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    Default Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Like the topic says. Out of all the scents you've tried in your time as a fragrance enthusiast, which two do you think come closest to actually being the same scent, either in terms of the note pyramid or the scent itself?

    My picks, from my admittedly limited experience:

    Mont Blanc Legend and Curve For Men. I'm giving MBL a full wearing today for the first time and I'm continually struck by the astounding similarity. The notes diverge quite a bit but still, this basically feels like the same fragrance to me.

    Molinard's Teck and Juicy Couture's Dirty English. Sampled these side by side the other day and I honestly would not be able to tell them apart in a blind test. Though the two share more notes than MBL and Curve do, they're still not identical. Regardless, to my nose the same thing is going on here: these feel like carbon copies of each other.

    Then there are the knock-offs everyone knows about - MJ Legend, Unforgivable et al - but though they are similar to their predecessors I personally would have no difficulty telling them apart (though admittedly Legend is quite a bit closer to New Haarlem than Unforgivable is to MI). Certainly I don't find them anywhere near as similar as MBL/Curve and Teck/DE.

    But enough jibber-jabber from me. What are yours?
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    Fuel for life & fuel for life denim edition.

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    pavarotti and givenchy gentleman

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    From some of the old threads here (doesn't necessarily mean I agree with them):


    • Green Irish Tweed by Creed and Coolwater by Davidoff
    • Silver Mountain Water by Creed and Silver by Al Rehab



    From what I've tried:
    • Givenchy Play Intense and Givenchy Play (sampled only)

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    For me: Lotus Thé Vert & Boum Homme

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    Tuscan Leather & Charles Street?

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    Carolina Harrera Chic ~ Boss Soul
    Dsquared He Wood ~ Burberry Touch (Not Exact copy but somewhat similar..to my nose atleast)

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    Gucci pour homme 1 & CDG Man2......almost.

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    Egoiste Cologne Concentree and Opium Pour Homme EDP

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    I get striking similarities with Loewe Solo Loewe and Prada Amber Pour Homme.
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    1. Dior Homme Intense
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    Tuscany per Uomo/Azzaro pour Homme

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    mont blanc individuel - creed original santal
    chanel platinum egoiste - paul smith optimistic
    Last edited by skism; 11th October 2012 at 07:55 PM.

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    Cartier Roadster Sport and Escada Sentiment. If you smelled both of them, you couldn't tell the difference.

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    Mugler Cologne = Creed Original Vetiver

    Mont Blanc Individuel = Creed Original Santal

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    Bond No. 9 Hamptons and Creed Silver Mt. Water

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    Barbasol and Rive Gauche

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    Fahrenheit and Olympios


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    Mugler Cologne to Original Vetiver
    Charles Street to Tuscan Leather
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Noir De Noir
    3. Musc Ravageur
    4. Bois D'Argent
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    9. Tobacco Vanille
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    Mont Blanc Individuel and Creed Original Santal are 99% identical

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    Barbasol and Rive Gauche

    I only recently realized that Azzaro PH is very similar to Rive Gauche. I have never sampled barbasol.

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Neroli Portofino and Mugler Cologne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Fahrenheit and Olympios
    From a thread here, apparently also:

    Fahrenheit and Metal Jeans (Beverly Hills 90210, not the Versace one)

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    GIT and Cool Water.
    MI and Unforgiveable.

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    Invasion Barbare - HdP 1725

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablynumbbg View Post
    Mont Blanc Individuel and Creed Original Santal are 99% identical
    +1

    This would be my vote. Still, I do smell a slight difference. I must say though, this is the only case of a cheaper clone where I don't think the Creed fragrance smells noticeably more expensive.

    I have done side by side comparisons of GIT and CW, MI and Unforgivable, and Al-Rehab Silver and SMW. Individuel gets the closest to Creed in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darren1 View Post
    pavarotti and givenchy gentleman
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    Tuscany per Uomo/Azzaro pour Homme
    Especially the drydowns - very similar.

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    I agree with a lot of the ones already posted.

    I would also add:

    Clive Christian C ~ Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Brückner - Aoud 1
    4. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    5. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    6. Dior - Vetiver
    7. Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
    8. Neela Vermeire - Trayee
    9. Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    10. Creed - Royal English Leather

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    my bad, delete

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndBakeryAttack View Post
    I have done side by side comparisons of GIT and CW, MI and Unforgivable, and Al-Rehab Silver and SMW. Individuel gets the closest to Creed in my opinion.
    Since the Mont Blanc was released 2 years earlier, it seems the Creed struck quite close to it, rather than the reverse. Another Bourdon composition, too. Hmmm...

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    Coriolan/Barbier des Iles
    Yatagan/Éloge du Traître
    Knize Ten/Gomma
    Diorella/Cristelle(edp)
    Vétiver Oriantal/Eau Sauvage Parfum(drydown)
    Drakkar Noir/Duc de Vervins
    Acqua Classica Borsari/Monsieur Balmain

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Creed Original Santal and Mont Blanc Individuel are incredibly close, I'd say 99% as well.
    Rive Gauche PH and Ruehl No 925 Signature are near identical at 99.9% similar.
    Last edited by mesaboogie; 12th October 2012 at 07:48 AM.
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    Mont Blanc Legend, to me, smells identical to Abercrombie and Fitch Fierce.. So much that I had to exchange Legend because A&F lasts longer on my skin and dries down better.

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    Sycomore/Encre Noire

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    Creed Original Vetiver and Mont Blanc Individuel are incredibly close, I'd say 99% as well.
    Rive Gauche PH and Ruehl No 925 Signature are near identical at 99.9% similar.
    I think you mean Santal not Vetiver
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    Wow, 32 posts and no one mentioned AdG and Perry Ellis Red?

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    Eau Duelle and Spiritueuse Double Vanille

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thematt202 View Post
    GIT and Cool Water.
    MI and Unforgiveable.
    +1 for these and to my nose MontBlanc Legend and A&F Fierce are very close
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    Bvlgari Black
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    VC&A Midnight in Paris

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    Hildi Soliani's "Il Duo Tulipano"
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    Peter Thomas Roth's "460 Park"

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Quote Originally Posted by El_Guapo View Post
    I think you mean Santal not Vetiver
    Yes Santal. I was going to mention original vetiver and mugler cologne and got the names mixed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJ View Post
    Wow, 32 posts and no one mentioned AdG and Perry Ellis Red?
    I was thinking the same thing. I didn't mention it because it's not my top pick, but no doubt they are very close.

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    I find Original Santal and Individuel pretty similar. OS is richer and a little spicier to my nose, but similar nonetheless.
    Current top 10 (No order):


    1. Pure Havane
    2. Menthe Fraiche
    3. Tobacco Vanille
    4. L'Air Du Desert Marocain
    5. Green Irish Tweed
    6. Fahrenheit
    7. Musc Ravageur
    8. Tonka Imperial
    9. Gucci Pour Homme II
    10. Dior Homme Intense

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    I agree with a lot of the ones already posted.

    I would also add:

    Clive Christian C ~ Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Completely agree. Smelt this in Selfridges the other day and the SA was babbling on about how unique it was, and the first thing I said was "It really reminds me of Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford". She went quiet... Her stall wasn't selling any of the (much cheaper) Tom Ford Private Blend range.

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    Molecule 02 and JHAG's Not a Perfume.

    I win!
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    Creed Original Santal and Joop Homme

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    WestSide = Noir de Noir
    A la Nuit = Jasmal
    Nemo = Antidote

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Various scents nowadays seem to copy Paco Rabanne One Million, including Antonio Banderas Golden Secret and Zara Gold

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    Versace PH and Chanel Allure Homme Sport

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    ADP Essenza = eau sauvage
    #TOP 5#: Antico Caruso, Penhaligons Racquets,Creed BayRhum Vetiver,Domenico Caraceni,Castle Forbes 1445

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    - Paco 1 Million to Antonio Banderas Golden Secret but als 'The Secret' which is AB another scent that is smelling like 1 Million!
    - Versace pour homme and Chanel Allure Homme Sport
    - Himalaya = Paco XS (not! Black XS)

    and:

    - Cuba Black is exactly like a less rich Azzaro pour homme!
    My Top 10 : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Solo (Absoluto)
    - Chanel: Antaeus
    - Chanel: Egoïste
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Guerlain: Vetiver
    - Amouage: Jubilation XXV
    - Dior: Homme Intense
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Yatagan and Les Copains Homme (closer to vintage Yatagan, apparently).

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    Perry Ellis white = Le male 96.97698%

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    Caesars Man and Drakkar Noir are very close. CM is a little greener but for those who know Drakkar only casually, you could get away with the much cheaper Caesars.
    Current Favorites:
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    6. L'Anarchiste - Caron
    7. Xeryus - Givenchy
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    9. The Dreamer - Versace
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Molecule 02 and JHAG's Not a Perfume.

    I win!
    +1 This is what I came to say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo Saggio View Post
    Caesars Man and Drakkar Noir are very close. CM is a little greener but for those who know Drakkar only casually, you could get away with the much cheaper Caesars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Molecule 02 and JHAG's Not a Perfume.

    I win!
    That's so interesting! This is one I've been meaning to try. JHAG's Not a Perfume is listed as "for women" whereas Molecule 02 is listed as unisex. I realize that's just marketing, but still, it's interesting. I guess it's impossible to prevent anyone from selling diluted Ambroxan as a scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    Versace pour homme and Chanel Allure Homme Sport
    Personally, I don't find them to be that similar. AHS has a more fruity/citric candy sweetness whereas Vph is floral. Both are worth sampling, that's for sure!
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    Three more sets:

    Le Male and Cuba Gold and Perry Ellis 360 White
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste and A&F Fierce
    Express Reserve and D&G The One
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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Tom Ford's Italian Cypress and Halston Z-14 are exactly the same fragrance.
    My Top Ten:

    1: Guerlain - Habit Rouge
    2: Guerlain - Jicky
    3: Guerlain - Mouchoir de Monsieur
    4: Guerlain - Shalimar
    5: Knize - Knize Ten
    6: Caron - Yatagan
    7: Caron - Pour Un Homme
    8: Jean Desprez - Bal a Versailles
    9: Yves Saint Laurent - M7
    10: Salvador Dali - Dali Pour Homme

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Chanel Allure Homme & Polo Big Pony #4. There is a central accord that's very similar for both, though CAH has more complexity or "decoration" surrounding the center.

    For me, Gucci pour Homme II has a similar center, but it is much more complex than the above, so much so that the "decoration" predominates much of the time.

    I would like to know if that's really an "accord" I'm smelling as the dominant thing, or is it one specific note.

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    Dirty English and Malaise of the 1970s (aka Sex Pistols)
    Smelling good on a budget!

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    Default Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    AdG and Halston Unbound ---> 99%

    Chanel Platinum Egoiste and Paco Rabanne XS (original) ---> 97.652414%

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