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Counterfeit Perfumes May Have Some Unusual Ingredients

January 29, 2010 1 comment

Counterfeit Perfumes May Contain Urine, Bacteria, Antifreeze.

For most shoppers, getting fancy-looking goods at low prices is a good enough reason to buy counterfeit products. But a knockoff bottle of the sweet smelling stuff is not always a great deal, especially when it comes to counterfeit perfume, because a fake fragrance can get absorbed into the skin.

“Active ingredients found in counterfeit fragrance include things like urine, bacteria, antifreeze,” reports Valerie Salembier, senior vice president and publisher of Harper’s Bazaar.

Salembier and her staff have dedicated themselves to exposing counterfeits for more than six years. In the January issue of Harper’s Bazaar, they target fake fragrances. They brought the issue of counterfeit perfume to “GMA’s” attention.
“You’re putting something on your face, on your neck, on your wrists. Those are sensitive parts of the body, so, to have active ingredients that could endanger your life is a very serious health risk,” Salembier said.