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5 Tips For Buying Designer Perfume And Fragrances Online

Updated on April 4, 2012
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There is nothing like the scent of a woman wearing perfume to drive a man crazy. All of us have our personal favorites and men go nuts trying to figure out what we are wearing. A woman never shares her secret, its our signature statement. We spend hours in a shopping mall or outlet comparing prices and being careful not to over stretch our budget. Our girlfriends have given us the pros and cons of buying perfume online. But when you serf the Internet and find the same fragrance for less what would you choose? Would you rather pay wholesale or retail?

In this economy many of us still prefer to save money while wearing designer fragrances. If we can get a deal and wear our signature perfume for less, we will purchase the fragrance. So if we decide to purchase our favorite fragrances or perfume online, what should we do?


Designer or Signature Perfumes

Same perfume? How do you choose between designer or signature perfume? First you need to understand the difference. A designer perfume is endorsed by the company that created the perfume. A signature perfume is endorsed by a celebrity. I am not saying you should not purchase a signature perfume; but I would recommend you find out who created the perfume you are wearing. Odds are you will find the exact perfume or fragrance without the signature endorsement online. Or you will finally be able to find the designer perfume you have been looking for once you do your homework. Designer perfumes can also be worn longer than many signature fragrances. Now do you see the difference between the two?


Difference Between Real Perfume And A Knock-Off

So how can you tell the difference between a real perfume and a knock-off? The fragrance should smell fresh not bitter, sweet or sour. The color of the box and quality of the box should be identical to what you originally purchased. The logo should look exactly like the one printed on a designer box. Fakes print the name of the perfume on the bottle with a special ink. Original designers position their labels exactly the way it should be placed on the bottle. If your perfume has a bubble in the tube then it is real. If there is no bubble than it is a fake. There are sellers who will take a large bottle and pour it into smaller bottles and water it down a little. The perfume needs to have transparency from the bottle. If the fragrance has a tinge of yellow then it is a knock-off.


What Type Of Perfumes Do They Offer

When you are purchasing perfumes online they website normally offers every type of designer perfume you can dream about. Are you a Dolce & Gabbana fan? Or are you only a few sprays away from an empty bottle of Versace?

If you are choosing a brand that you have not taken the time to smell, I would recommend you go to the mall and spray it on. If the fragrance is what you are looking for than go home and make your purchase. While you are at the mall jot down a few others you may like so you don't forget when you place your order.

What About Policies

When buying perfume online read the policies of the company. Find out what there return policies are if you are not satisfied. Ask if they have any type of re-stock fee that would be deducted from your original purchase price. Ask if they provide insurance just in case your bottle of perfume is broken or damaged. Do they accept Visa, Mastercard or American Express or Paypal? Is there system encrypted? Do they retain any of your information. Do they give your money back if you are not satisfied?

These questions are imperative when you are shopping online. All of the details should always be placed on the page, so you feel comfortable with your purchase.



Shopping online is easier than walking for hours in a mall. Your money stays in your pocket longer. You can also decide if you should purchase your perfume the same day or wait until you have a few more dollars in your pocket.

Being a compulsive shopper can sometimes get us in trouble. We will regret our purchase after we get home. Many department stores will not let us return perfumes or fragrances once we purchase them. When we purchase online we have the opportunity to return the product if we are not satisfied with our purchase.

Most online stores pride themselves with customer satisfaction. Also look for the symbol that provides that information. A satisfied customer is a happy customer.


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    • AEvans profile image

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Brian Slater: Don't forget it is a very important unless you want to be in the dog house. lolo! Thanks for enjoying. :)

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from England

      Thanks for this list, I'll try and remember what's been said on her next birthday :)

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      midnightbliss: You are welcome and happy I could help you determine the difference. :)

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Thanks, I never really understood how to detect a knock-off from the real product.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Rusti Mccollum: I have never smelled that scent. What is the mixture? Sounds so nice. :)

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      I love Jessica Mcklintok it smells so good. I've had people atop me to tell me I smell good.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      The Frog Prince: You are funny! They would be some great man cave scents. :)

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      AEvans - While perfume isn't my bag, I can apply this to my man cave scents I'm sure.

      The Frog

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Austinstar: I don't like Pachouli either. Never have, never will! lol! There are so many nice new perfumes I believe you will enjoy purchasing something new.

      When I come to hospitals I understand not wearing perfumes. But I love wearing them on my off days. :)

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      This is a nice new look! I love perfume too, but after working in a hospital I know it can really irritate patients and make them sicker.

      I am also highly allergic to patchouli oil which is used in 'smelly' products. It makes me deathly ill. Even just a whiff of it makes my throat constrict and I start gagging.

      Because of that, I have been very turned off of perfumes. But I used to love them a lot. Maybe armed with this info, I will look for a new scent.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      RealHousewife: I like the ones that are listed. lol! I think that is why I chose them. Coco Chanel "Mademoiselle" I can say I have not smelled. I will definitely have to check that one out. :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very nice! I haven't seen this new look to a hub yet! I love it!

      I love perfume too though - and that is why I came sniffing around:) Lately my fav is Coco Chanel "Mademoiselle" - I love it because it is lighter and a great day time scent. I did save quite a bit ordereing it online but I got it from Dillards online store. I love the smell ofstuff but it never smells good on me!