I recently had a client bring to me a product she bought from a "discount" web site. The same product that I sell here at Red Lotus. I pulled the same product in the same labeled container off of my shelf here and we compared what she bought online to what I sell. Her "discounted" product was a watered down of the original product I have that came to me directly from the manufacturer.
The licensed products I sell are only sold to licensed Doctor's and/or Aesthetian's, and for good reason. The percentages of acids, retinoids or other ingredients may be inappropriate for certain skin conditions and need to be monitored by a professional. Sometimes clients think they can purchase the same products I sell at a discount from some non-regulated online source. I would strongly recommend that you think twice before doing this. Jan Marini, PCA and Rhonda Allison put a lot of money into the prevention of the counterfeiting of their products. They DO NOT sell to beauty stores or non licensed people. These "discounted" versions of products you may run across are either fake, improperly stored and refrigerated, or have gone past their expiration dates. In some cases these products aren't even the original formulas you thought you were buying. Just because the packaging looks the same, there's no guarantee that the product you bought is the actual licensed product from that manufacturer.
My name is Patricia Barnett and I am a 27 year licensed Aesthetian at Red Lotus Skin Care. Our salon is a licensed vendor for Jan Marini, PCA, Rhonda Allison, and iLike Organics products. I am licensed and trained to help with skin complications, as well as changing skin conditions that these effective cosmetically ingredients can do. For example, a clients skin may need lots of exfoliates at first but this may need to taper off as time goes on. How would they know this? They wouldn't. So please think again before buying "discount" products and trying to "self-treat".
Indicators of Counterfeits:
The Packaging. It differs slightly from the authentic brand (might be a different color or different lettering on the product), and/or the product’s wrapping appears haphazard.
The Advertising. The product they sell is being advertised as a “limited edition” even though the authentic manufacturer doesn't offer it as a limited edition.
The Price. It is drastically lower than normal.
The Consistency. The texture just doesn't feel or look like the authentic brand.
The Fragrance. There’s something a little off about the scent, and the color of the fluid in the bottle might be different than the original.
The Source. The product is being sold at non-authorized or non-licensed retailers, including flea markets, mall kiosks, and over the Internet.