A recent Cambodia Daily (offline only) reports on the busting up of (reportedly) the largest counterfeit-cosmetics ring ever in Cambodia:

Seven tons of counterfeit cosmetics were seized and four people were arrested yesterday during a raid on a house in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district, according to Police.

Between 15 and 17 different brands of fake soap, balm, lotion and powders were seized.

As our recent counterfeit survey confirmed, fake goods are readily available in markets and stores in Cambodia. Counterfeit cosmetics can be particularly harmful, as they’re used directly on a person’s skin.

While it’s unclear how exactly the ring operated, it’s not uncommon to find branded bottles refilled with a homemade concoction on sale in the markets. Best to buy the real thing from a reputable dealer.