Health Alert. A possible 10% of all cologne and perfumes are counterfeit

While I am not a big fan of wearing cologne, sometimes I do use it. I call it ‘shower in a can’. Well that is what we called it in the army. When I could not take a shower but smelled bad, I would spray myself with cheap fragrances. Of course, you never want to do that if a enemy is nearby. There is a reason cats always clean themselves, that reason being not to alert predators by smell.

Nothing against fragrances. I buy them as gifts sometimes for people. But I know how much things are counterfeited, so I know where to buy and what to look for. If you are using fragrances such as perfume or cologne, be wary of counterfeits. One is ten bottles on the market may be fake and instead of the chemicals the manufacturer made, they are being substituted with anti freeze, other chemicals you do not want to inhale, and even urine.

Health experts claimed that as many as 10 percent of all perfumes on the market are fake – and they often include toxic chemicals.

“What is often in fake fragrances are ingredients like antifreeze, poorly based chemicals — and urine,” Valerie Salembier, president of the Authentics Foundation, told CBS New York.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), some phony fragrances also contain a chemical called DEHP, which has been classified as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. All of these harmful ingredients can lead to serious skin rashes, asthma, sinus problems and more.
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“The consumer would have no way of knowing it until they put it on their skin,” Dr. Jeanette Graf, a dermatologist based out of New York City, told CBS New York. Graf said the packaging on fake fragrances is so perfect that it can be nearly impossible to detect. “The consumer would have no way of knowing it until they put it on their skin,” she said.

That was exactly what happened to Goldich.

“I put a little bit on my earlobe, and I just noticed a terrible itching,” she said.

 What is the best way to avoid buying fake perfume?

The same way for anything you buy. If the price is usually to good to be true, it usually is.

Buy from a trust source. Even though sometimes they have counterfeits and don’t even know. Fakes enter supply chains for any company. It is just the law of numbers. If you are selling 10 million bottles a year, you cannot account the source for all of them.

Don’t buy from street dealers who sell perfume and such. At one Manhattan building, police arrested nine people after a 2008 raid uncovered counterfeiters mixing batches of fake perfume in the basement. “If it’s too pale, that means it’s heavy alcohol,” Salembier said. “If it’s too dark, it is most likely using faux chemicals.”

Ever bought a fragrance and it did not smell right or caused skin irritation or headaches? Leave a comment with your story.

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