Ombre Nomade by Louis Vuitton has quickly gained a dedicated following since its release in 2018. This is a heady fragrance that makes a statement. It has a careful balance of fruits, florals, woods and leather that appeals to the senses.
The clever blending means that the deep woody scents don't overpower the fruit, flowers and spices but rather blend them effortlessly to create a unique scent that intrigues the nose. While some may say using oud wood can be risky, it simply works with Ombre Nomade.
A good Ombre Nomade dupe should include fresh citrus scents enriched with warm and smokey tones of wood and leather. While the original is potent, it does start with a fruity edge with raspberry overtones. However, the initial fruity tingle is quickly enriched with the deep, enveloping feel of smokey wood and warm leather.
We like that despite the heady aromas from the fresh top notes and warm base notes, there is a distinctive heart to the fragrance that gives it an outstanding balance. This comes from the middle notes of rose and saffron. Therefore, a good dupe will draw its inspiration from various sources, including Agarwood (Oud), Amberwood, Benzoin, Birch, Geranium, Incense, Raspberry, Rose and Saffron.
Top Notes: Raspberry, Geranium
Mid Notes: Rose, Saffron
Base Notes: Oud wood (Agarwood), Benzoin, Incense, Amberwood, Birch
Right now the best scent match with decent staying power is Copycat fragrances nomade.
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The perfumer behind this popular scent is Jacques Cavallier, a man with a substantial portfolio of designer scents, including Truth" for Calvin Klein, Chic for Carolina Herrera, Nina" for Nina Ricci, Midnight Poison for Christian Dior and Hot Couture for Givenchy, among others.
Louis Vuitton brought on Jacques Cavallier to create a signature scent for the company that would help elevate the brand. It wasn't that long ago when the Louis Vuitton brand wasn't really revered for its designer fragrances, but all that changed with the launch of Ombre Nomade in 2018.
Ombre Nomade is now known to be the top-selling fragrance from the company, and it is not surprising because the scent delivers a warm, sweet, elegant experience with fantastic staying power.
There aren't many good clones of Ombre Nomade, in fact out of the dozens we've tried there are only two that stack up.
If you are a fan of the original Ombre Nomade but want to find a more cost-effective alternative, look no further than Nomade from Copycat Fragrances. Our testers loved this replica scent and said it was pure elegance in a bottle!
The heavy wood base notes of the original inspired Copycat's Nomade. The perfumers have created a scent with all the rich intenseness of the original by using the same smoky oud wood and incense tones.
They have complimented this base blend with tones of fresh raspberry and floral rose, delivering a level of complexity close to the original blend. There is no denying that Copycat has nailed the luxurious, smoky feel of Ombre Nomade and has even captured the warm leather tones that come through after wearing the scent for a while.
Our team of testers immediately labelled this dupe as perfect for a night out where you want a lasting scent with good staying power but has the intensity to make a positive first impression. It is an excellent choice to wear for a relaxed get-together with friends or an intimate first date when you want your scent to make a statement.
Overall we rate Nomade by Copycat as 4 out of 5 for
authenticity. We highly doubt that any of your friends would notice you were
wearing a copy fragrance rather than the real thing, especially if they were
unfamiliar with the original Obre Nomade.
It's staying power holds up well and the price point is good so all in all it's a clear winner.
499 by the Essence Vault contains a similar blend of rare essences used in the original. With a top note of Oud Wood, middle notes of Benzoin tears and fresh raspberry, and a deep base note of incense, this replica mimics the notes found in Ombre Nomade.
After testing 499 for a full day and evening, our testers thought this dupe stood up well. The Essence Vault is well known for recreating top-quality replica scents, and they didn't let us down with their take on Ombre Nomade.
The first application hits you with fresh fruity notes that quickly mellow out as the warmer woody tones flood in. After a while, you start noticing a warm floral mid-note that is intriguing. While the lasting effects were not as strong as the original, 499 still left a lingering scent at the end of a long night out on the town.
While Nomade from Copycat deserves its top spot as the best Ombre Nomade dupe, 499 from the Essence Vault comes in as a close second place for its resemblance to the original.