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    Lightbulb The (Almost) Identical Fragrances Thread

    Many of you on this board have tried a lot of fragrances and can detect when one smells almost exactly like another one. I don't mean designer impostors which are cheap duplication of brand-name perfumes or fragrances that have the same accord or notes. Please post here the pairs that you are aware of that are very similar or almost knock-offs.

    I will start with the obvious ones:

    Ralph Lauren PURPLE LABEL = Bond No. 9 BLEECKER STREET
    Creed SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER = Bond No. 9 HAMPTONS
    Creed MILLESIME IMPERIAL = Sean John UNFORGIVABLE
    Creed GREEN IRISH TWEED = Davidoff COOL WATER

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    The only pair that comes to my mind:

    Diptyque TAM DAO = Christian Lacroix: TUMULTE
    Guerlain: Après L´ondée - Chanel: Cuir de Russie - Dior: Dior Homme - Divine: L´homme de coeur - Caron: Le 3me homme
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    CK Contradiction Men=Terre d'Hermes

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    Bond No9 Great Jones=Paco Rabanne pour homme,exactly the same!
    Last edited by giannis; 1st October 2006 at 04:34 PM.

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    Gucci ENVY = Floris SANTAL
    Creed GREEN IRISH TWEED = Floris J.F. (perhaps, let the bashing begin)
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    Dolce & Gabbana BY MAN = DK UNLEADED

    Chanel EGOISTE = Paco Rabanne TENERE

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    Minotaure - Roma Uomo

    Colonia Assoluta - Armani PH

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    Dunhill Desire ~ Ferrari Black ~ Boss Bottled

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    I found similaties between Kenzo Jungle Man and M7 fresh,and Rive Gauche and KenzoAir.... Is thar a battel between Kenzo and I s L?
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    Quote Originally Posted by costello
    Diptyque TAM DAO = Christian Lacroix: TUMULTE
    Agree with that one.

    I'd also add: Mugler Cologne = Creed OV

    Some say they can tell a difference ... but to me, they're identical.

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    Unforgivable = Bond #9 Wall Street (not Millesime Imperial IMO)
    Bond #9 Chez Bond = GIT = Coolwater
    Etro Gomma = Knize Ten
    Gucci Envy = Yves Rocher Tel Quel

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    Eau Sauvage and Capucci PH have extremely similar openings.

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    Default Re: The (Almost) Identical Fragrances Thread

    Dolce & Gabanna PH & Claiborne Realities are pretty similar.
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    Christian Lacroix Tumulte pour Homme - CdG Kyoto
    Montale Soleil de Capri - D&G Light Blue

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    There are always strange suggestions on threads like this.
    Of course there are never any definite answer (with a very few exceptions, though) about that two scents are similar to everyone, but I must say a suggestion like Kenzoair and Rive Gauche is a liiiittle doubtful.
    The Kenzo is fresh and "wet" with notes like vetiver and anise, whilst RG is a powdery and and dry powerhouse packed with woods and patchouli and a completely different take on a vetiver note...

    IMO, there are loads of scent that seems to be very similar, but when you smell them side by side they aren't that similar actually.
    Another note is that a scent may be very similar to another in either only the topnotes or in only some phases of its drydown.

    So my suggestions of quite similar scents are:


    X by CC is a little similar to Sandalwood Cologne in its top, but dries down to something more similar to Declaration by Cartier.

    Musc Ravageur and A*Men in their basenotes.

    Brit, Armani Code and Prada Man.

    Geir to Chanel Allure Sport in its topnotes.

    Agua Verde by Salvador Dali and Gucci Envy.

    And the two that are most similar from both opening and drydown, is GIT and Cool Water....

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    Here are my examples: Again, not similiar but exact copies.

    Aramis=Estee Lauders Knowing

    JHL=Cinnabar......JHL is also very very very similiar to youth dew, a virtual copy but not like cinnabar.

    Aramis 900=Aeromatics Elixir

    Aramis Devin=Aliage
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    Madini Winter = Tuscany by Aramis

    I've also smelled three other Madini's for men that are driving me crazy because they smell so much like things my dad and grandfather wore, that I don't know the names of. They are "Winter", "Sahara" and "Musk Pierre". Winter especially brings back memories of something my grandfather wore.

    I'd be happy to send test strips to any of you who want them, if you think you could tell me what they resemble (or even if you're just interested). Just send me an email at perfumeinfo(at)tigerflag.com .

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    Creed Original Vetiver <=> TM Cologne
    Ungaro II <=> Chanel PM Concentree

    Acqua Classica - Borsari Parma a lighter version of Eau de Marvellies (I prefer EdM even if it costs a lot more)

    Curve for Men <=> New Greenbriar
    Royal Copenhagen <=> Jockey Club (in the past I thought JC smelled like Canoe but I retried it and now think it is like Royal Copenhagen. Still, I prefer Royal Copenhagen... it is able to retain the top notes longer & bring out the leather to an extent)
    Body Kouros <=> Cuba Gold
    MisterK / Vicomte de K / K
    Ephemeral Top 5: YSL PH HC, Worth PH, Equipage, Monsieur Rochas HC, Acqua di Gio

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    Allure Homme Sport smells remarkably like Jeans by Tommy Hilfiger which in turn smells a lot like Happy by Clinique. Or is it just my nose??

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    JPG Le Male = Perry Ellis 360 White

    Dunhill Pure = Kenneth Cole Signature

    Dior Higher = CK Crave

    These three are dead on if you ask me. I'd suggest that each pair is the same liquid, bottled and marketed different.

    I vote that Green Irish Tweed is similar to Cool Water, but way better and surely a different fragrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shifts
    Montale Soleil de Capri - D&G Light Blue
    I'll have to check this out. I love Montale's SOLEIL DE CAPRI but is quite expensive. D&G LIGHT BLUE might be a good alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepthought
    Allure Homme Sport smells remarkably like Jeans by Tommy Hilfiger which in turn smells a lot like Happy by Clinique. Or is it just my nose??
    I can understand your Jeans & Happy comparison (but I don't think they're THAT similar), but I don't get the Allure Sport comparison at all...
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    Bogart (signature) and Paco Rabanne PH are quite similar. Bogart seems to be more peppery and strong, but once that sharp accord fades, not much between the two.

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    Ralph Lauren PURPLE LABEL = Bond No. 9 BLEECKER STREET
    Oh really?

    Chanel EGOISTE = Paco Rabanne TENERE
    Oh really??

    Ok now I'm damn curious to try those two out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie
    I can understand your Jeans & Happy comparison (but I don't think they're THAT similar), but I don't get the Allure Sport comparison at all...
    Well, I did include a disclaimer, 'Is it just my nose'. So, if no-one else can smell the similarities, it IS my nose!

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    Ferrari Black and Desire for a man.
    Note the similarities in the top, mid AND base notes.
    Disclaimer: This is how they smell on MY skin and it also might just be my nose!
    The above disclaimer is subject to alteration..........

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    Default Re: The (Almost) Identical Fragrances Thread

    Similars...

    XS, Himalaya and Chic

    - same juniper berry-dominated opening. XS being strongest, Chic being lightest


    Unforgivable and Wall Street and Millesime Imperial.

    - Variation on the same fizzy pop and fruit theme. Unforgivable being the most resolute and MI bit more complex and briny


    Original Santal and Mont Blanc Individuel are also very similar. I consider the Individuel to be a sloppier little brother of OS.
    Last edited by Scentronic; 3rd October 2006 at 04:18 PM.
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    Duc de Vervins = Drakkar Noir

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    Gucci Rush = Azzaro Visit
    Gucci PH = Montale Greyland

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    I found that Habit Rouge (Citrus top/Vanilla heart) has some similarities with Opium by YSL which also shares a very similar middle with Xyerus Rouge by Givenchy (Strong Red Pepper Accord).

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    I'm curious if I'm the only one stating that the new YSL Homme is extremely similar to Versace Blue Jeans?

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    Roma Uomo = Raw Vanilla

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy
    I'm curious if I'm the only one stating that the new YSL Homme is extremely similar to Versace Blue Jeans?
    I think so, as Blue Jeans is very soapy-sweet. More like JPG Le Male.

    IMO, it's more similar to Armani Mania...

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    B * MEN By Therry Mugler <> Polo Double Black by Ralph Lauren

    or is it just me?
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    Nikos Sculpture = Dunhill Desire

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsp_NY
    I'll have to check this out. I love Montale's SOLEIL DE CAPRI but is quite expensive. D&G LIGHT BLUE might be a good alternative.
    I have a bottle of Soleil de Capri and sprayed it on paper when I got home after sampling Light Blue earlier. I had that paper strip with me so I could compare the two side by side. I'm not sure how Light Blue behaves on skin, but on paper they are very very similar. The Montale feels more concentrated and a bit stronger, but all the notes seem to be there in both.

    I just can't believe I haven't noticed this before as I know I've smelled Light Blue both on skin and paper before... I'm still happy with my Montale, but I bet everyone else will think it is D&G

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    Another one for Chez Bond and GIT... They are awfully close. Laurice really comes off as a thief with this one. Was there some massive falling out between her and the Creed folks? If so, she's really gone for the jugular with this one.
    Please stop comparing Cool Water with these fragrances. The similarities are so superficial and fleeting, it's really hardly worth mentioning. If you can't afford the Creed or Bond, buy Cool Water and be happy (it's good)...but don't fool yourself into thinking it's anything like Chez Bond or GIT.

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    Equipage = Bel Ami. Anyone eles?

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    Fragonard's Suivez Moi and Le Male are clones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zerby View Post
    Equipage = Bel Ami. Anyone eles?
    I can see how you might make that association as Bel Ami and Equipage are both rich fragrances and probably share a common Hermes house note. To my nose, however, any similarity ends there.

    Equipage is a fougere - perfume intelligence has this description: "A spicy masculine fougère edt with notes of citrus, spices and woods, classified C4m" [C4m is a male woody-citrus scent]

    Bel Ami is a dry woods (leather) - perfume intelligence describes it as: "A rich dry leather edt, classified G1m" [G1m is a male leather scent]
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    Joop ~ Cristobal ~ Mont Blanc Individual

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    ARMAND BASI HOMME = ARPEGE by Lanvin

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    Joop= Santal by Creed..EXACT match. A dog couldnt tell the difference.
    I LOVE Creed. however, this scent is a major snafu.
    This is WAAAY more obvious than the supposed cool water= GIT...(which does not smell alike that much. Just a little, but not after dry down). Then they are 100&#37; different.
    Last edited by mttafire; 28th January 2008 at 07:26 PM.

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    Lalique Equus= Gucci PH 2, the Equus being longer-lasting and higher quality.
    Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoth_007 View Post
    B * MEN By Therry Mugler <> Polo Double Black by Ralph Lauren

    or is it just me?
    Nothing alike here at all, to my nose. I know Leifer will strongly agree, as he loves Double Black and loathes B*Men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knightowl View Post
    Lalique Equus= Gucci PH 2, the Equus being longer-lasting and higher quality.
    Totally! I noted this in my review of Gucci PH 2. I'm glad someone else noticed it, too...

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    Just noticed a similarity here:

    L'Anarchiste and "Shave Secret" brand pre-shave oil. Lots of clove and menthol in each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nthny View Post
    Totally! I noted this in my review of Gucci PH 2. I'm glad someone else noticed it, too...
    I swear i didn't read your review before posting this, nthny.
    Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??

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    L'eau par Kenzo ph = Sun Super Tabs

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    John Varvatos Vintage and Cartier Pasha

    Chanel por Monseur and Cartier Pasha [corrected]

    Masaki M:Chocolate layered with Masaki M:Orange and a Terry's Chocolate Orange!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bromo33333 View Post

    Chanel Egoiste and Cartier Pasha

    Sorry, I don't get this comparison at all.

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    In all the years I've been wearing and sampling fragrances, I've never found two to be identical.

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    I agree Mike. And I know one thing: If I love a frag I will get THAT fragrance, and not something similar. I'd check out the similar recommendations, just to make sure I don't love them more, but settling on second best just to save a few dollars is something I couldn't do. I'd grow to resent the substitute frag that I purchased, and everytime I wore it I'd regret not having my number one choice instead.

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    Creed > Creed knockoff

    The nose knows...

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    XS and Himalaya get compared a lot. I find that they are different takes on the same theme and they do resemble each other, but I really don't see how they are "carbon copies" as some seem to think. I don't mean to bash anyone; our noses are apparently different and I think that's great actually.

    Two other fragrances that I find to be alike are Passage d'Enfer and Lalique pour Homme Equus. Again, they're takes on the same theme, where Passage d'Enfer takes a more flowery and "wet" direction as the scent progresses and Equus goes the woody/spicy way. In the beginning they're very close though.

    All to my nose

    Quote Originally Posted by knightowl View Post
    Lalique Equus= Gucci PH 2, the Equus being longer-lasting and higher quality.
    This seems interesting. I remember GPH 2 having a lot of violets in the opening, ie nothing like Equus. The drydown I can't remember, but I guess that's where the similarities come in, if at all. For comparisons sake it's worth mentioning that I own the EdP of Equus.

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    I'm sure this has been said before but

    Armani Attitude and Mugler's B*Men

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    Quote Originally Posted by ObsessionForMen View Post
    CK Contradiction Men=Terre d'Hermes
    Can&#180;t believe that, think that Declaration should be more identical to Terre:

    cK = Oriental - Woody (osmoz.com)

    Top note : Lime, Tangerine, Clary Sage, Lavender
    Middle note : Cardamom, Coriander, Nutmeg, Pepper
    Base note : Black Gold, VEtiver, Sandal, Musk

    Hermes = Woody - Spicy (osmoz.com)

    Top note : Grapefruit, Orange, Flint
    Middle note : Pepper, Pink Pepper, Geranium leaves, Patchouli
    Base note : Cedar, Vetiver, Benzoin

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    Cartier D&#233;claration = Woody - Floral musk

    Top note : Mandarin, Neroli, Artemisia, Coriander
    Middle note : Cardamom, Pepper, Jasmine, Orris
    Base note : Cedarwood, Vetiver, Leather, Amber
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    Blue Sugar = A*men minus the tar notes

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    I feel like this thread should come with a public announcement: The views expressed here are those of the wearer and not to be used for actual fragrance analysis. Or maybe the title should be "fragrances which perhaps could maybe be sort of similar, a little bit, because they share a note or two or maybe none but are in the same fragrance family, or maybe not even that, and it's been years since I've smelled either one so my recollection is a little dusty but for some reason they remind me of..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nthny View Post
    I feel like this thread should come with a public announcement: The views expressed here are those of the wearer and not to be used for actual fragrance analysis. Or maybe the title should be "fragrances which perhaps could maybe be sort of similar, a little bit, because they share a note or two or maybe none but are in the same fragrance family, or maybe not even that, and it's been years since I've smelled either one so my recollection is a little dusty but for some reason they remind me of..."
    LOL
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