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Original vs Fake Perfumes

These days imitation perfumes have almost identical labels, boxes, bottles and very similar scents! So how would you tell that the designer’s perfume that you’re about to purchase is genuine? It’s really not that easy since counterfeiters have become masters of their crime with the aid of modern digital imaging and printing techniques. They are capable of producing almost identical replicas of all major leading brands on the market today. As a consumer you may never really know until you experience the actual fragrance which may be close to but not exactly as it should. Worst if the designer perfume has already been given as a gift to a friend, a loved one, or a business associates, only to find out later that it’s a fake.

Here are some tips you should know if the perfume you’re going to purchase is genuine or a counterfeit:

  1. Fragrance Consistency should be transparent and clear and color should be consistent. The Fragrance should not be overly oily.

  2. Disclosure of information. Usually sellers of counterfeit products are afraid to disclose their contact information in their websites. Best if the seller has been verified by entities such as Paypal etc to ensure that seller provided the right address.

  3. Prices. Most prices of designer perfumes are controlled. Hence, be very suspicious about bargains and lower than market rate prices. If a fragrance is too cheap, it most likely may be a fake.

  4. Perfume box is made from a good quality material. Check the label, the bar code, spilled over glue, paper thickness, colour, etc. You can feel with your hand the text written in emboss.

  5. Buy from a reputable company that has been in business for some time.

  6. Cellophane wrapper. Most perfumes have cellophane paper around the box but it is not necessary that everyone has it; it all depends on the house designer. Cellophane is not a seal guaranteeing the authenticity of the perfume. The cellophane should not be glued to the box and the box should have thin cellophane, mostly pirated perfumes have thick cellophane

  7. The color should match the color of sample bottles in department stores or boutiques. If there is relative variation, start getting suspicious. Fakes often get the color slightly too dark or too light and are inconsistent.

  8. Quality of bottle. There should be no air bubbles in the glass and the molding marks should be even. Fake perfume bottles are generally poor quality compared to the genuine bottles.

  9. Bottle labels should be positioned correctly and contain correct print style, spelling, trade mark and logo. Better quality counterfeits may have these well taken care off but lower quality fakes may display some errors.

  10. Prints. Fakes print the information onto the glass with a paint-like ink. If you can scrape the ink off with a fingernail, it is likely to be a counterfeit.

  11. Original mark. Some perfume sprays have original mark by the manufacturer that imitation perfume does not have. Example, Kenzo flower original bottle have a text written behind the printing of the flower. You can see the mark from the other side of the bottle.

  12. Spray tube. Look for a bubble in the spray tube. The bubble indicates that it has never been sprayed. Some sellers will take a large bottle of perfume and pour it into smaller bottles this is called decanting. You can often distinguish decanted perfume-the spray tube does not have air bubbles inside.

Keep in mind that the perfume can smell differently from department store than when you smell it in your home, because the environments are different and they influence the flavor. Further each perfume develops its own aroma after some time.

The level of acidity of the skin, body fat, smoking habits and consumption of drugs can affect transpiration and hence affects the fragrance of perfume.

It is advisable that perfume should be closed properly and should be kept in a cool, dry place away from direct light.

Pods & Petals Giftlab is against fakes and will ensure all our perfume gifts are genuinely original.

Make someone Smile today,

All of us @ Pods & Petals Giftlab



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