Are Copycat Fragrances Any Good? And are they really a cheaper option to the real deal?
Copycat Fragrance is a clone fragrance brand.
They create products for men and women that are similar to high street brands
without high street prices.
The brand is UK based and is not the first to attempt to create a working clone fragrance company. There are many providers, but Copycat stands out among the crowd.
As a clone fragrance company, this is one of the better ones. Their products are of good quality, and there is a sense that considerable effort has gone into each item.
Products We Liked: DS, 540, Aventus, Neroli Sauvage, Dior Sauvage
Dupes We Really Didn't Like: Currently None
We generally recommend either CopyCat as the best dupe perfume maker, so as you'd expect our CopyCat review is positive.
When we sit down and review a clone fragrance
brand, it’s important to judge each one by the same criteria. One of the first
things we look at is value for money.
Copycat is good value for money. There are
multiple sizes of bottle available, and the maximum you will pay for a
fragrance is £50. This is more expensive for a 100 mL bottle than some of the
competition, but it is balanced by the high quality.
No clone fragrance brand will be 100% authentic. Copyright laws prevent the exact duplication of fragrances for commercial sale, and Copycat doesn’t try to claim this, although we can rarely tell them apart. Instead, the company states it creates inspired smells, which not only stand out on their own but in some cases improve upon the original fragrance. It’s true that sometimes fragrances can be hit or miss.
Creating a product which is authentic to the original fragrance but unique enough to avoid legal problems is a difficult task, and while there are inevitably some products from Copycat which are not the best, the standard of quality is generally very good.
Want to know more about copycat fragrances?
Surprisingly yes, and you basically get the exact same perfume as the original for a fraction of the cost.
When we discuss fragrances, it’s important to know what we are talking about when we mention notes. There are three types of notes in relation to fragrances. These are the top notes, the heart notes, and the base notes. We use notes to talk about the different scents that you can experience in a fragrance.
So, the top notes are what you smell first, followed by the heart notes and then the base notes. It’s important to understand this distinction because fragrances are very complex. You often have multiple aromas in a single bottle.
Generally speaking customers copycat fragrances reviews are overwhelmingly positive. With the outstanding product being their creed aventus clone.
With 1000s of verified reviews on trust pilot and coming in at 4.5* it's pretty clear that copycat fragrances are highly rated by their customerr base.
This first fragrance for men is quite wooden.
You immediately smell things like sandalwood, rosewood, and the signature oud
wood as the top notes. There are also spicy heart notes like cardamom and
pepper. These more extreme fragrances are balanced out by vanilla and vetiver.
This is quite a good product. It smells great, and it’s very traditionally masculine. It’s also quite outdoorsy, so if you want a new signature smell, this could be a good choice.
We rated it as our best Oud Wood Clone, 5/5 for this one from CopyCat.
This fragrance is quite a reliable substitute for
the original label. There are traces of vanilla, cocoa, and tonka-bean as base
notes. As a product, this is quite nice. It’s very warm and inviting,
especially with the vanilla and cocoa working together. It smells not unlike a
coffee shop, which is often a very relaxing, welcoming place.
Tobacco Vanille is a very old money type of smell, feeling like it would fit in nicely at a cigar lounge or smokey speakeasy.
This is another eau de parfum that copycat came out on top in our shoot out.
The original Green Irish Tweed is something of
a timeless classic. However, the price makes people wince, which is why this
substitute is fairly effective. With hints of lemon, verbena and violet leaf
throughout the notes, this is a pretty good approximation of the finished
product. In fact, it’s often thought to be more appealing due to the slightly
To be honest most of copycats creed clones are good, and this one is no exception.
Copycat Fragrances are our go to for mens aftershave clones. As such we rate them 5/5 for their mens offering.
This is the best selling womens fragrance on copycat fragrances website according to them, and honestly we can't say it's all too surprisiing it's a good dupe. The only real difference (and we could only spot this after 6 hours, were that with the copycat 540 version the traces of saffron, jasmine were a little more delicate.
This is an offering which is floral and natural, and it does well. It smells gorgeous and manages to deliver a very “life outdoors” type of aroma. Can't knock the copy. It beats out both the Essence Vault and Match Fragrance's versions hands down.
Technically Neroli Portofino is unisex, and it does work great on men too, although usually only in summer. This offering is quite a fruity one, but
it does work well for getting a good fragrance. You’ve got bergamot, mandarin
and even musk for the base notes in the bottle.
The finished product smells gorgeous and is very fruity without being overpowering. Due to the fact that the fragrance is so complext it's something none of the other dupe makers have been able to pull off. Copycat Fragrances's Neroli is surprisingly restrained, and it works well.
The last product that we’ll take a look at
when it comes to Copycat Fragrances is their take on Black Orchid.
Gardenia, blackcurrant and ylang-ylang are all smells present in this one. The finished product is something which a lot of people enjoy, and for a good reason. It smells good and is a unique entry - it even manages to stand apart from Black Orchid and stand out at the same time.
Another good choice if you're looking for something from copycat fragrances.
Their 540 and Black Orchid dupes are great, the only catch with copycat fragrances is that their womens range just isn't quite that big. Their Lost Cherry is also really good although maybe match's version is slightly better on this.
As such even though the quality is great, we can only give them a 4/5.
Copycat Fragrances is one of those companies
which manages to do the clone fragrance industry well. The time and effort
which has gone into the creation of each product is clear - many of these are
not simply reproductions but have a unique twist that helps them to stand out
from the crowd.
The slightly higher prices when compared against Match or The Essence Vault are simply worth it. This is one of the cases where you do actually get what you pay for, and the quality just helps to justify the extra cost.
At first glance, Copycat Fragrances might look
like just any other clone fragrance brand, but the truth is that they are one
of the more successful companies.
Yes, there are a couple of fragrances which aren’t quite perfect, but the overall quality across the board is higher than other brands. The time and effort that went into reproducing these aromas are clear.
The finished products are often high-quality and manage to stand out. This is definitely an example of how you create a clone fragrance brand that can stand on its own. By designing each product to be a unique fragrance which pays homage to the original without being a pale imitation, Copycat has managed to successfully build a brand which is effective and one of the best examples of how to do clone fragrances properly.
|Closeness To Original||9/10|