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    Default An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    So I was at Marshalls yesterday, and I came across a particular fragrance that I thought was quite wearable. It was kind of reminiscent of Gucci Envy and Burberry Brit, but not exactly the same. The longer I had it on, the more I realized that it smelled more like a fragrance I knew I had tried recently, but just couldn't remember the name. A few hours later, it hit me: Chergui. This fragrance smells JUST LIKE Chergui!!!

    I have not yet compared the note chart, but I am certain they share a few common notes. These two are very very very similar.

    What's the fragrance? Lanvin's Arpege Pour Homme.

    Chergui fans, if you are looking for a Chergui substitute, do try this one! You won't be disappointed.
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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    Does no one else agree with my assessment? If you've tried both, please comment. I know I am not alone!

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    I found Bvlgari Black somewhat similar, however I haven't really given Chergui a proper wearing, I've only tried it on my wrist.
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    Do you mean Arpege pour Homme or the original Lanvin Arpege?
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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    IMO there is nothing on the planet that smells like Chergui.

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    Bvlgari Black, to me, doesn't smell a whole lot like Chergui.

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    Arepege Pour homme, Stereo. My bad for the confusion. Have you tried it?
    Mike, Arpege Pour Homme IS like Chergui. Trust me. Aquire a sample and then get back to me. Money back gauranteed!

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    I just received Chergui today from a fellow Basenoter. It reminds me of Kenzo's Jungle L'Éléphant, but not as sweet.

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    I have both... APH on left and Chergui on right hand... I don't really smell what you are smelling, they are very different as far as I can smell. Perhaps the dry downs will converge more.

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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    Having returned the bottle, I still have a few official sample sprays of Chergui. And of course, Arpege pour Homme is one of my favorites (also my wardrobe icon). How do they compare? Apart from the sweet spicy thing they both got going on in the sillage, I find them distinctively different. Perhaps you'd care to share which aspects you find most similar?
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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    Arepege Pour homme, Stereo. My bad for the confusion. Have you tried it?
    Mike, Arpege Pour Homme IS like Chergui. Trust me. Aquire a sample and then get back to me. Money back gauranteed!
    I used to own a bottle of Arpege Pour Homme (someone gave it to me as a gift). I sold it.

    I don't smell the similarities. I'm sure you do, and if so, great - enjoy it! Not for me though.
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    I actually think Richard James Saville Row has similarities.

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    Nothing quite like Chergui.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    I have both... APH on left and Chergui on right hand... I don't really smell what you are smelling, they are very different as far as I can smell. Perhaps the dry downs will converge more.
    Let me know how they dry down. I am not imagining things. The two are very similar. I have a sample of Chergui, though, I'll admit, I haven't worn it in about a week. But I am still very familiar with the scent. And though I don't have a sample of Arpege ph, I was able to apply a generous amount on my skin this week, and walk around with it for a little. And almost the entire time, it smelled JUST LIKE Chergui to me. In fact, what was most frustrating was not remembering the name (Chergui), because I knew the scent was familiar, but I just couldn't remember which scent it smelled like. I don't know what the exact notes are, and am not confident I could put into words what the similarity is. But they both have a similar stuffy/powdery grourmand smell. It's like a powdery vanilla and maybe leather note. I am NOT imagining things. This weekend, I will see if it is still there, and if it is, I will wear it side by side with my sample of Chergui, and I'll see if my opinion remains.

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    Many women seem to think that Rykiel Woman not for men EdP is very similar, but I agree that there is nothing really close, but adding vanilla extract to the Richard James frag might be the way to go. I'd like to try this but my vanilla extract has corn syrup in it, and you can definitely smell the corn, so I'll have to get some pure vanilla extract at some point.

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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony87 View Post
    I found Bvlgari Black somewhat similar, however I haven't really given Chergui a proper wearing, I've only tried it on my wrist.
    For the record, I TOTALLY get the BVLGARI Black comparison. In fact, I have done an old side-by side, and I defy anyone in possession of both Chergui and Black to try this and find them wholly dissimilar.

    As for the original poster's conclusion, that one I cannot smell.

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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    On another thread, I read about Cherryblossomdiva on e-bay offering a roll-on oil of a "Chergui type" frag and ordered some; dang it actually works as a copy, probably more so for women because the sweet notes are more prominent.
    I also have a d/c frag from the 80's called Vallee des Rois by Mira Takla (I think I must be the only person on BN who ever mentions this frag). It's a floriental, but the heart notes have similar notes to Chergui

    But the similarity between Chergui and APH- and have found no similarity between the two to my nose.
    Ditto on Rykiel Woman.

    I like threads like this- I always think the OP is opening up good discussion whether people agree or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amit View Post
    Nothing quite like Chergui.
    Play-Doh.

    Half-joking. I liked Chergui, but the drydown went all Play-Doh on me. Eck! I know this is a negative cultural association, and Basenoters who didn't have an American childhood may not have any idea what I'm talking about, but there are a handful of fragrances out there (L'Artisan has one) that smell too much like the famous childrens' modeling clay to be wearable.

    I also get the (vague) similarity with Bulgari Black, but to my nose, Black is uncomplicated, more linear (totally linear, actually), and far easier to wear.

    I love the idea of Lutens' range, but too many of them weigh a ton and have syrupy, medicinal, or food-spice notes that I find totally off-putting. Cloy-o-rama!

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    Bvlgari Black sucks! I'ma be honest. Chergui is not bad, but if I were the perfumer behind Chergui, and I saw mentions of similarities between Chergui and Bvlgari Black, I would not be happy.

    I am really surprised that so far no one has made the connection between these two. To me, the two are very similar. Lemme see if I can find the notes on these two...

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    I don't get any similarities either.

    Believe it or not though, the only thing that I've smelled that even remotely resembles Chergui, is this cheap vanilla body spray called Vanilla Swirl by Calgone. I know a girl who wears it, and whether it's due to body chemistry, lying about her fragrance or something else, the sillage smells just like Chergui.

    Edit: I have to specify though, that it doesn't smell anywhere near as complex or as wonderful as Chergui. Chergui is some kind of wonderful, and quite unique too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    I don't get any similarities either.

    Believe it or not though, the only thing that I've smelled that even remotely resembles Chergui, is this cheap vanilla body spray called Vanilla Swirl by Calgone. I know a girl who wears it, and whether it's due to body chemistry, lying about her fragrance or something else, the sillage smells just like Chergui.

    Edit: I have to specify though, that it doesn't smell anywhere near as complex or as wonderful as Chergui. Chergui is some kind of wonderful, and quite unique too.
    To be honest, I was quite underwhelmed with Chergui. I thought it was OKAY, but definetely not worth the hype that it gets on these boards. I have it on my left hand right now, and it is SORELY pailing in comparison to the lovely L'Air du desert marocain on my right hand. I thought Taur would have been another overrated fragrance, but it turned out to be lovely. I'm trying to figure out how to get a decant of this stuff. I'm happy to find another fragrance that is actually worth the hype...

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    Chergui's notes:
    Honey, musk, leather, incense, tobacco leaf, hay sugar, amber, iris, rose, sandalwood, sap, resins.

    Arpege Pour Homme's notes:
    Nectarine, Pink Pepper, Seville Orange, Neroli, Nutmeg, Iris, Maté, Jasmine, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Precious Woods

    Interesting enough, the only common note is sandalwood. But I find the notes in Arpege to be much more alluring on paper than those in Chergui. I may mess around and just buy the darn thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    For the record, I TOTALLY get the BVLGARI Black comparison. In fact, I have done an old side-by side, and I defy anyone in possession of both Chergui and Black to try this and find them wholly dissimilar.

    As for the original poster's conclusion, that one I cannot smell.
    I said exactly the same thing. Chergui has a signature Lutens note to it (as in some stages it's quite similar to Fumerie Turque without so much tobacco/smoke), and Bvlgari Black contains some of the same notes. The main difference to me is the BB topnotes and the longevity. Chergui has BB beat in that area, but I do find them quite similar... and the Chergui drydown has definite comparisons with the new tire and leather notes in BB. For the money... I'll overspray BB and "hoard" Chergui! (but then I like them both and often layer BB with Bandit.)
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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    Larwiz, I have on Arpege pour Homme as my SotD. I just cannot see the similarities. I also feel they ( the two fragrances) have different textures. Arpege pour Homme being powdery and Chergui not at all. But, you may certainly see the similarites.

    Currently, I am underwhelmed by both. Still, they are decent fragrances.
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    Aww Surfacing! When I saw that you posted, I thought for sure you would come through with a cosign! lol It's all good though. Tommorow I'ma do a side by side and see if I still feel the same. But I know I was instantly reminded of Chergui when I tried it the other day. Looks like I'm in the minority...

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    IMO FCUK Connect is the ghetto synthetic version of Chergui

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    At first, I thought "no way, they're nothing alike." But then I applied a little Arpege PH on my arm for a reappraisal and I'll be doggone if it really doesn't bear more than a passing resemblance to Chergui. It's nowhere near as rich and deep as Chergui, but I can definitely see where you're coming from. And now I think I appreciate Arpege PH a bit more. Very interesting.
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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    Not inexpensive in the least but, another fragrance which I'm finding to share some with Chergui (albeit much brighter) is Parfumerie Generale Bois Blonde.
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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    i have both... Aph on left and chergui on right hand... I don't really smell what you are smelling, they are very different as far as i can smell. Perhaps the dry downs will converge more.
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