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Beware of Counterfeits
on November 7, 2012
I love love love this product. It's literally feeds my skin better than anything I've ever used. I'm almost 50 and people think I'm in my mid 30's. BUT I have to warn you that there are people creating counterfeits and selling them all over the net---including sellers here on Amazon.
I bought a "professional Salon size" of this on ebay for $92 and it was fake. I know because I have bought the real stuff for years and when I used the ebay suff once and didn't see a difference right away, I tested it against the real stuff by tasting it. They were nothing alike. The real stuff has a tangy flavor somewhat like alpha hydroxy but not quite. I wrote to the company and asked for my money back and they said they were happy to refund it, as long as I returned the product, which I did, but my money was never refunded and then they changed their name. I should have contacted ebay and filed a formal complaint immediately but by the time I got around to doing it, it was too late to even give a review. It makes me mad enough to actually check into this and report it. I take beauty and money very seriously as I think a lot of us do. I would not be at all surprised if the ladies who have had an allergic reaction were actually using counterfit stuff, accidently. Don't make the mistake I made. Be careful about who you buy from and know your stuff.
If you log onto murad's sight there is a tab about unauthorized sellers. It says "Beginning January 1, 2009, authentic Murad products bear a seal with a state of the art, currency grade hologram. When tipped, three patterns composed of elements of the Murad logo will be visible on the seal. To avoid counterfeit goods and to enjoy the safety, quality and performance of Murad products, always look for the Murad seal. Each seal also includes a unique code number that will soon enable you to access "best used by" information here at Murad.com. Please avoid Murad products that have defaced seals or otherwise tampered packaging. "
I cannot vouch for the seller on this page, either way. I buy from skinwest.com and they sell the real stuff at a reduced cost with the holograms on the boxes, but I'm sure there are reputable sellers on Amazon too. Pretty soon the counterfitters will probably be creating holograms too, but they will never be able to reproduce the taste or the way your skin looks after you use it. so my advice is, if you buy a box without a hologram, taste it and test it next to the real stuff and if it ins't the same---report the seller. Us girls looking for bargains have to work together to keep places like Amazon safe.