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    Cool The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    So I'd like to put together a list of cheaper copies of niche fragrances. Some of us have niche, but save them for a special occasion; I'm not going to use my Tobacco Vanille as a daily scent. So feel free to contribute on what will hopefully be an expanding list of cheaper copies of fragrances.

    Niche/Copy

    GIT, Chez Bond = Cool Water
    Millesime Imperial = Unforgivable - Sean John, Love and Luck Ed Hardy
    New Haarlem = Michael Jordan Legend
    Tobacco Vanille = Eau des Baux, SpiceBomb
    Terre d'Hermes = Citrus and Wood by Yardley (Yes, I know, Hermes is designer, but their price point is niche)
    Original Santal = Joop! Homme
    Silver Mountain Water = Al Rehab Silver
    Allure = Perry Ellis m, Lalique Le Faune (Again, the Chanel price points border on the niche)

    Any I've missed?

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Maybe change it from copies to something else. Joop! Homme came out in 1989 where as OS came out in 2005; so...

    Also, Mont Blanc Individuel might be closer to OS than Joop! Homme.

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Love and Luck smells like Millesime Imperial? Really? I have decants of both here and never noticed the connection. I'll have to compare them tomorrow. I know they can't be all that similar or I would have noticed.

    Cool Water is definitely a decent knock off of GIT. Not exact, but good enough that most people wouldn't know the difference. The longevity of Cool Water is also better due to the synthetics used.

    EDIT: Alright, I just compared MI and Love & Luck. I see the similarity now, but Love and Luck completely pales in comparison. They are miles apart in terms of quality and complexity. WAY more of a difference than between Cool Water and GIT. L&L is piss poor knock off IMO (if that was the intent). Not oven worth the price.
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    I don' get any similarities between tobacco vanille a d eau des beaux

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Mekkanische Rose, a small independent firm from Berlin does terrific natural fragrances for ridiculously cheap. Not copies but definitely "valid alternatives" to niche expecially when your budget doesn't allow you to splurge on big tickets...


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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Quote Originally Posted by DieNase View Post
    I don' get any similarities between tobacco vanille a d eau des beaux
    Me either, nor any similarity to Spicebomb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny Beast View Post
    Me either, nor any similarity to Spicebomb.
    Nor do I. This comparison always baffles me.
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    Terre d'Hermes I would say Franck Olivier Black Touch

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Quote Originally Posted by DieNase View Post
    I don' get any similarities between tobacco vanille and eau des beaux
    Nor do I

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    I don' get any similarities between tobacco vanille and eau des beaux
    Nor do I

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny Beast View Post
    Me either, nor any similarity to Spicebomb.
    TB has this mild and sweet vibe to it on me. Eau de Baux turns into its own vanilla, but not super sweet like TB. Spicebomb does not turn that sweet on me at all and the spice elements hang in there longer. I would have no trouble telling them all apart. TB is a distant cousin... Baux and SB are more like next door neighbors to me. All different but some more than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jouho View Post
    Maybe change it from copies to something else. Joop! Homme came out in 1989 where as OS came out in 2005; so...
    What...so you're saying that Creed made a copy...hmm, I thought Bond no 9 only did that, well that's what people always slam them for doing...sorry, it had to be said.

    On that note:
    Bond no 9 Eau de New York=Art of Shaving Lemon (so someone copied a Bond, I always thought it was the other way around) again, sorry for the sarcasm, just goes to show that just about every house copies someone else in some way.

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Acqua di Gio = Perry Ellis Red
    Creed Aventus = Vision by Jaguar (so I have heard - I have never tried anything by Jaguar)
    Creed Original Santal = Mont Blanc Individuel
    Creed Original Vetiver = Mugler Cologne
    Creed Original Cologne = Burberry Weekend (a little bit of a stretch, but I think they do have some similarities at least for the 20 minutes Weekend lasts)
    Bond No. 9 Montauk = Kenneth Cole Black


    I dont get the comparisons: Tobacco Vanille = Eau des Baux, SpiceBomb
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    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
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    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Tom Ford - Rive d'Ambre
    10. Creed - Virgin Island Water

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    The problem here is the premise. These aren't equals at all. Some are copies, some aren't.

    Love And Luck is really nice, but it only has a few similarities with MI. To say they smell the same or are even equals is a bit silly. I can see people paying over $100 for MI, but I don't think Love & Luck is worth more than $30.

    Tobacco Vanille, Eau des Baux and SpiceBomb are really entirely different scents. I can't imagine one being a replacement for another at all. EdB is awesome though. Even if it were $100 I'd say it's worth it. At $50, it's one heck of a bargain for a scent that good.

    I do think it's great to point out similarities at lower price points. If you like Allure but can't afford it, Perry Ellis M is worth checking out. It's not the same, but it's worth giving a sniff. But I think saying they're = is incorrect. Even saying some are copies is wrong. EdB a copy of TV? Definitely not. Perry Ellis scents, in my opinion, are mostly copies with subtle but intentional changes. EdB is its own thing.

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Silver Mountain Water= Rocawear X

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    Amouage Honour man and Bvlgari MAN have similarities. Honour TRUMPS bvlgari but its a cheap alternative to the amazing peppery honour.

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    How close is Perry Ellis M to Allure? How do they differ? I've been tempted by this one.

    Perry Ellis Red differs from AdG by a lot due to the cinnamon and spice. I like AdG but hate PE Red. Anybody want to swap a PE Red for M ?

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Here's some of the one's I'm familiar with a similarity scale of 1 to 5. 1=similar vibe, 2=parts are similar, 3=people will mistake one for the other at a distance, 4=very similar to the point it's hard to differentiate, 5= Only someone with a keen nose could tell the difference.

    Creed SMW - Al Rehab Silver. *5*
    Creed OS - Joop! Homme. *2*
    Creed OS - Individuel. *4*
    Creed OV - Mugler's Cologne. *4*
    Creed Aventus - Zara Gold or Sprint *2*
    Creed Himalaya - Paco Rabanne XS *3*
    Creed Green Irish Tweed - Cool Water *4*, Chez Bond *2*, Kiton Man *1*
    Creed Millesime Imperial - Wall Street *2*, Love and Luck *3*, Unforgivable *3*, Unforgivable Multiplatinum *4*
    Creed Bois Du Portugal - Zino Davidoff *1*
    Creed Royal Oud - Kerosene R'Oud Elements *2*
    Musc Ravageur - Meharees *3 (MR drydown only)*

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Fitch Fierce - Mont Blanc Legend.

    Liked Fierce but couldn't justify the £80 price point (have a 3ml sample), only today did I test Legend by MB and to my nose smells very similar, however Legend almost smells slightly smoother and warmer. Really need to buy some!

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    Jouho: It's a fair point, I should've said "smell-alike or something.

    I did forget another

    Fierce = Curve

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    Bond No. 9 Riverside Drive --> Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Tom Ford - Rive d'Ambre
    10. Creed - Virgin Island Water

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    Basically your entire list is flawed. I'd start from scratch
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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Creed Original Santal = Mont Blanc Individuel
    Creed Original Vetiver = Mugler Cologne
    I noticed these either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eggy View Post
    Basically your entire list is flawed. I'd start from scratch
    The alternatives listed above are somewhat in the realm/feeling of the niche fragrances mentioned but I don't think that they actually smell like them. I'd tend to agree with eggy on this.
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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Fantastic idea of starting this thread. I'm sure many BS, including myself, are interested in lesser priced alternatives to some very expensive niche fragrances. Thanks.

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    Going for inexpensive knockoffs is a mistake. It's the first step on the road to eventual dumpster diving and soup kitchens. I've seen this countless times, ask any homeless person where it all began and they will inevitably start by saying, "there was these nice knockoff of a Creed fragrance that I loved".

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Quote Originally Posted by Awakening950 View Post
    Going for inexpensive knockoffs is a mistake. It's the first step on the road to eventual dumpster diving and soup kitchens. I've seen this countless times, ask any homeless person where it all began and they will inevitably start by saying, "there was these nice knockoff of a Creed fragrance that I loved".
    I almost spit up my cocktail laughing!

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    Default Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraghead View Post
    The alternatives listed above are somewhat in the realm/feeling of the niche fragrances mentioned but I don't think that they actually smell like them. I'd tend to agree with eggy on this.
    I agree with Eggy too. I think a thread of Bargain Bests or Best Alternatives is a great idea, even if we're talking about cheapies that smell similar to high-priced scents. Saving money is awesome and there are some excellent bargains. But if somebody loves AdG and decides to save some cash and buy Perry Ellis Red hoping it'll smell equal or even really similar... well... he's in for a big let down unless he loves cinnamon and spices, in which case, he may actually prefer PE Red.

    I made that mistake, and I learned my lesson thanks to PE Red.

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    I almost spit up my cocktail laughing!
    Not me. No offense, but, picking on the homeless is crass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Not me. No offense, but, picking on the homeless is crass.
    I think it's ok here.. I doubt homeless people have internet
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Tom Ford - Rive d'Ambre
    10. Creed - Virgin Island Water

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    I know this is also designer, but what is a Platinum Egoiste cheapie copy? i've heard an old COTY cologne called Avatar? any truth to that?

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    10dadeo I don't think anything smells similar to platinum egoiste but Mont Blanc Legend is in the same ballpark...

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