15 bargain perfumes that smell just like designer scents

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15 cheap perfumes that smell just like designer scents
Few things can give you a boost as quickly as a squirt of your favourite perfume, but at around £50 a bottle, a spritz can be costly - and if you're anything like us, you'll find yourself saving your scent for special occasions rather than enjoying it every day.

However, life is far too short to only wear perfume to parties, and so we've done some digging and found 15 affordable perfumes that smell just like posh designer brands. There are dupes for Chloé, Dior, Marc Jacobs and more, you will not BELIEVE how similar these bargain scents smell (or how little they cost - at these prices, you can spray on as much as you like).

Lidl Suddenly Madame Glamour, £3.99

Smells like: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, £49

In sniff-tests, Lidl's incredibly cheap perfume often beats Chanel - and at one-tenth of the price of the high-end scent, you can definitely afford to pop it in your trolley.

Milton Lloyd Hawaii, £5

Smells like: Chloé, £45

The packaging of these two light, feminine scents is very different, but inside the bottle, the smell is remarkably similar - clean, floral, and very wearable. We get our Milton Lloyd perfumes from their website, but you should look out for them in local discount stores too.

Zara Black Peony, £9.99

Smells like: Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb, £44.55

Zara have an amazing range of perfumes that start from less than £10. This one has the same fruity, freesia smell as Viktor & Rolf's less purse-friendly bottle.

Marks and Spencer Butterfly, £14

Smells like: Marc Jacobs Daisy, £38.50

If you're a fan of Marc Jacob's best-selling Daisy, you'll probably love M&S's Butterfly too. It's got that fresh, outdoorsy feel, although it's slightly less woody than the original.

Next Just Pink, £8

Smells like: Ralph Lauren Romance, £39.99

Both these scents have a rich, rosy base that suits almost every woman - and from a distance, you couldn't tell the packaging apart either...

Avon Eternal Magic, £7

Smells like: Lancôme Hypnôse, £39

Clean and fresh with a hint of vanilla, this Avon perfume is almost a perfect match for Lancome's Hypnose - the scent doesn't last as long, but it's so afforable it doesn't really matter if you have to spritz a little extra later in the day. Unfortunately Eternal Magic isn't available directly from Avon any more, but you can still grab it for a great price on eBay or Amazon (usually less than £10).

Next Cashmere, £8

Smells like: Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude, £37

These pretty, powdery perfumes have a comparable luxurious, musky base - the bottles are equally lovely and we had a hard time telling the scents apart too.

Marks and Spencer True Red Eau de Toilette, £12.50

Smells like: Hugo Boss Deep Red, £33
So much cheaper but just as orangey and earthy - even the name sounds the same! These spicy scents are very much night-time perfumes - the slimmer M&S bottle is the perfect size for popping in your handbag.

Zara Rose, £7.99

Smells like: Dior J'adore, £46.50

Okay, so the Zara product won't look quite as impressive on your dressing table, but on the skin, it really is almost the same thing, for a fraction of the price.

River Island London, £12

Smells like: Miss Dior Cherie, £46.50

Sticking with Dior, this River Island bargain bears more than a striking resemblence to the Miss Dior range - particularly the sadly now-defunct Cherie variation. A great way to get your fix of a fragrance that's not around anymore.

nSpa Orient, £8

Smells like: Armani Code for Women, £30

If floral, oriental scents are your thing, pick up a bottle of nSpa's Orient next time you're at Asda - it's a dead ringer for Armani's Code, right down to the flowers on the bottle.

Milton Lloyd Stars, £5.00

Smells like: Thierry Mugler Alien, £39

Thierry Mugler might have the edge design-wise, but we can't believe the Milton Lloyd version costs less than a fiver. It smells pretty much identical and you'll get just as many compliments when you're wearing it!

Marks and Spencer Azure Breeze, £16

Smells like: D&G Light Blue, £42

Erm, we're not just seeing double, we're smelling double too, these fruity, cedar-rich scents are virtually indistinguishable. If you loved Light Blue in the 90s, it's totally worth reinvesting in a bottle of the M&S edition.

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Next Gold, £8 (was £12)

Smells like: Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, £27.99

These gorgeous gold perfumes are just as Oscar-worthy as each other, and once you've sprayed them on, you'll have trouble telling them apart. Amber-led and full of blossom, either will smell great on your skin - it's just that one costs twice as much as the other. The choice is yours... 

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True Red by M&S is nothing like Hugo Boss Deep Red. But Azure Breeze is exactly like Light Blue - D&G!!

Laur Cullinane

"Zara Black" smells exactly like "Thierry Mugler Angel" - I don't personally get a huge similarity between Zara Rose and J'adore, but I love both!

gail megaw

milton lloyd papaya is the same as estee lauder youth dew


Go to Fragrantica and look up your perfume and let you know that other perfumes smell like it.


I didn't know about these smell alike perfumes, but I have made a list of the ones that I fancy, and will try some of them in due course. Anyone know anything that is like Estee Lauder Youth Dew at a lower price please, as mine is running out, and I can't afford the original at the moment? I have just informed my friend, who is an Avon lady, about the Eternal Magic being like the Lancome perfume. It might help her sales over the Christmas period.

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