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Chanel perfumes are among the most common of faked perfumes. These counterfeit perfumes run rampant all over the internet and at flea markets, street stalls and even kiosks and perfume stores in the malls (not Ulta or Sephora)
In response to an ABC News story about counterfeit perfumes the Personal Care Products Council released the following statement:
"Counterfeit products are damaging to all facets of American business and can be hazardous to consumers. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the value of seized counterfeit fragrances increased by more than five times from 2007-2008 to a street value of $6.7 million. Counterfeiting and piracy have taken a serious, negative toll on our economy, contributing to the loss of an estimated 750,000 American jobs.
"Cosmetic and personal care product companies take great pride in producing safe, quality products, including fragrances. However, unlike authentic fragrances, counterfeit fragrances are not subject to the same strict safety substantiation requirements required under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). Consumers should purchase fragrances from reputable, recognized retail outlets or directly from the manufacturer, to be assured they are purchasing an authentic, safe product."
So what is actually inside a bottle of fake perfume?
An article from ABC News talks about the actual ingredients and their side effects:
"Active ingredients found in counterfeit fragrance include things like urine, bacteria, antifreeze," Valerie Salembier, senior vice president and publisher of Harper's Bazaar, said.
Salembier and her staff have dedicated themselves to exposing counterfeits for more than six years. In the January issue of Harper's Bazaar, they target fake fragrances. They brought the issue of counterfeit perfume to "GMA's" attention.
"You're putting something on your face, on your neck, on your wrists. Those are sensitive parts of the body, so, to have active ingredients that could endanger your life is a very serious health risk," Salembier said.
Authorities in Britain and Ireland tested fake fragrances they'd seized and detected urine. Experts speculate it's used as a ph balance stabilizer and for its color.
Dermatologist Jeannette Graf, of Great Neck, N.Y., said she had never seen a reaction from real perfumes, but fake ones can cause contact dermatitis, or an inflammation of the skin.
"They will invariably say that they felt different as soon as they put it on. They felt burning. They saw redness. It felt uncomfortable, it didn't smell right. And that's almost immediate," Graf said.
Graf said she is beginning to see more cases, because counterfeit perfumes are easy to buy on the streets and the Internet. "People have access to things ... they would not have necessarily had before," Graf said.
Police are stepping up their raids to get the merchandise off the streets and off the market. But just as one shop is shut down, another one pops up.
ABC News' undercover cameras documented shelves upon shelves of fragrances that experts said contain the telltale signs of counterfeits.
"We see it happening every day. I mean, whether it's vendors [selling] out of their trunk at athletic events, whether it's kiosk-type people at flea markets, sometimes, they actually get into the shopping centers," Elaine Marshall, North Carolina's secretary of state, said.
Earlier this month, Marshall's team and other federal and county agencies conducted a raid at a liquidation sale in downtown Durham. The team seized $3.6 million worth of counterfeits, including fake perfume.
"We want to drive down demand. We want people to realize that it's not a bargain. It's not a bargain because they're dealing with some bad folks," Marshall said.
So the next time you reach for a fake another word should come to mind: fraud. "It is not a victimless crime. The money spent on counterfeit goods supports terrorism, child labor, drug cartels," Salembier said.
Chanel No. 5 has been faked since it's inception by people who are trying to capitalize on the brand's success, status and popularity.
In 1953, a newspaper article mentions that two men were arrested for selling counterfeit Chanel perfume. Aaron Schwartz of Chanel Co. in New York and New Haven complained that the perfumes sold by the two men were not his company's product. Samples of the phony product were sent to the New Haven Agricultural Station and the State Food & Drug Commission for analysis. Both agencies reported that it was a cheap grade cologne.
A 1974 newspaper article stated that sales of counterfeit perfumes have become an increasingly large problem. Sold at a fraction of the real item's cost, a bogus scent will soon fade after it is used. "There is just no way of accurately estimating the losses in sales from the peddling of fakes. People are always looking for a bargain. It's been a problem and it sgrowing" , said a Chanel spokesman. He said that large scale counterfeit sales apparently center in New York, but also reported in Chicago, St Louis, Boston, the west coast and southern states as well as upstate New York.
The article also stated that a Chanel representative inspected 30,000 one ounce bottles of fake perfume in which the police seized in Manhattan. "The problem is biggest around the holidays, particularly Christmas, Mother's Day, Easter and Valentine's Day. The stuff turns up all over the place".
The article went on to explain that much of the phony perfume was created by members of the mob and filtered throughout mod owned bars, clubs and other establishments, or sold to street vendors. It then goes on to say that the other faked perfumes are Arpege by Lanvin, Tabu by Dana, Joy by Jean Patou, Shalimar by Guerlain, Nuit de Noel by Caron, Youth Dew by Estee Lauder, Evening in Paris by Bourjois and much more like the men's cologne Aramis.
I notice on some of the parfum extrait bottles that the labels are askew, the font is completely wrong and the printing is very crappy. Many times the bottles are even completely wrong. The boxes too tell a story and are not correct. The labels should be pushed up a little higher towards the top pf the bottle and not stuck in the very center of the bottle or lowered or pushed to one side. Older boxes have stripes going down the front of the bottle.
The informant said that you can determine the real deal from the fakes by the bottles themselves.
Another 1974 newspaper article states that hustlers were filling Chanel styled bottles with liquids other than perfume and attempting either to sell them or return or exchange them to busy stores trying to get a refund. They also mention that sugar water is usually inside the counterfeit bottles instead of perfume.
Among the many questionable values peddled during the season, phony perfumes bearing misleading labels ("Chanel-type" or "Channel" with two N's, or "Our Version of..") should be avoided. Other promoters bottle phony fragrances In bottles marked with various initials A for Arpege, WS for White Shoulders, MS for My Sin, C5 for Chanel No 5 and others, sometimes the sellers are claiming these are codes used by the perfume companies to identify their product, no such number existed for Chanel perfume."
Fake pricing can also fool the unwary shopper too, sellers will often affix a fake price tag to the perfumes and then try to sell them for $5, trying to show you how much money you would be saving. Also, instead of perfume, its likely you are getting scented alcohol.
The pictures below are to show you the various examples of vintage fake Chanels. Vintage examples of fake Chanel perfumes are not as easy to come by as the newer ones, and this guide is meant purely for the education, identification and reference purposes only, and I feel they are serving the public a great purpose by having them here.
Most sellers have no idea their perfume is a counterfeit, and I would rather not use a seller's ID or name to prevent embarrassment or blacklisting them, so any watermarks bearing a seller's name will be edited.
EVERY BOTTLE SHOWN BELOW IS A FAKE!
Counterfeit Chanel No. 5 Bottle and Box
c. 1950-1959. Gift of Annette Green F2005.860.986AB
This perfume bottle and packaging, from the Annette Green Perfume Archive at the FIDM Museum. Photo by the FIDM Museum Blog." In the case of the FIDM Museum’s counterfeit example, neither bottle label nor box text includes "Paris" where it would normally be printed in large font to emphasize the French origin of the product. The bottle is slightly out of proportion and its label is clearly typewritten, exhibiting clear indentations where the typewriter striking head came in contact with the paper. Finally, the box is slightly narrow in comparison to authentic Chanel No. 5 boxes in the collection"
Many boxes are marked Size 7 on the bottom, this is not a method used by Chanel, it should say TPM or PM. Anytime you see size 7 on the box, it is a fake.
VERY fake Chanel bottle. Look at the horrible label.
A vintage fake found on ebay. Wrong shape, wrong stopper, fake labels
Three more vintage fakes found on ebay. All bottles are incorrectly shaped with sloping sides made by Pochet et du Couval, they should be straight across and made by Verreries Brosse, and the bases are only embossed with "bottle made in France on base", it should also include the name Chanel. Stoppers are incorrectly shaped, and the labels have incorrect font, centering, etc.
Another fake on ebay, fake label and wrong bottle w/ wrong stopper.
Fake Chanel No. 19 bottle and boxes. The base of the bottle is not marked Chanel, and the cap is missing the CC logo on top. This is also a bottle that Chanel did not use. Even the label is not typed correctly.
Fake Chanel bottles probably from the 1970s. The stoppers are wrong and the bottles are shaped wrong.
Vintage fake Chanel bottle & wrong stopper, really bad looking label too. photo from Perfume Projects.
Fake Chanel with wrong bottle shape and totally wrong stopper, terrible fake label.
Terrible fake labels, fake bottle and wrong stopper, even boxes are wrong.
Weird 1920s-1930s fake Chanel bottle, unusual fake label typewritten.
Fake bottle still sealed, fake boxes.
Fake Chanel with fake boxes, bad label too.
Fake bottle with bad looking label, totally wrong font and stopper.
Very bad fake found on ebay, look at that horrible fake label, weird 1920s bottle not used by Chanel.
Here is the bottom of a fake bottle. This bottle is made by Pochet et du Courval, whose symbol is an entwined HP. The bottle is also only marked with Bottle Made in France. On real Chanel bottles, the bottles will also display the Chanel name and were made by Verreries Brosse, who's mark is a VB or BR symbol.
Fake Chanel No. 5 Perfume Spray - Chanel never used these bottles, and the box is not right.
"Essence of No.5 Chanel", these are products that Chanel never made, the company also never made a roll-on perfume oil. The box is incorrect and so is the bottle shape.
Chanel never used this bottle or the bottle below!
Fake with label and stopper that Chanel never used. Bottle only marked Bottle Made in France.
Same bottle, with fake label and stopper. Bottle only marked Bottle Made in France.
Fake Chanel found on ebay. The label is wrong, the font is not one that Chanel ever used, the bottle is not marked Chanel Made in France and the stopper is even wrong.
These Greek bottles do NOT hold genuine Chanel No. 5 perfume, they are filled with a knockoff "version". Do not be fooled!!! These are souvenirs from Greece.
Here is a new fake, it is a made up perfume, Chanel never released this bottle. The ebay seller is claiming it is a rare edition only sold in Europe. This does not actually contain any Chanel perfume and it was not made by Chanel. It was meant to deceive you!!!
here is a new fake Chanel perfume coming out of China on ebay as of 1/9/13:
Fake Coco Mademoiselle found on ebay as of 1/9/13:
Here is a weird fake Chanel I found on ebay. It uses a bottle that is used for some lower end cheapo perfumes, but has a label and box filched from a real Chanel tester perfume, you know the ones with the oval crystal tops and dauber, , there is also a design patent number on the base which is for Lowry Glass company. Look at this wonky bottle, Chanel never used it. The small Chanel tester bottles belong in this box.
Here is a list of some sellers selling fake Chanel perfume:
Please take time to review their feedback, and see that they have a history of selling Chanel fakes. Remember Chanel does not wholesale to just anyone. Higher end Department stores are the exception, not the perfume kiosk at the mall or the perfume store in the mall, or the flea market vendor, or your ebay seller..
To help protect yourself from fakes, especially buying on ebay,
BEFORE YOU EVEN PLACE A BID,
always ask questions.
CHANEL DOES NOT WHOLESALE ANYTHING.
The company only distributes their products to authorized department stores and their own website. Any ebay or flea market seller who claims that they buy Chanel via wholesale is a liar and is probably buying fakes wholesale from counterfeit perfume manufacturing companies in China. Beware of sellers using the phrase: "We sell authentic surplus items and therefore they are inexpensive. Enjoy the saving!!!".
CHANEL DOES NOT SELL "SURPLUS" OR "OLD STORE STOCK" PERFUME OR COSMETICS. Chanel also does not sell "second quality" or "factory seconds".
If you purchased a Chanel perfume on ebay, flea market or small time vendor, check your bottles against a genuine bottle that you already own or at a dept store or smaller store like Ulta or Sephora.
If you've determined that your perfume is a fake, then follow the appropriate measures of filing a claim thru ebay or paypal.
Below you will find several picture comparisons to show you the differences in real and fake Chanel perfume bottles.
The pictures below are courtesy of abodaciousgal on Flicker
Bottle on left: REAL Chanel perfume. Bottle on right: The Fake Chanel perfume
Looking at these two bottles, one can see several subtle differences:
#1. The back of the genuine perfume has the Chanel trademark info and name of the perfume, Coco as well as copyright symbols. The fake bottle does not display any of this info.
#2. Look at the pump, just above the siphon tube, on the real Chanel pefume, it has a tiny ball bearing visible. The fake does not, also the pump hardware is slightly different.
#3. Also on the real Chanel, the siphon tube reaches way down into the corner of the bottle, the fake bottle has a short siphon which doesnt reach down to the bottom of the bottle.
#4. Th ebottom of the glass bottle is thicker and raises up a little higher on the fake bottle.
#5. The color of the two are not the same.
Bottle on the left: The REAL Chanel perfume. The bottle on the right: the Fake Chanel perfume.
#1. Look at the labels, the one on the real Chanel perfume is perfect, the printing on the fake bottle is easily scraped off with a fingernail. The label on the fake is also cut roughly, on the real bottle, the label is smooth and perfect. The border on the labels are also different, the fake label's gold border is much more brassier than onteh genuine bottle. The font used on the fake's label is larger in size than on the genuine perfume. Note that the lettering on the fake is done in silver ink, when it is supposed to be white ink.
#2. The CC logo on the neckband is thicker than on the real Chanel perfume bottle.
Bottle on the left: The REAL Chanel perfume. The bottle on the right: The FAKE Chanel.
#1. Look at the shape of the cap, they are different. The one on the fake is smaller and not deeply faceted like an emerald cut gemstone.
#2. Look at the inside bubble of the cap, the one on the fake has a smaller interior where the spray head fits.
Bottle on the left: The REAL Chanel perfume. The bottle on the right: The FAKE Chanel perfume.
#1. The printed label on the base of the fake is lighter than on the real bottle.
#2. The fake Chanel perfume bottle label's Chanel logo does not have the ® the registered trademark symbol.
#3. The real Chanel label is marked Chanel ® N.Y.,N.Y. 10019, the fake bottle is marked New York,NY 10019.
#4. The fake Chanel is missing the Chanel ® Paris mark as well as the underlined Neuilly Sur Seine city mark.
Bottle on the left: The REAL Chanel perfume. Bottle on the right: The FAKE Chanel perfume.
#1. Look at the top of these caps, there are some differences. The cap on the real Chanel is finely molded, the cap on the fake has obvious roughness from casting.
#2. The nozzle on the real bottle has a thicker head, the fake bottle has a more slender nozzle head.
Box on the left: The REAL Chanel box. Box on the right: The FAKE Chanel box.
#1. The Vaporisateur Spray lettering is larger and set lower on the genuine box.
#2. The 100ml lettering is also different, on the real box, the 1 is sans serif.
#3. The white logo box in the center is smaller on the genuine box.
#4. The lettering on the fake is thicker than on the real box.
Box on the left: The REAL Chanel box. Box on right: The FAKE Chanel box.
#1. The lettering inside the boxes is much smaller on the real Chanel box.
#2. The recycling symbol is upside down on the fake bottle.
Box on the left: The REAL Chanel box. Box onthe right: The FAKE Chanel box.
#1. The CC logo on the fake is larger and thicker than on the real box.
#2. The multi-lingual translation for vaporisateur is followed by Naturel, and below this is also marked Natural Spray on the fake box. On the real box, this is not present.
#3. The barcodes fonts are different looking.
#4. The fake box is missing the 92200 Neuilly Sur Seine underlined mark.
#5. The fake box is also missing the Chanel Paris mark.
#6. The Made in France mark looks different on the fake.
#7. The fake box is missing the Russian translation for Spray.
#8. The fake box is missing quite a few components of the ingredients list.
This fake was found on ebay, being passed off as real.
Bottle on the left is the fake. The bottle on the right is authentic.
#1. Look at the difference in the labels. The fake label is more in the center of the bottle.
#2. The lettering on the fake label doesnt even match the lettering on the authentic label.
#3. The fake label is missing the word Paris underneath Chanel.
#4. The No.5 is very different looking on the fake bottle than the authentic.
#5. Look at the difference in the color of the fragrances.
#6. The difference in the caps is also apparent.
#7. Look at the picture below, it shows the base of the fake bottle which has a clear plastic label. On the authentic bottles, there is no label, the information is engraved directly into the glass.
Designer imposter fragrances ran rampant and are exactly what they claim to be, imposter's of the original fragrance, in other words, not the real deal. So don't buy these thinking it is REAL Chanel because they arent!
These copycat perfumes are made by various companies to smell similar to Chanel, but no one has Chanel's genuine formula except for Chanel. Anytime you see the words "Essence of Chanel No. 5" , please note that it is NOT real Chanel perfume.
Here are some examples: