Baccarat Rouge 540 vs Zara Red Temptation

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With both of these fragrances scoring highly in our recent readers poll, and such a difference in price, my Baccarat Rouge 540 vs Zara Red Temptation comparison will help you decide on your ideal purchase.

In 2015, Maison Francis Kurkdjian (MFK) released the ultimate amber/woody floral fragrance. Kurkdjian himself stated that “Baccarat Rouge 540 embodies the alchemy of the senses”.

Since then, there have been many Baccarat Rouge 540 dupes, but none have been as close, in my opinion, as Zara Red Temptation, which was released in 2020.


Baccarat Rouge 540 vs Zara Red Temptation

We visited Maison Francis Kurkdjian is Harrods
Credit: Viora London

With both scoring highly in our readers poll, I compare MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 vs Zara Red Temptation and decide on the outright winner.

1. MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum

MFK Baccarat Rouge 540  Eau de Parfum
Credit: Maison Francis Kurkjian


As an amber/woody floral fragrance, Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum is a masterpiece of perfumery with hidden depths. It was launched in 2015.

The top notes of saffron and jasmine are first to delight the senses, slowly settling into a dark and resinous heart of amberwood and ambergris.

Upon dry-down, smooth cedar and rich resin become warm and slightly medicinal (in a good way), adding plenty of complexity and mystery. Wow!

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Top Notes:

Jasmine (hedione), Saffron

Mid Notes:

Amberwood (Ambroxan), Ambergris

Base Notes:

Fir Resin, Cedar

Seasons & Longevity

I feel that Baccarat Rouge 540 is a classy formal fragrance that’s ideal for the cooler weather seasons of autumn/winter/spring. You could wear it in summer, but don’t over-spray!

Performance is incredible; you’ll get 8+ hours of wear with ease, plus very noticeable projection and sillage. All eyes will be on you!

Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Longevity 8+ hours

Benefits & Drawbacks

ProsEffortlessly classy and refined with excellent performance
ConsAn expensive fragrance, although price vs performance is good

2. Zara Red Temptation Eau de Parfum

Zara Red Temptation Eau de Parfum
Credit: Zara


First launched by Zara in 2020, Zara Red Temptation Eau de Parfum is an elegant mossy/amber fragrance that is pretty much a dupe of the classic Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

A pleasant opening of saffron, bitter orange, and coriander is sweetened by a heart of praline and fragrant jasmine; In the base, wood, amber, moss, and musk give it a classic retro feel.

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Top Notes:

Saffron, Bitter Orange, Coriander

Mid Notes:

Praline, Jasmine

Base Notes:

Woody Amber, Moss, Musk

Seasons & Longevity

I recommend Red Temptation Eau de Parfum as an elegant evening scent for the chillier months of autumn/winter and even early spring, but not really for full-on summer. Try one of these 5 Zara perfumes for summer.

I was surprised by how well it lasts, bearing in mind the low price that Zara perfumes are offered at. You can expect 5+ hours with a reasonable-sized scent bubble.

Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Longevity 5+ hours

Benefits & Drawbacks

ProsA budget-friendly alternative to Baccarat Rouge 540 that smells
ConsNot as long-lasting and lacks the depth of the original MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance.

Ingrid’s Top Pick

Baccarat Rouge 540 and Zara Red Temptation

Baccarat Rouge 540

For the full Baccarat Rouge 540 experience, the original MFK scent is simply stunning and worth the investment, so it’s my top pick.

However, if your budget is tight, Zara Red Temptation is an excellent low-cost alternative as it does smell similar to the iconic 540 perfume.

Price & Bottle Sizes

PerfumeBottle SizesAvg Cost 100ml/3.4oz
MFK Baccarat Rouge 5403x11ml (3x 0.37oz)
35ml (1.2oz)
70ml (2.4oz)
200 ml (6.8oz)
Zara Red Temptation10ml (0.34oz)
30ml (1.0oz)
80ml (2.7oz)


Overall, both fragrances are incredibly well-balanced, and both smell expensive and niche-like. The original Baccarat Rouge 540 does perform far better and has more mysterious depth than the Zara Red Temptation scent. Find next Zara sale.

As always, I recommend you try both fragrances in-store (or order samples online) and decide which one you prefer, but do let them dry down for at least 20-30 minutes before making your final decision.


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