Paying full price for a small bottle of designer perfumemay be hard on your wallet, but you definitely don’t want to settle for one out of a bargain bin—you may be spritzing urine on yourself.
According to reporting by Fashion Law, investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security has found that ingredients within knockoff perfumes such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci include urine, antifreeze, and other “unpleasant, flammable or dangerous chemicals that burn when applied to the skin.”
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit has been after counterfeiter perfumers for a while, and handled a major bust in New York City where they seized 10,000 boxes of the bargain brands.
Five individuals have been arrested on suspected trafficking: Patrick Badal, Kaium Shah, Kenny Ni, Abul Kashem and Parvez Shazzed.
An ICE undercover agent discovered the warehouse where one man told him the bottles would be sold at $15 each. The agent later commented to WABC-TV, an ABC 7 Eyewitness affiliate, that, “These products have been smuggled into the United States utilizing various methodologies. And once they're here, they're repackaged and then just distributed…to various businesses in the New York City…and e-commerce sites as well.”
This is troubling for individuals who have attempted to save a few bucks and buy perfume sold online at a lower price.
ABC 7 notes that trafficking counterfeit productsis actually the third most profitable trade in the world, yet it is still shocking to discover what is found within these products—most would probably assume that the worst you would find is watered down perfume, not urine.