Irish Spring was launched in Germany in 1970 and in the US in 1972. Up until 1990, Irish Spring soap bars only came in one scent but the company has since branched out into several niche varieties and scents. Irish Spring Original bar soap delivers the original gentle and caring formula you love, with a fresh and clean scent to leave you refreshed. Irish Spring Original bar soap provides 12-hour deodorant protection, so you can feel fresh throughout the day.
However, manufacturers of fake Irish Spring soap and body washes have denied many the benefits of this soap by producing counterfeit products that do not provide these benefits. Fake soaps can wreck havoc to your skin, as they often cause dry, dehydrated skin due to their high pH, your skin needs to maintain a specific, fairly acidic pH to function properly.
The acid mantle, a thin, protective layer, is primarily composed of sebum, the skin’s naturally produced oil. It’s integrity is susceptible to irregularities caused by internal and external factors, like diet, pollutants and fake soaps. To keep skin healthy, the acid mantle needs to be able to do its job, and to do it’s job we need to avoid cleansers that could upset its pH balance.
Few years ago, a total of 22 people were charged for using 40-foot shipping containers to smuggle in items such as fake beauty products that have been manufactured in China into the US.
According to the FBI, the Internet has given consumers widespread access to health and beauty products some labeled with “anti-aging” properties that they don’t know are fake. Government and industry studies and testing have discovered dangerous ingredients within counterfeit “anti-aging” products. Fraudulent cosmetics may contain arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium all known carcinogens along with high levels of aluminum and dangerous levels of bacteria from sources such as urine. Some of these products have caused conditions like acne, psoriasis, rashes, and eye infections.
How To Identify Original Irish Spring Soap vs Fake
A fake Irish Spring Soap is a bit difficult to distinguish from the Original. Here are tips to help you avoid buying a fake Irish Spring soap;
Irish Spring Soap packaging: Back in the day, you could spot a counterfeit based solely on shoddy packaging. Now, that’s a lot harder to do. Now, the packaging can look almost identical.” In other words, just because something looks legit doesn’t mean that it actually is, so it’s important to test the actual product or check out the retailer selling the Irish Spring soap before slathering it all over your body. ALSO SEE: How To Spot Original Kojie San Soap vs Fake
Buy Irish Spring Soap from a reputable seller: When you purchase products directly from a brand or an authorized retailer, you know what you’re getting. Elsewhere on the Internet, it’s not so clear. Websites that work with third parties which many, many people turn to for their beauty products are hotbeds for fakes, and if you think you’re getting a great deal on something that’s usually super expensive or sold out elsewhere, chances are it’s probably too good to be true.
Check the Irish Spring Soap reviews: If you are going to buy skin care on Amazon, for example, which has many third-party sellers, it’s important to research by reading a seller’s reviews. “If a seller has repeated negative reviews, or reviews that your gut tells you are ‘staged’ or ‘fake’ because they all contain nearly the exact same language, do not purchase your Irish Spring Soap from that seller even if the price is so compelling and attractive.
Test the Irish Spring Soap: Testing new products on your arm or hand is always important, but it’s especially important in the case of counterfeits. If an Irish Spring Soap you’ve been using forever is suddenly giving you contact dermatitis when you try it, it’s a good sign that it’s a fake Irish Spring Soap.
Anecdotal evidence available on Nairaland forum also provides additional information on how you can identify fake Irish Spring soap they include ;
- The pack: The original has a white design on the side while the fake doesn’t
- Manufacturer: The fake is manufactured in Nigeria, Kenya or Senegal while the original is by Colgate U.S.A
- Bar Color: The bar for the fake is whiter (soda-like) while the original is not
- Pack Lid: The lid to the pack for the original has 2 flips gummed together while that for the fake is tucked in