Personal Shopper: Something that Smells Like Moroccanoil for Katie

Says Katie: "You may have already received/answered this question before, but I can't remember. Do you have any suggestions for a perfume that smells like Moroccan Oil . . . I'm addicted to the scent, and would be over the moon to find a perfume that smelled like it. Thanks!!"

Well, Katie, first off we owe you a thank you, because after we got your email (maybe not right after) we got into the car and drove over to the nearest mall to find a bottle of Moroccanoil and smell it, and there was a flock of pretty wild parrots yelling their heads off in the trees in the parking lot, and seeing them was really cool. And we also got some yummy takeout. If not for you, Katie, none of this would have happened.


While we can't say for sure what all is in Moroccanoil that makes it smell like it does (argan oil on its own doesn't have that much of a fragrance), we are pretty sure that there are both violet (ionone) and tonka bean (coumarin) notes in there, and that's a start. Tonka bean smells sort of like a powdery, less edible cousin of vanilla, to give you an idea.

1) Flower by Kenzo ($57 for 1 oz) is probably the most successful modern powdery violet, and while it might just smell like itself if you're familiar with it (does that make sense?) it would be a good one to try. A more classic, and slightly melancholy, take on the combination is 2) Après l'Ondée, from Guerlain. It's still in production, but I'm not seeing it at any of the department store sites or at any of the online discounters I trust, so your best bet there would probably be to call the department stores in your area, or hit the Guerlain boutique the next time you're in Vegas. Guerlain had another violet/powder, called Météorites, that was discontinued quite some time ago, but if you find that, do not spritz it on. Do not do anything, in fact, except buy it, put it in a box, and mail it to me.

If you don't feel like spending too much on this project, there are some other good options, not to worry. 3) Borsari's Violetta di Parma ($24 for 1.7 oz) is a simple, classic violet that we've covered on Outblush before, here. 4) Moonlight Path, from Bath & Body Works, is a sweet, dry bouquet of violets and some other flowers.

Oh, come on. Don't tell me they're discontinuing that! Run! Run! To the mall!

Last is the classic cheapie 5) Grey Flannel ($22 for 4 oz). Yes, it's marketed to men, but it's without a doubt violets. If you'd rather not have anything too sweet, try this one.

I hope you find something to love here, Katie! Let me know!

- Marian



Posted on 09.27.11 at 6:17 AM

Thanks so much Marian!! I'm very excited to sniff your suggestions! And very glad that you got a fun outing and good take-out out of it!

Jackie Loran

Posted on 01.04.12 at 7:09 AM

I have this exact question. The only thing I can think of is it smells like a less soapy Amazing Grace. I wonder if you can combine say a lotion and something to get that smell. It is so intoxicating :)


Posted on 01.20.12 at 7:34 PM

Actually, it smells pretty much exactly like Sage "Pearl". Its a scent I've worn for years, so I recognized it immediately.


Posted on 03.07.12 at 11:43 AM

Try Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist. Very close.


Posted on 04.01.12 at 8:16 PM

Try Gaultier Le Male


Posted on 08.01.12 at 7:07 PM

Notes in MoroccanOil are white flower aldehyde, white amber, suntan oil accord, vanilla and milky musk.

When I layer a perfume called Essence of Africa Feline® over the MO treatment oil, the notes in the MO come out stronger and last longer on my skin. Yessss.. I wear MO oil on my body!

Moroccan Perfume

Posted on 05.28.16 at 10:21 AM

I found a great one!

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