This $325 Perfume Has a Cult Following, But These 10 Dupes Smell Just as Good

In an industry where every other product is touted as the "best thing ever," "game-changing," "iconic," and "award-winning" (I could go on and on), it's safe to say the sparkle of *truly* magical players can get lost in the shuffle. In an effort to make money and spike sales, the entire market has become one claustrophobic mess of holy-grail It items. But as you and I both know, most of these products don't deserve the jewel-encrusted crown great marketing coronates them with.

In my time as a beauty editor, there have only been a few products that truly live up to the hype and buzz that have preceded them, and that pool gets even smaller when it comes to fragrance—a notoriously finicky genre that's so exceptionally personal it almost feels wrong to try to make a recommendation. But last year, after lots of anticipation and countless testimonials gushing over the magnetic olfactive powers of Maison Francis Kurkdjian's famed unisex number, Baccarat Rouge 540, I finally got my hands on a bottle. And let me just say, that first-ever sniff felt like a borderline religious experience. It's hard to call a perfume perfect—the most bewitching perfumes are typically anything but—and scent preference is incredibly subjective, but Baccarat Rouge 540 comes pretty damn close. It's dazzling, and a few hours post-spritz, I knew I was dealing with a true masterpiece. So, yes, the glowing orb of obsession it's inspired since its 2015 inception feels about right.

Born from the relationship between Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Baccarat to celebrate the crystal manufacturer's 250th birthday, Baccarat Rouge 540 is a very special perfume, carefully crafted with very special ingredients. And it will cost you a pretty penny—$325 worth if we're being exact.

"The woody scent releases a poetic alchemy, a highly condensed and graphic olfactory signature," the brand muses on its website. "Breezy jasmine facets and radiant saffron boost the ambergris mineral notes and the woody tones of freshly-cut cedar. Bright and sleek, Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum caresses the skin like an amber and woody floral whisper."

I mean, who doesn't want to be caressed by an amber and woody floral whisper? Even though I highly recommend MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 as a very worthy investment at some point in your life, $325 isn't a realistic price point to foist on you like it's nothing. (If I weren't a beauty editor, I would have never had access to such a treasure.) So if your budget doesn't allow that kind of splurge at the moment, I've gone ahead and done the good deed of finding 10 very similar contenders—dupes, if you will—that give off the same expensive and wonderfully poetic vibes sans sticker shock. In fact, not one clocks in at more than $185. You're welcome! Keep scrolling for the best Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 dupes money can buy without sacrificing an inch of luxury. 

#1: Dossier Ambery Saffron

#2: Glossier You Solid

#3: DedCool Fragrance 04

#4: Boy Smells Flor de la Virgen Genderful Fine Fragrance

#5: Ellis Brooklyn Super Amber Eau de Parfum

#6: St. Rose Circa 91 Eau de Parfum

#7: Skylar Sun Shower Eau de Parfum

#8: Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

#9: Henry Rose Last Light

#10: Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt Perfume Oil

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Beauty Director

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.