Do you know you may have encountered or even bought a fake perfume? Even from a duty free store – fake perfume, YES! Errr… Let me put it this way – Fake Perfumes are a REALITY (ironically so) – They DO Exist even at Duty Free Stores.
So would you involve Sherlock Holmes – wait, even he is a fictitious character! No, but I am serious, fake things are difficult to identify until the faker makes obvious mistakes like spell Burberry as Barberry or something. But then they don’t because that’s the whole point of making fakes int the first place – They are difficult to identify.
Isn’t it really scary – buying a fake Chanel No 5 thinking it is that same perfume which Marilyn Monroe used to wear on her – when actually it’s not. And having spent all that money on it, by the time you use it you shall be left with nothing but utter shock and regret.
Feel it’s a Fake Perfume? Here’s how to be know that:
You see fake gold, fake diamonds, fake currency notes doing the rounds like a hot pancake nowadays, a fake perfume is only a ‘kid’ in the business.
Imitation and fake perfumes can easily be manufactured that too at a low cost. They are sometimes so perfectly imitated that you will have no clue you are using a fake until you actually start using it and realize it smells completely different or it is not of the same quality.
Such perfumes are found at all places, even airport Duty free shops, yes, so if you are thinking you are buying it from a shop at an international airport and hence it cannot be fake, you are wrong. Chances are that probably the seller too does not know he is selling a fake.
Basically it is kind of tricky to do so…..
So how do you really tell the difference between an Original and Fake Perfume?
Here are only some of the ways I can tell you to check for the authenticity of the perfume you buy:
#1. Prefer reputed Duty Free Stores:
Firstly, buy such costly products such as perfumes from reputed Duty Free Stores. This isn’t a way by which you can identify a fake perfume but this is definitely a way in which you could avoid buying a fake perfume.
#2. Offers are Great, But Cheaper prices maybe a red flag!
Check the price. When you buy Dior or Chanel colognes, you cannot expect them to be too cheap. So if you see that the price is quite cheap, like cheaper than your expectation, it is probably a fake. However, there are times when even big brands like the ones I stated, put up stock clearance sales, in that case even a Dior may cost less than expected. So if this trick fails, move on to the next one.
#3. A ‘Tight’ Wrap:
Check the wrapping, mostly expensive products like perfumes are wrapped tightly in cellophane. If the one you took feels loose in the wrapping, or in other words it is improperly packaged, then again probably it is a fake.
#4. Try Checking the Product details at the back:
Inspect the product details. Turn the package around and look for product information such as marketer, manufacturer. Look out for typos, grammatical errors and barcode. The barcode needs to be at the back and not anywhere else.
Also genuine ones often have the serial numbers, batch numbers and such details at the back. If the product is a fake you may spot a clue here.
#5. Trust your Senses:
We know it is an extremely difficult job. But one of the easiest ways to tell the difference is probably this one. If you have used the same perfume before you will know how it smells like. So now you got to run the smell test. Spray a small puff and try to identify if this one smells similar.
#6. Check the overall branding and packaging:
Last but not the least, look for holograms, taglines and logos. Crosscheck those on the official sites, quickly from your mobile.
Also check the quality of the packaging, fakes have a lower quality of paper used for the boxes. Also there should be no tapes, patches or sticky marks or glue on the package. The sprayer needs to be smooth and easy to use. They won’t leak through like a lot of the fake ones do. Brands are very careful to pack their products in the most impeccable and have nothing that puts off the buyers.
So there you have it – 6 ways to identify the fake perfume from the lot. I suggest preferring renowned duty free stores like DFS Mumbai, or Flemingo International chain of Duty Free Stores across India and also around the world. They are 100% safe to buy Original products.
Hope that these tips will help you, make sure you run all the tests and don’t waste your money on a fake perfume.