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    Heads up! Paco Robanne 1million £3.99 for 50ml (not quite!)

    Paco Robanne is my fragrance of choice for work and casual, and it’s quite expensive at £86 for 200ml, £60 for 100ml or £40 for 50ml.

    Mrs RJM went to Lidl for some of their fantastic cheese and crackers and smelled someone trying this:-



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    “It smells the same!” Claims Mrs RJM, as I scoff at her lack of decorum, claiming that this imposter would be anything like......

    So I’ve just been and bought some, after smelling it and can confirm it DOES smell EXACTLY THE SAME!

    Looks like i’ll Be chowing down on some humble pie along with the evenings cheese and biscuits!!!!!


    I thought I’d share it on here in case anyone is interested!

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    Funnily enough, was thinking of picking up some of the Paco Rabanne today...guess I will try this Backofavan option instead!
    Cheers.

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    Cheese and biscuits consumed, and the fragrance is still going strong.....

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    Yep, got a few of those.
    Good quality, good value, doesn't go 'stale' like some, and packs away nicely for an overnighter.
    Not sure this is the forum for this kind of knowlege though....it retails under £100 doesn't it?

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    Where does it rate on the TZ bunghole fizz scale?
    Cheers..
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    Iíll go and have a smell at the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    Where does it rate on the TZ bunghole fizz scale?

    It be like...


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    Was sold out...clearly the word is out!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kozza6 View Post
    Was sold out...clearly the word is out!!!

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    Clearly the TZ massive is all over it!!!

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    A few years back there were quite a few pieces in the newspapers about Lidl's X-BOLT smelling almost identical to Hugo Boss. Non scientific tests (asking women the street, the newspapers, not me) seemed to agree it was good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychomech View Post
    A few years back there were quite a few pieces in the newspapers about Lidl's X-BOLT smelling almost identical to Hugo Boss. Non scientific tests (asking women the street, the newspapers, not me) seemed to agree it was good stuff.
    Ha ha ha they had that too!!!! Iím not a fan of that Boss fragrance personally.

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    This is my fragrance of choice for daily use so just picked one up. I have to say the similarity is remarkable, pretty much identical. Thanks OP

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    Thanks I use Paco 1M as well so if it does smell the same will give it a go...can at least use it daily for work and use the real deal for casual nights out!


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    £2.99 at Lidl today , cant go wrong with that, sampler available.

    Thanks for the heads up
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    £2.99 at Lidl today , cant go wrong with that, sampler available.

    Thanks for the heads up
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    What???!!!!!!


    Iíve wasted £2 yesterday buying 2!!!


    :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    £2.99 at Lidl today , cant go wrong with that, sampler available.
    Scandalous - my Lidl charged me the whole £3.99 today!

    It was worth popping in though to buy a sourdough boule, that really is lovely

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegreatdogwood View Post
    Scandalous - my Lidl charged me the whole £3.99 today!

    It was worth popping in though to buy a sourdough boule, that really is lovely
    My weekend treat is 2 thick slices of that to make a monster smoked bacon sarnie.
    Cheers..
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    I am such a TZ sheep. Iíve just popped in to buy the above smellies.

    And some pistachios. nom nom nom

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post

    ďIt smells the same!Ē Claims Mrs RJM, as I scoff at her lack of decorum, claiming that this imposter would be anything like......
    Not a conspiracy theorist or anything but I wonder if Paco Robanne made too much of their stuff? Perhaps not wishing to dilute their brand image by having it sold off cheaply at TK Maxx and other discount outlets, they've sold it for a nominal sum to a cheap fragrance manufacturer or distributor, rather than pour it down the drain - thereby avoiding the opprobrium visited upon Burberry when they torched £28m worth of high end clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    Not a conspiracy theorist or anything but I wonder if Paco Robanne made too much of their stuff? Perhaps not wishing to dilute their brand image by having it sold off cheaply at TK Maxx and other discount outlets, they've sold it for a nominal sum to a cheap fragrance manufacturer or distributor, rather than pour it down the drain - thereby avoiding the opprobrium visited upon Burberry when they torched £28m worth of high end clothing.

    The production cost is so near to zero on aftershave in the volumes they make it at, they'd just pour it down the drain even if they ended up in the unlikely situation at the chemical plant of making too much. As I understand it, with the higher end stuff, the bottle is a higher production cost than the stuff in it...

    Why would any cheap producer even need to buy it off Paco Robanne ? Copying a scent is not complex and you bring down the cost further by simply adding more synthetic ingredients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansmithee View Post
    The production cost is so near to zero on aftershave in the volumes they make it at, they'd just pour it down the drain even if they ended up in the unlikely situation at the chemical plant of making too much. As I understand it, with the higher end stuff, the bottle is a higher production cost than the stuff in it...

    Why would any cheap producer even need to buy it off Paco Robanne ? Copying a scent is not complex and you bring down the cost further by simply adding more synthetic ingredients.
    Merry new year!!!!!!


    Why spoil a decent conspiracy?!?!??


    Iíve got visions of clandestine meetings at a motorway service stations with people exchanging a brown envelope full of euroís for a LHD tanker filled with Paco Robanne instead of fuel, like the scene in Trading Places with the orange crop report....



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    Still no stock today at my Lidl...two days in a row!!!! I hear it is trading on the dark web now. Will report back over the weekend...I'm not losing hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansmithee View Post
    The production cost is so near to zero on aftershave in the volumes they make it at, they'd just pour it down the drain even if they ended up in the unlikely situation at the chemical plant of making too much. As I understand it, with the higher end stuff, the bottle is a higher production cost than the stuff in it...

    Why would any cheap producer even need to buy it off Paco Robanne ? Copying a scent is not complex and you bring down the cost further by simply adding more synthetic ingredients.
    Private labels will brief a fragrance house to match or benchmark against a known brand or worse still reverse engineer the formula (there is a gentlemanís agreement in place within the industry not to do this but...).

    The bulk of a fragrance is ďcommodityĒ fragrance ingredients, the money comes in the shape of captive materials that will only be available internally within the fragrance house or to certain clients. If Aldi use the same house they may get access to the captive but itís unlikely as they tend to be more exclusive and expensive. Even captives are variations on an olfactive theme so you can recreate the special sauce through other materials and no one but a nose will know the difference.

    As for cost youíre generally correct but itís not so cut and dried. Captives or certain naturals can be significantly more expensive but their use is obviously not as high. Certain qualities of naturals can vary 100-fold in their cost differential between normal and specific source for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    What???!!!!!!


    Iíve wasted £2 yesterday buying 2!!!


    :-/
    My mistake, went back to buy one for my lad today, correct price £3.99.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    My mistake, went back to buy one for my lad today, correct price £3.99.
    Steve
    Oops.

    Looks like my blockade of the local shop was ill-advised.

    I parked my car outside and made a flag claiming my £2 back but now I feel like a fool.

    It didnít help that I parked outside Aldi.....

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    Got some todayÖ. Itís nice and the wife approvesÖ. Top tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    Oops.

    Looks like my blockade of the local shop was ill-advised.

    I parked my car outside and made a flag claiming my £2 back but now I feel like a fool.

    It didnít help that I parked outside Aldi.....

    Thats nothing I stepped over a queue of dark web traders , who had besieged the cosmetics counter only to find my three quid didnt cut it and I had to break into a fiver. It was only the addition of two of their finest croissants that softened the blow, plus change from said fiver!

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Thats nothing I stepped over a queue of dark web traders , who had besieged the cosmetics counter only to find my three quid didnt cut it and I had to break into a fiver. It was only the addition of two of their finest croissants that softened the blow, plus change from said fiver!

    Steve
    Youíve really messed up.


































    The danish are far better.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    Youíve really messed up.



    The danish are far better.....
    Croissants.

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    Thanks OP, picked some up tonight and thought it was a weak version, but once settled it's the same.

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    Bought the X bolt and yep its the same as Boss (to my nostrils)

    I'm feeling a bit weird about it though, like I am a fake person flaunting/passing my aftershave off as a much more expensive product, am I a dishonest person? can I be trusted? How much crime am I funding buying x bolt?

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    Plenty of ĎNo1í locally but no xbolt to try :(
    Been looking every few days - office is a very short wander away and I get the morning pastries while there :)
    Anyone not liking theirs ?

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    Hate to be a doubter but are all you guys buying dodgy smellies from the old street traders as I always thought it was Paco Rabanne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montybaber View Post
    Bought the X bolt and yep its the same as Boss (to my nostrils)

    I'm feeling a bit weird about it though, like I am a fake person flaunting/passing my aftershave off as a much more expensive product, am I a dishonest person? can I be trusted? How much crime am I funding buying x bolt?


    Itís fine as long as you say itís a ďhomageĒ and donít wear it to a perfume shop...

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