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As one of Tom Ford’s newest fragrances in his Private Blend collection, Lost Cherry has certainly amassed quite the cult following in a relatively short period of time. The warm and spicy scent has a candy-like sweetness to it, yet the notes of tobacco create a dynamic, more sophisticated aroma—it’s anything but juvenile. The price, too, of course, is also not suited for youth. At about $350 a pop, falling in love with Tom Ford’s alluring Lost Cherry scent is a pricey love affair to get hooked on, and because the fragrance profile is so intricate and nuanced, finding a Lost Cherry dupe that doesn’t smell cheap or overly fruit-forward is most definitely not an easy feat.
The sweet fragrance features top notes of Black Cherry Accord, Bitter Almond, Griotte Sirup Scenttrek® and Rose Absolute Orpur,® and Tom Ford describes the fragrance in the following poetic description, “Like the plump fruit waiting to be eaten, Lost Cherry is powerful and insatiable. Notes of Cherry Liqueur and a touch of bitter almond drip into its heart, glossing it with candy-like gleam.”
Frankly, I couldn’t have described it better myself. While my favorite Tom Ford fragrance is—and will always be—the iconic Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum, I recently ordered a sample bottle ( I got mine on eBay from a trusted and top-rated seller) of Lost Cherry to see if it could be duped. It’s definitely sweet, but rather than being headache-inducing, it’s sultry—which is thanks in part to the sandalwood notes that balance out the sweetness gracefully. If I had to describe it in three words, I’d say it smells like sex and candy (and yes, I am borrowing that from that one well-known Marcy Playground song by the same name).
Tom Ford Private Blend Lost Cherry Eau de Parfum
While you used to be able to find smaller sizes starting at $95, right now the most affordable I can find is the standard, 1-ounce bottle, which goes for $250.
Fine’ry Not Another Cherry Perfume
A combination of wild cherry, Turkish rose, and almond amaretto has this scent pegged for a Tom Ford Lost Cherry dupe, and @chloelynneats concurs, claiming “they’re cousins that get along very well.” This is from the Target-exclusive brand Fine’ry, which means you’ll pay Target prices for it (*erupts in a cheer*). You can pick it up for just $34.49.
Alexandria Fragrances Fructus Virginis
With a little research and help from some eagle-eyed Redditors, I stumbled across this Lost Cherry alternative, which features top notes that are almost identical to Tom Ford’s: Black Cherry, Bitter Almond, and Cherry Liqueur. I would say it’s about 90 percent similar to its $350 counterpart, and definitely smells as luxurious. It also comes in a solid perfume version, which is only about $30 instead of $50. The shop is currently taking a break to fulfill current orders, but they’ll be back and open to shoppers soon if you have your eye on it.