It is generally seen that during the festive season consumers throng at cosmetic shops and outlets attracted by huge discounts and lucrative offers. However, many times the prices are too good to be true and consumers are at the risk of buying counterfeit, sub-standard and harmful cosmetic products.

Counterfeit cosmetics not just lead to monetary loss of manufacturers and but also affect the health of consumers. Forgers generally use harmful and poor-quality raw materials for manufacturing counterfeit cosmetics. They do not pay heed to consumer’s safety and blatantly ignore the safety laws and industry guidelines.

Fake cosmetic products are manufactured in dirty, unhygienic illegal facilities. Many times, such products are made in the backyard of homes, garages, and godowns. From this, you can clearly understand the level of danger of fake cosmetics that you are going to directly apply to your skin. In fake cosmetics, the danger hides inside the product which is made to look visually similar to the original product and befool the consumer.

Before we discuss the list of toxic ingredients used in the manufacturing of knock-off cosmetics, let’s ponder on some facts related to counterfeit cosmetics.

  • There are about 35% of fake cosmetics available on e-commerce in India. (Source: LocalSurvey)
  • Social media now contributes to more than 50% of black-market cosmetics sales. (Source:
  • In 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than 2,000 shipments of counterfeit cosmetics, worth an estimated $1.4 billion. (Source: CBS News)

From the above-shared facts, you can have a clear understanding of the growing problem of counterfeit cosmetic products. As stated earlier, fake cosmetics not only bring down the sales of manufacturers but also pose a risk to the health of the consumer. Fake cosmetics can usually contain chemicals like lead, arsenic, copper, mercury, beryllium, cadmium, aluminium, cyanide and even human faeces & bacteria.

Holostik provides customized anti-counterfeiting solutions for manufacturers from the cosmetic industry so that they may secure their products against counterfeiting or tampering. To get the best customized anti-counterfeiting solution for your products to call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at

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