Used Colognes... Who Knew?

One of the most interesting things I have found recently is how well some popular fragrances are selling on eBay. The surprising discovery is that these are used (previously owned) colognes and parfumes. Some bottles were nearly dry yet depending on the rarity or popularity of the fragrance, the final bids were high.
Now, I have no issue with a spray that was previously owned but considering the potential hygenic risks with a splash, that raises some concern. Yet both splashes and sprays are being sold to the highest bidder and appear, by my best knowledge, to be selling well.
eBay has been diligent in the past with policing the hygenic issues with previously owned personal garments (lingerie, bathing suits) but I see no responsibilty or warning from eBay about the purchase of used fragrance. I pose the question...would you purchase a used fragrance from a stranger?

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Well-known member
Aug 6, 2006
Like you, I am particularly cautious when I am bidding on used splash bottles. I generally tend to stay away from them. When I receive partially used spray bottles I have a routine of wiping the box and bottle clean with alcohol swipes. I am then more comfortable handling them.


New member
Feb 4, 2010
I never assumes these bits of fragrance would be used,, sometimes it's the bottle other times just to get to know the makeup.. that
s my opinion!!rex111


Basenotes Plus
Aug 28, 2007
I hate splash bottles and roll-ons, and only buy them if there's no other way to get the scent. I'm spray all the way, so this is just never an issue for me.

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