In 2021, I got a kick out of trying out cheaper, more affordable fragrances and perfumes. ZARA was the brand I tried most, but there was one fragrance I really wanted to get my hands on. Say hello to Phyllis for Her by Pull & Bear. Pull & Bear is a clothing brand that is part of the Inditex family, like ZARA, Mango, Bershka and Stradivarius. Some of those brands also sell fragrances and Pull & Bear did too. By now, I can’t find their fragrances on the website anymore and also when I bought this I struggled to buy it. But I got my hands on it and there was a very particular reason why I wanted to own this. Let me explain…
Fragrance review: Phyllis For Her Eau de Toilette
So let me just explain why I really wanted to own Phyllis for Her. This is listed as a dupe for one of my favorite all time favorite perfumes: Love Chloé by Chloé. That one was sadly discontinued and you can no longer find it. This wouldn’t just be a dupe, but you also get 100ml for €17.99. So it is a lot more affordable than the Chloé one was. And that was my main motivation for hunting this down. I just couldn’t live without that one and now that I own this, I felt comfortable using up my Love Chloé which is what I did last year.
What does this fragrance have to offer?
This is still listed on Fragrantica, but the scent notes aren’t listed on there. I am not sure whether it ever was, but therefore I will just be comparing this to the Chloé fragrance. This definitely smells similar! I don’t think it smells exactly the same and it doesn’t last as long. This feels like a lighter, fresher version of Chloé that is great for everyday. It’s slightly less powdery and old lady-ish than the fragrance it dupes and therefore I almost find this wearable. It’s definitely one that you can just whack on and no one will find this too offensive.
What are some downsides to this fragrance?
This fragrance doesn’t last long, nor does it still seem to be available. Pull & Bear currently doesn’t list any fragrances on their website anymore. Also when I bought this, it was already harder to get. I had know about this dupe since 2020 but whenever I was in store, the fragrance was never there. So in the end I got it online. However, since fragrance cannot be shipped by plane due to its flammable qualities, this could only be delivered to the store where I could then pick it up. A bit of a hassle, but for the price point it really is a lovely fragrance that is great for a day time perfume that is not too offensive, but you may need to reapply it halfway through the day.
My final thoughts
While I love the Pull & Bear Phyllis for Her Eau de Toilette, I know I won’t repurchase this. It seems to be discontinued, but I have found that I have sort of moved on from this type of fragrance as well. As I couldn’t buy the Chloé fragrance again, I hunted down other fragrances that I felt would give me a similar vibe and I found that Dior Homme Original EDT is my pick for a replacement of the Chloé. Not because it smells the same, but the feeling I get when I wear it is very similar. Now that has been reformulated as well it seems, and I haven’t smelled the new version yet, but I may have to hunt down a different bottle of that rather than getting my hands on this again.
Would I recommend Pull & Bear Phyllis for Her?
As far as affordable fragrance goes, I think this is a good one. I would still go for a ZARA fragrance over this though as I feel they have more choice and Jo Malone is one of the creators of some of the lines. For fact: ZARA actually did a dupe in their women fragrance line that is very similar to the Dior one I mentioned above, so also ZARA brings out a lot of affordable versions of more expensive fragrances. I am still holding out hope ZARA will bring that back and I would buy that over this any time.