That Bargain Perfume You Scored Might Just Be a Bottle of Pee

Source: AP
Source: AP

If you think you scored a great deal buying a bottle of luxury perfume at a bargain-basement price, you may actually just be spritzing a disgusting — and possibly toxic — blend of urine and antifreeze on your neck. 

"Deceptive packaging" is allegedly how the unimaginatively named "Counterfeit Perfume Ring" managed to swindle wholesalers across seven states into buying pee perfume, Fashion Law reported. An investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security division revealed ingredients in the knockoff fragrances — under the guise of brands like Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Gucci — included urine and antifreeze, yes, but also "other unpleasant, flammable or dangerous chemicals that burn when applied to the skin," Fashion Law reported.

Source: Giphy

ICE has been after Abul Kashem, Kaium Shah, Kenny Ni, Patrick Badal and Parvez Shazzed, who the investigation said imported the pungent cocktails from China and sold them to wholesalers, according to Fashion Law.

During a Manhattan, New York City, raid on Wednesday, Homeland Security Investigations agents seized more than 10,000 boxes of the stuff, slated for delivery to "businesses in the New York City area, and ... to e-commerce sites as well," a Homeland Security investigator said, according to the local ABC outlet. According to authorities, the bust happened after Shazzed showed an undercover agent into a room filled with designer-esque bottles, which he reportedly said "were not real but were of good quality" and priced at $15 a pop, ABC 7 reported.

Source: Giphy

The men have been charged with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, trafficking in counterfeit goods, trafficking in counterfeit packaging and smuggling goods into the U.S., according to Fashion Law.

ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls said counterfeiting is on the rise in the beauty industry. 

"If you're getting a counterfeit beauty product or cosmetic, the reality is you don't know what's in it," he said, according to Fashion Law

Read more: If Perfume Commercials Were Actually Made for Women, Here's What They'd Sound Like

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Claire Lampen

Claire is a staff writer at Mic who covers women's issues and reproductive rights. She is based in New York and can be reached at claire@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Watchdog groups sue Trump for deleting tweets, allegedly violating Presidential Records Act

Trump's deleted tweets may come back to haunt him.

Grizzly bear protections in Yellowstone National park are ending

A final ruling by US government officials will strike the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the list of threatened species after its population increased to 700.

Another day, another off-camera White House press briefing

The move to scale back on-camera press briefings comes amid Trump's increasing unwillingness to interact with the press.

Minneapolis might get a $15 minimum wage, but restaurant workers aren't celebrating

Discord has been brewing in Minneapolis over whether tipped work will be counted toward a $15 minimum wage.

These abysmal new poll numbers for House health care bill don't bode well for Senate version

Only 34% of Republicans approve of the new proposed law.

'Pizzagate' shooter gets 4-year prison sentence, lawyers urged judge to deter vigilantism

Welch stormed a Washington, D.C., pizza place and shot off a firearm because of the internet.

Watchdog groups sue Trump for deleting tweets, allegedly violating Presidential Records Act

Trump's deleted tweets may come back to haunt him.

Grizzly bear protections in Yellowstone National park are ending

A final ruling by US government officials will strike the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the list of threatened species after its population increased to 700.

Another day, another off-camera White House press briefing

The move to scale back on-camera press briefings comes amid Trump's increasing unwillingness to interact with the press.

Minneapolis might get a $15 minimum wage, but restaurant workers aren't celebrating

Discord has been brewing in Minneapolis over whether tipped work will be counted toward a $15 minimum wage.

These abysmal new poll numbers for House health care bill don't bode well for Senate version

Only 34% of Republicans approve of the new proposed law.

'Pizzagate' shooter gets 4-year prison sentence, lawyers urged judge to deter vigilantism

Welch stormed a Washington, D.C., pizza place and shot off a firearm because of the internet.