Dossier Review

Shortly before Rihanna’s perfume launched, all of these clips were circulating of various celebrities raving about how good Rihanna herself smells. That’s the moment I decided, I WANT IN.

People say things like “I never realized how short Ivy is!” or “she has like, a lot of cats, right?” but I don’t think anyone has ever gossiped about how good I smell. Wouldn’t that be great?

Question for you: do you call it perfume, fragrance or scent?

I’m a perfume person myself, always have been. When I worked at Sephora, it took me a while to get used to saying fragrance.

Speaking of perfume, Dossier sent me one of their scents to try, and I’m so thrilled they did. They make affordable, cleaner versions of all your favorite fragrances in women’s, men’s and unisex categories. They recently launched candles too.

Dossier fragrances check all the good boxes:

  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan
  • Affordable: $29–$39
  • Ethically-sourced
  • Eco-friendly: 100% recyclable box, bottle is recyclable glass, no plastic
  • Paraben free
  • Pthalate free
  • Colorant free
  • 30 day free returns
Dossier Woody Hyacinth, $29


I chose Dossier’s Woody Hyacinth, inspired by favorite scent of all time, the original Chanel Chance. It’s been a while since I’ve purchased Chance, mainly due to my commitment to cruelty free products.

I’m glad that Dossier lists the comparable scent, because had I not known, I would have never guessed it based on the notes. I always considered Chanel Chance to be a citrusy scent but wouldn’t have considered hyacinth, pineapple or patchouli.

To me, this is an identical match to Chance. If there’s a difference, I don’t notice it, and even so, it wouldn’t ever be enough to justify paying significantly more for Chanel.

How your Dossier product arrives


Dossier’s shipping box is made from recycled materials and is also 100% recyclable. Dossier uses no plastic, instead housing the fragrances in recyclable glass bottles with magnetic metal lids.

I like the simple, minimalist chic bottles. They feel weighted enough in the hand that you don’t feel like you’re using an “affordable” fragrance.


I am so impressed that this is an identical Chanel Chance dupe, in an eau de parfum no less, for $29, vs. $108!

Since it’s an eau de parfum vs. an eau de toilette, one spritz goes a long way, and lasts a long time.

I could still smell it the next morning on myself and my pajamas.

Do I recommend Dossier?

Totally. It’s a no brainer. If you aren’t convinced, read the bulleted list in the intro again. Dossier has fragrances inspired by cult classics from Byredo, Gucci, Le Labo, Tom Ford and tons of others. When you buy 3 or more, you pay less and if you don’t love something? Send it back and it’s donated to charity.

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