TikTok says the new Zara 'Barbie' perfume is a dupe for this iconic celeb-approved scent

*We found love* with this Zara 'Barbie' perfume...

The Zara Barbie perfume in a pink and purple gradient template
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If you've ever wanted to sample Rihanna's favorite perfume but found the price tag too dear, prepare to have your day made, because TikTok claims the new Zara Barbie perfume is a very close match.

Riri is widely regarded as the best-smelling star in the biz, with her signature scent now sitting comfortably high in the rankings of best perfumes. The fabled fragrance—if you didn't already know—is Kilian's Love, Don't Be Shy perfume and while its reputation precedes it, a bottle of the heavenly liquid will cost you a pretty penny. 

Now, this is where Barbie enters the chat. While the film and its infinite collabs are already doing the most to heal our inner child, Barbie is now also aiding our perfume arsenal too, with Zara's new collection providing us with a dupe to Riri's iconic aroma—well, according to TikTok anyway.

Is the Zara 'Barbie' perfume a dupe for Kilian Love, Don't Be Shy?

So, is this new, pink dream of a Zara scent a Kilian Don't Be Shy dupe? TikTok says it's very close.

Love, Don't Be Shy itself, is a floral perfume with a warm blend of orange blossom, vanilla absolute, luscious marshmallow, rose and amber. For just $29.90 (for 2.71 fluid ounces), Zara's Barbie fragrance contains a similar lineup of perfume notes, with zingy hints of orange and neroli, followed by middle notes of powdered rose, with orange blossom petals and finished with a dose of vanilla and tonka bean. So yeah, we'd say that's pretty darn similar!

User @paulreactss says of the scent: "Miss Barbie reminds me a whole lot of Love, Don't Be Shy by Kilian—very, very, very similar. It's a little citrusy, it's really sweet, a little bit of rose, it's a little powdery."

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Others have also noted its similarity to Love Don't Be Shy, saying it's really only missing those hints of marshmallow.

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Alas, as mentioned, the Barbie Zara perfume is currently sold out online, but you might still get lucky and find it in your local store. It's also very likely that Zara will restock it ASAP, so keep an eye out—and of course, we'll update you when it's back. Until then, we've found you a few other, affordable alternatives to Rihanna's perfume...

MIL's picks of Kilian Love, Don't Be Shy dupes

Both of these scents from Dossier and Oakcha have been inspired by Riri's go-to perfume and are available for a fraction of the OG's price. So, until you can get your hands on Zara's Barbie offering, these might fill that orange blossom and marshmallow-scented void!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.