4 Practical Ways to Tell if Your Perfume is Genuine or Not


Everybody knows the fragrance market is brimming with fake perfumes. When you buy perfume (particularly online), you are constantly skeptical about whether you have purchased the real thing or not. If the perfume is on sale, we think that the price is too low for an authentic perfume, and if the price is too high, we are afraid that the seller is trying to deceive us with the high price. Here's how we can tell if the perfume you bought is genuine:

1. Package

It's easy to find out whether the perfume in the package is fake if there is a misspelled word or a grammar mistake in the name and description of the perfume. You don't think a well-known perfume business would make such a mistake, do you? Examine the cellophane - it must be clear and cling securely to the carton packaging (if it is cloudy or wrinkled, this should strain your attention).

But, before you leap to any judgments, there are two things you should consider. For starters, there is a good probability that the package will be damaged due to poor delivery. Online perfume sellers often use courier services to distribute their products throughout the country. Even though it is extremely unlikely, the courier may mishandle the box and thereby harm its contents.

You should also be aware that many original perfumes on the market do not come in an official container. These so-called tests are just as good as the real thing. The sole difference is the absence of an official package. Remember that the testers are intended for personal use rather than as a gift.

2. Bar Code

Many people believe that the perfume barcode indicates whether or not the perfume is authentic. In reality, we shouldn't judge based on this because the barcode is the easiest to forge (it's far easier to manufacture a barcode using a graphic software than it is to construct the bottle, mimic the packaging design, and the liquid inside).

The barcode on the packaging indicates where and when the perfume is manufactured, and it is vital to note that the same perfume may be manufactured in multiple locations, resulting in distinct barcodes. The barcodes for fragrances created in France begin with 30-37, those made in England with 50, those made in Germany with 400-440, those made in Spain with 84, those made in Italy with 80-83, and those made in the United States and Canada with 00-09.

3. Inspect the bottle

You can judge the quality of the goods by feeling the bottle in your hands. The bottle's surface should be smooth, with no bubbles in the glass, the inscriptions should be exact, and there should be no smudges on the words and logos, just like the box. The cap should also be firmly attached to the bottle and should not readily fall off if flipped upside down.

4. Perfume

The perfume in the bottle should be completely clear (with no sediment or a difference in nuances). There should be no clouds or particles in the bottom of the bottle's contents. A true perfume's aroma is multi-layered, with top notes, heart notes, and base notes, as you may know. 

This multi-layer formulation will not be found in a counterfeit perfume. In the best-case scenario, the imitation scent will slightly resemble the real, but in most situations, the two have nothing in common. You should never spray perfume directly on your skin if you have any worries about its authenticity since you don't know what chemical components are in it or if they are safe for human health.


Nowadays, it's easy to determine whether a perfume is authentic or not. With the help of the five tips provided above, you can easily determine whether the perfume you are looking at is original or a fake.

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