I have always been open about my love of 'dupes' or smellalikes. I don't mean the dimestore kind that are cut with cat's pee and anything else the seller can find to stretch the liquid - I mean the ones where talented respectful perfumers have attempted to faithfully recreate scent that may be unattainable for many for whatever reason.
One of my favourites is Ava Luxe Chaotic / Chaos type that I received in a swap a few years ago. Sadly I have never had the opportunity to sample the original but this blend is a sublime beauty in its own right. It is one of my HG scents that I would never like to be without - regardless of whether it is an exact replica of the original scent or not.
In other circumstances I have found that a dupe is the better choice for me due to issues concerning longevity and sillage. I fell hopelessly in love with Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir a year or two ago, but as many have found the cologne does not last two minutes. I bought a dupe oil that was similar but also different in a better way than the original! I layer them together and the result is sublime!
Piguet Fracas tends to 'disappear' on me, even in parfum form but I have recently experienced a dupe that is actually 99.8% similar but actually has some presence on my skin. Now i can begin to understand a little of what everyone is on about when they sing it's praises. I am considering buying a bottle of that to add to my collection for next summer... :toppie: