Taylor by Taylor Swift is a fruity floral fragrance that … I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to shock you like that. I’ll wait while you pick yourself up off the floor. I understand the idea of a fruity floral celeb identiscent is a huge surprise. All better now? Good.
In this new perfume from Taylor Swift, I smell lychee, apricot, mango, musk, and vanilla. The official notes are lychee, tangerine, magnolia petals, peony, hydrangea, vanilla orchid, sandalwood, apricot nectar, cashmere musk, and soft woods. It’s very juicy, fairly sweet, linear with good lasting power, and pretty gosh darned good. The bottle is having an identity crisis, but that’s another topic altogether.
That the fragrance is good will be less surprising when I tell you I think it’s a blatant copy of Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling.
Bombay Bling is constructed around mango and lychee. If I had to guess (please bear in mind I am no chemist), I would say Taylor uses the same ingredient to reproduce the smell of lychee that Bombay Bling uses, but the mango note is created differently. The mango note in Bombay Bling is uber realistic, encompassing every facet I smell in fresh mangoes: sweet, sour, green, pulpy, slight petroleum accord. The mango note in Taylor is sweeter, without those more complex facets, and is sharing the spotlight with a lot of apricot. Bombay Bling owes its smoothness to seamless construction and expensive-smelling ingredients. In Taylor, all the notes are smoothed out and blurred with a pretty standard vanilla.
This instance of copycatting really bothers me. In some cases, I do not mind affordable “takes” on higher-end products—not exact copies or fakes, but things that deliver a similar idea at a more affordable price. In this case, I am bothered because the copier is a massive company and the entity being copied is a small independent producer. Whoever makes Taylor Swift’s perfumes is going to make tons of money off the creative work done by Neela Vermeire and Bertrand Duchaufour. This really doesn’t sit well with me.
I look forward to your thoughts in the comments. Have you tried Taylor? Do you think it’s a copy? How do you feel about Taylor Swift perfumes (or another big company) copying a smaller independent company?
Image courtesy of Disneydreaming.com. For reviews of Taylor by Taylor Swift perfume, see Fragrantica. Sample was my own acquisition. As always, reviews are my honest opinions, and I am not compensated for reviews.