Rat poo, human wee and other disgusting things found in fake beauty products

Arsenic, rat’s droppings and human urine are among the gross ‘ingredients’ found in fake beauty products and make-up that are apparently putting our lives in danger.

Counterfeit goods such as sun cream with no real protection and hair stylers that haven’t been properly tested are also being highlighted by City of London Police’s “Wake up – don’t fake up!” campaign.

Millions are spent on fake goods every year and with the rise of online shopping, more people are producing and flogging them on the internet.

Checking if a product is genuine is proving to be a lot harder as we can’t gauge the look and feel of a product like when buying in a shop.

Police said generic stock images are also frequently used to deceive us.

Fake electrical beauty goods, such as hair curlers, dryers and straighteners are not subject to the same vigorous safety tests as genuine items and so the bogus product is often very dangerous.

It could cause electrocution or overheat and catch fire, potentially burning hair, skin and scalp as well as putting homes and lives at risk.

Police said lab tests revealed counterfeit perfume often contains poisonous chemicals including cyanide and even human urine… We can’t fathom how the latter happened and certainly don’t want to.

Fake cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss and foundation have been found to contain toxic levels of chemicals and harmful substances such as arsenic, mercury and lead.

All of these can cause allergic reactions.

Counterfeit make-up is often produced in unsanitised and unhygienic factories like these pictures show and there have been cases where rats’ droppings and poison have also been found in the phoney cosmetics.

Detective Superintendent Maria Woodall, who oversees the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) at City of London Police, said: “Many people don’t know about the real dangers counterfeit beauty products pose to their health and so that is why this week we are urging the public to Wake up – don’t fake up!

“Criminals are exploiting every opportunity to fool customers into buying counterfeits in order for them to make some quick cash – putting peoples’ health, homes and lives at risk.

“Beauty products are meant to enhance your features, however the fakes can in fact do quite the opposite. Our general rule is; if it seems too good to be true then it probably is.”