The Vegan Perfume 'Dupes' That Might Just Be Better Than the Real Thing
Over the last 12 months I’ve been actively trying to make my beauty routine as low-waste and cruelty-free as possible, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Ethical beauty may be having it’s ‘moment’, but I don’t believe it’s a passing trend. Rather, the way we shop and our attitudes towards the products we’re using is changing for the long-term.
That said, swapping out old favourites is often easier said than done. There are a select few products in my bathroom cabinet that feel as comfortable to me as an old jumper. In particular, fragrance is an area where I’ve firmly settled into a safety zone. I know what I like - and I know what I don’t.
I’m a creature of habit, and there are more than a couple of less ethical beauty products I’m clinging onto/haven’t yet found a suitable substitute for (ahem, NARS). But when Sophie from A Considered Life mentioned Eden Perfumes in her cruelty-free brand directory I was suitably intrigued.
Eden Perfumes are 100% vegan and not tested on animals. They also develop amazing dupes for some of the most popular fragrances on the market, from Tom Ford and Jo Malone to Gucci and Chanel.
At £18 for 30ml and £24 for 50ml, the scents are much cheaper than a lot of the perfumes they resemble. You can also purchase a gift box and sample three 10ml fragrances for £21.60, which is what I started with. Here I wanted to share my thoughts and give a brief overview of the scents I’ve tried so far.
Bay & Blackberries (#486)
Dupe for Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay
notes: Blackberry, Grapefruit, Bay
Blackberry & Bay is probably my favourite Jo Malone fragrance of all. It’s warm and fruity, with a sweetness that isn’t overwhelming. The only downside is that the scent doesn’t last long on me - we’re talking a couple of hours, max. At close to £50 for 30ml of perfume, I gave up buying from Jo Malone a long time ago.
Eden’s Bay & Blackberries smells almost identical. Spray one after the other and I’m not even sure you’d be able to notice a difference. Of course, you don’t get the pleasure of seeing a Jo Malone bottle on your shelf, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. It’s still not the longest-wearing fragrance out there, but its subtlety is part of what drew me to this scent in the first place. It’s also a great one for layering - Lime, Basil & Mandarin by Jo Malone is a personal favourite (I’m yet to try it, but Eden’s No.485 Lima, Basil & Mandarina is supposedly a suitable match).
Molecular 1 (#479)
Dupe for Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules
notes: Musk, Amber and Wood
Molecule 01 is such an iconic fragrance that I expected it to be one of the more difficult ones to replicate. It’s one of my favourites of all time and the Eden version doesn’t disappoint. Warm, woody and a little masculine, it’s a great scent to wear every day.
The original is known for smelling different on everyone and this has exactly the same effect, just made with natural ingredients. Much like the original it can also be difficult to detect the fragrance on yourself as the day wears on, but I’ve been assured by others that it smells just as strong come evening as when it’s first applied. I’ve actually received more compliments wearing this than with any other perfume I own, even high-end designer fragrances.
Dupe for Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
Notes: Bergamot, Neroli and Mandarin
Finally, I wanted to try this dupe for Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. I’ve owned a couple of Tom Ford fragrances now and have fallen head over heels for them all. If you haven’t been able to tell already, unisex scents are very much my thing, and I love wearing perfumes that could just as easily be at home in a man’s cologne collection.
Tom Ford fragrances are some of the very few that I genuinely believe are worth investing in, not least because they really do last. I therefore wanted to see how this compared. Scent-wise it’s almost identical, with the same crisp opulence as the original. It doesn’t last quite as long as those from Tom Ford, but it’s definitely strong enough to linger until the end of the day. Considering the huge difference in price, I’d say that’s pretty good going.