How Can I Find Discontinued Cologne?

Lainie Petersen

If you are trying to find a discontinued cologne, you have several options for finding the scent you love and miss. These options include including searching online retailers and sites and visiting brick-and-mortar retailers and cosmetics outlets. Another option, though potentially risky and expensive, is working with a custom perfumer who can duplicate the scent of your discontinued cologne.

Although preferred by men, cologne is commonly used by both men and women.
Although preferred by men, cologne is commonly used by both men and women.

Unfortunately, many cologne manufacturers periodically discontinue brands that may not be selling well, even though the scent may in fact have many loyal fans. A wise move when you learn that a favorite cologne is being discontinued is to purchase as much as you can at your favorite stores or through the manufacturer's website. If you can't find a discontinued cologne on the website, you may wish to check to see if the manufacturer has a special section for discontinued products. You can also write to the manufacturer via the website and ask if any cologne is still available. Call stores in your area to see if they have any bottles of the discontinued cologne in stock and ask them to hold the bottles for you until you can pick them up.

If you are caught unawares and can no longer find the discontinued cologne through normal channels, you may have to begin a more intensive search. Online auction sites can be a good source of finding discontinued items, though you need to be on the lookout for counterfeit products. Brick-and-mortar perfume and cosmetic discount outlets may also have your discontinued cologne in stock. You may also wish to post on various online trading sites and ask if anyone is willing to sell the cologne to you. Although this may seem like a strange option, many people receive cologne as gifts and never use it. You may be able to pick up one or more unused bottles simply by posting a notice online.

If you are having difficulty finding any bottles of the discontinued cologne but you have some of your own left, you may be able to hire an expert perfumer to duplicate the scent for you. Not all perfumers offer this service, and there is no guarantee that the perfumer you hire will be able to exactly duplicate the scent of your favorite cologne. Still, it may be worth trying, especially if you have exhausted all your other sources. Keep in mind that the quality of cologne can degrade over time, so you may wish to attempt a custom duplication of a scent before what cologne you have left gets too old.

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