Original Tester Perfume vs Fake Tester Perfume

Original Tester Perfume vs Fake Tester Perfume

Fake perfumes has been flooding the market for a long time and consumers are still being cheated at this second. People who are expert in perfume could easily tell if a perfume is fake and would not get cheated. However, if you are not one of these “expert” worry not, you will become one once you read through this post.

In this post we will explain and compare the differences between original tester perfume and fake tester perfume. Although our main focus on this post is “Fake Tester” but the flaws on all fakes are pretty much the same and would certainly help you identifying other fakes.

Click below tab if you need a quick cover on different types of fake perfumes.

The market has always been flooded with fake perfumes. These are the four kinds that flood the market ;

  1. 5A or AAA Grade perfumes
  2. Fake Tester Perfume (this post)
  3. Original Rejected perfume
  4. “Local” perfumes

The main reason these fake perfumes are still flooding the market is due to high profit margin earned by vendors. These profits may go as high as 500%

Consumers are always looking for best bang per buck products and naturally fell into this pit. Yes, you might think “I have a ton of experience in perfume, so no worries about this !”

Yes, yes.. having experience certainly helps but not in this case. Why? This is because these kind of vendors usually do not provide much information for their products, they even claim them to be “100% Original and all”, some even uses original perfume photos on representing their fake products.

Aside from this, you can see these kind of vendors provide numerous screenshot of feedback that praises how good the quality are which obviously has been cherry-picked to show you !

With all that, even an experienced consumer could fell for it since all one can do is take the vendor’s word for it.

We will soon cover each type of fake perfume in other post.

Overview

Tester perfume has been around the market for many years now. Over time, the demand for tester perfume has been increasing to a great extend. If you are somehow new to tester perfumes, here is a short explanation for it.

Tester perfumes are made by the same original manufacturer for testing purposes.

We are not going into a deep understanding of original manufacturer’s tester perfume as we will be having that for another post. We are here today to talk about Fake Tester Perfumes.

Yes you read that right, fake tester perfumes do exist.

Now onto the main topic, it has come to our attention that even Tester Perfumes are being imitated. It seems the demand for testers have caught the unwanted attention of fake perfume manufacturers. Throughout our research, we found that fake tester perfumes made its appearances in Malaysia market as early as 2008 and gradually expanding at a very fast pace.

In writing the content of this post, we have collected information throughout several dealers including 3 shops from KL and 2 online perfume sellers from facebook. We even bought ourselves 2 bottles of fake tester perfumes for the sake of writing this post.

We are unable disclosed these seller information as that is an unethical way of doing business.

As usual, we will go into depth on several aspect in reviewing fake tester perfumes. We will have Davidoff Champion as our primary focus and Issey Miyake Pour Homme as an subtopic below since having both at the same time would overwhelm this post.

Price 

Unlike the cheap fakes a.k.a “local” perfumes you find at the street, the price of fake tester perfumes is quite similar to Rejected Perfumes, simply said they are yet another fancy fake at a premium price tag.

Meaning, you wouldn’t get fake tester perfume at the price of a Starbucks coffee. In average they are being offered at RM 160 each, but the price for this could certainly go lower if seller are willing the cut down his big profit. A simple search on facebook “tester perfume” led us to several offers ranging from RM 100 ~ RM 160 each and one even gave us a very good offer of RM 180 for 2 bottles (regardless of what perfumes and from which brands) and we chose Davidoff Champion and Issey Miyake Pour Homme.

Interestingly, the seller even invited us to be their agent and tell us how easy it is to sell these testers. Of course, we did not doubt its saleability as we believe this is mainly due to it never occurred in anyone mind that “fake tester perfume really does exist” and being offered RM 100 a bottle for a perfume that is worth around RM 400+ in the market ?

while some are skeptical of this but some others surely took the bait.

A small tip, only fake perfumes managed to sell at a fixed price regardless brands.

Original seller will never be able to offer perfumes at a fixed price especially at the rate of RM 100 each. This is because the cost for every perfume differs and certain perfume’s cost could easily pass that point i.e. brands like Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermes, Tom Ford etc perfumes could easily cost us more than 300, so if you were to find these niche branded perfumes selling at a fixed price of i.e. 150, those are most likely fakes.

Packaging 

Box - Front comparison

Box – Front

Box - side comparison

Box – Side

Box - top comparison

Box – Top

Box - bottom comparison

Box – Bottom

The packaging is really good, some are literally printed pixel perfect. We are unable to tell the difference when compared side by side with an original tester perfume box. The only reason for this not being a perfect score is due to the lack of batch code number at the bottom of the box.

Bottle 

Aside from resembling its original look, this bottle got so many flaws making it more like a “wannabe than lookalike”

Usually our review start from the cap to bottom but in this case our fake tester perfume comes without a cap, so we start from nozzle instead.

Nozzle comparison

Both uses different kind of nozzle.

  1. Original one has a shiny surface | Fake one is slightly blurry.
  2. Different cutting design.
  3. Firm and straight | Fake one is slightly bent.
Font comparison

Onto the wordings, the font on the fake is clearly thicker. Also there is a flaw where we can easily spot a dot “.” and making it like so: Da.vidoff

tester wordings comparison

We have been selling this product from the beginning of our business and never once we seen “tester” printed on this bottle, it is usually on the bottom of the bottle as shown. Also, the text seems to be a low quality printing job.

Take note however, often times original tester perfumes do have “tester/demonstration” text on the bottle but certainly not Davidoff Champion.

Surface comparison

Overall the surface of the fake bottle is really rough when compared to the original tester perfume. This is easily seen on the highlighted area and other images in this post.

Paint comparison

We can easily see incomplete paint surrounding the nozzle revealing the inner bottle colour.

texture 1 comparison

The details on the original tester perfume is 3D which can be easily seen from the image above and if you were to touch it, you can easily feel each and every texture of it exactly like how a dumbbell should be, whereas the texture on the fake tester perfume is only slightly visible by eye. Not only it is not 3D, the entire surface is very smooth to touch.

texture 2 comparison

Just to be fair, we swapped the position of both perfumes to show the surface is not affected by any lighting issue.

bottom piece materials comparison

Both bottom piece uses different kind of materials. Although both materials are made of plastic but original tester perfume one surely does resembles a steel with it’s glossy surface whereas the material on the fake tester perfume is a matt surface giving out a cheap plasticky look.

bottom piece flat comparison

From this point of view, we can clearly see the quality difference of both materials. Also, the batch code number on the original tester perfume matches the code underneath the box.

Perfume 

We are finally here on the main point, the perfume itself.
However, before we start comparing them, click on the tab below if you like to read on “The effects of fake perfumes on our body”

Most experienced consumer do not take the risk on using fake perfumes as it is well known that fake perfumes not only could cause skin rashes. If the perfume itself were to land directly on your eyes, it might even cause you blindness due to the chemical substance(methanol) in these fake perfumes. Also, prolonged usage of these fake perfumes could increase the chances on heart cancer.

The common symptoms of prolonged exposure to methanol are:

  • difficulty in breathing.
  • headache.
  • nausea.
  • stomachache.

This is because original perfumes manufacturer requires licensing on all the perfume ingredients and they are all tested to be safe and allergy-free before its being distributed whereas fake perfumes manufacturer do not require nor take such procedure since it would cost a huge amount for the procedure and they would never pass the licensing anyway.

This concluded why most experienced consumer do not take the risk on using a fake one simply because risking our own health to save up some money is simply not worth it.

Source: Metro Newspaper

As usual this is difficult to test since each person has their own unique sense of smell.

First, we spray the fake one to see how close it gets to the original one.

  • Original one has a sharp scent of bergamot and lemon which is the main perfume notes of this perfume.
  • The fake one does not have that sharp scent but does remind us of the original one albeit a little soft and cloudy, it’s more like a watered down version rather than a total different scent, we must say it is really good for a fake one to be this close to the original.

Therefore, we can conclude that casual consumer will not be able to tell the difference when smelling this fake tester perfume but could surely tell the difference if compare side by side.

How long does it lasts ?

So onto fake tester perfume longevity, we tested this on a normal cotton clothes and on two person skin but the result could be vary depending on many factors which we have explained here on our faq.

The perfume in this test :

Davidoff Champion – Tester Unit 90ml against the fake tester perfume we bought.

Click here if you like to skip testing process and jump to test result below.

UPDATE on 02/04/2018 : We decided to remove (4) from being counted as how the perfume last.

  • (4) not quite noticeable is not counted since noticeable by sticking nose close enough is not how a perfume should be.

To imitate the real movement of a person, we slightly swing either clothes or hands before we try to smell it out.

Subject :

  1. 100% cotton clothes = 2 sprays
  2. human (1) = spray once on wrist.
  3. human (2) = spray once on wrist.

Level of distinguishable :

  1. Very noticeable = able to smell it from a far (3 feet)
  2. noticeable = able to smell it in close distance (2 feet)
  3. slightly noticeable = able to smell it in a very close distance (1 feet)
  4. not quite noticeable = only able to smell it when sticking nose to it.
  5. unnoticeable = smell is completely gone.

All test starts at 10:00 am
O: Original – X: Fake

Day 1 – 2:00 pm (4hours since first spray)
SubjectOriginalFakeComment
Clothes(1) very noticeable(2) noticeableO is pretty much the same when it was first sprayed. Top notes of the perfume is still going strong.

X has gotten much softer and the perfume dry down is quite heavy.

Human 1(2) noticeable(3) slightly noticeableO top notes have fade off, the citrus scent is still there but not quite as when it first sprayed

X top notes are completely gone, the dry down is really heavy at this point and gotten a lot softer.

Human 2(1) very noticeable(2) noticeableO top notes have fade off as well, but somehow it smells much stronger than on Human 1.

X has a heavy dry down but it’s not soft and still noticeable.

 

Day 1 – 6.00pm (8 hours since first spray)
SubjectOriginalFakeComment
Clothes(1) very noticeable(3) slightly noticeableO Top notes have fade off but the smell is still very strong and easily smell afar.

X is very soft at this point but still slightly noticeable.

Human 1(3) slightly noticeable(5) unnoticeableO has gotten a lot softer and only slightly noticeable.

X is completely unnoticeable at this point. [END]

Human 2(2) noticeable(4) not quite noticeableO is much softer than it’s previous 4 hours but still noticeable

X is too soft at this point, however unlike on Human 1 we can still smell it when we stick our nose close enough.

 

Day 1 – 10:00pm (12 hours since first spray)
SubjectOriginalFakeComment
Clothes(2) noticeable(4) not quite noticeableO is not as strong as before but still very noticeable.

X is not quite noticeable but we can still smell it with our nose close enough to it.

Human 1(4) not quite noticeable(5) unnoticeableO is really soft, not quite noticeable and only able to smell it out when our nose is close enough to it.

Human 2(3) slightly noticeable(5) unnoticeableO has a strong dry down but still slightly noticeable.

Both people have bathe twice by now so humans are no longer eligible for testing. [END]

Day 2 – 10:00am (24 hours since first spray)
SubjectOriginalFakeComment
Clothes(2) noticeable(5) unnoticeableO is surprisingly strong despite 24 hours since it was sprayed.

X totally unnoticeable. [END]

 

Day 2 – 10:00pm (36 hours since first spray)
SubjectOriginalFakeComment
Clothes(3) slightly noticeable(5) unnoticeableO has gotten softer than it’s previous 12 hours but the state of it is still impressive considering it has now passed 36 hours.

 

Day 3 – 10:00am (48 hours since first spray)
SubjectOriginalFakeComment
Clothes(3) slightly noticeable(5) unnoticeable48 hours passed yet it is still slightly noticeable.

 

Day 3 – 10:00pm (60 hours since first spray)
SubjectOriginalFakeComment
Clothes(4) not quite noticeable(5) unnoticeableO surprisingly performs really well on since 60 hours has passed now.

 

Day 4 – 10:00am (72 hours since first spray)
SubjectOriginalFakeComment
Clothes(4) not quite noticeable(5) unnoticeableO is still at the same state it is 24 hours ago where we can smell it if we stick our nose to it

 

Surprisingly, O performs better than we originally thought since 24 hours itself is already an impressive performance, and we are seeing a 48 hours mark !

TEST RESULT
SubjectOriginalFake
ClothesAround 48 hoursAround 8 hours
Human 1Around 8 hoursAround 4 hours
Human 2Around 12 hoursAround 4 hours

 

As usual, perfume longevity on clothes are much better than on human skin and this is due to clothes have a better absorption than skin and often times retain the scent much longer.

Overall, we can conclude that, fake tester perfume is in fact another good quality fake and falls around rejected perfume longevity which is around 4 hours on skin and 8 hours on clothes.

Click tab below if you would like to read on why most experienced consumer do not bother with fakes.

Most experienced consumer do not bother with fakes because it is simply not worth it despite being so cheap.

Take this for an example:

  • if you were to buy a Triple A’s perfume at the price of RM 60 and it lasts you about 1 ~ 3 hours and requires you to spray again to extend the duration whenever the smell fades off, you are better off buying an original tester perfume at RM 150 where it could easily last an entire day.

In other words, despite both being same size, you will finish up the fake one 3 ~ 4 times quicker than an original one. You do the math.

Other Tips to recognize Fake Testers.

side to side - issey comparison

See how identical they are? Can you find out the flaw ?
However this time, we will mention those that are not discussed earlier.

colour comparison

By positioning this way, we can see the colour on the fake one is overly yellow.

transparency comparison

By placing a vibrant object behind, we can easily see the fake one is overly transparent.

bottom ring 1 comparison

The ring underneath a glass bottle bottom is called as “pontil mark” but premium and luxury products like perfume often has it position nicely and uniform, then has it polished to perfection resulting a gentle to touch surface.

As highlighted, the fake one had a failed ring positioning and ran outside of the bottom, easily seen as a rough job.

bottom ring 2 comparison

Not only the fake one has a failed ring positioning, the ring is very thick but it’s bumped outward.  We can easily feel the ring by sliding our fingers underneath the bottle from point A to point B.

Original one as usual often has it polished to perfection giving a smooth to touch surface.

Take note however, this only applies to those perfume with glass bottom and supposed smooth endings.

box - issey comparison

Batch code on the fakes are printed directly on the box. Batch code changes each time manufacturer produces a new batch ,which is why it is called a “batch” code and normally stamped(instead of print) or sticker beneath or behind the box since batch code changes frequently.

However someone genius on the fake manufacturer decided to print this along with the title and all. Also, our research found that, 4 out of 5 that sell fake testers (1 vendor does not have this in-stock) actually try to sell us the same Issey Miyake Pour Homme with the same batch code to us !

Aside from this, one of our customers tell us his fake tester batch code(under bottle) matches 2 vendors perfume batch code despite bought it 2 years ago.

Therefore, we can conclude that fake manufacturer do not update the batch code regardless number of batches they made.

Conclusion

To conclude this post, fake tester perfumes is yet another mediocre quality fake with a premium price tag and with that price, you are better off buying an original tester perfume.

So the next time you are off buying some cheap perfumes, a few things to checklist are :

  1. Check bottle thoroughly, even tiny details matter !
  2. Avoid when seller puts a fixed price on all perfumes no matter the brands.
  3. Avoid any seller that is not reputable.
  4. Avoid sellers that do not have real reviews and provide only screenshots that has been cherry-picked to show you.

See any of above?

RUN THE OTHER WAY LIKE YOUR LIFE WALLET DEPENDS ON IT !

Nowadays it is easy to find a reputable original perfume seller simply by doing a background check on their company.

ACHARR is definitely one of the reputable sellers you can consider, our business has been operating since 2012 and we have a physical store in Ampang(Malaysia) that opens daily. Honesty is our principle in business, When you shop with us, you are guaranteed 100% Original products at an honest price.

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zack
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zack

hello! thank for this article. it is an eye opener for me as well as everybody else. i recently purchase a perfume online from a perfume blog and it cost me half the original price. i buy it to really testify if its really original or fake. however, after receiving the item, it shocked me where the smell is very strong unlike the original one which have different notes. the perfume i buy is Dunhill desire silver 100ml EDT.

as i compared the packaging and bottle with the original, the fake one was almost 99% the same regardless the batch number and bar code.

i have learned the lesson. better stick to original and physical retailer. Thanks!

MUHAMMAD ADIB FAISAL BIN MAT FADZIL
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MUHAMMAD ADIB FAISAL BIN MAT FADZIL

harga perfume di instagram juga mcm tu 150 ke atas depend pada brand?how to spot fake jika seller di instagram write “money back guarantee”?

zuhairi
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zuhairi

nice info, baru ni member ajak jual yg tester unit,heehee… persoalanya kenapa tester unit di keluarkan secara banyak2? tu yg saya muyskil sikit