Nine simple ways to differentiate original perfume from a fake
The cosmetic and personal care industry is rapidly expanding. Every now and then, we see a new brand emerge while many others fade away. Everyone claims to have created something unique and novel while targeting customers. Regardless of your budget or the niche you are targeting, competition is fierce. Every brand wants to present their product in the best light possible, but there are a lot of sellers who deal in counterfeit goods, particularly in the personal grooming and cosmetics industries. It is difficult for a customer to distinguish between the two, making them an easy target for such swindling. Perfume is one such product that has been the most targeted by scammers. When a person buys perfume, he or she expects it to make them smell fantastic all day.
However, after a few hours, the perfume begins to smell strange. It will quickly evaporate, the liquid in the bottle will begin to change colours after a few days, and the smell will become strange. To avoid making such mistakes, here are some simple tips for identifying low-quality fake perfumes and purchasing only original perfumes.
- Know the seller
The majority of counterfeit perfume purchases can be avoided by purchasing from a reputable seller. There are numerous perfume outlets, and it is important to understand the benefits and risks of each
- Department stores are always the safest way to buy perfume, as you have the advantage of being able to closely examine the bottle in its packaging and talking to the retail staff. This allows you to approach the staff if it’s possibly a fake, and you are able to return the perfume if it’s not authentic.
- Be very cautious at flea markets or swap meets where sellers can easily rip you off without recourse. Always carefully inspect the perfume before you purchase it, and if at all possible get the vendor’s contact information in case it turns out to be unsatisfactory.
- Feel free to ask the seller very direct questions about the product.
- Look for the details
Never buy a perfume without looking into the details. If you are buying from an online fragrance store, looking for certain details like the brand name, reviews of previous buyers and the colour of the fragrance can help you to identify the fake from the original. Check out the fragrance bottle from the original website, look for the blogger’s reviews for real-life images. You can use these to know whether the product is real or fake.
- Inspect the box closely
You can often discern the authenticity of a perfume merely by inspecting the right parts of the box. Before opening your perfume, carefully examine the box for any signs of unprofessional packaging and design.
- Examine the text on the back of the packaging. Check for grammatical errors, misspellings, poorly laid out information, etc. Real packaging for a real perfume should ideally be grammatically correct. Spelling or grammar mistakes can indicate the mark of a counterfeit.
- Real packaging is made from high-quality paperboard. Boxes made from thin, flimsy material are often counterfeit.
- Look for the barcode on the packaging. The barcode must be placed on the lowest back portion and not on the sides.
- Check to see if there is any excess glue or tape. Real perfume shouldn’t have any messy glue residue or extra tape inside or outside the container.
- Check the batch and serial numbers or scan the QR code on the box
All of these numbers will be found on the packaging of genuine perfume and can be used to independently verify its authenticity. Check with the manufacturer to see if the numbers match their production numbering.
- Understand the complexities of real perfume.
The scent of authentic perfumes is complex and intricately constructed. While smell can be a difficult measure of authenticity, those who know the perfume’s scent can often sniff out a counterfeit.
- Understand the layers.
Top, middle, and base notes are the three layers of scents that reveal themselves over time in authentic perfumes. This complexity ensures that the scent is varied and multidimensional, allowing the scent to change from the time it is applied until it is completely absorbed by the skin. Fake perfumes have a one-dimensional fragrance layer and frequently have a “off” smell after only a few minutes of wearing it.
- Pay attention to longevity
An imitation perfume will initially smell similar, but authentic perfumes usually outlast their imitators in terms of longevity and effectiveness, making them a better value in the long run. Opened bottles of genuine perfume should keep their scent for six to eighteen months. Citrus-based scents typically degrade after six months, whereas floral-based scents should last up to 18 months. Cheap or fake opened perfume bottles will lose their scents in a matter of weeks or months.
- Know what kind of notes the perfume is supposed to have
When researching the perfume you’re about to purchase, it’s important to know whether it’s supposed to have a ‘single note,’ or a complex scent. Single note perfumes contain only the top notes, so a lack of middle and base notes doesn’t always indicate a counterfeit. When checking the authenticity of a single note perfume, pay attention to whether the scent smells strange and if the scent matches up with the description listed on the manufacturer’s website.
- Test it out
You should only test out the perfume once you’ve examined the packaging and analyzed the scent beforehand. Be cautious because counterfeit perfumes can often cause allergic reactions, or leave rashes on your skin. Once you’ve thoroughly checked every aspect of the perfume, apply it on your skin and pay attention to the way it smells throughout the day. If it’s an authentic complex perfume, then you should notice the tapering of the top notes throughout the day while the middle and base notes reveal themselves. A counterfeit perfume will often only keep its top scent for a few hours at the most.