Your Designer Perfume Is Worth Every Penny

Walking down the streets of New York City, you pass them regularly. In Italy, they're everywhere. Fake Gucci and Louis Vuitton purses, Rolex replicas, knock-off Dior sunglasses, Chanel perfumes-all designer imposters. And if for any reason you've been tempted to purchase one of these phony replicas, you now have more reason to trust your better judgment and not do it. Especially when it comes to perfume.

"What's inside a replicated perfume bottle is anybody's guess," Alina Halloran, vice president of online brand protection for OpSec Security, an anti-counterfeiting consulting firm told The Wall Street Journal. The best case scenario, the perfume you picked up off Canal Street is perfume, but most likely a watered down version. More often, however, fake perfume contains "chemicals like antifreeze, cleaning solutions or human urine, any of which may cause a rash or other skin problems," reports Smart Money.

Just last month authorities in Monroe, Ohio, confiscated more than 500 bottles of fake perfume from local-area flea markets, with copied scents from brand names such as Chanel, Prada and Beyonce. So it's safe to say counterfeit beauty products are not on the decline.

Guess the old saying reigns true-you get what you pay for.

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