Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fake Cosmetics? Dare to Use?

Why are counterfeit cosmetics and beauty products so dangerous?
v  Fake cosmetics are made cheaply with no regard for safety standards put forth by the health and beauty industries.
v  Fake cosmetics & perfumes contain illegal substances [e.g. urine and antifreeze] that can cause serious allergic reactions.
v  Counterfeit hair straightening devices and other electronics have been known to malfunction and even explode.

How to spot fake cosmetics:

v  Look for flimsy packaging. If the cellophane is messy or moving around the box, that's a sure sign the perfume's probably a fake.
v  Watch for excess glue or adhesive tape. If there is a lot of tape or glue inside the perfume box or on the exterior of the packaging, the perfume is probably a fraud.
v  Examine barcodes. Barcodes should be at the bottom of the perfume box. If you see that they are the side of the box, you should definitely be suspicious.
v  Be wary of flea markets, home shopping parties, street vendors and unauthorized websites. Many sell fake or counterfeit products.
v  Watch the salesman. Most of the time the real product is in the front line on the shelf, while the fakes ones are behind it.
v  When online, buy from authentic websites. If there are spelling/grammar mistakes, unprofessional looking designs or a contact form without a legitimate address and phone number, proceed with caution.

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Above information was shared with me by Harper's Bazaar Fights Fake Beauty Products.


  1. hmmm..very informative post Sarah..thanks

  2. Great post, I wish cosmetics company's would consider our health when making all this crap! XOXO

  3. I would never ever buy a fake, be it any product-cosmetics, accessories,bags etc..I have heard of quite a few people saying that they scoot around for fakes..but personally I rather not buy it at all than going for a fake

  4. The warning of spelling and grammatical errors brings to mind I'm Fabulous, which has recently popped up seemingly out of nowhere to herd people mourning the loss of Orglamix to generate business. It's a re-branding of Anais Anti-Aging; their "promotion" techniques (posting from fake-looking facebook accounts about how awesome the products are on the fan pages for other companies) are really spammy and annoying, they used the VeriSign logo without being VeriSign secured (this has since been removed and replaced with another non-clickable logo,) and they use tons of stock photos in their listing.


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