Baccarat Rouge 540 Dupes: 5 Best Cheaper Alternatives

2 Baccarat Rouge 540 dupes, Cloud and Cheirosa '68

Are you ready to smell like pure luxury without spending hundreds of dollars on a bottle of perfume? Here are some of my favorite Baccarat Rouge 540 dupes.

I dedicated a solid week to comparing Baccarat Rouge 540 dupes to the original to bring you my top 5 favorite (and cheaper) alternatives.

Let’s save you some money!

Top 5 Baccarat Rouge 540 Dupes


Armaf Club de Nuit Untold

Best Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe, Armaf Club de Nuit Untold

Armaf Club de Nuit Untold

Best Overall

Armaf Club de Nuit Untold is an incredibly close match to Baccarat Rouge 540, with a very similar dry down.

My best overall Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe is Armaf Club de Nuit Untold. It’s worth noting that many online reviews agree that Club de Nuit Untold is the closest clone to Baccarat Rouge 540 on the market.

In my experience, I found Armaf Club de Nuit Untold to be an incredibly close match to Baccarat Rouge 540, especially in the dry down where they become nearly indistinguishable.

Baccarat Rouge 540 is already known for its powerhouse performance in terms of projection and longevity, and Club de Nuit Untold takes it a step further! During my testing and comparison, I found that both fragrances lasted well over 12 hours and were still projecting at the end of the day. Club de Nuit Untold’s exceptional strength never fails to surprise me every time I wear it.

Pros

  • Nuclear performance, above-average longevity and projection.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • Very close match to Baccarat Rouge 540.

Cons

  • Intense opening. The first few minutes after applying Club de Nuit Untold can be intense or harsh, though it quickly dries down into smoother notes.
  • Overpowering for some. This one is easy to over spray, go light!

Top Notes: Saffron, Jasmine

Middle Notes: Amberwood, Ambergris

Base Notes: Fir Resin, Cedar


Al Haramain Amber Oud Rouge / Amber Oud Ruby

Al Haramain Amber Oud Rouge is another fantastic overall Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe. I find it slightly drier and woodier compared to Baccarat Rouge 540, but a very close match overall, especially in the dry down.

Sadly, Al Haramain has discontinued production of this popular fragrance. However, it can still be found at a few online retailers at the time of publication.

Al Haramain has, however, slightly reformulated and rebranded Amber Oud Rouge as Amber Oud Ruby. While I haven’t personally had the chance to test Amber Oud Ruby, reviews from fellow fragrance enthusiasts suggest that it successfully retains the essence of Amber Oud Rouge and continues to serve as a very close Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe.

Al Haramain Amber Oud Rouge

Al Haramain Amber Oud Rouge

Best Overall Runner Up

Very close match to Baccarat Rouge 540, slightly drier and woodier.

Pros

  • Very close Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • Good longevity and projection.

Cons

  • Discontinued production, becoming more challenging to find.

Top Notes: Saffron

Middle Notes: Jasmine

Base Notes: Ambergris, Musk, White Cedar Extract


Al Haramain Amber Oud Ruby

Al Haramain Amber Oud Ruby

Best Overall Runner Up

Retains the essence of Amber Oud Rouge and continues to serve as a very close Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly.
  • Excellent longevity and projection, based on reviews.
  • Very close Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe, based on reviews.

Cons

  • May be overpowering to some, based on reviews.

Top Notes: Saffron, Bitter Almond

Middle Notes: Egyptian Jasmine, Cedar

Base Notes: Ambergris, Woody Notes, Musk


Ariana Grande Cloud

Ariana Grande Cloud

Ariana Grande Cloud

Best on the Sweeter Side

Similar scent profile to Baccarat Rouge 540, with a fluffy, creamy sweetness.

Many people mistake Cloud for Baccarat Rouge 540 when they smell it.

Ariana Grande Cloud is like the sweeter, more playful, little sister of Baccarat Rouge 540. 

While I believe that all fragrances are unisex, Baccarat Rouge 540 is definitely seen by most as a very unisex fragrance. It is elegant and rich with its sweet woody undertones.

Cloud is significantly sweeter and more feminine, with a fluffy, creamy sweetness that sets it apart from Baccarat Rouge 540. Despite this difference, it maintains a reasonably similar scent profile, making it a solid Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe.

I personally love the sweet aspect of Cloud and it will always have a place in my fragrance collection.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced.
  • Great choice if you enjoy the sweetness of the original.
  • Compliment-getter, many people mistake it for Baccarat Rouge 540.

Cons

  • Too sweet for some people.
  • Not as long-lasting as Baccarat Rouge 540.

Top Notes: Lavender, Pear, Bergamot

Middle Notes: Whipped Cream, Praline, Coconut, Vanilla Orchid

Base Notes: Musk, Woody Notes


Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68

Best Budget-Friendly

Similar scent profile to Baccarat Rouge 540 at a very affordable price.

Slightly fruitier and sweeter.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 is another Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe that is a close match with a sweeter twist.

The initial opening of Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 leans noticeably fruitier and sweeter compared to Baccarat Rouge 540. However, as the fragrance dries down, it evolves to become quite similar to Baccarat Rouge 540.

Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 is classified as a body mist, so its longevity may not match the other alternatives mentioned in the list. However, in my experience it lasts all day, especially if it is also applied to clothes as well as skin.

Pros

  • Extremely budget-friendly.
  • Similar scent profile to Baccarat Rouge 540.

Cons

  • May be too sweet for some people.
  • Not as long-lasting as Baccarat Rouge 540.

Top Notes: Pitahaya, Litchi

Middle Notes: Hibiscus, Jasmine, Sea Notes

Base Notes: Vanilla, Musk


Burberry Her Eau de Parfum 

Burberry Her Eau de Parfum

Burberry Her Eau de Parfum

Best on the Fruity Side

Created by Francis Kurkdjian, who also created Baccarat Rouge 540.

Sweeter and fruitier, but has a similar light and airy quality to Baccarat Rouge 540.

Burberry Her Eau de Parfum isn’t an exact Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe. However, it was created by the one and only Francis Kurkdjian, who also created Baccarat Rouge 540.

Burberry Her Eau de Parfum is much sweeter and fruitier both in the opening and the dry down, but its overall vibe and essence is light and airy, with similarities to Baccarat Rouge 540.

I found the longevity to be average, and overall this is a beautiful sweet, fruity fragrance with Baccarat Rouge DNA.

Pros

  • Created by Francis Kurkdjian.
  • Similar scent profile to Baccarat Rouge 540.

Cons

  • Not an exact Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe.
  • In the upper price range among the listed alternatives.

Top Notes: Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Sour Cherry, Black Currant, Mandarin Orange, Lemon

Middle Notes: Violet, Jasmine

Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla, Cashmeran, Woody Notes, Oakmoss, Amber, Patchouli


What Does Baccarat Rouge Smell Like?

In my reviews, I do my best to accurately describe fragrances without being too over-the-top.

However, I have tried repeatedly to accurately describe Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, but its ethereal essence defies words. It is airy yet complex and long-lasting, sweet, warm, and slightly woody. Its ambery, woody, and floral notes combine to create a work of art.

Top Notes: Saffron, Jasmine

Middle Notes: Amberwood, Ambergris

Base Notes: Fir Resin, Cedar

FAQ

Why can’t I smell Baccarat Rouge 540 or its alternatives?

Many people experience partial anosmia, or “nose-blindness”, when smelling Baccarat Rouge 540 and other fragrances that contain Ambroxan. Ambroxan, and some other musky woody or ambery odors are “heavy”, with a high molecular mass. These larger molecules can overwhelm and block our olfactory receptors, making us temporarily nose-blind to the fragrance.

What about Mancera Instant Crush as a Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe?

I had high hopes for this one, considering Mancera fragrances’ reputation for strong performance and the frequent comparisons made between Instant Crush and Baccarat Rouge 540

However, I can’t recommend it as an alternative. Instant Crush is a powerful ambery floral fragrance with a unique scent profile that I find much heavier than Baccarat Rouge 540. I, personally, did not find any relation to Baccarat Rouge 540, and would not recommend it as a Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe or even distant cousin. 

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for an affordable, powerhouse Baccarat Rouge 540 dupe, Armaf Club de Nuit Untold fits the bill. 

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