Top 5 Designer Perfume Alternatives | Smell Like Tom Ford, Chanel, & More for WAY Less!

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We’ve rounded up the best cheap perfumes that smell like designer! 

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You can smell like a million bucks and pay way less!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better way to show your significant other you care or spruce yourself up for a girl’s night out than with a new perfume? Best of all, if you don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, & more we’ve done the research to bring you the BEST cheap perfume options you won’t even miss the real thing!

Check out these top 5 designer perfume alternatives:

  1. Pacifica Neon Moonsmells like Le Labo Santal 33
  2. Dossier Musky Musksmells like Juliet Has a Gun, Not a Perfume
  3. Good Chemistry Magnolia Violetsmells like Marc Jacobs Daisy
  4. Dossier Ambery Cherrysmells like Tom Ford Lost Cherry
  5. Fine’ry Flower Bedsmells like Chanel Chance

1. Pacifica Neon Moon

Top layers of sandalwood and cardamom

bottle of perfume with pink background

The Le Labo is highly coveted for its comforting yet energetic sandalwood and cardamom layered with iris and violet scent. Pacifica also has the same explosive sandalwood and cardamom top layers with floral undertones that make it very grounding, aka just as ‘comforting’ as the Le Labo, but for WAY less!

I’ve searched for years to find this perfect blend. It’s fresh, seductive, and warm. Blends well with my natural scent and isn’t overpowering. Those of you who think one single part of a perfume lasts all day, let me educate you. There are layers to a perfume: top, middle, and base notes. They change throughout the day, and if you need a refresher, spray again! Easy. Please keep making this one 😉

2. Dossier Musky Musk

Middle notes of Cetalox and base notes of Habanolide & Musks

dossier perfume with lid off

If you’re looking for non-“perfume-y” fragrance, look no further than Dossier! This minimalist and gender-neutral scent is basically an exact replica of Juliet Has a Gun Not a Perfume which highlights a single element, Cetalox, that’s also 100% allergen-free. And guess what?! That’s what Dossier uses as well as base notes of habanolide & musks.

woman spraying perfume on neck

Hip team members, Emily & Lina, LOVE these iconic Dossier scents too!

 “Let me start by saying I am not a perfume person. Outside of wearing Curve in high school (anyone else do the same? 🙋‍♀️) and then Light Blue in college, I could never find a scent I could enjoy wearing routinely… until I found Not A Perfume by Juliette Has A Gun. I know it’s an odd name, but it’s really just that! This perfume doesn’t smell, well, perfume-y. It’s just a subtle blend of slightly sweet and slightly spiced scents. Honestly, it could almost even pass for a cologne so I’d call this more of a gender-neutral fragrance.

That said, even with how much I loved it, I could never bring myself to pay the outrageous retail price so I’ve gotten by on a travel size I very cautiously used so as to not waste a single drop.

But when I saw Dossier made a dupe perfume of that brand, I couldn’t order it fast enough! It is EXACTLY as I remember it and I love having the Dossier bottle more given its super minimal appearance. I happily spritz it each and every day knowing that when it eventually does run out, I’ll have no hesitation ordering another one.” – Hip Sidekick, Emily

3. Good Chemistry Magnolia Violet Eau de Parfum

Top layers of magnolia, peony, and amber

two hands holding perfume bottle and box

Love fruity florals? Good Chemistry has a sheer lightweight aspect with warm undertones, much like the optimistic and dreamy Daisy by Marc Jacobs. It is also made with essential oils, is PETA cruelty-free, and vegan, plus, customers say that it also lasts all day and is not overbearing. What’s not to love about this inexpensive perfume?

4. Dossier Ambery Cherry

Top layers of cherry, almond, and cinnamon

dossier perfume in shadow

That’s $346 LESS than the REAL thing! 🤯

There’s nothing like a good full-bodied perfume and this captivating scent is the perfect balance between sweet and dark. You get the initial notes of cherry, almond, and vanilla just like the Black Cherry, Tonka Bean, and almond in Tom Ford, paired with clove, rose, jasmine, and plum for a lasting, seductive impression.

If you’re looking for a perfume that really turns heads this Valentine’s Day, this is it!

5. Fine’ry Flower Bed

Top layers of peony, green apple, and wild bamboo

perfume bottle in pile of flowers

If you’ve ever watched #PerfumeTok then you know how popular Fine’ry brand is for its many perfume dupes! This one smells almost identical to Chanel Chance with primarily floral notes which are matched by Fine’ry’s peony, green apple, and bamboo notes. Plus, many reviewers mention that the smell is long-lasting and still so affordable.

“This scent lasts all day! I get so many compliments whenever I wear it. I was a bit disappointed in the body mist for this scent. Definitely spend the money and save. A little bit wears all day!!”

Stretch your perfume dollars even further with these easy hacks!

About the writer:

Chelsey is a writer & photographer with both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Arizona State University. She holds 3+ years blogging experience not only for Hip2Save, but various other publications in the health, lifestyle, and education field.

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  1. Rebe

    Thank you so much for this information. I would love to see one for men colognes! My teenager son is all of a sudden obsessed and he is also broke LOL. Suggestions? TIA

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Rebe! Thanks for the request! I’ll be sure to pass this along to the team! 💞

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