Prompted by my video and post about perfume clones versus handbag fakes, I decided it might serve my readers if I produced a list of options for people who are not averse to purchasing clones. Please note that I am not affiliated with, nor do I personally vouch for anything that follows, unless otherwise noted. As I stated before, while I don’t go out of my way to support clone houses, I am not against them either. I do plan to keep this post updated to reflect any changes or additions.
Dua (https://theduabrand.com) was the first clone house I learned of. Eventually I did try of few of their offerings, and yes, they were pretty good. The prices are now much higher than I remember them being originally (I think they proven themselves now and can justify the prices) and I am not a fan of their new branding. they all have similar bottles and packaging, but the labels differ widely, and I find them a little tacky.
Alexandria (https://alexandriafragrances.com) is a clone house that was created from a member of the Dua team who decided to branch out on his own, perhaps due to creative differences (that is a rumor I heard).
Overall, I think the two brands offer similar quality. In a battle between an original fragrance, a Dua fragrance, and Alexandria fragrance, opinions differ depending on the fragrance at hand and the reviewer. I have not purchased enough fragrances from either house to know. I have owned excellent clones from both houses. Neither was 100% perfect as a clone, but close enough. I could fool myself! Interestingly, I have also found that performance has in some cases been better than the original (I think I’m speaking of Alexandria’s take on Nassomato’s Baraonda)
I have experienced excellent customer service from Alexandria, by the way. They were very generous to me one time during a minor delivery delay. They’ve also been generous with their samples. I have always preferred their packaging to Dua, but now they have switched out their caps to look a lot better, too (they are wood-covered).
One thing of note that is very true of these two houses is that they also offer up their own original creations. I have yet to try any of them, but I do know they seem to be well-received. I don’t know if Dua started this, or some other clone house, but some companies create blends of famous fragrances – nice idea! I bought one Dua blend a few years back of BR540 mixed with By the Fireplace. Yes, I’d buy that again!
Paris Corner (http://www.pariscornerperfumes.com) is a Dubai-based clone house that bundles several sub-brands or lines (hard to tell) on its site, including Pandora Scents and Monster Fragrance. I have purchased a dupe (Charuto) for Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille through these guys. It was not identical – much more honey, but it was well worth it and I am still enjoying the bottle. It doesn’t look like they sell it anymore, though.
ALT Fragrances (https://altfragrances.com) has a clever name and clever packaging. It’s next on my to-try clone list.
With its simple packaging, Frederic Malle style bottles, and candle offerings, Dossier (https://dossier.co) is an attractive-looking clone site. I’ve got my eye on some to try. The prices start from a mere 29USD for a 50ml bottle.
Oakcha (https://www.oakcha.com) offers up a similar concept to Dossier, only the uniform packaging of its 30ml bottles come in sleek black bottle like Chanel’s Coco Noire, only opaque and smaller.
There is a decent Tom Ford Lost Cherry called Amarena Cherry from the house of Fragrenza (https://www.fragrenza.com). But actually, many clone houses also do that fragrance… The 60ml bottles are understandably priced a little higher
Parfums Vintage (https://www.parfumsvintage.com) is most known for its multiple versions of that pineapple fragrance from Creed (with its many batches) that so many male perfume lovers lust over – Creed’s Aventus (I think it’s a good fragrance, by the way, but so overhyped!)
Scentual Obsessions Perfume
Through its more bare-bones website Scentual Obsessions Perfume (https://www.scentualobsessionsperfume.com) offers three lines of clone perfumes, each having a higher concentration of different quality of oils.
Copy Cat Fragrances
There is no lack of clarity in conveying what it is that Copy Cat Fragrances (https://copycatfragrances.co.uk) sells.
The Essence Vault
The Essence Vault (https://www.theessencevault.co.uk) names all its fragrances with numbers and offers diffusers and car scents.
KDJ Inspired (https://kdjinspired.com) is a family run clone house making “legal dupes NOT illegal fakes.”
Dapper Fragrances (https://dapperfragrances.com) temps you to smell like a million bucks, for a fraction of the price.
Babylon Fragrances (https://www.babylonfragrances.com) has a smaller offering than Dua or Alexandria, but appear to follow a similar vein in terms of presentation.
Genre Parfums (https://www.facebook.com/groups/406118473237999/) are available via Facebook. I could find no dedicated website.
Armaf & Al Haramain
You’ll probably recognize the Middle Eastern houses of Armaf (https://www.armaf.ae) and Al Haramain (https://shop.alharamainperfumes.com). They have received much hype over the years for their clones, although they don’t overtly state publicly that a given perfume was “inspired” by any fragrance. The packaging and naming are completely different from the originals, too. Indeed, in many cases, I feel the perfumes are more inspirations of originals than clones.
The following sites specialize in perfume oils. I prefer alcohol sprays, so I haven’t considered any of these (well, perhaps Zohaar’s take on Bond. No. 9’s New Haarlem, since the real one is so hard to find):
- Zohaar Aroma (http://zohaaroma.com)
- Oil Perfumery (https://ca.oilperfumery.com)
- Perfume Parlour (https://perfume-parlour.co.uk)
Update – Sites I’ve Newly discovered
- Eden Perfumes (https://edenperfumes.co.za)
- Pocket Scents (https://pocketscents.co.uk)
- Perfumes for Less (https://perfumesforlessng.com)