5 things to look for in a perfect perfume dupe

Perfumes are an essential part in your personal style. A perfectly selected fragrance can really make a difference in how people perceive your appearance, your taste, and your personality. But it is difficult to find a perfume that really suits you and truly represents who you are, especially because famous perfumery brand are so expensive, making it difficult to try various alternatives. There is a way to explore your fragrance style, though. And the answer is dupes.

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Here are 5 things to look for in a dupe, with an example of the most trendy one right now.

Scents and composition

To be considered a good dupe, a fragrance must be very similar to a high-end one. Not just vaguely comparable, but really on point. A great way to make sure that your dupe respects its inspiration is checking its scent composition. Every perfume has a selection of top notes, middle notes and a base, so carefully see that the same aromas are in the same place of the composition.

For example, the best viral Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe is Ambery Saffron by Dossier: an intense opening of saffron balanced by middle flowery notes of jasmin and cedarwood, to end with sultry amber. Just like the MFK’s one: check, check, check.


What is the point of a dupe if it doesn’t save you money? Dupes are amazing products that make perfumery more accessible, so you can try different fragrances and pick the best one for you.

They are often at a very convenient price compared to luxury brand ones because they only consists in the fragrance itself without any marketing or packaging price markup.

So be sure to look up the retail price of the original perfume and the price of the dupe: you’ll want to see a big gap between the two.

The TikTok’s Baccarat Rouge 540 costs over 300$ while Dossier’s dupe only 49$.


With a dupe, you want a more accessible version of a luxury brand. But do not save money at the expense of your skin health. Read carefully the ingredients of a dupe and stay away from brands than don’t share them. Ambery Saffron by Dossier smells like MFK’s Baccarat Rouge 540 and has a clear list of ingredients. It is also paraben, phthalate, colorant and UV filter free.

Soooo good for your skin.


With a luxury perfume you pay for its fancy packaging, too. But for a dupe you only want the packaging to be functional, simple and practical. A bottle with a good spray, avoid anything more complicated than this. Extra points if, like Dossier, the packaging is recyclable, plastic-free and sustainable.


Finally, consider the overall dupe brand as you would do any luxury one. Does it offer a good customer service? Does it promote good initiatives and values? For example, Dossier products are all vegan and cruelty-free. They are all about transparency, sustainability, and a more ethical perfume industry.

So their Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe, Ambery Saffron, really ticks every box.

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