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Curiouser and Curiouser: Fake Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

I’ll start this post off by acknowledging that Benton’s had its share of contamination issues over the past few years. I think it’s incredibly important that you research products before putting them on your skin and before I purchased the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence back in February, I read about the issues with the preservatives. When so much of your product is natural and can essentially go bad or begin to grow things like mold, preservatives that keep the products stable are a must. I am of the opinion that following the problems Benton had in 2014, the company learned from their mistakes and I was incredibly excited to try out the Snail Bee High Content line. What I should have been concerned about was the products were coming from.

Here’s where it gets weird. I ordered Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence from Amazon on February 11th. It arrived a few days later and I immediately used it, forgoing a patch test (because I was an overly-excited imbecile). I woke up the next morning with little red dots all over my face, everywhere I used the essence. At first I thought it was an allergic reaction. Then I took a look at the bottle and the white print on it was already coming off. It hit me that it could be counterfeit. I immediately contacted Amazon to do the return. It was a painless process, Amazon processed my refund that day, and a few days later my skin was back to normal.

Not my picture, but my red dots looked identical to these.

Not my picture/skin, but my red dots looked identical.

At the beginning of May, I noticed that Memebox has a Benton Box for $30 that includes Snail Bee High Content Skin, Snail Bee High Content Lotion, Snail Bee High Content Essence, Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream, Honest TT Mist, three Snail Bee High Content Mask Packs, deluxe samples of Aloe BHA Skin Toner and Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel. Basically, the best deal ever. To say I jumped at purchasing this box would be an understatement.  It arrived last week and this time I was smart enough to patch test. And guess what… A week into using this line everyday, no little red bumps. My skin looks and feels great! I want a few more weeks of using these products before I wrote an official review, but here’s the thing I really want to stress:

Amazon doesn’t always source the products, sometimes they only fulfill the orders. Which means the products that aren’t sold by Amazon are sourced by individual sellers and the products they sell might not be authentic.

I am incredibly hesitant to order beauty products from Amazon that are not sold by Amazon or the manufacturer. In fact, I probably won’t ever again. It’s scary to imagine the level of desperation required to fake a $14 essence. What’s even scarier is wondering what exactly you just put on your face.

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