Counterfeit Cosmetics in Iran

Criminal justice programs in Iran show that 80 to 90 percent of all cosmetics that are imported into Iran are counterfeits. Most of the counterfeit cosmetics are manufactured in China, Thailand or Turkey, according to security experts.

Due to the high rate of fakes, dermatologists in Iran recommended their patients to only use domestic cosmetic labels. The cosmetics that are made in Iran are regulated by the government.

The market value of the cosmetics industry in Iran is around $2 Billion a year, with Iranian females between the ages of 15 to 45 accounting for one third of all cosmetics sales in the Middle East.

Source:  Mehrnaz Samimi, “Cosmetics boom in Iran,” Al-Monitor, December 17, 2013.