Ever buy fake beauty products? Maybe you unknowingly have, thinking you’re scoring an amazing deal on Facebook or eBay. But before you rejoice in your too-good-to-be-true score, there’s something you need to know.
Police in London tested counterfeit beauty products purchased online, and the results showed traces of arsenic, cyanide and mercury.
What’s more, knockoff fragrances, creams and potions are often produced in unhygienic factories, so there’s also one more added ingredient that may have crept into your beauty essentials: rat poop.
And it gets worse. Some perfumes tested not only had cyanide in them, but they also contained human urine.
But wait, because there is more. Fake eyeliner, foundation and lip gloss were also tested, and in addition to mercury and arsenic, they contained lead. Lead! Like, the stuff they used to make pencils or paint out of. Y’know, before we realized it was incredibly poisonous.
In total, London Police have shut down 5,500 websites selling these questionable items. That’s nearly $7 million worth of poisons masquerading as beauty products!
So, yeah, buyer beware.