How To Buy Perfume…Without Buying Counterfeits…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

I’m just a person always on the haunt for perfumes because that’s my hobby and passion. Sure, I could go broke buying perfumes if I didn’t follow my budget. I look for sales, special purchases and buys online, in local stores, in thrift shops, flea markets, garage sales and in consignment stores.  If I paid full price for all of my perfumes, I’d hardly eat and half-pay my bills.  I’d be eating water-downed soup for all my meals. And I’d never be able to do the other things in life that I enjoy. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. You can be determined to smell good and enjoy the perfumes you love every day with relish if you carefully shop and research perfumes to determine if they’re a good match for you.

So how do you buy a perfume successfully?

Buy a perfume because the notes sound pleasing. Buy a perfume because the price is affordable to your pocketbook. Buy a perfume because you’ve sampled it and you’ve found that it works for you. Buy a perfume because after reading reviews you find that  so many pros outweigh the cons, but if you blind-buy, always beware that you may still not like it. Buy a perfume because you sampled it once, and you can’t get the thought of the scent out of your mind. It haunts you.

What’s the way to buy a perfume and never wear it?

Don’t buy a perfume for the name. Don’t buy a perfume because you like the person hawking it. Don’t buy a perfume simply because it comes from a designer house. Don’t buy a perfume based on one person’s opinion that you don’t trust. (A Sales Associate that you don’t know will tell you anything to grab a sale. They don’t know your preferences, but they do know they will get a commission at the end of the month (in some stores).) Gather as much information as you can. Don’t buy blind, unless you’re prepared to waste money at times and absolutely hate what you’ve bought and be disappointed. Don’t buy a perfume because you think the bottle is pretty so the juice inside must be good. Don’t buy a perfume assuming by the cost it must be good. Not all expensive perfumes rock. There are some very inexpensive fragrances that blow some very high-end perfumes out of the water.

Prices vary around the world. Prices vary by market. Prices vary within a market. I’ve seen the same perfume cost $60.00 at a department store that I can pick up at a local discount department store like TJMaxx, Marshalls or Ross(American stores)  for $12.99. The same day. I actually bought one the same day that I happened to sample at Macy’s by suggestion of a Sales Associate and I found three hours later at Marshall’s in a gift set containing a lotion, body wash and an Eau de Parfum. The point is, shop around. Look in drugstores, and any stores that you happen to pass by that might carry cosmetics. You just never know what you might find.

Once you get that bottle home no one is going to know where you bought it. The point is, if you absolutely love the way it smells on you, and you can’t get the smell out of your mind, perhaps it made for you. If it haunts you, it’s your perfume.

What is a counterfeit? A counterfeit perfume is one that is imitating another, it is not genuine. It is a copy that is represented as the original. In this case, it is a perfume that is designed to look identical to the original and duplicate it in the box and the bottle without telling you that it is a duplicate. It is not the same as the perfumes that are sold as “similar smelling to” fragrances. Those perfumes are labeled correctly when they tell you they are not the original fragrance but simply made to smell like the original scent. Counterfeits are fake perfumes. They are bottled, colored water with additives that cost a few dollars to make.

Do not buy counterfeits. Now that springtime is here, flea markets will be opening in America and other parts of the world. Flea market vendors will be hawking brand-name and designer perfumes at ridiculously low prices in their set-ups. Be extremely cautious in what you buy. If it sounds too good, if it looks too good, if the price is too good, then it’s probably a fake. And if it’s a fake, you don’t want to put it on your body.

Counterfeits can be sold anywhere in the world. They can be sold in flea markets, they can be sold at auction houses and they can be sold online at auction.

Counterfeiters will sell their perfumes in bottles and boxes that look almost exactly like the original ones minus a few details. The labels will be a little sloppily put on. They will be slightly off-center. They will be crooked. The labels may not have enough glue on them. Some bottles that would normally have laser-engraved numbers on them won’t. Some bottles that have codes or batch numbers on them to match the box code numbers on them won’t match or when you plug them into batch checkers such as this one won’t match or will come back as unsupported. That’s a clue that the bottle you just wasted your money on is counterfeit. Here are three cosmetic batch code checkers:

There is a new app for your phone called “Check Your Cosmetic” which is handy also.

As far as counterfeits go, they may smell very similar, but they don’t contain the same ingredients. They don’t have to go through the rigid testing that regular cosmetics go through, so anything and everything is and can be put into those bottles. The juice inside doesn’t last anywhere near as long as a true branded-bottle of perfume and the chance you take that your skin will react with an allergy to something inside that bottle is high. It’s just not worth it. If you see a counterfeiter at one of your local flea markets, you can get their information, and then report them to your local police or local FBI fraud numbers. It is illegal to sell counterfeit perfumes.

So how do you protect yourself? Learn what the real bottles look like. Learn what they feel like, their weight, their substance, their glass. Buy from reputable sources. Buy from sources that have money-back guarantees. Don’t be scammed and waste your hard-earned dollars or take a chance on putting caustic liquids on your delicate skin. It’s just not worth it.



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