Last Monday, Cheri Tracy of Orglamix/Urban Apothecary had a paralegal email me a cease & desist letter. You can view that letter here.
Now, I fully expected that if I received a hard copy of a Cease & Desist, that it would have documents with it, and cite specifics on what they want me to remove.
Instead, it’s literally just a copy of the email sent, and it’s not even signed by the lawyer! Everything is typed, including people’s signatures. This just doesn’t seem legitimate to me.
Here’s what has happened so far with Cheri Tracy & Orglamix:
August 7, 2009 – I purchased products from Orglamix via Etsy.
I used her products and in my opinion I believed them to be nothing special. At this point I felt like I’d wasted money on her products. I didn’t like them.
September 17, 2009 – Cheri Tracy contacted me via email to review her makeup and offered to send me samples.
I explained to her that I’d purchased makeup from her already and proceeded to ask her questions about how she makes her makeup. She tells me that she also owns Urban Apothecary and several other businesses. I did research about her companies and what she had told me, and was uncomfortable with what I found.
September 25, 2009 – I posted my review on Orglamix.
Cheri didn’t contact me after my review was up. Yes, you read this right. From the time I posted my review, until Oct 26, 2009 (so about a month) I never received an email from Cheri about my review.
October 26, 2009 – I received an email cease and desist from Cheri Tracy & her paralegal.
November 2, 2009 – I received a letter in the mail that states it is a cease & desist, but it is not signed by a lawyer, everything is typed, and there is no additional documentation with it that specifies what exactly she objects to or wants removed from my blog.
I am entitled to my opinion on Orglamix, and I do not like their products nor would I recommend them. I feel like I wasted my money when I purchased her products.
I’m still surprised that since Cheri Tracy asked me to review Orglamix that she’s treating me this way.
I’m wondering if she’s going to go after anyone else who has left her negative reviews, on other sites.
Finally, I’m wondering why she can’t take a bit of criticism. Not every product is going to work for every person. I’ve tried a lot of makeup and it’s very rare for me to just flat out hate a product and find it a waste of my money.
Thankfully, I’m not the sort of person to make personal attacks in my blog.