FTC secures refunds for consumers who purchased deceptively-advertised ‘body-slimming’ creams

government actionLosing weight is hard. If only there was a product you could buy that would cut out all that exercise and dieting… There are businesses out there that CLAIM to have such a product. Unfortunately, when you send them money, you’re probably going to wind up with a slimmer wallet–not a slimmer you.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Friday, March 20 that it would be issuing more than 10,600 checks totaling more than $416,000 to people who lost money purchasing “body slimming creams” marketed by L’Occitane, Inc. The amount each check will vary based on how much of the product the consumer bought.

Money for the refunds was collected under a January 2014 settlement order with the company, which also must stop making deceptive claims that its Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight skin creams have body-slimming capabilities and are clinically proven. The retailer charged $48 for seven ounces of Almond Shaping Delight and $44 for 6.7 ounces of Almond Beautiful Shape.

Checks will come from redress administrator Gilardi & Co., LLC. They must be cashed by May 19, 2015. The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.