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Fake Fragrances Have Urine in Them, Fund Terrorism 2010-01-27 14:00:11

Knockoff Perfumes Made With Pee, Might Support Terrorism

The headline basically says it all. Good Morning America did an investigation and found that counterfeit perfumes, which often end up being sold in kiosks, on the street, and sometimes even at the mall, can contain disgusting, dangerous substances like urine, antifreeze, and bacteria. And even worse, the proceeds from them often go to organizations that fund terrorism, drug cartels, and child labor. Doesn't smell so nice, right?

The trouble is, it's hard to tell whether the perfume you're buying from a vendor is real or not, and if you pick up a bad batch, you might end up spending more on doctor's bills than you would have on the real thing, plus you don't know where your money is going. Perfume is one of those things that's really personal, but given this information, I'd say try to buy something less expensive, or experiment with nicely priced essential oils, instead of hitting the knockoff stand. Check out the investigation below:

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popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
this is disturbing. hmm my friend bought me perfume for my birthday and i'm pretty sure she wouldn't have spent all that money buying the real thing so it's probably a knock off.... i've only used it once. will not be using it any longer. ughhh
Acid-Pops Acid-Pops 6 years
I never by fake anything but I once bought Clarins perfume from TJMaxx and it smelled alright so I didn't think anything of it. Besides, it was from a well-known store, so I thought it must be real even if it was cheaper. Later I read an article about how to tell whether your perfume is the real deal or not and one of the signs is the length of the tube inside the bottle through which the perfume is pumped. If it is longer than the length of the bottle and therefore curves at the end, then it is fake. I checked out my perfumes then and found the one from TJMaxx had a tube that was way too long so I guess it was fake.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 6 years
I never buy fake anything. Especially perfume. They never smell like the real thing.
gigi123 gigi123 6 years
reading about this keeps me believing that people are getting crazier everyday.
Pampire Pampire 6 years
Eww, that's disgusting! Good thing I only like the good stuff! ;)
rachelanne rachelanne 6 years
In my local mall there was a guy selling perfume..I never bought anything..I think the last time I went there the koisk was gone..its possible that the fragrances were fake..scary to think about..
juliarose23 juliarose23 6 years
ew omg this is gross. i had no idea..
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I want to know who would willingly purchase fake perfume? I am not trying to be mean here but I am speaking from a standpoint of someone who has sensitive skin and plus not a lot of perfumes work with my body chemistry. Maybe because I am an infrequent perfume wearer but I still have a paltry authentic perfumes I have gotten from authentic stores and airport kiosks (since it is duty free, why not *shrugs*).
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Kind of taken aback that the counterfeit perfume contains urine. But doesn't authentic perfumes contains a form of urine i.e. urea or am I getting confused with lotions?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Honestly, I wouldn't have bought a knockoff before, because they always smell off to me, but this certainly cemented that particular aversion.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
Yuk! Thank goodness I've never wanted a perfume so badly that I'd buy a knockoff. Don't like fake products or fake people. If you can afford, do can do without it.
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