gourmand is another fan-favourite perfume from Zara that is loved by many. It is a perfect dupe for not one but two luxury fragrances - Roses Vanille from Mancera Paris and Intense Cafe by Montale Paris, both of which smells like Vanilla heaven.
The freshness of rose is what you get in the opening, which is elevated by the warm hug of vanilla and tonka to create this feminine, sexy, empowering scent that's ideal for day to night wear. Though, some users have noted that the smell of rose is a little artificial, which puts it a tad bit further from the real thing.
Here we have another one from Zara's collaboration with Jo Malone, so you know it will be a good one. The notes are marshmallow, blood orange, and vanilla, and in terms of the overall smell, if you are looking for a dupe for 'by Killian's Love, Don't Be Shy', this is it! Instead of a citrusy aroma, the perfume features blood orange, which provides a sweet, uplifting energy to the overall composition.
On the first spray, you get a slight zing from the blood orange, which warms beautifully on the skin within seconds, then dries down to a sweet, powdery, and even fruity marshmallow scent that's incredibly comforting and scrumptious. On the downside, some people have said that the dry down becomes flat after some time.
The opening of this perfume is like sipping on a citrusy cocktail or a peach flavoured iced tea where the sweetness is just right. As it dries down, the tone gets a little darker; the brightness and fruitiness of the peach also become more of a light caramel scent due to the infusion of peach and patchouli.
Unlike most eau de toilette perfumes, this one will last on the skin all day, and although it's super affordable, the smell is expensive and luxurious. Nevertheless, some users have noted that it has a noticeable synthetic smell that may be too distracting for some noses.
For those of you who like their perfume to be on the muskier side, you've got to check out Amber Fusion. You get a bright, citrusy and aromatic opening with an extremely musky dry down which brings a lot of freshness and an excellent depth from the Amber.
We think this is a great year-round fragrance, but the fact that it is so musky, also makes it suitable as a unisex scent as it gives off an air of masculinity. However, the heady muskiness may not be for everyone and might be too intense for some.
If you enjoy delicious, mouth-watering scents, you need to give Cherry Smoothie a sniff. Upon first spritz, you instantly get a really sweet and creamy, cherry and mixed berry scent that feels like you're sitting in front of a yummy strawberry milkshake. After a few minutes, things start to get a little powdery, but the delightful creamy texture from the opening remains.
Users have said that this one is a dupe to Tom Ford's Lost Cherry, which we agree with, but it, unfortunately, doesn't smell quite as rich or expensive as the real thing. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a delectable scent on a budget, or one for layering with other favourite fragrances, we highly recommend it!
Written and Researched by Audrey Tan
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