Spray what? Horse urine found in counterfeit perfume

glass raring horse perfume bottle

In February 2014 Fox News carried a report about the dangers of counterfeit perfume.

    Something smells rotten – and it may be your perfume or cologne.

    In a new report from CBS New York, doctors warned about the recent rise in counterfeit fragrances, which could be hazardous to your health. Health experts claimed that as many as 10 percent of all perfumes on the market are fake – and they often include toxic chemicals.

    “What is often in fake fragrances are ingredients like antifreeze, poorly based chemicals — and urine,” Valerie Salembier, president of the Authentics Foundation, told CBS New York. [1]

What Salembier did not mention about the urine – intentional or not – is that it is almost certainly horse urine. Yes. Horse urine.

The BBC comes right out with it.

    Tempted to buy a bottle of luxury brand perfume or aftershave at a bargain price from a street vendor?

    Think again – the smell might be similar to the one being sold in an established outlet, but the liquid providing the base is usually urine.

    “They use horse urine,” says David McKelvey, from counterfeit and piracy experts TM Eye. [2]

    The UK’s Daily Mail recently reported :

      Counterfeit make-up, meanwhile, can contain banned ingredients such as lead, copper, mercury, arsenic or cadmium, which can lead to swelling, rashes and poisoning. Test on fake perfumes, meanwhile, have found horse urine and harmful ingredients that can cause allergic and skin-burning reactions. [3]

    Why use horse or any other animal urine?

      Who knew urine contained something cosmetic companies would flip over? Urea, a chief waste product of our body as well as from animals, is used in antiperspirants, moisturizers, mouthwashes, deodorants, and shampoos. That’s right; you’re getting all beautified with the help of an organic compound in urine! Urea is used because it is known to absorb, attract and retain water, and contains vitamins A, D, E, and K. Not only does it work wonders on sweat and moisturizing, it is also a great anti-inflammatory as well as a sun protection. Thankfully, most companies now use synthetic urea instead of extracting it from a horse. [4]

    Notice it says “most companies”.

    The Black Sea website states:

      Criminal gangs using a route from China through Turkey to Romania are flooding the European market with fake branded perfumes – threatening the health of consumers and providing funds for gangsters. [5]

    A report in The Minyanville tell us:

      One man attempting to stem the tide of counterfeit goods flowing into the United States is James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations office.

      “We hope to educate people about the safety risks involved,” he offers. “Even with something like perfume or cologne, these manufacturers could be using toxic chemicals, caustic chemicals, that you’re then putting on your skin.”

      When everything from knock-off Chanel bags to phony Viagra (PFE) available less than five minutes away from any physical point in the New York area, is stemming the tide of Chinese counterfeit goods anything less than an impossible task? [6]

    It does appear insurmountable. Fox News reports that counterfeit fragrances are on the rise.

    In the meantime, with pregnant mares being milked for their estrogen rich urine in China for the production of Pfizer’s Premarin family of drugs, i.e. Premarin vaginal cream and their latest drug Duavee, the Chinese have found another sales opportunity for horse urine. What other products are the Chinese putting horse urine in?

    At any rate, here we go again with Pfizer.

    Here are some questions to consider.

    1. Would horse urine for any purpose be extracted from horses in China – pregnant or otherwise – if pee farms to collect conjugated equine estrogens for the making of Premarin were not set up there?

    2. Or, because of the large quantities of horse urine required – say for example, the counterfeit perfume market, – did Pfizer simply seize an opportunity to acquire a key component for the making of its odious menopausal-osteoporosis drugs where the abuse and deaths of the horses used would be next to impossible to detect and expose.

    Jane Allin poses this.

      I wonder if the Chinese are using the urea extracted from horse pee after they have extracted the CEEs – using an extraction from the waste product of CEE manufacture – how clever.

    [1] See Fox News at http://goo.gl/I6I8nF
    [2] See http://www.bbc.com/news/business-16087793
    [3] See Daily Mail at http://goo.gl/sjOmsv
    [4] See http://www.toptenz.net/products-in-cosmetics.php
    [5] See theblacksea.eu at http://goo.gl/rXUbX8
    [6] See minyanville.com at http://goo.gl/r7Cg9F

    Please visit our Premstoppers page to learn more about the horses used for Premarin, and take action. http://www.horsefund.org/premstoppers-home.php

    • “How to differentiate original and fake perfume”, PerfumeMania.Shop, http://goo.gl/rNPZ3j
    • “Is the Secret Behind Chanel No. 5’s Success… Cat Pee?, Toronto Standard, July 3, 2012. http://goo.gl/D9OFxr

3 thoughts on “Spray what? Horse urine found in counterfeit perfume”

  1. Check labels on all products(cosmetics,household cleaning,etc) and ensure that the OFFICIAL cruelty-free logos are there before purchasing. If in doubt you can check with the major animal advocacy groups to be sure.


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