The Saudi Food and Drugs Agency has carried out tests on 9 Ithmid Kohl samples from some of the most popular and widely distributed brands.
In a press release on its website, the agency found high levels of lead and bacterial contamination in all samples.
The levels of lead found in the samples exceeded 10 times the allowed limit for lead in beauty products as per Saudi guidelines.
Seven of the samples contained higher than allowed levels of bacteria.
The agency posted the names of the products alongside images on their website (Click here to view).
The main brands in the list include :
1) Ithmid Kohl with ZamZam water
This product is currently sold on ebay and is found in many shops in the western countries, let alone in Saudi Arabia.
2) Alharamain Kohl
Clever marketing with the inclusion of the free makhala, but no substance to it, it seems.
3) Hashmi Kohl
Again, a widely circulated brand that has flooded online platforms like amazon and eBay as well as shops all over the world, and thought of many consumers as premium Kohl eyeliner brand.
4) Raani Kohl Kajal
This is another popular kohl eyeliner brand that markets itself as a high quality kohl producer. Likewise it widely circulated and still available on Amazon.co.uk as we speak.
And the list continues
The rest of the list is made up unbranded but professionally and nicely packaged kohl products from smaller players, which has not got as much as global reach as the other main ones.
The common thing between all these fake kohl brands is the focus on marketing rather than quality.
You can notice that all are produced and packaged to a high professional standard to give an impression on genuinety and authenticity.
Here at Realithmidkohl.com things are the opposite way.
We sell genuine and real Ithmid kohl in a plain undecorated packages. Rather than focusing on marketing through image, we focused on obtaining the best possible quality from trustworthy sources.
As a result, you can be rest assured that you will be buying authentic and safe Ithmid kohl.