Dua fragrance review

It’s been a while that I was planning to try DUA fragrances, and one thing that had been stopping me and been on my mind was I thought that purchasing a perfume clone is like buying fake designer shoes. In addition to this, honestly, these products have been hyped so much.

One of the reasons that I didn’t want to use designer brands as I was moving forward to using cruelty-free products and cosmetic brands that do not perform testing on animals. Also, usually, I’m interested in niche brands because of their unique notes and the superior quality of their ingredients. Bold fragrances are love for me as they’re different and not a lot of people wear them around.

There’s one thing that I don’t like about niche fragrances is they have an average performance and their prices are too high. Though it’s not difficult for me to save for something that I’m fascinated by, spending such huge dollars on a niche fragrance that goes away in a short time and making me re-apply every now and then, is something I’d never like to do.

When it comes to DUA fragrances, they’re known for their longevity and sillage as they consist of a great amount of essential oils. A few months back, I decided to give these formulas a try and I guess they’re going to be a part of fragrance collection for a very long time. Plus, they are a perfect blend of strong, interesting, and uniquely designed fragrances. And, you know what the best part is? The DUA fragrances are cruelty-free! 

Here is a review of my two favorite formulas that I’ve been using.


  1. Aphrodisiac Café (Hybrid impression of Montale’s Intense Café & Initio’s Psychedelic Love)

One of the most amazing fragrances, the Aphrodisiac Café can be worn everyday and especially in colder days. I’ll define it as a well-blended sweet, smooth, intoxicating coffee-rose gourmand fragrance. Also, it appealed more masculine to me at first because of the strong coffee opening . Its dry-down is creamier and softer and floral, making it more feminine/unisex again. All I can say is that it’s utterly intoxicating! 


Notes:  Coffee, Myrrh, Bulgarian Rose, Hedione, Heliotrope, White Musk, Amber, lang-Ylang, Bergamot, Vanilla, Sandalwood, and Patchouli.


  1. Victorian (Impression of Xerjoff’s 1861 Renaissance)

The Victorian is a fresh, clean, citrusy, unisex scent ideal for spring & summer. It’s an ideal option for all occasions, dressed up or down, and is strong and long lasting too. For me, it’s a really pleasant scent! 


Notes: Bergamot, Lime, Mandarin, Petit Grain, Lily of the Valley, Mint, Rose, Cedar, Musk, Amber, and Patchouli. Citrus/Unisex.


Reasons That Made Me Try DUA Fragrances:

  • Reasonable Price:

They are affordable and on top of that they regularly seem to run discounts – 15%, 25%, 30%.

  • Lets Me Sample:

DUA is not really taking away from bigger niche houses. To the contrary, DUA got me into Xerjoff! I feel perfectly fine buying both expensive niche brands and DUA fragrances, for DUA lets me sample them before I invest a lot of money in the original.

  • Liked Them All, So far:

It only picks interesting and amazing fragrances to “clone” to begin with. I have yet to come across one I dislike.

  • Cruelty-free:

Regarding sustainability, by supporting a cruelty-free, non-designer brand you are not only supporting the welfare of animals but also supporting businesses that are sweatshop free.

  • No Toxic Components:

They are made in California by a proper business, so I do not have to be suspicious about possibly toxic components.

  • Close To The Original Ones:

DUA Fragrances are close to the originals, maybe a bit sharp/harsh in the opening but that sharpness dies down quickly and does not really bother me much.


Bottom Line

I’m glad that I made a good decision and tried DUA Fragrances. They’re made in a great manner and these two formulas have been a part of my routine for a long time and I’ll stick to them!