Counterfeit Perfumes – A Big NO NO

There are lots of counterfeit products in the world. I think one of the main reasons is because the original product (such as designer handbags) is so expensive that most people can’t afford it. Therefore, counterfeit items appeal to people who aren’t willing to or can’t afford to pay the large sum but still want the item.

Many people have probably purchased a counterfeit product once in their lifetime – whether they know it or not (think eBay). I won’t judge whether buying counterfeit items is right or wrong, it depends wholly on the situation and the person making the decision. However, I would suggest against buying counterfeit perfumes, for yourself or for anyone else.

Authentic perfumes are made under regulations and tested before they are released to the public. Counterfeit perfumes are obviously not. Therefore, you won’t know what kind of icky ingredients the counterfeiters used to re-create the original scent. Counterfeit fragrance can cause nasty rashes or even burn your skin. Tests run on some fake perfumes revealed that urine was used as the stabilizer! Another test found pond water with a fragrance added. If you are already allergic to perfumes, counterfeit ones may send you straight to the emergency room!

Just recently, WWD reported that Price Right Perfumes and Watches in New York City was busted for selling counterfeit fragrances such as Armani, Chanel, and Ralph Lauren. The store’s retail inventory was calculated to be 36,000 USD. Again, the question here is not whether the floral note in your Chanel No. 5 is missing or that the scent will last no more than a few minutes, but rather, what kind of dangerous chemicals are in the counterfeit perfume.

These fake perfumes are put together under questionable conditions by people whose only interest is to rip you off at a cheaper price. Authentic perfume prices may seem like rip-off prices at times, but they’ve got regulation, testing and marketing expenses to cover. So I suppose we’re paying for safety measures, but the marketing mark-up still sucks. However, paying the higher price at least decreases the chance of health hazards, and the perfume will actually smell good!

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to tell the difference between the scent of a real or fake perfume unless you’ve tried it. Therefore, it is very important for you to purchase perfumes from reputable retailers. Be careful of fragrances with low-quality packaging, missing logo, misspelled words or a variation of an existing brand name.

Couterfeit Perfumes

Sometimes the packaging might look very similar to the real one, so you have to watch out for even the slightest differences (see picture above, image copyrighted to perfume.com.au). The bottles to the left are counterfeit versions.

Of course, the most tale-tell sign is the vendor. Perfumes are normally identified as high-end products and sold in large department stores or designer boutiques, so don’t believe the man on the street no matter how tempting the price is. Unlike purses, getting fake fragrances for yourself or for other people may cause health hazards. And it’s not worth it!

9 Responses to “Counterfeit Perfumes – A Big NO NO”

  1. Hani Says:

    You can actually tell if the perfume is a fake by looking at the price tag, whether it matches the brand name.

    Or don’t buy from a $1 shop kind :P or the ones along the street.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Hani, I think some counterfeit perfumes are really easy to differentiate and some are very similar to the real ones. However, the scary part is the ingredients of counterfeit fragrances. One of the test results showed that urine was used as the stabilizer, which is really gross!

  3. Sandy (Momisodes) Says:

    OMG! Urine? Eww! That is just scary….I’ll definitely pass on any cheap, imposters.

  4. Michelle Says:

    I didn’t realize this happens with perfume as well. I am against buying counterfeit and you have to be really careful – if the price is too good to be true, it’s probably fake. And yeah, urine? Super gross :)

  5. Tink Says:

    Wonderful entry Linda!! Some people really get taken on Ebay and never realize it.

  6. Rose Says:

    Hi Linda! I got a perfume last year from an aunty that work in Saudi Arabia, called Flor! You heard of it before? Wonder it is counterfeit perfume as I never heard of it before!!

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Sandy and Michelle, pond water was also used besides the urine. It’s probably just as gross!

    Hello Tink, I agree with you. A lot of people buy from eBay without knowing if it’s actually authentic and pay a higher price than just going to a cheap store.

    Hi Rose, I did a little research and found this. Is this the one you received as a present?

  8. Rose Says:

    Linda, yes! that the one. Nice bottle I have to say. As for the smell, it smells musky, I dont really like it! But people give, I cant say much right? Thanks!!

  9. Linda Says:

    I haven’t tried Flor before, but it doesn’t sound too promising from your description. But as long as it’s not counterfeit, at least you know it doesn’t have strange ingredients. :P

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