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Aficionado Perfume VS Others

If you’re from the Philippines, I’m pretty sure that you’ve seen an Aficionado Perfume in one of your trips to the mall.

The brand has been in the business for years and it’s one of the pioneers of “inspired scents” in the Philippines.

Apart from the drama of the owner Joel Cruz in the tabloids, what’s interesting with Aficionado is their wide array of scents.

We all know that Aficionado is on a league of its own but we can’t discount that Philippines has other amazing perfumeries and we will find out how they fare with the brightest star in the industry.

Aficionado Perfume

Aficionado Jo Malone Aficionado Perfume VS Others

What I like about Aficionado is the countless scents that they offer. They are always up to date in making inspired scents from the perfumes that are currently on trend.

I also like how close an Aficionado Perfume can get in terms of scent to the original one.

It’s also a little cheaper from the perfumes I’m going to compare it with below and its accessibility is incomparable.

You’ll literally see an Aficionado kiosk in almost every mall in the Philippines!

Along with the perfume is a free pouch that can be used to your heart’s desires.

Wow Amanda, pouch lang ang dami mo pang drama!

  • Price: 5/5 (Around 260 PHP for 85ml if I recall correctly)
  • Packaging: 2/5 (I don’t like the packaging, it’s not appealing)
  • Availability: 5/5
  • Sillage: 4/5 (Very good, people can smell from afar)
  • Longevity: 3/5 (Around 2 hours)
  • Scent: 5/5 (Pleasant and stays true to the original)

Verdict: It has more of a cologne quality rather than an EDT as it claims to be.

Aficionado Perfume VS Ian Darcy Perfume

Ian Darcy D&G Light Blue Aficionado Perfume VS Others

Let’s move on to a baby brand that’s trumped with years of experience by Aficionado… Ian Darcy.

Ian Darcy Oil-Rich Fragrance Collections’ packaging is very appealing.

I love the colors used and the fresh scent their brand evokes.

I don’t know about you but when I see white, I see CLEAN.

What I don’t like is the ink used on their label stickers.

They smear and tend to look dirty overtime. (Read my in-depth Ian Darcy perfume review)

Ian Darcy is a lot pricier than an Aficionado perfume as it’s at 350 PHP for 100ml of product.

Although it has good longevity compared to Aficionado, I don’t like how its sillage is very weak.

You’ll literally have to lean close to a person for him/her to smell you.

They have a good amount of scents to offer and their perfumes smell out-of-this world good. However, if you’re the only one who can smell your perfume, it’s rather useless to spray one.

  • Price: 3/5 (350 PHP for 100ml. Pricey for the okay-ish quality)
  • Packaging: 4/5 (Packaging is good but the ink that’s used smears off)
  • Availability: 3/5
  • Sillage: 2/5 (Very bad)
  • Longevity: 5/5 (Around 12 hours)
  • Scent: 6/5 (Very good)

Winner: Aficionado. Although Ian Darcy has good longevity like an EDP, it has a very weak sillage which cuts a perfume’s purpose which is to leave an impression.

Aficionado Perfume VS Zen Zest

Zen Zest Magenta Aficionado Perfume VS Others

Let me preface this by saying that I am NOT sponsored.

I love Zen Zest out of all the inspired scents in the Philippines because they sell real EDT-quality scents.

You’ll know what I’m talking about if you try one for yourself.

The reason being Zen Zest my favorite is because their EDTs are packed with a good amount of Sillage and Longevity.

I often get complimented when I wear one because people can smell you from a good distance.

Their scents linger from up to 3-6 hours just like how an EDT should perform.

The bottle they use for their product’s packaging is also miles beyond a basic round bottle packaging.

Label sticker doesn’t smear and is very clean looking. (Aficionado has a bible written on their packaging and Ian Darcy included an FB link on theirs)

The ONLY problem I have with Zen Zest is their lack of fragrance options.

They only offer around 6 variants from their EDT line if I’m not mistaken.

What’s amazing is apart from them having inspired scents, they also have their OWN signature scents.

  • Price: 3.5/5 (Around 240 PHP for 50ml if I recall correctly. Pricier than others in terms of ml)
  • Packaging: 5/5 (Nothing bad to say about it)
  • Availability: 3/5
  • Sillage: 5/5
  • Longevity: 5/5
  • Scent: 5/5

Winner: Zen Zest

Zen Zest Tangerine DL

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Everything I wrote here is from my experience. I’d still buy an Aficionado perfume if Zen Zest doesn’t have the scent I want.

I hope you enjoyed this battle of the inspired scents.

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An Aquarius full time Spinster and Poodle mom.


  • Lemmorski

    The owners of Prescripto perfume Marnie & Nelson Alcantara and Aficionado perfume Joel Cruz are magkababata and their families are very close..
    Actually Prescripto is the first in the market, before Aficionado Joel Cruz used to have a franchise stores of Prescripto in Isetann Recto then they copy the perfumes of Prescripto but they didn’t get the perfect formula, they change their name to Affirmative and get connected to Cinderella boutique but unluckily they didn’t click to the market and had a problem with Cinderella, after that they change their name again to Aficionado.

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