If you've been following Who What Wear Beauty for a while now, you already know we lean a tad fiendish when it comes to scent and the art of smelling good. Unfortunately for us and our wallets, however, the majority of our all-time favorite perfumes cost a pretty penny—sometimes upward of $200 and $300. Even though I don't necessarily mind investing in high-quality scents that I love, affordable price points shouldn't be reserved for the cheap fares that we spritzed over our layered polos and tanks circa middle school.
That's exactly where Dossier comes in. It's an affordable, alternative fragrance line that you might already be familiar with (thanks, TikTok) but prides itself on providing fragrance lovers with "premium-quality, ethical, affordable perfume for all." And really, the brand is low-key serving us the best of all worlds when it comes to fragrance: transparency, craftsmanship (with every bottle, you’re receiving the highest-quality perfume sourced from Grasse, France), clean formulas (fragrances are vegan, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free), sustainable and green (Dossier even gives returned bottles to charity), and anti-snob access that allows the masses to enjoy more affordable iterations of some of the most loved scents in the business. Brilliant, right?
"We create blends inspired by brand fragrances, upholding the same high-quality standards, in order to bring our customers an affordable alternative to their favorite designer perfumes," Dossier explains on its website. That said, it is in no way affiliated with the mentioned brands, and Dossier can achieve said lower prices by eliminating unnecessary packaging, advertising, and prestige pricing that designer brands are known for. Instead, it focuses on the quality of the fragrances it creates and delivers a virtually identical scent for a fraction of the price. And as someone who has smelled the OG designer and boutique iterations and Dossier's, I can verify that the claims are legit. Curious to see which 10 I'd recommend to you first? Keep scrolling!
If you love Le Labo's Santal 33…
Try Dossier's Woody Sandalwood
Aside from perhaps Chanel N°5, Le Labo's Santal 33 is likely the most famous perfume of all time—a cult favorite that eventually became so favorited that it's now fairly mainstream. Layered with exquisite notes, this cult-favorite is so distinctly unique, it's hard not to recognize its scent. It's balanced but has a degree of sensuality and sophisication, making it suitable for wear pretty much whenever.
It's still one of the best-smelling icons in the fragrance industry, and Dossier's stab via Woody Sandalwood is eerily impressive. While the original contains violet accord, cardamom, iris, ambrox, cedarwood, leather, and sandalwood, Dossier's $49 number features violet leaves, cardamom, orris, ambrox, cedarwood, cypress, musk, sandalwood, and amber.
If you Love Kilian's Love, Don't Be Shy…
Try Dossier's Floral Marshmallow
Before Rihanna launched her own perfume, it was known across the lands that Kilian Paris's Love, Don't Be Shy was the singer's absolute signature scent. This luxurious and gourmand fragrance is sweet and citrusy, but it's not so intense that it's overwhelming to your olfactory senses. If you'd like a visual representation, the perfumer itself states that it feels like falling in love, knowing someone else inside and out.
This smells sweet (so if you're not a sweet-perfume person, keep scrolling), but it is delicious, and the real question is Who doesn't want to smell like Rihanna? Dossier's version is an intricate replicate, including Kilian's famed trio of marshmallow, vanilla, and orange blossom alongside neroli, bergamot, honeysuckle, jasmine, orris, amber, vanilla, and musk. It's a show-stealing scent, so prepare for compliments from strangers and loved ones alike.
If you love Jo Malone London's Wood Sage & Sea Salt…
Try Dossier's Woody Sage
There is just something so ethereally dreamy about Jo Malone's salt-crusted, wind-whipped, and cliffside-inspired cologne. I don't normally love green or overly earthy fragrances, but this one is creamy and rich enough to really ground it and turn it into magic once it hits your skin. (You can thank a seaside collision of ambrette seeds, sage, and sea salt.) The combination of freshness and wood is uniquely original, unlike anything out there on the fragrance market. It feels light and like it has depth, all at the same time.
Dossier's version is very similar, as the brand uses a mineral salty accord and calone for that quintessential whiff of sea breeze plus other key players like fig tree, grapefruit, marine notes, ambrette, clary sage, and amber wood. Dare I say it's even better?
If you love Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Baccarat Rouge 540…
Try Dossier's Ambery Saffron
MFK's ultra-iconic Baccarat Rouge 540 has created such a frenzy in the fragrance-and-beauty space recently I actually dedicated an entire article to similar fragrances that won't put a supermassive black hole on your credit card balance. Launched in 2016 by luxury fragrance house Maison Francis Kurkdijan, it's inspired by the vivacious red, Baccarat crystal—the number 540 comes from the temperature that is needed to turn the glass that stunning shade of red. My favorite part? The saffron top note in this the scent is just otherworldly, captivating you from the first spritz.
Thus, it probably doesn't come as much of a surprise that Dossier's amber- and saffron-infused take (also containing orange blossom, jasmine, plum, cedarwood, oakmoss, and fir balsam) was the best and cheapest dupe I could find to the real $325 thing. Due to popular demand, it sells out fast and frequently, so don't procrastinate.
If you love Chanel's Chance Eau Tendre…
Try Dossier's Floral Grapefruit
Chanel's fruity-floral ingenue Chance Eau Tendre was one of the very first "big-girl" perfumes I initially became obsessed with in high school. So yes, it's a fragrance I hold very near and dear to my heart and which I'm still very much besotted with. Marked on every big magazines' pages from Elle to Vogue, this fruity and citrusy smell has been around for close to 21 years now.
Chanel's blend of grapefruit-quince, white musks, jasmine, citron, and teakwood holds a ton of nostalgia for me, something that was completely replicated once I got a whiff of Dossier's $29 melding of grapefruit, pear, blackcurrant, hyacinth, jasmine, lilac, orris, musks, and amber wood.
If you love Maison Margiela's Replica By the Fireplace…
Try Dossier's Woody Chestnut
From October through December, I almost exclusively wear my unmatchable forever-favorite Replica perfume, By the Fireplace. It's quite the memorable scent, layering perfectly onto clean skin—it's warm and sweet, like a Negroni or Hot Toddy, thanks to notes like orange flower, pink peppercorn, and balsam.
This fragrance quite literally smells like a crackling fireplace offset by flame-crusted marshmallows and toasty chestnuts. Or rather, I thought it was unmatchable until I tried Dossier's Woody Chestnut—a dead-ringer scent featuring the same famed trio of notes—clove, chestnut, and vanilla—with just as much cozy appeal minus the $76 investment.
If you love Diptyque's Do Son…
Try Dossier's Ambery Tuberose
Having to choose just one favorite perfume from Diptyque feels like cruel and unusual punishment, but if absolutely pressed, Do Son would have to be my top pick. (And many others in the fashion-and-beauty space would likely agree—it's become a universal cult favorite among yummy-smelling people everywhere.) It is the epitome of a floral fragrance, like sticking your nose into a fresh bouquet of flowers.
So can Dossier's $29 version actually hold a candle? Well, yes. Yes, it surprisingly can. Tuberose (along with orange blossom and jasmine) is really the shining star note within Diptyque's beloved concoction, and the same goes for Dossier's Ambery Tuberose. The all-star notes? Orange blossom, rose, tuberose, daffodil, benzoin, musk, and orris.
If you love Tom Ford's Black Orchid…
Try Dossier's Spicy Orchid
While it might be daunting to mess with one of the most iconic scents of all time (and a legendary best seller within the Tom Ford fragrance family), Dossier's Spicy Orchid is an applause-worthy doppelgänger.
As someone who's worn the original since I first became obsessed with perfume in high school (fun fact: It's been around since 2006), I can confirm that Dossier's intricate blend of cinnamon, pink pepper, mandarin, ylang-ylang, orchid, plum, sandalwood, vanilla, incense, and patchouli guarantees satisfaction and a happier bank account. It might be missing Black Orchid's infamous addition of aphrodisiacal black truffle, but fear not—Dossier's version is just as seductive.
If you love Byredo's Bal d'Afrique…
Try Dossier's Ambery Vetiver
Byredo's Bal d'Afrique is one of the brand's all-time most beloved scents—it's a celebratory blend of olfactory genius, specifically crafted to celebrate the reach and influence of Africa through time, "particularly the way its myriad of cultures have shaped dance, art, and music," according to the brand. Byredo's known for it's ethereal storytelling capability, whether it be through fragrance or color makeup, and Bal d'Afrique is no exception.
Byredo's classic is a sparkling hit of bergamot, African marigold, buchu, violet, cyclamen, vetiver, and Moroccan cedarwood, and Dossier's remix comes pretty damn close, with intersecting notes like bergamot, violet, vetiver, cedarwood, and buchu.
If you love YSL's Black Opium…
Try Dossier's Ambery Vanilla
I've loved YSL's sweet yet somehow not sickly fragrance, Black Opium, for years. (It also happens to be the scent Zoë Kravitz is the face of for the brand!) So I was curious to see how Dossier's $29 version would compare to the rich and intense perfume, especially because this beauty smells so differently on everyone who wears it.
Surprise, surprise: I truly could not tell a difference from my longtime, more expensive fave. Just like the OG, it contains key notes like coffee, white flowers, and vanilla. For those who love a warm and sweet gourmand fragrance that still feels complex and mature, this is for you.
Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.