Well, they can’t all be winners. I am a huge fan of Lattafa / Maison Alhambra in general, and most of their “inspired by” fragrances are incredibly high quality and pretty close replicas.
Maison Alhambra Bright Peach did not quite live up to my expectations as a dupe for Tom Ford Bitter Peach. In full disclosure, I don’t particularly care for Bitter Peach to begin with, so a sub-par version of Bitter Peach is pretty abysmal to my nose.
Tom Ford Bitter Peach is a complex, warm, spicy, woody, boozy, floral, fruity fragrance. This fragrance takes you on a journey.
I find the opening complex right away, with the boozy notes standing out, along with the orange and the floral notes.
As Bitter Peach dries down, the sweetness of the vanilla makes an appearance, along with the woody notes. I find that the orange note remains stronger than the peach early in the dry down, and Bitter Peach becomes a smooth and creamy, sweet, woody, and floral orange fragrance.
Later in the dry down, I find the floral and patchouli notes take over and Bitter Peach gives me strong potpourri vibes. It’s a very nostalgic scent for me, I can picture the exact potpourri sachets that this reminds me of.
The potpourri phase does calm down eventually, and the sweet and creamy, woody, orange/peach notes make a comeback for the rest of the dry down. However, the floral patchouli notes do remain very present throughout the remainder of the dry down.
This is not a sweet, peach candy type of scent profile!
- Top Notes: Peach, Blood Orange, Cardamom, Heliotrope
- Middle Notes: Rum, Cognac, Davana, Jasmine
- Base Notes: Vanilla, Indonesian Patchouli Leaf, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Cashmeran, Styrax, Labdanum, Vetiver
- Complex sweet, woody, boozy, floral, fruity fragrance
- Unique fragrance that unfolds over time
- Not a sweet peach gourmand, which some may expect
Maison Alhambra Bright Peach is a floral patchouli bomb. I usually love Lattafa / Maison Alhambra fragrances, but Bright Peach is a disappointment for me.
The opening is strong, synthetic, and harsh, and not close to Tom Ford Bitter Peach. The floral and patchouli notes are much stronger, and I get little to no peach or orange notes.
As Bright Peach dries down, it becomes sweeter and smoother. About an hour in I do get some sweet fruity notes, but it is still overwhelmingly floral and powdery patchouli to me.
A few hours into the dry down, Bright Peach does become quite similar to Bitter Peach, both having similar strong floral patchouli notes.
I do have to mention that I have read many reviews where people love Bright Peach and experience it as a sweet, boozy, peachy fragrance that is a great dupe for Bitter Peach.
- Top Notes: Peach, Blood Orange, Green Leaves
- Middle Notes: Patchouli
- Base Notes: Honey, Cognac
- Very inexpensive
- Great performance
- Some find it to be a quality dupe of Tom Ford Bitter Peach
- Some find it overly artificial and strong
- Overpowering patchouli note
- Opening not similar to Tom Ford Bitter Peach
Tom Ford Bitter Peach vs Maison Alhambra Bright Peach
Let’s compare Tom Ford Bitter Peach vs Maison Alhambra Bright Peach in terms of scent, performance, and price.
Opening: Tom Ford Bitter Peach has the better opening. Bright Peach is synthetic and harsh and heavy on the floral patchouli notes in the opening.
Dry down: Bright Peach gains some ground in the dry down. It smooths out and becomes more sweet and fruity, but the strong floral patchouli notes remain.
In my opinion, Maison Alhambra Bright Peach only becomes a dupe for Bitter Peach a few hours into the dry down.
Winner: Tom Ford Bitter Peach
Longevity: Bitter Peach and Bright Peach have above-average longevity, with both lasting well into the 8 hour range.
Projection: Projection is decent for both fragrances, with Maison Alhambra projecting fairly powerfully for the first few hours.
Winner: Maison Alhambra Bright Peach
Maison Alhambra Bright Peach comes in at less than a tenth of the price of Tom Ford Bitter Peach.
Winner: Maison Alhambra Bright Peach by a landslide!
Is Maison Alhambra Bright Peach a good clone or dupe of Tom Ford Bitter Peach?
I have found that Bright Peach is a dupe for Bitter Peach only in the dry down. The openings are quite different.
How does Maison Alhambra Bright Peach compare in price to Tom Ford Bitter Peach?
Maison Alhambra Bright Peach can usually be found for less than 1/10th the cost of Tom Ford Bitter Peach.
Can I wear Maison Alhambra Bright Peach and Tom Ford Bitter Peach all year round?
Certainly, both are versatile fragrances suitable for year-round wear. To me, there are aspects of both fragrances that can make them appeal to all seasons.
Are Maison Alhambra Bright Peach and Tom Ford Bitter Peach appropriate for all occasions?
Both are versatile fragrances, however, be aware of how potent Bright Peach is for the first few hours. Consider the setting and proximity to others before wearing Bright Peach in confined spaces or close quarters. Tom Ford Bitter Peach is a more subtle scent that would work well for most situations.
Tom Ford Bitter Peach is expensive but I’d like to compare it with Maison Alhambra Bright Peach. Can I buy a sample of Bitter Peach?
As a clone of Tom Ford Bitter Peach, Maison Alhambra Bright Peach is disappointing in the opening but gains ground in the dry down.
However, for the price, Bright Peach is worth a try if you are a fan of Bitter Peach, but not a fan of its price.
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**Fragrance note infographics obtained from www.fragrantica.com.