Has YOUR favourite perfume been discontinued? These are the best smell-alike scents to buy instead – including YSL’s Mon Paris for Armani Si and Signoria if you’re missing Dot by Marc Jacobs
A much-loved perfume can become part of your identity, which is why it can be so disappointing to learn your favourite fragrance has been discontinued.
But all is not lost. For there are extremely convincing ‘smell-alike’ scents you can pick up instead.
Speaking to FEMAIL, fragrance expert Kate Avetoomyan, of UK-based Escentual.com, has revealed the best replacements for past popular perfumes, including Armani Si Eau de Toilette and Bulgari Omnia Paraiba.
‘Big fragrance houses don’t give customers any warning when they are about to stop making a certain perfume so you won’t have a chance to stock up before it’s too late,’ she said.
‘The only other option is to search for “dupe”, duplicate fragrances, that are similar to your original favourite, and hopefully they come close to the olfactory joy that the original brought you.’
Here, Kate shares some of her picks for scents that are no longer available.
Discontinued: Armani Si Eau de Toilette
Buy instead: Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum
Discontinued: Armani Si Eau de Toilette (left). Buy instead: Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum (right)
Why it works: The Armani Si Eau de Toilette is considerably different to the Armani Si Eau de Parfum (which is still available), it’s a lighter floral version with a rosy heart, and mandarin top notes.
The EdT was very popular but sadly is now discontinued and it’s hard to find online.
The YSL Mon Paris shares citrus top notes of bergamot, but with orange and tangerine in place of Mandarin orange.
It shares strawberry and pear accords as well as a jasmine heart, and a vanilla and patchouli base.
Discontinued: Bulgari Omnia Paraiba
Buy instead: GUERLAIN Aqua Allegoria Passiflora Eau de Toilette
Discontinued: Bulgari Omnia Paraiba (left). Buy instead: GUERLAIN Aqua Allegoria Passiflora Eau de Toilette
Why it works: Bulgari Omnia Paraiba was a fruity floral fragrance for women which launched in 2015, there are several other fragrances in the Bulgari Omnia range but this one has been discontinued.
It’s a gorgeous fragrance with top notes of passionfruit and bitter orange, with passionflower heart, and it’s now very hard to find.
GUERLAIN Aqua Allegoria Passiflora Eau de Toilette contains the tropical top notes of passionfruit as well as Bergamot (a hybrid of lemon and bitter orange) and Mandarin orange, plus a similar floral heart.
Discontinued: Lady Gaga Fame
Buy instead: Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau de Parfum or DKNY Nectar Love Donna Karan
Discontinued: Lady Gaga Fame (left). Buy instead: Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau de Parfum or DKNY Nectar Love Donna Karan (right)
Why it works: Lady Gaga Fame was a sexy honeyed apricot floral fragrance. Around the launch in September 2012 Lady Gaga said she wanted it to smell like ‘blood and semen’, but unsurprisingly those bodily fluids weren’t present in the formula.
There is however the scent of poisonous flower Belladonna, incense, honey, saffron, apricot, jasmine and Tiger Orchid, and the juice was black in the bottle but became invisible when it touched the skin.
In 2020 Lady Gaga became the face of Valentino’s Voce Viva fragrance and her own line was discontinued, which left several fans desperately trying to get hold of the last remaining stock.
Dior Hypnotic Poison is a heady amber vanilla night-time scent includes the apricot, jasmine, and floral heart of the Lady Gaga fragrance and also shares some of the sweetness and dark accords.
It also has a link to another megastar singer, it’s Adele’s all-time favourite fragrance.
Another possible dupe is DKNY Nectar Love Donna Karan is amber floral launched in 2017 and has nectarine top notes, jasmine heart notes and bees wax base notes.
On its way out: Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum
Buy instead: Salvatore Ferragamo Signoria
On its way out: Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum (left). Buy instead: Salvatore Ferragamo Signoria
Why it works: Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum is a sweet fruity fragrance was launched in 2012 and looks like it was discontinued fairly recently, and it’s not on the Marc Jacobs fragrance site anymore.
Top notes are red berries, Pitahaya (dragon fruit) and honeysuckle, middle notes coconut, jasmine and orange blossom, base notes are driftwood, musk and vanilla.
We do still have three of these left at Escentual.com but when they are gone that’s it, we won’t be getting any more stock.
DKNY Red Delicious shares some of the accords, with raspberry top notes, and a vanilla base but it looks like that has been discontinued as well.
Marc Jacobs Honey, is similar to the Dot fragrance too but lighter and sweeter. Sadly this vanilla honey scent with pretty florals but that’s been discontinued now too. It just looks like fruity florals have gone out of vogue in fragrance a bit, so if that’s your thing it will start to be quite hard to track these down.
The best dupe still on sale is Salvatore Ferragamo Signoria. It has the same red berry top notes, and jasmine heart, and musky base, but it’s blended with spicy pink pepper and a rich creamy panacotta base.
Discontinued: Miss Dior Cherie by Dior Eau de Parfum
Buy instead: Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum
Discontinued: Miss Dior Cherie by Dior Eau de Parfum (left). Buy instead: Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum
Why it works: Miss Dior Cherie is a Chypre fruity fragrance for women which was launched in 2005. The top notes are cherry, strawberry, pineapple and Mandarin Orange, middle notes are popcorn, caramel, jasmine and violet, with base notes of Patchouli, musk and amber. It was hugely popular in the late 2000s.
Just to make it more confusing, there was also Miss Dior Cherie Eau de Parfum, another Chypre fruity scent which launched in 2011 (also discontinued), which had strawberry and mandarin orange top notes, rose and jasmine middle notes and a patchouli, sandalwood and amber base.
That has now been replaced by Miss Dior, which is similar but without the strawberry top notes, and is a bit more musky.
Possible Dupes for Miss Dior Cherie by Dior Eau de Parfum is the Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Toilette, sadly that has also been discontinued, and so the next best is Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum.
The YSL Mon Paris shares citrus top notes of bergamot, but with orange and tangerine in place of Mandarin orange. It shares strawberry accords as well as a jasmine heart, has some sweetness from the vanilla and also has a patchouli base.
Discontinued: Dolce & Gabbana Rosa Excelsa
Buy instead: Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana
Discontinued: Dolce & Gabbana Rosa Excelsa (left). Buy instead: Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana
Why it works: This fragrance was launched in 2016 as one of the many flankers to the Dolce perfume range.
It features a rich Turkish rose and waterlily in its middle notes, and top notes of neroli and papaya flower, and a base of musk, Cashmere wood and Sandalwood.
Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana is a really similar fragrance, the top notes are identical, the rose middle notes aren’t as heavy, and there’s no sandalwood in the base, but other than that, it’s the same, making it an ideal swap.
Discontinued: Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss by Estee Lauder
Buy instead: Lolita Lempicka Sweet Eau de Parfum
Discontinued: Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss by Estee Lauder (left). Buy instead: Lolita Lempicka Sweet Eau de Parfum
Why it works: This Chypre (mossy, earthy) fruity fragrance was launched in 2016 as the new flanker for the Modern Muse Le Rouge range, with Kendall Jenner as the face of the brand.
Top notes were sour cherry, carrot seeds, pink pepper, middle notes of vinyl, rose, leather and jasmine, base notes of honey, vanilla, Patchouli, Styrax (bark resin), Saffron and Labdanum.
A possible replacement is Lolita Lempicka Sweet Eau de Parfum. This floral fruity gourmand fragrance is pretty close to the Modern Muse Gloss, it also has top notes of sour cherry which have been sweetened for a bitter sweet aroma.
There is a floral heart of Iris and Angelica, and a musky base of Cashmere Wood. It’s a really good substitute.
Discontinued: Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme
Buy instead: Tom Ford Noir Extreme for Men
Discontinued: Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme (left). Buy instead: Tom Ford Noir Extreme for Men
Why it works: An amber floral fragrance for women which launched in 2015. Top notes were ginger, bitter orange, mandarin orange and Bergamot, middle notes were Kulfi (an Indian frozen dessert), rose, orange blossom, and jasmine, base notes of vanilla, amber, sandalwood and mastic or Lentisque (an aromatic Mediterranean shrub resin).
It looks like it was discontinued in 2021, although the men’s Noir fragrance still remains on sale.
In fact, this is a great replacement if you’re looking to stock up. The men’s flanker is really similar to the women’s Noir, the middle notes and base are almost identical, and the top notes have the same Mandarin Orange, just with different spices, Cardamom, nutmeg and saffron.
Discontinued: Dolce & Gabbana The Only One 2
Buy instead: Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intensement Eau de Parfum
Discontinued: Dolce & Gabbana The Only One 2. Buy instead: Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intensement Eau de Parfum
Why it works: This is the zesty and sweet fruity D&G flanker to The Only One, that comes in a deep red bottle. It’s no longer on the D&G website, which is a pretty good sign that it’s been discontinued, and we only have three 50ml bottles left at Escentual.com.
The fragrance is really zesty and sweet fruity, with red berries, blackberries, pear and Freesia top notes, middle notes of red rose, coffee and violet, and base notes of Tonka bean, patchouli, ambergris (a synthetic grey amber) and Amberwood.
Possible replacement is Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intensement Eau de Parfum, a relatively new fragrance (2020) which has raspberry and bergamot top notes, sweet heliotrope and orange blossom heart, and a rich Benzoin and vanilla base.
Discontinued: Nina Ricci, Ricci Eau de Parfum
Buy instead: Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau de Parfum
Discontinued: Nina Ricci, Ricci Eau de Parfum (left). Buy instead: Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau de Parfum
Why it works: Nina Ricci, Ricci Eau de Parfum is a Chypre floral which launched in 2020 and with gorgeous rhubarb top notes.
This fruity musky scent, has rose middle notes, a patchouli and sandalwood base, and came in a beautiful purple bottle with a cascading ribbon stopper.
Perfect by Marc Jacobs is an amber floral which launched in 2020 it opens with very similar rhubarb top notes, and also has a woody base of Cedar and Cashmeran.