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Frugal Fragrance: 5 Alternatives to Le Labo Santal 33

* Five high-quality alternatives to the Santal 33
* Woodsy scents that smell much more expensive than they are
* Highly-rated, and well priced for as little as $50

When buying a new fragrances, you have two choices: take a chance with something less known and more affordable, or spend some serious coin on a top-shelf product. If you’re taking the latter route, chances are you’ll consider the iconic Santal 33 by Le Labo. In case you haven’t heard of this beloved unisex perfume, it features notes of cardamom, iris, sandalwood and ambrox to create a smokey, leathery scent inspired by cowboys of the American west. However, if you don’t have $80-$270 lying around, check out these similar options below.

1. SPJ Stash Eau de Parfum

Sarah Jessica Parker’s signature fragrance is just as magnetic as her on-screen presence. The fragrance includes notes of grapefruit zest, cedarwood atlas, and olibanum that create a surprisingly high-end scent from a $50 perfume.

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2. Maison Louis Marie No. 04

This complex, earthy fragrance from Maison Louis Marie smells great on just about anyone, and is affordably priced. It’s lead by top notes of sandalwood and cedarwood, with heart notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a base of amberwood, similar to the original Le Labo scent.

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3. CLEAN Reserve Sel Santal

CLEAN’s bold Sel Santal smells great, but also has bragging rights as an ethically sourced fragrance from Grasse, France. They work together with family-run farms to gather high-end ingredients, which helps the farmers keep their business, and helps us get a rich scent we feel good about wearing every day. This is an excellent dupe to Santal 33.

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4. Diptyque Tam Dao Eau de Toilette

This woody fragrance by Diptyque utilizes rare sandalwood Goa from the mountains of Tonkin. It’s a product you don’t hear about too much about, but it’s got a similar fragrance profile to Santal 33.

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5. Commodity Book

Commodity’s Book perfume comes highly rated on Sephora with over 100 reviews and 4 stars. It features a vintage sandalwood scent that’s very similar to Santal 33, but Book costs a fraction of the price.

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6. Le Labo Santal 33

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