Are Zara Perfumes Any Good? And are they really a cheaper option to the real deal?
The world of perfume can be a confusing one. From the different types of perfumes to the different scents, it can be hard to find the right one for you. If you are looking for a new Zara scent that is similar to other expensive perfumes from brands like Viktor & Rolf, Chanel, Dolce & Gabanna, or Dior, we have got you covered. Unfortunately not all of the zara perfume copies hold up against the designer scents, so it's worth checking out which ones actually hold a candle to your favourite designer perfumes.
Perfume dupes are cheaper alternatives to more expensive perfumes. They can be from the same designer, but in a different fragrance or they could be from another designer. Perfume dupes are popular because they can be a cost-effective way to enjoy the scent of perfume without spending too much money on it. There's no doubt, it's not an easy task for the manufacturer to make a product that is in the same time unique and similar to the original product.
Products We Liked: Zara Apple Juice, Cherry Smoothie, Vibrant Leather
Dupes We Really Didn't Like: Black Amber
Zara womens dupes are generally a little bit better than the mens, vibrant leather is ok, but there are much better creed dupes from the competition, particularly copycat's executive.
The first thing that we look for is value for money. It's necessary for the customers to get a decent amount of quality products for the money they're spending. We don't expect the smell of the fragrance to be completely the same as the original product, but it should be similar.
Generally speaking the customers reviews of Zara Perfumes are rarely as good as what the major magazines seem to tell us. We have to wonder if this has anything to do with said magazines getting nice size advertising cheques from Zara.
There are a couple that are ok, but avoid any that cost under £25, that's usually a pretty good sign that they're not going to be the best option. And most of the reddit reviews (aka the unbiased ones) tend to agree with us.
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Black Amber from Zara is a similar fragrance to The One from Dolce & Gabanna. The top notes are passionfruit and orange.
At around £12.99 for 100ml, you'll have it for a lower price, but this isn't one of the best zara dupes out there despite it's popularity.
The product doesn't seem to last very long on the body and this isn't all too surprising as not only is it a much weaker edt, but it only really focuses on matching the top notes, meaning you end up with a very fruit led almost feminine fragrance that doesn't hold for any length of time.
Honestly it makes a better room spray than as an alternative to Dolce and Gabanna.
For the sake of comparison, if we look at some of the dupe houses that actually make products at full strength like Copycat and Essence vault then this watered down Zara Dupe doesn't come off very well at all. It's not a full strength EDP and is potentially watered down for an EDT disappearing within minutes.
Avoid and get something at proper perfume oil strength from CopyCat.
Poor scent match, poor longevity, low price tag doesn't mean good value here 1/5
Gourmand Leather from Zara is a clone of Jean Paul Gaultier. The top note is bergamot, the middle note is iris, and the base note leather. As for the scent, it is warm and cozy and smells very good overall. It is not so expensive, standing at £25.90 for a 100ml pack. You'll notice, this is about double Black Amber, and you'll probably realise this is about as cheap as zara perfume dupes can be and still smell half decent for more than an hour.
It's a little bit too powdery if we compare it against the original, but that's one of those things that someone smelling you could just put down to the iconic original mixing in with your showergel.
A good longevity, a good price point, a good overall dupe for JPG's EDP. 4/5
Zara Ebony Wood is a fragrance for both men and women. It delivers similar herbal and woody elements to the perfume Jo Malone. This is an elegant, sweet option with notes of clove, ebony wood, and pink peppercorn. It is a bit more expensive at £25.99 for 90ml, but still a cheaper alternative to Jo Malone which ranges from £61 to £200. Sounds good, but unfortunately fails to live up to the promise, the spicy notes fade very quickly leaving some woody fragrance left behind.
It's not bad, but you smell more like you've been out on bonfire night, less like your wearing the iconic fragrance that Zara is trying to ape. meh smell, underwhelming staying power 2/5
Zara Mens Perfume really doesn't hold up well against the other dupe houses, they trade largely on being a household name, there's way better options out there for pretty much everything. Especially Creed scents.
Zara Cherry Smoothie is a clone of Tom Ford's Lost Cherry. With the top notes of almond, cherry, and plum, it makes it a sweet and fruity fragrance, mainly intended for women. Middle notes are Heliotrope, Hawthorn, and Peru Balsam. Base notes are Tonka Bean and Vanilla.
Cherry Smoothie has a strong smell which some people won't prefer. It costs £25.90 for a 100ml pack.
This one is actually quite good in terms of smell and is one of the best zara perfumes, the downside is, both copycat and essence vault do this a lot better than zara. It is a lot stronger than most other zara perfume dupes, so this is worth keeping in mind as it's closer to the Tom Ford Lost Cherry original, it's just a little to saccharine, smelling a lot more artificial than the original and the dupes from the specialists.
It also fades to more floral notes, which is fine, but after 3 hours it doesn't really smell the same any more. Still nice(ish), just could've been much more.
It's ok in a pinch, but it's a lot more juvenile than the original.
Good staying power, middling dupe 3/5
Zara's Nude Bouquet has a similar fragrance to Dior Blooming Bouquet. The notes are vanilla, cherry, and peony. It is a fresh and vibrant perfume. It's a bit heavier on the soapy notes, and a few people have compared it to chloe (we're not sure we are inclined to agree), but it's worth giving a sniff and adding it to your bathroom.
The staying power doesn't really hold up against some of the better zara perfume dupes, and does seem to fade a little quicker than we'd like. The floral notes fade out very quickly leaving you smelling like you've had a recent shower, but not so much like you're wearing dior, definitely not one of the best zara perfume dupes.
Zara Applejuice is a solid alternative perfume to Chanel Chance, bringing a feminine, fresh, and bright fragrance. The top notes are grapefruit, orange, and apple. It seems to offer decent value for money, but it is not the best perfume we've seen. This is arguably the best zara perfume dupe in terms of how close it is to Chanel, but, it just doesn't last as long.
Customer reviews are generally solid and the fruity top notes do well to mimic the original. The mid and low notes don't hold up quite so well, but there aren't a lot of good dupes out there for chanel chance, meaning this is still one of the better options out there.
Zara Red Temptation is a dupe for Baccarat Rouge 540. It is a relatively affordable alternative to Baccarat Rouge. It has jasmine and saffron scents. In our opinion, the perfume smells similarily to Baccarat Rouge, but Maison Francis Kurkdijan Baccarat from Copycat seems to be a better clone than this one.The Zara one isn't too bad here, but there's perhaps an almost medical or minty undertone, which gives it a whiff of the elderly to it, if Zara could manage to get rid of that, it would be a much better baccarat rouge 540 clone and whilst it's not bad, as we've already said there are better options on the market than this one.
That said, we've heard from other customers that this fragrance seems to be somewhat inconsistent with many saying the eau de toilette smells quite different each time they buy it, so it's possible that there's an issue with quality control, although we've only had the one bottle. Side by side comparison to the original would say it is noticeable enough to know it's not the original, it is still a nice overall scent though and close enough that if you're a fan of the original you'll like this. It lasts about 3-4 hours max, so not bad, but again, the best dupe houses do better.
Apple Juice and Cherry Smoothie, are OK, but they really don't hold up against the proper clone houses.
They do last better than some of the more popular mens fragrances, and they are better scent wise, but they're just not up to scratch when we compare them to the dedicated dupe makers.
As such even though the staying power is ok, we can only give them a 3/5.
Zara fragrances are mediocre. They have some unique products and some great alternatives to the more expensive perfumes on the market. Some fragrances are much too weak, which might be a letdown for some people. A couple of Zara perfumes are not as similar to the original fragrances. All in all, we've seen better perfumes on the market. If you want an actual clone that is almost 100% similar to the original product, Copycat offers a range of perfume dupes which, in our opinion, are a lot better than Zara.
Zara definitely tries to bring a good experience with some of its unique products and dupes. Most clones they offer seem to have very similar fragrances to the original products, which is a good thing.
Unfortunately, several perfumes we've come across didn't have promising customer feedback, and some don't seem to be good clones. Because of that, we can't say Zara Perfume Dupes are the best we've seen on the market.
|Closeness To Original||3/10|