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Trip Report Be careful when buying oils and perfumes in Cairo

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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

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