Baccarat Rouge vs Cloud may seem like a weird comparison at first. On one side, we have Baccarat Rouge, a designer fragrance with a true high-class scent. On the other, we have Ariana Grande Cloud, a celebrity perfume with a price tag that won’t cost you that much. However, a lot of people swear that they smell similar.
So, we are going to discuss every aspect of these perfumes, including:
- The comparison of their opening, heart, and base notes
- The overall impressions and how similar Baccarat Rouge and Ariana Grande Cloud actually are
- The sillage and projection of Baccarat Rouge vs Cloud
- Whether Baccarat Rouge and Ariana Grande Cloud have good longevity
- Whether you can really pull of Ariana Grande Cloud as a dupe for Baccarat Rouge
Baccarat Rouge vs Cloud: Packaging
Baccarat Rouge is a fragrance created by the famous perfumer Francis Kurkdjian for the Baccarat crystal company to celebrate their 250th birthday. It was first released in 2015 as eau de parfum (EDP), but in 2017 it was released again as extrait. We have discussed the differences between Baccarat Rouge vs Extrait in a previous post.
In a nutshell, you can say that the Baccarat Rouge’s extrait version is stronger, more concentrated than the EDP version, though there are also subtle differences in the notes breakdown. Nevertheless, we will focus more on the EDP version in our discussion here because Ariana Grande Cloud also falls in the EDP category.
Baccarat Rouge comes in a beautiful transparent glass bottle with a golden cap, golden font, and the Baccarat red tone on the front. You can get it in a 6.8 fl. oz., 2.4 fl. oz., or 1.2 fl. oz. bottle, or in a pack of three 0.37 fl. oz. small sprayers. Read also: Chanel Allure Sport vs Extreme.
Ariana Grande Cloud, on the other hand, was released in 2018. The perfumer behind the scent is Clement Gavarry. Some people may not appreciate that the fragrance came from a celebrity name, considering that usually celebrity fragrances are either not very good or overpriced. However, Ariana Grande Cloud is one of the few exceptions: in 2019’s Fragrance Foundation Awards, it won the Fragrance of the Year.
Of course, being a celebrity fragrance, there was initially some limited edition version of Ariana Grande Cloud with a special packaging. However, you can now find the fragrance easily in 1.7 fl. oz. bottles. The bottle itself is round, blue, semi-transparent, and with a cloud-shaped cap and a cloud-shaped pedestal.
|Baccarat Rouge||Ariana Grande Cloud|
|Product Dimensions||6.61 x 5.43 x 3.31 inches||4 x 5 x 4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1 Pounds||3.53 ounces
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Baccarat Rouge vs Cloud: The Notes Breakdown
Let us start with Baccarat Rouge. It is usually categorized as an amber floral fragrance, and it can be worn by both men and women. This is quite apparent from the sweet opening of saffron and jasmine, which can suit any gender just fine. Then, after the petals settle down, the scent unfolds fresh woody notes of amberwood and ambergris, which interplay with the flowery opening pleasantly.
Finally, after several few hours, Baccarat Rouge rests into a balsamic and woody base of cedar and fir resin. We should acknowledge that this fragrance needs some time to get used to; while the initial impression may simply be a bold sweetness, an exploration through the layers of subtle notes is surprisingly very rewarding, and addicting.
Ariana Grande Cloud may not seem to be similar to Baccarat Rouge at first. It is described as a floral, fruity gourmand scent for women. However, sometimes, having one dominant note in common is enough to give an impression of similarity. Ariana Grande Cloud opens with lavender, supported by pear and bergamot. Then, it unfolds a sweet heart of vanilla orchid, praline, coconut, and whipped cream.
The combination of the lavender in the opening and such middles notes create a flowery, sweet impression that indeed reminds us about Baccarat Rouge. Not exactly the same, but close enough.
Then, finally, the base notes come out, revealing cool musk and wood. In the end, the scent of Ariana Grande Cloud does not really remind us of cloud. But the floral sweetness is a particularly pleasant scent to smell in a hot, bright day, perhaps akin to finally finding some cloud after all day under a stifling sun, so the naming is still apt.
Baccarat Rouge vs Cloud: Sillage
So, how do these two compare in terms of projection? Are they really able to pull attention, or at least make the atmosphere around you more pleasant?
Baccarat Rouge is able to do that, for sure. This fragrance has a strong sillage. Even more so if you choose the extrait version. But, with the EDP version, you already get a scent that projects really well. The person sitting next to you will definitely notice your alluring scent, so it is a good choice for pulling attention.
Ariana Grande Cloud also has a very good sillage. It is not as strong as Baccarat Rouge, but it is still able to project. For example, if you sit across someone in a train compartment, the fragrance will eventually radiate towards them.
Baccarat Rouge vs Cloud: Longevity
Longevity is important, because nobody wants to wear a fragrance that dies out even before they go out from their home. Again, this is another area where Baccarat Rouge is great, but Ariana Grande Cloud is still good.
With Baccarat Rouge, the scent is virtually ever-lasting. It can definitely last for about 8 hours. After that, the scent is still present, but it doesn’t radiate as much, so it won’t be noticeable unless you sniff close to your skin.
With Ariana Grande, you will get a moderate longevity. The scent can last for about 6 hours in a normal day. Then, it will dissipate almost entirely. This is still considered good enough, as it will definitely last through a short day trip or a night out.
Baccarat Rouge vs Cloud
In general, Baccarat Rouge is still the superior fragrance. It is more complex, more interesting, and it has better sillage and longevity. However, Ariana Grande Cloud is a very good substitute if you are looking for a similar sweet scent with a more affordable price tag, though with a slightly weaker projection and longevity.