How to Choose Good Products– Tips by Baltic-Domini

Updated: May 6, 2024 | Published:

Products made from leather are natural, rich and elegant. There are many synthetic materials of similar appearance that you can find on the market today. And the low prices are hard to not see. Some products are only partly made, but are however labeled as “genuine” or “real”. These are ambiguous terms that marketers use to somewhat mislead consumers. If you are looking for a premium bag or any other product for which you are willing to pay quite a bit of money, you should follow these simple steps provided by to be able to distinguish fake from real ones.

If it is labeled as “human-made”, or “handmade” or whatever else, it is most definitely synthetic. However, if there is no label at all, chances are good that the manufacturer wants to hide the fact that it is not real. Of course, used goods can lose their labels. However, most manufacturers pride themselves on using real material and note this as follows:

  • Genuine;
  • Real leather;
  • Top or full-grain;
  • Animal product.

Press into the product’s surface, looking for wrinkles and imperfections

Any real product cannot have a perfectly smooth surface. And if it doesn’t, chances are you have real on your hands.

Real one wrinkles, just like the real skin. Synthetic materials usually just slide under your finger, keeping you firm and in shape.

Smell it, looking for a natural rather than plastic-like smell

If you’re not entirely sure about what kind of smell to look for choosing a product, go to a store that you are certain about them selling products and try smelling them. Ask if they have any synthetic products, and smell them as well. Once you become well-educated on the topic, you will not mistake real for fake.

Remember that skin is simply treated animal skin. Fake one is made of plastic. It seems obvious, but for first-timers, it might be a bit confusing.


There are some situations where it is better to burn a product than to leave it be. Checking whether or not you were cheated while purchasing a product is one of them. This experiment is suitable if you have a small hard-to-see area that you can try on. It can be a spot such as the bottom of a couch, or even a bottom of a purse. Hold the flame in place for 5-10 seconds to test it:

  • Real will smell a bit like burnt hair and might darken very slightly.
  • Fake will actually ignite and smell like burning plastic. So be very careful!

Pay attention to the edges

Machine-made looks like cut by an actual machine. We mean sharp and very even edges. A genuine one is made of numerous strands that tear naturally around the edges. So in short – too even edges, too fake.


It will work on a smaller item like a wallet or a bag. Try bending a couch, it won’t happen. It’s similar to the “wrinkle test” as real skin has a unique elasticity when bent. It slightly changes color as being bent. Faux is much firmer and more rigid and thus will not bend as real does.

Drop a few drops of water on it

If the products are not real, the water will just stay on top. However, real skin will absorb a small drop of water in seconds. That will tell you instantaneously the truth about the material the product was made of.

Watch out for cheap goods

A product made of real one will be quite expensive. Amongst all types, the skin of a cow is the most expensive one due to its durability and tanning properties (we are not talking about crocodile, which is illegal). Split leather, which is the bottom layer split from the top layer is a lot cheaper than top grain or full grain.

So, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is. It is expensive. Guest bloggers are welcome to write for us. Check this link for more info.

Don’t worry about different colors

Green purse may not look natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s not made from real leather. Colors and dyes can be added to both synthetic and genuine materials. So ignore the color and stick to the feel, smell and texture of the product to pick the right one at the store.


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