‘Inspired by’ fragrances: sniffing out our best scent alternatives

‘Inspired by’ fragrances: sniffing out our best scent alternatives

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What are ‘inspired by’ fragrances?

A perfume which is sold as an ‘inspired by’ product smells pretty much exactly the same as the original, but it’s sold at a fraction of the price of the ‘real’ thing. Clearly, there’s only one version of the 100% genuine article and therefore, legally, it isn’t permissible to use the brand name and pass it off as, say, a Jo Malone, Yves Saint Laurent or Lancôme scent

So, in summary – same quality and smell, different bottle, name and price tag. 

We should stress that one thing inspired-by products are not is fake or counterfeit. It’s perfectly legal to create a fragrance which takes its inspiration from household-name brands. The only problem would be if these goods infringed on intellectual property laws such as copyrights or trademarks. For that reason, you can’t use precisely the same branding, logos or names on duplicate perfumes. 

When buying big-brand names, you’re obviously paying for the name itself. Equally, the likes of Dior charge so much because they can, and because of their huge (and hugely expensive), glossy marketing and advertising campaigns. Original perfumes typically carry the weight of brand prestige and recognition. They symbolise heritage, craftmanship and luxury, all of which contribute to their premium position in the market and expensive price. 

What we offer at DIALECT Fragrances

So, you can buy duplicate or inspired-by scents safe in the knowledge of the quality of what you’re purchasing, and, equally, that you’re not buying something which isn’t legit. 

At DIALECT Fragrances, we provide alternatives to the top names, offering extensive choice and products our customers love, as you can see by browsing our reviews page. 

Don’t just take our word for it …

Tobacco Opulence

For example, our customer Thomas L, based in France, loves our Tobacco Opulence product, which he describes as ‘the best dupe of Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanilla’. His review goes on to describe this item as a ‘fantastic choice’ providing ‘incredible longevity, evolving beautifully throughout the day’. Thomas adds: “My sister-in-law recognised the scent and asked if I was wearing Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. I've received numerous compliments on this fragrance.” 

Tobacco Opulence incorporates intensely woody cinnamon blends and a warm sensuality. There are also hints of fresh ginger and spiced clove, along with vanilla and tonka bean. You can get it from us at a heavily discounted price – £29.99 as opposed to £195 RRP for the original. 

Amber Infusion – Inspired By Baccarat Rouge 540

Our delightful Amber Infusion fragrance is inspired by classic scent Baccarat Rouge 540 from Maison Francis Kurkdjian (MFK). We offer this for £29.99, saving you 87% on the £235 price for a 50ml Eau de Parfum dupe. This luxurious product is all about spice and opulence. Expect top notes of jasmine and saffron, middle notes of amber wood and amber gris plus base notes of cedar wood and fir resin. 

Reviewers rave about this fragrance, describing it as ‘gorgeous’, ‘my new obsession’, ‘amazing’ and ‘my favourite scent’. Customer Lyndsey M, said: 

“This fragrance is rich and unique and always results in people asking where it's from! Perfect … as an autumn/winter perfume.”

Meanwhile, Kelly H enthused: “For me this is perfect for evenings as it’s a beautiful warm scent and I’ve had lots of compliments wearing it.”

Spicy Vanilla Obsession – Inspired By YSL Black Opium

Inspired by Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, we offer Spicy Vanilla Obsession at just £19.99 for 50ml of Eau de Parfum, saving you 75% on the retail price of the YSL version. 

This darkly bewitching perfume incorporates base notes including vanilla, white musk and amber, middle notes of jasmine, freesia, sandalwood and cedar wood, plus top notes of coffee beans, bergamot and orange blossom, among others. 

One of our reviewers stated: “Perfect, just the job, very close to original scent, high quality”. Another, Jennifer D, commented: “Great and long-lasting perfume. Simple but attractive container. Very impressed”. Maya P also liked the presentation, saying: “Packaged beautifully in a nice box, great bottle with a great size and the perfume smells amazing”. 

Blooming Passion – Inspired By Gucci’s Bloom

This is another of our top sellers, and its inspiration is Gucci’s Bloom. Again, we offer this Blooming Passion product for £19.99 for 50ml of Eau de Parfum, saving you 75% on the original price of £78. Highly feminine, it recreates the aroma of a bouquet of country flowers. 

Expect top notes to include cloves, middle notes jasmine, rose and lily of the valley, with base notes of amber and white musk. 

One of our reviewers who loved it reported: “Would buy this again in a heartbeat! I can smell it on me eight hours later and smells exactly like Bloom but better for my bank balance”.

Why choose us?

Our long-lasting scents incorporate the same ingredients as the products they replicate, without the hefty cost. They’re long-lasting and there’s no difference in terms of the final aroma. We also ensure everything we make is carbon-neutral, cruelty-free and 100% vegan. Additionally, with a robust, free 30-day returns policy, and no-charge shipping if you buy at least three items from us, you can’t lose! 

So give us a sniff! Browse online, or get in touch today if you have any queries about any of our products from men’s aftershave to women’s perfumes.

Our Best Sellers

Our Best Seller 3 for 2 Offer | Inspired by MFK's Baccarat Rouge 540 | Inspired by Creed's Aventus | Inspired by Le Labo's Santal 33 | DIALECT's Romantic Blossom | Inspired by YSL's Black Opium | Inspired by Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt | Inspired by Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille | Inspired by Tom Ford's Black Orchid | DIALECT's Sparkling Bouquet | Inspired by Lancome's La Vie Est Belle | Inspired by Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino | Inspired by Dior's Sauvage | Inspired by Dior's Miss Dior | Inspired by YSL's Libre | Inspired by Mugler's Alien | Inspired by Chloe's Chloe | Inspired by Tom Ford's Bitter Peach | Inspired by Parfums de Marly's Delina | Inspired by Thierry Mugler's Angel | Inspired by Gucci's Bloom | Inspired by Paco Rabanne's One Million | Inspired by Paco Rabanne's Lady Million | Inspired by Marc Jacobs' Daisy | Inspired by Paco Rabanne's Invictus | Inspired by Dior's J’adore | Inspired by Paco Rabanne's Olympia.