NOTHING says luxury quite like a designer perfume – but during lockdown, we haven't been able to justify spending £80 on a fragrancewhen the most exciting social activity we have planned is a Saturday night Zoom call with the girls.
Well if you're running low on your signature scent and don't want to blow an eye-watering amount on a replacement bottle, then you might want to head on over to the Zara website.
According to TikTok star and ZARA superfan Abby, the brand's range of fragrances are amazing dupes for pricey designer perfumes – and prices start from just £12.99.
Earlier this week, the perfume expert – who boasts almost 60,000 followers – raved about the bargain scents which are "great if you're on a budget" and gave a run-down of her top four.
Rather than spending £80 on another bottle of YSL's hugely popular Black Opium, Abby recommended giving ZARA's £14.99 Gardenia perfume a try.
She raved: "It's very very similar to Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.
- Black Opium Perfume, £80 from lookFantastic – buy now
- ZARA Gardenia perfume, £14.99 – buy now
"It has the coffee. It has the orange blossom and it has the sex appeal! I rate it."
Next up is ZARA's £7.99 Powdery Magnolia which Abby says is just like Chloé's Eau de Parfum which can cost up to £123.
Comparing the two, Abby said: "ZARA has no chill – look at the bows! They're so similar.
"But Powdery Magnolia is very similar to Chloé by Chloé and I really really struggle to tell the difference [between the two]."
- Chloé Eau de Parfum, £52 from John Lewis – buy now
- ZARA Powdery Magnolia, £7.99 – buy now
- Zara Black Peony, £7.99 – buy now
- Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, £56 from Boots – buy now
According to their product descriptions, both the floral fragrances have notes of peony and magnolia.
Moving onto the next high street dupe, Abby urged shoppers to stock up on ZARA's Black Peony which she claims smells just like Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb.
"This one's always sold out but if you can get your hands on Black Peony, it's very similar to Flowerbomb," she said. "And dare I say it, I think I prefer the Black Peony."
Again, both the fragrances have base notes of amber and vanilla along with some floral top notes too.
- ZARA Woman Gold, £5.99 – buy now
- Paco Rabanne Lady Million, £41.99 from Perfume Shop – buy now
Finally, Abby said ZARA's Woman Gold is an "absolute must-have" if you're a fan of Paco Rabanne's Lady Million.
She claimed: "It's literally the exact same […] thank me later!"
The £5.99 high street fragrance has notes of honey, jasmine and gardenia which also pop up in the designer fragrance that can cost up to £139.
Unsurprisingly, the video was a hit on TikTok and prompted others to share their favourite designer dupes.
One replied: "Violet blossom and Alien are almost identical."
Another added: "OMG I've been looking for a Flowerbomb dupe – thank you!!"
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