Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 AVAST@ password reset CONTACT ☎ 1:800:681:7208 Tec*h cAre 24/7
  2. 2 Trip Report Trip Report: Tanzania Northern Circuit Safari with Earthlife Expeditions
  3. 3 What is the best Internet Service Provider in Cairo, Egypt?
  4. 4 Safari Goers, I Need Your Expertise!
  5. 5 An Ugandan Urge- Gorillas & Chimps in the midst
  6. 6 Trip Report Our Magic Carpet Ride-Marrakesh!
  7. 7 Where do I even start planning my SA safari?
  8. 8 Itinerary Ideas
  9. 9 Tanzania Itinerary help
  10. 10 planning first safari to Tanzania ... feeling overwhelmed
  11. 11 Help with Israel Trip (First Timers): Some Basic Questions
  12. 12 Tel Aviv-Haifa: gifts and presents. Any ideas?
  13. 13 Narrowing down my 10 day itinerary
  14. 14 Kenya/Tanzania
  15. 15 Dubai first time
  16. 16 2 nights in Dubai
  17. 17 16 hours in Qatar
  18. 18 Petra from Israel
  19. 19 Trip Report Nine months to Egypt (but you should go now)
  20. 20 Trip Report A South African in Lusaka
  21. 21 Packing for trip to Tanzania
  22. 22 Need tour operator for Tanzania and Kenya
  23. 23 A Little Trick for Converting Centigrade to Fahrenheit
  24. 24 Trip Report RETURN TO BOTSWANA, PLUS JOHANNESBURG, 2017
  25. 25 Trip Report Babies Galore: Kenya in April
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Be careful when buying oils and perfumes in Cairo

Jump to last reply

This is to warn everyone about a store for oils and perfumes called Siwa in Cairo, Egypt--they are a big store and obviously give a hefty commission to travel agents and tour operators, which is why they all take you to that shop.

Our travel guide also took us there on our visit a few months ago. And although I hate to say this, every time I look at the bottles of Siwa perfume I feel bitter and am perhaps unconsciously wishing them ill. What you get to smell in the shop, what they show you, is not what they pack for you. We bought over $500 worth of essential oils and 3 blends of popular brand perfumes. At the store what we smelled was intense and we were told we could take it home and dilute it--as it was pure oil. What they packed for us, which of course is packed so well you don’t want to risk opening until you come back home, is a Completely Diluted version of what we were shown at the shop.

I’ve been trying to say ‘oh well’ and get over it but before I do I think I must let others know. So unless you too want to be ripped off, I suggest you find another source for your perfumes in Egypt.

I must also be very clear that I loved Egypt and would go back there and will do and in fact this experience with the Siwa store was our only bad one.

Neo12

20 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement