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My world rocked when I started using fine fragrance. Before, I would use cheap body sprays that wouldn’t even last an hour. But when I worked at Sephora, I not only started using luxury perfume but learned more about my pheromones and which scents worked for me. Soon, I was building a fragrance wardrobe…and spending a lot of money.
Is there a way to wear high-quality fragrances while saving money? I had the same question, which is when I started doing my own digging. I found different companies that specialized in creating affordable fine fragrance dupes, with Dossier arguably the most prestigious one.
Are you interested in trying Dossier? If so, you noticed their perfume catalog is massive. As a fine fragrance enthusiast, I already navigated the myriad of Dossier scents to find their most amazing perfumes. Continue reading to discover the best Dossier perfume dupes!
Bottom Line Up Front
Gourmand White Flowers is my favorite Dossier dupe, which is inspired by Viktok&Rolf’s Flowerbomb. The dupe has all the same notes, specifically freesia, rose, and patchouli. Of course, the Dossier dupe is way cheaper than Flowerbomb, which makes it even better.
If you’re not a fan of Flowerbomb, Dossier has many other fragrance dupes. I suggest considering the rest of my recommendations or shopping on the Dossier website yourself!
What Is Dossier?
Dossier is a fragrance company that aims to make high-quality perfume available to everyone. They do so by using the best ingredients and replicating high-end fragrances, and making their products available at an affordable price. But don’t think you’re buying low-quality body spray–in the next section, I will explain why Dossier is so affordable.
Dossier makes fragrances for men, women, and they also make unisex scents. They have fragrances in nearly every category and make dupes for various notorious (and expensive) fragrances. In addition to perfume, Dossier also makes candles (which I want to try!).
Tips for Finding Dossier Perfume
Because Dossier perfumes are available at such a low price, it can be tempting to grab all the fragrances you want! But remember these key tips before you go perfume shopping.
- Personal fragrance style – One look at the Dossier catalog and you’ll see countless perfumes. If you don’t know which perfume to get, identify the fragrance notes that make up your personal style. How do you find your personal fragrance style? First, identify scents you love. Many people also separate fragrances by the time of day (such as day and night) or by occasion. You can always start by buying a set and working from there.
- Returns and Exchanges – I always read a brand’s return or exchange policy before purchasing anything. Dossier allows returns and exchanges for 30 days after purchase. You can also buy a sample-sized fragrance first. Remember that Dossier doesn’t allow candle returns.
- Shipping – I also research a brand’s shipping policy before buying any products. This includes knowing where they ship to, if they offer free shipping, and how long it will take for your products to deliver. Dossier only ships to the continental U.S. and Canada. They don’t ship to Hawaii and Alaska. They offer free shipping if you order three or more fragrances. Canadian shipping is $19, regardless of the number of items you order, and this fee includes all customs and duty taxes. American customers can expect to receive their package 2-7 days after processing, and Canadian customers can expect their package 10-12 business days after processing.
How I Chose These Perfumes
There are many amazing Dossier dupes, but I didn’t list them all. Instead, I took certain factors into consideration when choosing these perfumes. These include:
- Fragrance notes – fragrance notes make up the scent and personality of a perfume. Since Dossier makes fragrance dupes, I looked at each perfume to ensure they contained the same notes. This way, you can feel comfortable buying the dupe and know it will smell as luxurious as your favorite fine fragrance.
- Original fragrance notoriety – I also looked at the prestige of the original fragrance. There’s no point in mentioning a dupe if no one ever heard of the original perfume, right? I especially took note of designer fragrances, specifically high-priced ones from perfume houses such as Chanel and Tom Ford.
- Popularity on the Dossier website – while I may love a dupe, I understand that fragrance may not work for everyone. That’s why I also considered the dupes that were most popular among other Dossier customers. Other factors I considered are if the perfume lasts, how the fragrance changes, and how much you need to project the scent.
- Price – while all Dossier fragrances are significantly cheaper than their high-end counterparts, all Dossier perfumes vary in price. As stated previously, most fall within the $30-$40 price range. Some are cheaper and more expensive than this, so keep these price variations in mind.
My Favorite Dossier Perfume Dupes
All of these Dossier perfume dupes not only smell like the original but perform and project just as well. All these perfumes are significantly cheaper than their high-end counterparts, so you can smell like any of these timeless fragrances at a fraction of the price.
Gourmand White Flowers- Dupe for: Viktor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb
Like many of the fragrances I will mention, I received a sample of Viktor&Rolf’s classic fragrance Flowerbomb. I love floral scents, so I grabbed as many samples of this perfume as I could. What makes this perfume stand out is how it’s not overpowering, thanks to top-note freesia. It has a more delicate scent compared to other flowers, so Flowerbomb is the perfect everyday fragrance.
The full-size bottle is over $100; even though I love this fragrance, I could never get myself to buy the actual perfume. But Dossier’s Gourmand White Flowers is the best dupe I could find at a fraction of the price.
Like the original, Gourmand White Flowers opens up with freesia, bergamot, green tea, and berries, which smell like a garden on a sunny spring day.
Once the top notes die down, the fragrance opens up to one of my favorite scents of all time–rose. The middle notes of rose and orchid truly make this fragrance vibrant. Spicy patchouli makes up the base, resulting in a more complex floral perfume.
- More affordable than Flowerbomb
- Perfect everyday scent
- Makes a great gift
- Won’t work for those who don’t like floral fragrances
Woody Freesia – Dupe for: Armani’s Si
When most people think of Armani perfume, they think of Acqua di Gio, but I think of Si. This perfume has it all: it’s a little fruity, very fresh, sweet, and also very warm.
I bought a bottle of Si years ago and sprayed through it so quickly. I knew I would eat another $100 if I bought another full-size bottle, so I tried this dupe instead. And this dupe is one of the closest things to the original I ever tried.
Like Si, Woodsy Freesia opens up with fresh freesia and fruity blackcurrant, for a lovely yet complex scent. It dies down to sweet rose and jasmine for a rich scent that lasts forever. Spicy patchouli and warm musk make up the base for one of the loveliest perfumes I ever smelled.
- Smells identical to the original
- Complex floral and fruity fragrance
- Versatile scent
- Doesn’t last as long as other fragrances
Fruity Magnolia – Dupe for: Versace’s Bright Crystal
It’s rare to find a dupe you like better than the original, but that’s the case with Dossier’s Fruity Magnolia. I love the smell of Bright Crystal, but it’s a hit or a miss for me. It has the floral and powdery notes I love, but it also has lemon. Lemon and other citrus scents smell weird on me. Some days, Bright Crystal smells amazing on me. Other times, it smells off or fades quickly.
While it’s not as sweet as Bright Crystal, it has more of the fresh and warm notes of peony and musk. It still smells similar to Bright Musk, but is a better option if you want fewer citrus notes.
- Doesn’t have lemon
- Not an exact dupe
Ambery Vanilla –Dupe for: YSL’s Black Opium
Two scents define sexy: Tom Ford’s Black Orchid (which I will cover next) and YSL’s Black Opium. I received a Black Opium perfume sample a while back and, well, I sprayed through that one real quick. I don’t feel like spending $100 on a bottle, so I’ve been trying to find a high-quality dupe. Ambery Vanilla is the closest one I can find.
Like Black Opium, Ambery Vanilla makes up the best of floral and sweet notes. I find the Dossier dupe is more vanilla-heavy, but many users like that better.
I also find the dupe is more versatile than Black Opium, which is best reserved for a nighttime fragrance. The dupe has more fruity notes, specifically pear and mandarin, than floral notes. This makes the perfume smell lighter, so it works as both a day and night fragrance. But because of the lighter notes, I find it doesn’t last as long as Black Opium.
- Way cheaper than the original
- Versatile fragrance
- Perfect fruity and gourmand fragrance
- Sweeter than the original
- A lighter scent, and doesn’t last as long as Black Opium
Spicy Orchid – Dupe for: Tom Ford’s Black Orchid
I’ll never forget when I received a fragrance sample of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, and I knew this was my fragrance. It’s both sweet and woodsy, resulting in a sexy fragrance that’s still very feminine. I would wear this perfume when out on dates with my at-the-time boyfriend. Unfortunately, I quickly used up my sample.
Nothing will justify spending $150+ on a bottle of perfume, so I found this alternative. Like the original, the dupe opens up with a warm and floral scent.
The top notes fade to sweet orchids but still keep the spiciness from the patchouli base notes. Spicy Orchid is missing the black truffle notes that make this fragrance smell seductive. However, I still say that Spicy Orchid is as much of a Black Orchid doppelganger as you can get.
And how much cheaper is Spicy Orchid? $39! Compared to the $160 price tag of the Tom Ford fragrance, you’re truly getting a steal with this scent.
- Uses just about all the same fragrance notes
- Perfect nighttime fragrance
- Smells floral, warm, and spicy
- Lasts a long time
- Doesn’t have the black truffle notes
Fruity Orange – Dupe for: Clinique’s Happy
For Christmas one year, a good friend of mine (who makes way too much money) gifted me Clinique’s Happy. I was unsure of this fragrance when I first got it; it’s a citrus-forward fragrance, and while I love citrus notes, they don’t love me. But Clinique’s Happy is so different. It’s a fresh yet complex fragrance, which is surprising since I’m not fond of fresh fragrances.
When I was halfway done with this bottle, I decided to try this Dossier dupe instead–and I’m glad I did. This dupe is nearly identical to Clinique’s Happy. You immediately smell the grapefruit and bergamot when you spray the fragrance, which makes the fragrance smells fruity and sunny. It projects really well and lasts a long time.
I find the dupe changes from the original as the top notes fade. On me, Clinique’s Happy fades to a subtle, powdery scent. However, the Dossier dupe holds onto that sunny scent. While it’s still a good dupe, it doesn’t have the same complexity as Clinique’s Happy. Or maybe that’s how my pheromones react to it.
- Has that same sunny and fruity scent as Clinique’s Happy
- Projects well
- Lasts all day
- It isn’t as complex as the original
Gourmand Orange Blossom – Dupe for: Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle
A couple of years back, I treated myself to a full-size bottle of my favorite fragrance, La Vie Est Belle by Lancome. Even though it’s a high-end perfume, I wear it as much as I can. Even my mom told me it’s my signature fragrance at this point.
When I was a little under halfway done with my bottle, I realized I didn’t want to spend another $100 or so on another one, so I tried this dupe. While this isn’t an exact dupe, it does smell nice. Many people say it smells better than the original, but I will leave this up to the individual to decide.
Dossier does change some things around with this fragrance. One of the reasons I love La Vie is iris is at the top note, which is a floral note that works so well for my pheromones. Dossier uses orange blossom instead, which is a fresher floral note compared to the woodsier-smelling iris. Still, the Dossier fragrance keeps the same patchouli and vanilla notes that hold the spicy-yet-sweet personality of this perfume.
If floral, spicy, and gourmand notes work for you, this fragrance will last forever on you. I only need to spray La Vie and the dupe once, and the scent will last all day. I always receive compliments every time I wear this one.
- A feminine yet complex scent
- Combination of fresh florals with woodsy and gourmand notes
- The fragrance isn’t overly strong
- Can work for day and nighttime
- Slightly different than the original, smells fresher than spicier
Fruity Jasmine – Dupe for: Dior’s J’Adore
J’Adore by Dior was one of the first fine fragrances I purchased for myself. I was beginning to know which fragrance notes worked for me, specifically the floral notes that smelled amazing on me. J’Adore by Dior features two prominent floral notes I love: rose and jasmine. If I find a perfume that has rose and jasmine, I know it will last forever on me.
But after using up my bottle, I wanted to find a cheaper dupe. This is why I was interested in Dossier’s dupe. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t contain rose which makes J’Adore smell delightful. Rose made up the bulk of the heart notes in J’Adore, but Fruity Jasmine still holds the same ylang-ylang and jasmine notes (of course) to still make this a comparable dupe.
Fruity Jasmine is also a better option for those looking for a sweeter perfume. As the name suggests, this one holds more fruit notes such as mandarin. I also love the woodsy and ambery notes that hold up the base of the fragrance, making it more complex.
- Versatile scent
- Perfect for those who love floral and fruity fragrances
- A complex and sophisticated fragrance
- The dupe doesn’t have rose
- Sweeter than J’Adore
Floral Violet – Dupe for: Marc Jacobs Daisy
Out of all the fine fragrances I’m shocked I loved, Daisy by Marc Jacobs is one of them. I noticed the perfume opens with berries, and I’m picky about fruity scents; I love darker fruits such as blackcurrant and plum, but other fruits smell too fresh for my liking.
I received a Daisy sample from Sephora recently and fell in love with this perfume. But why do I love Daisy? I don’t smell the berry notes, but I immediately smell the rich bouquet of flowers! Violet and jasmine fill my nose and last forever. This fragrance is still soft, making it the perfect daytime fragrance.
The best part? The Floral Violet dupe smells nearly identical! It has powdery violet and sweet jasmine notes, with some fruity strawberry added. The only difference is blond wood makes up the base of Floral Violet instead of sandalwood, so it smells musky as opposed to ambery.
I would still recommend this dupe, especially since it’s only a fraction of the cost.
- Has the same romantic floral notes
- Makes a great gift
- Different woodsy notes
Question: Why is Dossier so cheap?
Answer: How cheap are we talking about? Let’s put it this way, many of the high-end fragrances I’m discussing cost around $200+, while Dossier scents average around $30. That’s how cheap. Here’s a little tidbit I learned in my years of working in the beauty industry: the fragrance quality doesn’t lead to a high price tag. Mind blown? So was I.
So, why does high-end perfume cost so much? You’re paying for the brand more than anything. Plus, perfume companies invest in fancy packaging, advertising/marketing, and celebrity endorsements. Dossier’s pricing is simple and transparent: you’re paying for the fragrance.
And it costs less than what you think to rock your favorite fragrance. Dossier also packs its perfume in simple yet durable packaging, so no need for a fancy bottle.
And don’t worry, Dossier perfumes last. All their fragrances are Eau de Parfum rather than Eau de Toilette, so they’re stronger than cheap body sprays and are still in the same price range.
Question: Where does Dossier make its perfumes?
Answer: On their website, Dossier explains they work with five perfumers in Grasse, France. However, Dossier’s corporate office is in New York.
Question: Is Dossier a clean brand?
Answer: Defining a brand as “clean” is really hard, because every company and industry has its own standards. Dossier says their perfumes are clean; they follow cosmetic safety guidelines set by the E.U. and the U.S. They also say their perfume is non-toxic, not made with any parabens or sulfates.
Best Dossier Perfume Dupes: Bottom Line
Gourmand White Flowers is the best Dossier dupe, which is their version of Viktor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb. I always grab as many Flowerbomb samples as I can, but I could never bring myself to actually buy this perfume.
At the significantly lower price tag, Gourmand White Flowers smells identical to this classic scent. Gourmand White Flowers contains all key Flowerbomb notes, specifically freesia, rose, and patchouli. It’s a vibrant and slightly spicy fragrance but still isn’t overpowering. Since Gourmand White Flowers is a clone of Flowerbomb, Gourmand White Flowers is my pick.
If you’re not a fan of Flowerbomb, Dossier makes other high-quality fragrance dupes. While not all Dossier dupes are identical to the original fragrance, they all still smell amazing. I suggest shopping around and considering my other recommendations.