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    Default Re: Knock-offs or imitations of originals

    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    I sampled the Classic Match knock off of Obsession For Men a couple of nights ago. It was good! Granted, I've never smelled the original OFM, so I can't make a comparison, but this was a good strong, woody oriental that dried down to a nice dry, powdery base. I liked it.

    I might buy a bottle. So it may be all the better that I've never smelled the original Obsession!
    An original fragrance is launched and turns to be a total hit. Inspired by this fact - as well as the original's high price tag - someone decides to launch a knock-off. Times passes bye and the company manufacturing and selling the original scent decides to move on, so they reformulate it in order to demean its quality and force buyers to choose the newest offer. Thus reformulation is done to such and extent that the knock-off turns to be better than the original.

    Or else, the nose in charge of blending the knock-off fails to an extent his / her creation ends up being remotely analogous to the original scent, but not that much.

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    Interesting perspective on knock-offs Pollux. If I get the Classic Match Obsession, I don't even care too much what the CK version is like, as long as I'm enjoying the knock off version!

    Have any of you tried Classic Match's version of Drakkar Noir?

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    I recently tried "our version" of Ed Hardy for Men, by Jean Phillipe or whatever his name is, at the local dollar store. It's quite good, and lasts, though I don't like the particular combination of notes.

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    I think the Delagar line and Parfums de Coeur make some nice smell-alike scents for drugstore prices. Good for travel when you don't want to bring a pricey bottle of the real stuff.
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    Default Re: Knock-offs or imitations of originals

    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    Interesting perspective on knock-offs Pollux. If I get the Classic Match Obsession, I don't even care too much what the CK version is like, as long as I'm enjoying the knock off version!

    Have any of you tried Classic Match's version of Drakkar Noir?
    Shamu, Classic Match is not available down here. Besides, long time ago I tried Drakkar Noir and did not like it (guess I should do now... tastes change through time) so I never cared about knock-offs on it. I am PMeming you.

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    Moondeva: You don't have to shout!!!! Be more restricted with your font size please.
    Same to Pigeon (sic) Murderer

    I bought in ebay a perfume called Parker without knowing it was a knock-off of Paco Rabane. I tried and I immediatly noted the similarity, and I liked as much as the original, I sprayed each of them in each wrist and I could not tell them appart. The only difference was in my pocket (US$9.99 shipping included vs. 50.00) for the 3.4 oz bottle.
    Another one I think is also worth the try is Night Canyon, although not as good as Armani Code, it does a great job
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    I tend to avoid imitation colognes. They look very trashy on my wardrobe..

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    I have bought several knock-offs and most of them have a plastic/wax-like smell that I detect under the scent. After smelling hundreds of good frags. I now turn ill at the smell of most knock-offs.

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    Probably the best knock off frag I've ever tried is Nobile Royalty by Alexander de Costa. It's a knock off of Gucci Nobile, and I'd even go so far as to say that I like it better than the Gucci! HERESY!!!!

    I think doing quality knock offs of dc'ed frags is an awesome idea. Now if only someone would do a knock off of Balenciaga Pour Homme.

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    Hi guys, nice topic here, bought a bottle of musk koublai khan from a seller on eBay it suppose to be a knockoff version of serge lutens muscs koublai khan but the problem is that I haven't tried the original yet. Does smell pretty good with monster sillage though !!!

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    A very good knockoff I have tried and bought is Michael Jordan Legend cologne.

    It's so similar to rochas man that I wear this more than the rochas.

    The reason I wear this more is because of the price as it was so cheap compard to rochas man and very similar, I think a little more heavier the rochas man.

    7/10 for effort I would say

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    Default Re: Knock-offs or imitations of originals

    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    Probably the best knock off frag I've ever tried is Nobile Royalty by Alexander de Costa. It's a knock off of Gucci Nobile..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpackfan View Post
    There has been some discussion, in the past, on knock-offs or imitation scents, but can't find the thread. One poster suggested that the Wal-mart knock-off of Polo Blue, called Classic Match, is exactly like the real thing and lasts longer than the original.

    Have any others had luck with any imitation scents of originals. I know they are dirt cheap and most probably don't last anytime, but I'm gonna check out the Polo Blue knock-off, even though I really don't like Polo Blue that much.

    Feedback on knock-off frags please.

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    Scent matching, replica, imitation are terms used by venders telling you they're selling you something other than authentic, some pushing pretty far over the line into the grey area of disclosing real or fake. Similar but different is still okay. Knock-offs are defrauding buyers trying to convince them of authenticity of a branded/patented product, feloniously. That's only my opinion or understanding, based on whether consumers can reasonably know what they're getting or are being deceived. Illegal knock-offs are a booming multi-B market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emad View Post
    hi
    there is a co that makes it's fragrance in DUBAI called RIO and it always make the knockoff of all fragrances some of them are much better than the original for example happy or aqua di rio are knock off of happy clinique and aqua di gio and the original Happy by Clinique fades away so soon but the knockof has a greate deal of staying power , they make knockoff of popular fragrances almost instantly after the lounch of the fragrance , i don't know how they do it but sometimes they also fail!!!!
    Do you have a link for that? I'd enjoy a long lasting version of Happy.

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    raghba is a clone of 24 gold. Costs $30 for 100ml is stronger but more linear. well worth it imo

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    Copies and clones can often be at least as good as the original, if not better.
    One such case is Evi....a copy of Envy, ( for women ). Excellent and costs just € 5 !
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    Oh here in my country, we have good knockoffs - the imitation fragrances always get the top notes right however the drydown leaves nothing to be desired.
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    Default Re: Knock-offs or imitations of originals

    Cuba fragrances are high powered and the 3 I've smelled side by side with the originals, at least as good, sometimes better.
    Cuba Gold = Le Male
    Cuba Prestige = A*Men
    Cuba Prestige Black = Swiss Army

    I also have Cuba Red and Orange. I haven't smelled the original counterparts side by side, but Orange is a nice sweet fragrance and Red is a monster of a cigar fragrance.

    +1 Classic Match - their Eternity was different than the original but good in its own right, from what I remember. I tried the current release of Eternity not long ago and it didn't smell right to me. Doing some research, I found it had been reformulated. I got my hands on some vintage Eternity and it smelled better. Now I want to side-by-side current authentic Eternity and Classic Match and see what the best is.

    BTW, knock-offs vs real is getting to be a bit tricky -- real scents are being reformulated so often that in some ways they themselves are knock offs -- and the companies don't advertise that their scent has been changed, either -- so the argument about deception could be applied here...

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    Default Re: Knock-offs or imitations of originals

    I agree on the Cuba fragrances. I have Gold (Le Male), Prestige (A*Men), and Royal (PRs One Million). I think they're more linear than the originals, but most are very good for the money.

    The Dollar Tree Jordache version of PRs One Million isn't too bad for $1. Very linear, but pleasant. The projection isn't great and you don't have to worry about over-spraying it. As far as longevity I could still smell it on my shirt at the end of my work day, but it was very close to the fabric. I bought their version of Chanel Bleu as well, but have not had time to test it.

    Quote Originally Posted by bmn View Post
    Cuba fragrances are high powered and the 3 I've smelled side by side with the originals, at least as good, sometimes better.
    Cuba Gold = Le Male
    Cuba Prestige = A*Men
    Cuba Prestige Black = Swiss Army

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