As far as beauty buys go, perfume is top tier-level indulgence at its finest.
The thing we don’t really love, however, is that most of our go-to fragrances often have less than realistic price tags.
So when we are on the last few dregs of our favourite sweet perfumes, you better believe we’re siphoning every last precious drop of the damn stuff as if our lives depended on it.
But if the idea of being between bottles and the anxiety of going without the comfort of an olfactory is all too much, we a) completely understand, and b) have a salve to soothe your fragrance mourning.
Introducing the delightfully opportunistic concept of fragrance dupes.
We’ve already found some stellar dupes for discontinued fragrances, and a plethora of Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 dupes. And now, we’ve even hunted down a dupe for the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum ($129.99 at Chemist Warehouse).
Yep, turns out the sweetly addictive black coffee and white floral fragrance has a very inexpensive doppelganger roaming the back alleys of online perfume outlets.
Black Addiction by Mirage Brands for Women Eau de Parfum ($19.90 at Kogan) boasts a fragrance profile of warm vanilla notes, comforting amber, refreshing pear, spicy pink pepper, and zesty orange blossom.
YSL’s Black Opium has distinct touches of cedarwood, patchouli and black coffee for a slightly richer experience than it’s budget-friendly counterpart, but the essence of the fragrance lives on in the strikingly similar Black Addiction perfume bottle it’s housed in.
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.