These budget scents smell just like Baccarat Rouge 540 but for £120 less

With similar hints of jasmine and warm saffron, these scents are said to be affordable swaps for Baccarat Rouge 540...

A bottle of Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 in a pink template
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Love the smell of Baccarat Rouge 540 but can't quite justify the luxury spend? These two high-street scents are said to be very reminiscent of the iconic perfume but for under £30.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Baccarat Rouge 540 is widely regarded as one of the best perfumes for women, thanks to its irresistible blend of warm woods and delicate florals. However, along with such a prestigious scent reputation also comes a rather steep price tag. One 35ml bottle of Baccarat Rouge 540 alone will set you back £155 and while it definitely fulfils our autumn perfume requirements, it's not the most accessible option on the market.

Thankfully though, like with M&S' Le Labo Santal 33-esque perfume, there are a few similar-smelling alternatives out there, for a fraction of the price.

Before we can discuss the so-called swaps though, we must first deconstruct the original's scent makeup. Baccarat Rouge 540 features a rich and complex blend of jasmine, saffron, ambergris and cedar, meaning it's a lovely floral perfume but with a muskier, woody depth. It's very much a signature scent but alas, is likely not your everyday purchase.

Thus, we turn to the perfume enthusiasts over on TikTok, who have named not one but two fragrances with notes akin to the luxe scent - for £120 less.

The first of the perfumes like Baccarat Rouge 540 is Red Temptation, which is one of Zara's best perfumes. This spray features a standout blend of saffron, coriander, jasmine and white flowers, which are highlighted with undertones of musk, woody amber and praline. 


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The other is Sol De Janeiro's Cheriosa 68 hair and body mist, with its fruity and floral mix of Brazilian jasmine, pink dragonfruit and sheer vanilla. This is already considered one of the best affordable perfumes and while it does offer a slightly sweeter initial scent, the dry-down is said to be very similar. 

Speaking on the similarities between the two scents, TikToker @makeupshayla said: "It's not as strong as Baccarat Rouge but it smells exactly the same, you're welcome."


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This body mist can be spritzed on your hair, for an all-encompassing scent and is also available in two sizes; 90ml and 240ml, both of which are under £35. It's ideal for travel and will make the perfect gift for a fellow Baccarat Rouge fan as it's ideal for layering with the eau de parfum.

So, if you've been eyeing Maison Francis Kurkdjian's iconic perfume for some time but perhaps want to test out a similar scent before investing in the original, these two high-street fragrances could be worth a try!

Naomi Jamieson
Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Beauty Writer from Woman&Home, where she covers everything from skincare to beauty trends, as well as reviewing products and sharing her personal shopping recommendations. She specialises in feature and e-commerce writing and has previously worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok trends to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. During her time on this title, she also reviewed beauty and skincare products and was commissioned to design some illustrations for one of the team's relationship features.

Before that, Naomi also worked across both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2021, after always having a passion for writing.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on the best perfumes and must-have beauty buys, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.