re Good life and Bandit.
Well, speaking from personal experience I have to respectfully disagree on a few things.
I've been a US powerseller on ebay for years, acutally 50 % of my clients are in Europe, 30 % in the US, and 20 % rest of the world, and in the past year, I've had many listings cancelled du to the infamous trademark violalion because I was shipping to europe,so I did find a way to get around it, after numerous letters from the several german law firms representing a lot of the brand perfumes manufacturers/owners.
When ebay prohibits US to send perfumes to Germany, they are actually applying the law. I have found the hard way dealing with German customs, the importation of perfumes is heavily regulated in Germany.Whether the perfume is shipped from London or NY.
A perfume shipped within the Union is still submitted to the same rules,and being in the Union only means reprocity, and not free circulation of all goods. Perfume is classified as dangerous,and submitted to its own class of circulation rules in all UE countries.
This is a fact, so yes German custom are very picky. I have plenty of german customers and I use a private courrier Cie to get their goods to them, the Cie is in London and they have their own clearance sytems so none of my packages do get held up when they reach Germany, but I know from using both ups, and usps EMS in the past, that perfume will get held up, and of course taxed.I sell highly collectable bottles so the value is always + $400-$1500 hence the necessity to use EMS or fedex or ups or any secure courrier, and invariably my german customers receive calls from dhl asking them information on their packages, provenance, authenticity etc, sometimes, their packages get released within 48 hours, sometimes it takes longer, so far the longuest has been 4 weeks for a packages that only took 2 days to reach Germany.
Now, re the other issue and deutsche post, well, sorry folks but you are both wrong here too. For perfume coming from overseas, unless the sender actually indicated perfume on the custom form and it's in a small bubble enveloppe, then it'll go through without a hitch I suspect, but if the customs form actually indicates perfume ( and most won't, the use of the word "cosmetic"has seen a surge in the past few years for online traders)) and a box is used, then the recipient can be in for a suprise, and have the good never reach them, or be asked to come and collect it at some custom office, etc.
Perfumes being considered dangerous goods, in Gernany for the post to accept to ship/transit it, a dangerous goods box needs to be used (yes, they sell them at the PO). I suspect for domestic shipping, bubble enveloppe are used by people there and they don't have to explain they contain perfume, so it's fine; but since I also buy perfume from Germany, I have been told countless time of this dangerous goods regulation, and I know for a fact that some of my suppliers had to repack some of my shipments before they were accepted by dhl, and of course they cost even more to ship internationally whether to europe destination or the US, so yes, dhl and customs do care even for packages leaving Germany, and this is one of the reason german sellers do not ship perfumes abroad.
This has been my experience, and what I know about the shipping of fragrances there.