Great 'cheap smell-a-like perfumes' Hunt



  • Has anyone found anything like Ralph Lauren Polo Green for men ? Very hard to get these days - someone told me it is no longer available - have found it though but at such a price ! It is my OH's favourite - and mine too on him !
  • focus888
    focus888 Posts: 1,483 Forumite
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    I havent smelt any of these apart from Marc Jacob's daisy. Is there a subsitute for either Armani Diamonds or Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise? x
  • Muesli
    Muesli Posts: 12 Forumite
    I have got Next Just Pink, and the reason I bought it is that I luckily recognised that it smelled like Ralph Lauren romance. I got 2 bottles at a Next discount store BOGOF, £6 for 2 bottles.

    I am going to have a sniff at the lidl perfumes next time I'm in there as I hear that they are good, didn't realise the M&S ones were smell-a-likes too!

    What I'd really like to find is something that smells like Armani White, I think the proper perfume was discontinued a few years ago, and it was my favourite. Any suggestions?
  • natscat84
    natscat84 Posts: 115 Forumite
    Love & Kisses by Primark (£12) is almost identical to Flower Bomb by Viktor and Rolf (about £60!)
  • olliedog
    olliedog Posts: 40 Forumite
    Has anybody come across a smell-alike for Dioressence? I've used it for 15-20 years and love the smell. Unfortunately it has been discontinued for some reason and the only place I can find it is on e-bay and it's getting far too expensive as it gets harder to find. I've tried all sorts of other perfumes but they just can't compare to Dioressence.
  • I consider myself lucky not to have to find a smell-a-like having never had the cash to use the high end perfumes in the 1st place! So I can't offer any matches but I would put in a good word for M&S perfumes in general. I like them a lot - they range from light to spicy to heavy to fresh, so there's probably something for everyone. Whilst they are good value anyway at £6 for the handbag size EDT spray and £12 for the larger size, I pop into the local outlet store every couple of weeks and they frequently have them at £3 and £6 respectively. They don't have the full range of course, it's the usual pot luck but at that price you can maybe try something a bit different if your favourite isn't there. Even better, in late Jan or early Feb they have the remains of the xmas stock after the main sale and the last couple of years I've been able to buy gift packs of 4 assorted handbag size sprays for £8. Even if you don't like one of them that's still a great deal, plus you now have a handy gift for someone! I find that some of the lighter ones don't last all day, but just need a quick spritz pm.
  • I have also bought suddenly from lidl and love it, does anyone know of one similar to Armani code for women?
  • Does anything smell like Bulgari Essential Rose - too expensive for me since retirement. Thanks.:)
  • I wear Channel Coco Mademoiselle and it is expensive. The cheapest I have bought it is at the airport but it was only a few pounds cheaper.
    I bought Suddenly for £3.99 in Lidl after reading the article in the paper about it being blind tested with the real thing. I know some people will disagree but I think it does smell like the real thing and it is nice to be able to use it liberally!

    I had also read the blind test, when i told my partner about it. He works in Lidl and since then as soon as they come in, they're gone!! Luckily the staff got a tester bottle, so OH brought one back for me and it's lovely!! If you want it you've got to be quick though!
    September £5 a day challenge £65.41/£125 :)
  • popadom
    popadom Posts: 822 Forumite
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    Anyone know of a similar scent to thinking of you-mary kay?
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