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    • Tigersilly
    • By Tigersilly 20th Apr 08, 4:19 AM
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    Cheap Smell-alikes - Cheaper alternatives to Expensive Perfumes
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    • 20th Apr 08, 4:19 AM
    Cheap Smell-alikes - Cheaper alternatives to Expensive Perfumes 20th Apr 08 at 4:19 AM
    Hi, I have been searching for a cheap smell-alike to Dolce Vita EDT perfume. It costs around £30 for 50ml and the smell doesn't even linger for that long (sadly there's no EDP version to save re-applying).

    Does anyone know of a Dolce Vita Smell-alike? or of any other smell-alikes?
    Could you list them in this thread?

    Thank you xx

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    Last edited by Tigersilly; 12-09-2013 at 11:55 PM.
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  • anniewoo
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    • 20th Apr 08, 11:23 AM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 11:23 AM
    I ordered from this site a while ago and can recommend it

    http://www.perfume-parlour.co.uk/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=2

    They are perfume oils rather than liquid perfume and come in a roll on,there are various sizes.

    I ordered 3 different designer(type) ones and they all smell virtually identical to the real perfume.They are very reasonably priced and I see Dolce Vita is on the list so it is worth a try.
    • Tigersilly
    • By Tigersilly 20th Apr 08, 1:47 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 1:47 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 1:47 PM
    I ordered from this site a while ago and can recommend it

    http://www.perfume-parlour.co.uk/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=2

    They are perfume oils rather than liquid perfume and come in a roll on,there are various sizes.

    I ordered 3 different designer(type) ones and they all smell virtually identical to the real perfume.They are very reasonably priced and I see Dolce Vita is on the list so it is worth a try.
    Originally posted by anniewoo
    These look brilliant - I hope they are safe to use on the skin, I'm paranoid about these things. Do you wear it directly on your skin? How long does the fragrance last without you having to top up - I'd like to know because then I can work out how many I should buy.

    xx
  • cwp500
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    • 20th Apr 08, 2:45 PM
    low cost spritzer of your fave perfume/aftershave
    • #4
    • 20th Apr 08, 2:45 PM
    Hi, I'm probably not the best person to create this thread, but I have been searching for a cheap smell-alike to Dolce Vita EDT perfume. It costs around £30 for 50ml and the smell doesn't even linger for that long (sadly there's no EDP version to save re-applying).

    Does anyone know of a Dolce Vita Smell-alike? or of any other smell-alikes?
    Could you list them in this thread?

    Thank you xx
    Originally posted by Tigersilly
    Anyone ever get those mini spray samples in the post or from the orange faced women at makeup counters?

    When they are empty, remove the top and pull out the spring plunger (you may need some pliers here but its not rocket science). Be careful that the little spring doesnt get lost - it looks like the ones in pens.

    squire a few drops of your fave perfume or aftershave guys into the bottle, top up with plain water and replace spring plunger.

    Dead easy and you have a nice little portable spritzer to carry with you at all times.

    I have loads of these so can have different scents at all times.
  • cwp500
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    • 20th Apr 08, 3:31 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 3:31 PM
    I ordered from this site a while ago and can recommend it

    http://www.perfume-parlour.co.uk/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=2

    They are perfume oils rather than liquid perfume and come in a roll on,there are various sizes.

    I ordered 3 different designer(type) ones and they all smell virtually identical to the real perfume.They are very reasonably priced and I see Dolce Vita is on the list so it is worth a try.
    Originally posted by anniewoo
    The amounts are quite small and I would be concerned that if the claims are true, these concentrates may damage jewellery, delicate fabrics, watches, and sensitive skins.
  • anniewoo
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    • 20th Apr 08, 6:20 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 6:20 PM
    These look brilliant - I hope they are safe to use on the skin, I'm paranoid about these things. Do you wear it directly on your skin? How long does the fragrance last without you having to top up - I'd like to know because then I can work out how many I should buy.

    xx
    Originally posted by Tigersilly

    I don't have a particularly sensitive skin,but I didn't have any rashes or any other problems using these.You apply the roll-on directly to the skin.

    The fragrance of the three that I bought all lasted well,as long as a normal perfume would,bearing in mind that some perfumes smell stronger than others anyway.The Issey Miyake type lasted nearly all day from one application.
  • anniewoo
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    • 20th Apr 08, 6:26 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 6:26 PM
    The amounts are quite small and I would be concerned that if the claims are true, these concentrates may damage jewellery, delicate fabrics, watches, and sensitive skins.
    Originally posted by cwp500

    The amounts don't sound very much,I agree.I bought the smallest size because I wasn't sure if I would like them,the roll-on is about the size of a lipstick.They only cost a few pounds however.

    As I said in my reply above,I haven't had any skin reactions,but if you have sensitive skin,it may be wise to contact the website if you have any concerns.I avoided getting any of the oil on jewellery.
    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 20th Apr 08, 7:42 PM
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    • #8
    • 20th Apr 08, 7:42 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 7:42 PM
    , I got Boudoir (Jean Paul Gaultier) and Spirit of Shadow (Ghost)
    ...
    Originally posted by nunnygirl
    That is strange that they would call a copy of a perfume the same as an original by another perfumier (sp). I wear boudoir by vivienne westwood so was getting excited that there might be a cheaper way to smell divine
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
  • nunnygirl
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    • 20th Apr 08, 7:46 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 7:46 PM
    Sorry, just checked the bottle and it's not boudoir!! It's Bondage......makes so much more sense!!!!
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    • Tigersilly
    • By Tigersilly 20th Apr 08, 11:50 PM
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    http://www.directcosmetics.com/detail.cfm?code=34507

    Directcosmetics sell Boudoir EDP 50ml for £21.99 if that's any help to anyone.
  • Fern Merkin
    I ordered from this site a while ago and can recommend it

    http://www.perfume-parlour.co.uk/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=2

    They are perfume oils rather than liquid perfume and come in a roll on,there are various sizes.

    I ordered 3 different designer(type) ones and they all smell virtually identical to the real perfume.They are very reasonably priced and I see Dolce Vita is on the list so it is worth a try.
    Originally posted by anniewoo
    just registered today and £1 is credited to the account! P&P is free! Found Cinabar which I've only seen for about £50 before and CKin2U which is still overpriced in most shops.

    Both for £3.50 all told. Very happy, Thanks anniewoo
    • pattycake
    • By pattycake 21st Apr 08, 5:22 PM
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    I am a real perfume snob I'm afraid and love my designer smells. This site looks amazing but I am worried that the aroma will match the price. The sizes would be just perfect for holidays however. I think I will just hang on until I have got some feedback from you Fern Merkin. Don't forget to come and report back. Thanks.
  • nicky29
    Just registered & got an automatic £1 credit and free postage at checkout so a 3ml Issey Miyake for £1.25!! Got to be worth a try Thanks OP
    • MXW
    • By MXW 24th Apr 08, 1:42 PM
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    Hi,

    I ordered some perfume from the perfume parlour a few days ago, I opted to pay by cheque by mistake so contacted them and said I wanted to pay by debit card, they asked if I had a paypal account (which I had) so sent me an invoice and I paid, the money has now come out of my account. According to my account my order is still pending, even though I have paid and the money has gone from my account. I have contacted them several times but have received no reply. Has anyone had problems with this company? Is the pending order normal, when the money has been taken (I have not received a receipt for my payment.)

    Many thanks
  • Butternut
    Just ordered 3ml Joop for DH and Kenzo Flower for me!not bad for £3.50 total - will update once i receive them.
    I find that ordinary perfumes dissappear after a hour or two, so hoping that these will be longer lasting.
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  • random456
    Poundland, its in a blue box called stitch, i forget the number of it but it's identical to angel I buy it all the time, bargain.
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  • Fern Merkin
    Hi,
    I have contacted them several times but have received no reply. Has anyone had problems with this company? Is the pending order normal, when the money has been taken (I have not received a receipt for my payment.)

    Many thanks
    Originally posted by MXW
    Sorry to hear you are having trouble. I have found their communication quite good as one of the items I ordered was out of stock and they helped me pick another I would like. My order has been delayed by this so not received yet.

    Hope it works out ok.
    • MXW
    • By MXW 25th Apr 08, 4:11 PM
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    Sorry to hear you are having trouble. I have found their communication quite good as one of the items I ordered was out of stock and they helped me pick another I would like. My order has been delayed by this so not received yet.

    Hope it works out ok.
    Originally posted by Fern Merkin
    Thanks for your reply. Have received the perfume today and an apology from them. The perfume is fab I am really impressed!
    • pattycake
    • By pattycake 25th Apr 08, 5:06 PM
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    Good to know that you have received your order MXW. Will you re-post when you have had a chance to use it for a day or so. I would be interested to know if the smell is authentic, if it is long lasting and importantly, does it affect your skin at all.

    Thank you.
    • MXW
    • By MXW 25th Apr 08, 6:12 PM
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    MXW
    Good to know that you have received your order MXW. Will you re-post when you have had a chance to use it for a day or so. I would be interested to know if the smell is authentic, if it is long lasting and importantly, does it affect your skin at all.

    Thank you.
    Originally posted by pattycake
    Yes, no problem.
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