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FTC Sending Refunds for ‘Body-Slimming’ Creams

(CN) - The Federal Trade Commission on Friday mailed 10,620 refund checks to consumers who bought two skin creams marketed by L'Occitane, which falsely claimed the creams had "body slimming" capabilities.

The refunds are being made from money collected under a January 2014 settlement order with the company, which also agreed to stop making deceptive claims that its Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight skin creams have clinically proven, body-slimming capabilities.

The online and in-store retailer of beauty and cosmetic products charged $48 for seven ounces of Almond Shaping Delight, and $44 for 6.7 ounces of Almond Beautiful Shape. The total amount being refunded to consumers if $416,000.

The checks are being sent out through redress administrator Gilardi & Co. The checks must be cashed by May 19, 2015, or they will become void, the agency said.

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