An ALDI customer has sparked a war of words after raising a concern about the ingredient list on a popular skincare buy.
Sharing on a Facebook page, ALDI shopper Shelley said she purchased Lacura You’s The Booster Hyaluronic Acid cream from her local store.
But after researching the product, Shelley said she was unsettled to find that one of the main ingredients, urea, was described as “mammal urine” when she searched it online.
“Hearing lots of info about Hyaluronic Acid so grabbed this last shopping trip to work on the age lines of 50 years plus,” she wrote on the Aldi Mums page.
“A bit more research when I got home to discover the secret formula … urea! Yup, mammal urine!
“I’ll pass … Anyone up for a bit of wee on your face, help yourself to my unused purchase. It’s in my bin … I’ll keep my wrinkles.”
However hundreds of other ALDI fans were quick to react to Shelley’s post saying the information she’d read online was incorrect.
“Urea has been used in topical creams for well over a hundred years,” said one.
“It’s not new, it’s not unusual. It’s perfectly safe. It’s not ‘urine’. It’s a compound that’s found in urine.”
Said another: “You’d be surprised how many products have urea in them.”
Added a third: “I look specifically for urea. I know the product will really help to lock in moisture then. I won’t buy hand or foot creams without it.”
Wrote one more: “Honestly a simple Google search and even just reading Wikipedia would give you an idea of how naive this comment is!”
Others had a more humorous response.
“I wouldn’t give a s*** what’s in it. If it stops/slows the wrinkles and the amount of money I have to spend on Botox, then I’d bathe in it,” said one.
Added another: “If it actually erased my wrinkles then I’d go lay in the bush and wait for a wombat to waddle past. Cheaper than Botox.”
What is urea?
Experts say that while urea is the “main nitrogen-containing substance in the urine of mammals”, the organic compound is non-toxic and used in many common products such as creams, shampoos, conditioners, teeth whitening products and even some pretzels.
Shelley took the comments onboard, urging people to relax.
“It’s all OK … stay calm,” said one.
“Facebook will get their infamous ‘official’ fact checkers up and about any minute now to sort this out one way or another.”