How Can You Tell If a Bottle of Chanel No. 5 Is an Imitation?

Counterfeit bottles of Chanel No. 5, one of the world's most famous and iconic fragrances, can be spotted by paying careful attention to the quality of the box, the bottle, the label, the color and the scent. Chanel No. 5 is a frequent target for perfume counterfeiters. Anyone offering a bottle for significantly under $100 is probably selling a counterfeit.

Counterfeit bottles of Chanel No. 5 usually give themselves away as fakes because their packaging details do not have the perfection one can expect from a Chanel product. The boxes are often made of low-grade cardboard and do not bear the trademark symbols or serial numbers that a real Chanel No. 5 box carries. In addition, the lettering on a Chanel No. 5 box should be embossed and therefore raised from the surface of the label; a counterfeit is unlikely to take the trouble to emboss the label. Labels on counterfeit boxes and bottles are often applied off-center and sometimes have print that smears easily.

The shape of the bottle is also a giveaway when looking for counterfeit Chanel No. 5. The real Chanel bottle has a flat, symmetrical bottom, something not always seen in the counterfeits. In addition, the spray attachment on a counterfeit Chanel bottle often doesn't fit well, showing a gap between the vaporizer nozzle and the bottle. The final test, is of course, the aroma of the perfume. Fake Chanel No. 5 rarely smells like the real thing and often has an odor that is offputting.