A Chanel No 5 dupe is that rare item that fans of the classic scent keep an eye out for; elusive cheap perfumes with the luxurious scent of the real thing.
While we all love to smell great with designer perfumes, splashing out on high-end buys isn't always feasible, especially if it's something we plan to use on a regular basis. So looking for perfume dupes is always a reliable way to save money and smell good at the same time. And if there's one perfume that is worth trying to find a dupe for, it's Chanel No 5.
The classic perfume has long been a cult beauty product, with most beauty fans having tried it out at least once. With a blend of flowery notes shining through, including iris, jasmine, rose and lily-of-the-valley, it's definitely up there with our favourite floral fragrances. However, as it hails from the famous French fashion house, it does of course come with a pretty hefty price tag. If you adore the scent, but can't justify the cost, it's always worth scouting out a Chanel No 5 dupe—luckily we've found a few that will keep you smelling fresh.
Chanel No 5 dupe: Where to get the famous smell for less
When it comes to finding a Chanel No 5 dupe, it's not actually as difficult as it may seem. Of course, it isn't a given that each dupe will replicate the signature aroma to a T, but finding a similar blend of notes is possible, and it can be a great way to get the classic scent for less.
A few years ago, budget supermarket Aldi famously released its 5th Element Eau de Toilette, which fans insisted smelt exactly like the famous Chanel fragrance.
One happy customer wrote in a review, "It is amazing. But the most convincing thing for me was when my 10-year-old son told me I smelt like Grandma and she only ever wears the expensive one," while another added, "I am very fussy about my perfume and this Aldi copy of Chanel No 5 is EXCELLENT. Very pleased with my purchase."
Unfortunately, the popularity of the fragrance meant that it sold out pretty quickly and the store is yet to bring it back. We have, however, found another spritz that works pretty well as a Chanel No 5 dupe.
The Body Shop's Indian Night Jasmine Eau de Toilette is a gorgeous blend of woods and florals that come together to create a scent that's similar to the Chanel icon.
Jasmine blossom and violet leaf mimic the iris and jasmine found in Chanel No 5, while the sandalwood makes for a similarly rich base to the combination that makes up the designer perfume's base notes.
The Body Shop fragrance comes in at £15 for 50ml, which is a £71 saving if you're buying a 50ml bottle of Chanel No 5 perfume (or a £90 saving if you're buying the 100ml bottle).
Fragrance fans have hailed the potent Body Shop spritz, with the product receiving a shower of five-star reviews.
"A very subtle and pleasing fragrance and not too overpowering," wrote one fan, while another commented, "It is a strong smell, rich, floral and woody. It really lasts all day."
One customer wrote, "I love this perfume, I actually have stopped buying more expensive brands as I prefer this. It’s a beautiful scent."
Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.
Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).
But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.
When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).
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