Are The Essence Vault Fragrances Any Good? And are they really a cheaper option to the real deal?
The Essence Vault is a clone fragrance brand.
They offer high street brand scents at affordable prices. Essence Vault does
not create reproductions of existing fragrances due to copyright - its product
line is made of fragrances “inspired by” existing offerings.
The brand boasts cruelty-free, vegan fragrances which are full strength - they last longer than typical Eau De Toilette scents.
Naturally, Essence Vault is not the first to create products inspired by high street brands. Clone fragrance companies are commonplace.
The Essence Vault is one of the better ones, arguably it's second only to CopyCat.
It is essential to look at objective criteria
when reviewing a clone fragrance company.
The first criteria that we use is value for
money. It’s essential to identify if customers get a good amount of quality
products when they spend.
Essence Vault offers relatively inexpensive fragrances. But, they come in two versions, the cheaper version has an average cost for a large 100mL bottle is £30. Although we generally find the £30 bottles don't last as long as we'd expect from an eau de parfum, the £50 versions however, are pretty good.
Regarding authenticity, it’s important to remember that we’re not dealing with a clone brand. They are not directly trying to replicate the smells. In many cases, they choose to go with an inspired option. The results of a product inspired by a High Street brand can be mixed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not, but in every case, the smell is unique. Not all of these fragrances are top quality, and it’s important to remember that.
Want to know more about copycat fragrances?
Yes, in most cases you do get a very similar fragrance for a fracion of the cost, a couple of them don't hold up, but for the most part they're pretty good copies, you can tell side by side, but after a few hours you won't notice when it settles against your natural scents.
As we talk about the brand's fragrances, we will reference specific types of notes. These notes are top notes, heart notes, and base notes. You need to understand this is how the beauty and fragrance industry identifies what kind of smells are inside a fragrance. Top notes are what you encounter first, as the initial scent, followed by the heart notes, which are in the middle of the bottle, and then the base notes at the bottom.
For the most part customers review the essence vault quite well coming in over 4* second only to copycat fragrances.
We're not surprised overall the products on offer are pretty good. The reviews of the black fragrances are usually far better.
You should avoid the multitude of influence reviews however as most of these are sponsored.
Essence Vault has a range for men that
features many popular names. This, Inspired by Aventus, is one of them.
As a fragrance, this is quite complex. The top
notes are blackcurrant and Italian Bergamot. With the heart notes, you have
very hot and spicy smells like Moroccan Jasmine, dry Birch, and Rose. Finally,
the base notes have oakmoss, musk, and vanilla
As products go, this isn’t terrible - there’s just a lot going on. There are plenty of different smells that all combine together, and the result can be a little overwhelming. It’s not exactly a very subtle smell and is styled as being quite a bold aroma.
Copycat Fragrances do this one a lot better, this is unfortunately one of The Essence Vaults worse offerings.
Finally, the last option on the table for men
that we’ll look at is Inspired by One Million. The top notes are ruby mandarin
orange, peppermint and grapefruit. For heart notes, there is cinnamon and other
spices, and then finally, the base notes comprise white woods, amber and
As smells go, this is pretty exotic. It definitely works well, and you’ve got a very fruity, minty smell. It’s pretty good as a Paco clone. The best bit is that it does actually last a bit longer than the original which is a win for the Paco Rabanne One Million Clone.
The Essence Vault aren't the best offering for mens dupe perfume, but they're not bad. They're second if we're being honest, and being second isn't bad, they have a couple of offerings that their main rival copycat don't, Bleu and 1 Million. But, that's the only place where they win. In terms of overall quality they don't do as well. The womens section however, is another section.
So, the next product that we will be taking a look at is something from the women’s selection. It is Inspired by Lady Million. You have got top notes that are raspberry and Amalfi lemon. Your heart notes are of gardenia, African orange flower and Jasmine, and the base notes are amber and white honey.
Again this is a good copy, and if you go for the more expensive option at £50/100ml you'll actually have something that lasts a bit longer than the original, and we're comparing it to the elixir not, the eau de parfum. The essence vault have arguably produced something of better value for money than Paco Rabanne with this lady million dupe.
Next up, we have Inspired by Daisy, which is a pretty interesting and unique scent that aims to be floral and woody all at once.
You have top notes of blood grapefruit, strawberry and violet leaf. There are middle notes of jasmine, gardenia, and violet; finally, at the base notes, you’ve got vanilla, white woods and musk. This smell is a good copy. The floral, woody aroma isn’t exceptionally bold or brave, but neither is the original, it’s a nice staple fragrances for day to day wear.
Lost Cherry, Good Girl, La Vie Est Belle and Lady Million Dupes are highlights. The Essence Vault does well on it's female fragrances 5/5 on that front.
Tthere is quite a bit that
Essence Vault are good, there's just better amongst the competition.
Brands like Copycat are more effective. This is a clone fragrance website which offers a broad range of quality products. Their fragrances are much closer to high street brands and have a subtle change that makes them as good, if not better.
Essence Vault does try to deliver a good
experience, and a lot of the fragrances it does offer are unique. As products
that have been inspired by High Street brands, they’re not trying to
deliberately copy, but this ultimately let some down.
The inspirations are often quite different in terms of how they smell from the originals, and a lot of the original intention is lost with it. In some cases, the brand that inspired the product is very detached from the finished fragrance, and that can be quite confusing. As long as you remember that this is a brand that creates inspiration for its fragrances, rather than being an outright clone, you won’t have any misconceptions.
|Closeness To Original||7/10|
|Staying Power||5 white or 10/10 black|