Who doesn’t want to look stylish and beautiful? Who doesn’t like wearing branded makeup and especially when it comes at an extremely pocket-friendly price! Well, the next time you notice the price of your favourite makeup is lower than the normal price of it; just don’t buy it no matter how much you are tempted to!
And before you hand over your hard-earned money, keep this in mind that it could be counterfeit, and can have serious threats to your life.
On the basis of Government and industry studies and testing, it has been discovered that some of the ingredients that are used in counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances are seriously dangerous:
• Phony cosmetics often contain things such as arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium (all known carcinogens) along with high levels of aluminium and dangerous levels of bacteria. Mercury, lead, arsenic, cyanide and even human urine and rat droppings are often found in counterfeit cosmetics made in China. The level of toxins in some of these products has led to severe allergic reactions including skin rashes and burns, disfigurement and long-term health problems such as high blood pressure and infertility.
• Counterfeit fragrances have been found to contain something called DEHP, classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable human carcinogen. These phoney perfumes and colognes, which sometimes contain urine as well, have been known to cause serious skin rashes.
Replicas of popular brands have long been piled high at night market tables across Asia, foreign governments have recently raised the alarm that fake beauty products made in China are being sold to online shoppers around the world.
Many people sell real products online as they are about to expire, or mixed with water or other ingredients in order to sell a larger volume of goods. Even if the added ingredients are not toxic, the products can become contaminated with bacteria or other harmful substances in the process.
In order to protect themselves, consumers should learn as many details about the product and the merchant before they buy online, and try to compare the product purchased online with a genuine article. Consumers need to educate themselves about some of the common indicators of counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances so that they don’t become a victim. If one is not sure about the authenticity of a product, don’t buy it.
And second, if suspect someone of selling counterfeit items—inform the concerned authority. The more information law enforcement has, the more effective it can be. With the proliferation of counterfeit goods increasing at an alarming rate, it is important to focus on keeping these bogus and often unsafe products off the markets.
Indicators of Counterfeits
1. The packaging differs slightly from the authentic brand (might be a different colour or different lettering on the product), and/or the product’s wrapping appears different.
2. The product is being advertised as a “limited edition” even though the authentic manufacturer doesn’t offer it as a limited edition.
3. The price is either slightly or drastically lower.
4. For cosmetics, the product’s consistency or texture just doesn’t feel or look likes the authentic brand.
5. For fragrances, there’s something a little off about the scent, and the colour of the fluid in the bottle might be different than the original.
6. For both products, they’re being sold at non-authorised retailers, including flea markets, mall kiosks, and over the Internet.
So, those searching for a beauty bargain may be better off going barefaced than risk the consequences.