Taylor by Taylor Swift smells like lychee, apricot, mango, musk, and vanilla. It’s very juicy, fairly sweet, linear with good lasting power, and pretty gosh darned good. I also 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 ingredients 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 of 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?
For reviews of Taylor by Taylor Swift perfume, see Fragrantica.
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