This Zara Perfume Gives a Damn Good Impression of a £235 Cult Fragrance

Here at Who What Wear UK, it's safe to say we are big fans of Zara perfumes. Not only do they smell incredible, but the bottles look chic, they're super affordable and they give designer fragrances a run for their money. If I'm being totally honest, some of the most-used perfumes in my collection are from the high-street store. The other day, my friend texted me to say that she was out shopping and looking to treat herself to a Zara fragrance, and she asked which one I'd recommend.

I replied straight away telling her that she had to get Red Temptation. Don't get me wrong—there isn't one Zara perfume that I've tried and haven't liked, but in my opinion, Red Temptation is a cut above the rest. I've never received so many compliments on a scent before, and it smells so similar to a certain £235 cult fragrance…


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What Is Zara Red Temptation a Dupe of?

If you're wondering which perfume I'm talking about, it's none other than Baccarat Rouge 540. I'm sure you've seen this perfume all over your Instagram and TikTok feeds, and there's no denying that it's one of the most luxurious scents on the market. I've had it in my collection for a while now, and I always reach for it on special occasions. To me, it's smooth, it's sensual and it has a chocolate-like sweetness, which is all thanks to a combination of saffron, jasmine, cedarwood and amber. And when I first smelt Red Temptation by Zara, I couldn't believe how similar it was. 

What Does Zara Red Temptation Smell Like?

The high-street fragrance also contains notes of saffron, jasmine and amber, but the addition of praline gives it a delicious, creamy finish. If I had to describe it in a nutshell, I would say it smells sweet, sensual and incredibly expensive. Even if you don't like sweet scents, the woody, earthiness of amber and moss give this fragrance a deep richness, and I'm yet to meet someone who isn't obsessed with it. Honestly, I couldn't recommend it enough. Spritzing the perfume feels like a warm hug, and the scent is perfect for date nights or special occasions.


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The best bit about this perfume is just how affordable it is. You can get a 80ml bottle for £23, and trust me when I say that it will last you forever. It has some seriously impressive staying power for a high-street fragrance, and thanks to the price, I don't mind throwing it in my bag and topping up throughout the day. All in all, if you're looking for a new perfume this season, I urge you to make this one top of your list.

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.