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Thread: Knockoff fever!!
I love knockoffs. The cheesier the better. Today I think I saw one of the best ever, and it was at Zellers (Canadian Target). It was a clear rip-off of Creed called "Crest". It had the same box and everything, except the bottle was different. It even had a "royal" coat of arms as well, yet it kind of looked like the Webelos symbol. The juice was straight up "G.I.T."/Cool Water inspired and was only $5. I think I'm gonna snag me a bottle, just because.
Anyways, what are some of your favorite knockoffs? Do you buy them?
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hmmm. .. If Castile is a knock off of 4711- then, there ya go. I have one.
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In truth I wish I would run across knockoffs more often. They used to have "smells like..." knockoffs on the counter at 7-11, right next to the register too, but don't anymore. Wouldn't that be fun--oh my, good thing they put cologne here for me to impulse buy! Talk about a hoot. Way of the future, I tell you. Cologne conspicuously placed for a remind-you buy when you go for cigs. What a great world we live in.
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I bought a knock-off of L'eau d'Issey, called "My Tokyo" for 10$ that I ended up giving to my dad. Its not that I hated it, there was just something in it that made it completely unwearable compared to the real one. Maybe they added urine to it or something. It also lasts all of 10 minutes.
That said, in Aus theres a huge range of imitation stuff at K-Mart, Target, chemists etc. For example, theres a range called "Stitch no. #", and each one has "If you love Gucci Envy, you'll love Stitch no. 5" or something. Also theres hundreds of other knock-offs - I had a bottle of 'Jail' (Joop! homme) bought for me that smelt just as bad as the real Joop! but at least it was gone in about 30 mins, 'Hugo Buss', 'Giorgio Armadi', etc etc...
I say if its just for sh.ts and giggles then buy it and fob it off to someone after you get sick of it (or after it makes you sick ), but if you have the money or are an 'enthusiast' then its just wasting your cash.
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would you consider liz claiborne realities a knockoff of dolce and gabanna man. It sure as shit smells like it to me...in fact it should be called Light Blue for men, not that other junk!
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I was at the 99 Cents Only store and Jordache had knock offs of practically anything. For men, I saw knockoffs of CKOne, CKBe, Cool Water, and Polo Black.
My brother bought me a knockoff eternity from thailand. Identical packaging. I've tried it, lasts about an hour and no trace of it. Makes a decent room spray i guess.
The fragrance oils that people sell on the street or at flea markets can be quite good. I sampled one this weekend that was labeled "Creed" (no specific name) and it was really pleasant.
Cuba Gold is a good copy of Le Male.
One of the Sambas (the one in the black bottle) reminds me of A*Men.
OS Signature reminds me of Z Zegna.
C. O. Bigelow Elixir Blue is a good copy of Curve (which comes in a green bottle), and Elixir Green is a good copy of Polo Blue. I think that is cute for some reason. (Disclaimer: I work part-time at Bath & Body Works.)
I second the vote for Liz Claiborne Realities. It is a very nice scent, and it is a little less expensive than the Dolce and Gabanna.
Good-quality knockoffs can be cheap fun. What enrages me is an expensive fragrance that claims to be original but turns out to be a copy. Phat Farm Atman is Drakkar Noir in a new bottle with a $20 higher price tag. That oughta be a crime.
I dont like when Curves or Kenneth Coles copy AdG or AMen and you are asking if I would by a knockoff that is even less reliable...
The "In-Style" line of knockoffs at Walgreens aren't too bad. I used to have a little bottle of their Polo Blue knockoff. I also have a Designer Imposter bottle of Drakkar Noir that I primarily use as a room spray just because I love the Yankee Candle scent Midsummer's Night & I think this smells pretty similar.
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The only knockoff I want to get is Creed Original Vetiver, though I already own the original (TM Mugler Cologne)
I have a shop very close to where I live that sells knockoffs. My brother once bought a Lacoste Essential from there. It's not bad actually. I use it as room spray.
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Out of boredom this morning while shopping at Target, I just bought a bottle of "Smokin' Hot" by Designer Impostor. It's basically a copy of Armani Code. I was curious so I sprayed it on my wrist after I bought it. It's pretty damn close I must say. I was expecting a slap in the face alcohol scent that the cheap crap (or run of the mill drugstore copies) usually has, but I didn't get that at all, surprisingly. It's a little off, but you'd have to stand there and smell your wrist or whatever multiple times to notice the slight difference. "Normal" people won't even notice the difference. The potency of the juice is just as good as the real stuff. I figured at $8, I'd have it as an emergency bottle in my gym bag. LOL. Besides, for $40 a pop for the real Code, I'd just get Dior Homme, TdH, or whatever I like better for that cost.
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Speaking of Code, Wal-Mart sells a fragrance called Vault I think. It's supposed to be Code, but it's not bad just as a woody oriental. Not close to Code but not bad on it's own either.
I'd been wearing the Classic Match Polo Blue and it's really...really close. It just doesn't last.
Also Quercus smells a lot like ckOne
But these are hardly those cheap knockoffs that scream "If you like ____ then you'll love me!"
I wore more bootleg Polo Sport than anything thru JH & HS. Like a dozen bottles. LOL
Recently, I doubt I'd wear a bootleg, but I checked the classic match Unjustified, and to me, it was like a really awful Erolfa "lemon & cumin" with a hint of the sweet orange soda in regular Unforgivable.
But after reading this thread. I'mma give a few more bootlegs a chance.
Why would someone bootleg Adidas? I thought it was around 10-15$ for a big bottle in the first place :O
I'm glad the knockoffs are out there. Sure many smell blatantly NOT like the original, but some are pretty darn close. Let the eilitests spend the big bucks----we all turn to ash in the end--enjoy it all now.
I did find a Chanel Egoiste knockoff in a place that had a whole list of knockoffs to create. I found an Angel knockoff at Walgreens that smells pretty good. Hmm what was the name of that chocolate Axe?
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Funny. I just picked up a knock off of drakkar noir for kicks. It was 1.99!
Unfortunately, after trying to smell the others (a fake one of polo green and ck one), I now have a cloud following me around that smells like a medicine cabinet.. or an old band aid. I tried to wash it off at the nearest bathroom I could find with this soap that smelled like bubble gum, and now there's a cloud following me that smells like a sweetly rancid band aid
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Uh.. whoops. Just noticed how old this thread is. I'm doomed now for sure! If anyone finds a corpse smelling like a sweet, rancid band aid, tell my parents I loved them.
Back in the late 90's I bought a knockoff of Tommy called Johnnie! It smelled similar, but you could tell it was a really cheap imitation.
Some reflections on knock offs...
1. Take similar fragrances, are they knock offs? As per mentions in several threads and reviews, I am thinking of Creed's Orange Spice and YSL's Kouros, or Bond's Grand Jones and Paco Rabanne's pour Homme.
2. Odd as it may seem, there are knock-offs that are still true to the original formulation of the blends "inspiring" them, the original ones being a pale version of what they used to be - either lacking complexity or longevity.
3. There are knock-offs that are somehow different and / or improved versions of the original scents. They might as well claim being a separate entity.
4. There are knock offs of discontinued scents. Down here, there are very inexpensive versions of Zino and Montana (Red), which, BTW, are FBW - in the second case, privided you are not too picky, for they fall in category # 2 (not exaclty the same, but damned enjoyable).
5. One last reflection: are there knock-offs of niche brands like Lutens or Goutal? LOL
I love a good quality knockoff, for exactly the reason Pollux cited - they can be better than the original OR duplicate a prior, superior formulation of another scent.
Perfect example: Akthar Noir is a knockoff of the original formulation of Drakkar Noir, and an outstanding one at that! The reason it's great is because it smells exactly like the original formula of Drakkar Noir from the 80s, with all the sillage and longevity of the original. Plus it's an eau de parfum! I bought five bottles of it, it's so good ($3 too!).
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As to 5 (in post #37), there it Tobaco Latino, which seems to me to be an attempt to make a cheap Tabaco Vanille type of frag. Here is the blurb on it:
"TOBACCO LATINO, the sweet and familiar aroma of the famous Cuban cigars. The base note, in which the rustic freshness of laurel, and clary sage is complemented by a touch of rum, and leads to a delicately flowery heart of lily of the valley, and freesia, complemented by the fruity tones of coconut, and raspberry. The richly woody background notes of vetiver, sandalwood, and cedarwood highlight the tobacco note, sweetened with a touch of honey."
It's not niche quality, and it's sort of a toned down B*Men, with spices removed and a nice dry tobacco leaf added (sort of like an unsmoked cigarette). It's light but lasts reasonably well, especially on clothing. However, it smells great, though that may be because I like the notes and construction.
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I just came back from mall where I found section with nice knockoff fragrances. There were like 3 different knockoffs of Fahrenheit varying in price from 3 to 10 euros per 2.5 Oz. Funny is that closest to original was the cheapest one (I sampled that one yesterday and it actually lasted like 4 hours, and in very close to skin mode 12 hours...). There were also knockoffs of Coco Mademoiselle, Angel, 2 versions of Acqua Di Gio, 2 versions of Le Male, 2 versions of Light Blue Pour Femme, etc. I checked where they come from and most of them were Made in Poland but one brand was from UAE. For average price of 5 euros per 3.4oz bottle they smelled very nice but I guess that they wont last as much as original.
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My friend's mother had a knock-off of Eternity called... Endless Fun.
She bought it because the name is hilarious.
Amongst the knock off , copies or whatever you like to call them is quite a decent Barbershop fragrance.
In a Green Box Called " EAD BRIGHT " its very potent and a couple of sprays to the chest in the morning and you will have a Rive Gauche ( ish )
scent wafting around you all day.
I have bought a lot worse for £30 plus so if you like Barbershop , give it a try for 99p.
I just saw 3 at Target yesterday. They all said "if you like ___, then you will love _xyz_."
They looked like Axe cans, and were rips of Drakkar Noir, AdG, and Fierce.
All for $3 each.
They smelled pretty close, albeit more synthetic.
About what I was expecting. Worth a gym bag addition.
Crest? Is that Creed's take on toothpaste?
We have local shop here that has 3 long-desks covered in knock-offs. From Aquatic Di Joe -I believe that was the name- to DK One
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As someone mentioned earlier about Australia we have loads of knock-offs in the 'If you love X, you'll love this.' style. Sometimes I sniff them. Sadly though I'm rarely that familiar with anything popular enough that people make knock offs of it, and I don't like to buy knock-offs. If I want super-cheap fragrances, and sometimes I do I think there are plenty of originals which are surprisingly good.
Does my bottle of New Harlem count as a knock off of Rochas Man? I've never smelled Rochas Man so I hope not. I mostly got New Harlem because I don't want a butt-plug shaped bottle. Also the packaging is plush. Still if it's a copy that's just dreck and really confirms why I dislike Bond, although I can't say I dislike the smell. I'm rather fond of it actually.
I recently purchased a few so called knock offs from Wal-Mart.
Clasic Match - Polo Green
Electric Blue - Bleu De Chanel
Vault - Armani Code
All three of these smell pretty damn close to the original nor do they suffer from the to much alcohol problem that most knock offs suffer from. I am not ashamed for purchasing them and I although they will not be the fragrances I am going to reach for if I am going out on a date or out doing something special, I have no problems with wearing them for everyday use. I mostly keep them in my car as emergency fragrances though.
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I mentioned in a recent thread of mine a perfume cheapie called Roxane. It's an excellent copy of Chanel no.5. In fact I actually find it somehow better than no.5. I also mentioned the Lidl discount supermarket release, "Suddenly Madame Glamour". This has received a huge amount of publicity and praise for its high standard of quality. For €5 it is on a par with Coco Mademoiselle and in blind tests many people actually rated it the better of the two fragrances.
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& Surrati Tom Oud - they do a lot, but this seems to be the most mentioned.
I use knock offs for the restroom spray...pure oro for one million is dead on.