Comparison of fake to real perfume

How to Recognize a Fake Perfume

By Amy Derungs

May 5, 2021


Formulating a perfume is a long process which may take more than a year of work with numerous tests being carried out by the creator. 

Many people contribute to the creation of a perfume, such as the perfumer, appraiser, graphic designer, packaging maker, glass maker, dermatological testing company, and the conditioner.

All fragrances are subjected to quite extensive dermatological tests to avoid problems or intolerances; the process is long and demands a lot of effort.

Here are some tips how to spot fake perfume.

How to Recognize a Fake Perfume?

  • Check if the price is too low.
  • Buy from the official store or website.
  • Inspect the packaging.
  • Examine the bottle.
  • Smell the perfume 

1. The Price

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If the price is much lower than the original, or really too cheap, this is already a clue that can alert you. You can get 20% to 30% off some big brands, but getting more is rare.

Sometimes official perfumeries do promotions or sales at a specific time of the year, otherwise be careful of perfume copies for sale.

2. Buy In A Perfume Store or On An Official Website

This is the best guarantee against fake perfumes. Brands have a list of official distributors of their perfumes and no one else is allowed to sell the products.

If you buy from a website the risk is greater; find out about the site in question and see if the brand allows the site to sell its perfumes, check customer testimonials and look at photos of real products received.

If you buy a perfume in a market or on the street, it has to be a fake perfume.

3. Take A Close Look At The Packaging

To recognize a fake perfume, pay close attention to the packaging.

Take a good look at the box.
Make sure it is not poorly cellophaned with creases - that might be a sign of fake perfume.

Look at the labels carefully.
If the label is badly glued or askew, not always necessarily sign of a fake perfume, but it can be a sign to take into consideration.

The law stipulates that one must indicate on the labels the main components as well as the list of allergens, it must also include a barcode, a lot number and a traceability number, the degree of alcohol, and the symbol of ecological packaging (two arrows forming a circle).

Look closely at the interior wedge.
The big brands and niche perfumeries pay attention to the smallest details.
If the paper is grayish or of poor quality, or if the vial is poorly wedged, if the wedge is ill-fitting or was created with poor quality paper compared to what is usually used you have in front of you, perhaps, a false perfume.

4. Examine The Bottle Quality

Fake perfume

The bottle must not have a seam, it must be worked in one piece, be smooth, and it must perfectly match the original model.

The cap should be centered and should snap into place. If the dispenser tube is bent in the bottle or too long, it may be a sign of fake perfume..

5. The Smell Of A Fake Perfume

A fake perfume can be deceptive in the first few minutes as the top notes are often similar to the original. It would be a few minutes or hours later that you might notice the difference.

The perfume will be of poor quality or far from your expectations. A false perfume, especially on the skin, will not have a nice evolution over time.

Be careful, because often fake fragrances will not be made with good quality raw materials and could be harmful, even toxic and allergenic, because they are manufactured without compliance with the laws (IFRA) in force, And above all, they are not tested.

6. Final Thoughts

The fake perfumes copy the most famous perfumes, the classical perfumes (Chanel No. 5) and not the perfumes from niche perfumeries.

Fake perfumes or copies of perfumes are counterfeit therefore subject to infringements of copyright and liable to prosecution or fines.