Consumers who lost money purchasing two popular skin creams which were labeled as ‘body slimming’ have been helped by a recent FTC ruling.  The Federal Trade Commission will be mailing over 10,000 checks to consumers which will refund them towards purchases of two skin creams which were marketed by the company L’Occitane, Inc..  Amounts sent to consumers will depend on how much spent on the product.

    The refunds come on the heels of a January 2014 settlement that the company had agreed to with the FTC.  Details of the agreement were for the company to halt claims that the  Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight skin creams have body-slimming capabilities and are clinically proven.  These creams are quite expensive with seven ounce bottles retailing for $48 when purchasing the Almond Shaping Delight and $44 for the Almond Beautiful Shape cream.

    The settlement comes as part of ‘Operation Failed Resolution’  where the Federal Trade Commission spent considerable efforts to stop misleading claims for products and services that promoted easy weight loss and slimmer bodies.   Several companies and products were targeted including Sensa marketers, HCG Diet Direct and LeanSpa.

    According to a press statement, L’Occitane launched an advertising campaign in 2012 claiming that Almond Beautiful Shape could “trim 1.3 inches in just 4 weeks,” and that it was a “cellulite fighter;” and that Almond Shaping Delight has “clinically proven slimming effectiveness,” and will “visibly refine and reshape the silhouette, to resculpt and tone the body contours.”  L’Occitane’s ads also claimed that both products could produce a “noticeably slimmer, firmer you … (in just 4 weeks!).”  More information on the settlements can be found here – https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/01/sensa-three-other-marketers-fad-weight-loss-products-settle-ftc