In news you probably didn't want to hear today, your Chanel No. 5 perfume may contain urine.
Gross, but true — if it's counterfeit.
In New York City, five men has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution and reselling of fake designer perfumes that may be loaded with urine, antifreeze and "other unpleasant, flammable or dangerous chemicals that burn when applied to the skin."
Conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, "Operation Bad Odor" (as they have naturally called the investigation), cracked down on the scheme to peddle counterfeit perfumes, which included Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Chanel No. 5, Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue and Gucci Guilty (literally our favourites. Ugh).
The gang involved, who would falsely trademarked high-end perfume packaging, had been knowingly selling the fragrances to wholesalers in up to six states and e-commerce sites.
Confiscating roughly 10,000 boxes of icky perfumes with "deceptive packing" that were originally imported generic fragrances from China, enforcement charged the five men with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, trafficking in counterfeit goods, trafficking in counterfeit packaging, and smuggling goods.
What does this mean? That urine may be the factor behind their 30 years behind bars.
Lessoned learned here, folks? When it comes to beauty products, please make sure you're purchasing them from legitimate sources, whether it be online or in stores. We don't want anymore shady situations, or else ur-in-e lot of trouble.
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