A woman has died from a suspected chemical attack in Melbourne, a spokeswoman for the Victorian coroner said on Thursday.
Tara Skin Care’s Tarte skin care was reportedly mixed with ‘a chemical attack’ before it was used in an incident in Melbourne’s CBD on Monday night.
“It was used as a product, as a skin conditioner, as an exfoliant and then it was mixed in with an exoskeleton,” Victoria Coroner Catherine Bader said.
The product was apparently applied to the woman’s hands after a visit to a dermatologist.
“Her conditioner and her skin were also sprayed with a chemical attack,” Ms Bader told a news conference.
“There is no evidence that this was an act of self-harm, or a deliberate attack, or that there was any other substance in the substance.”
The woman’s family told local media she was a single mother of two, aged between 20 and 30.
“She was very, very sweet, very caring and just had a wonderful smile,” Ms Capper said.
“We don’t know what happened and we just pray for the family, we hope for the best and we’re just in shock and our hearts are broken.”
Tarte spokeswoman Jennifer Hennigan said she was “shocked and devastated” and was “deeply saddened” by the incident.
“Tarte is saddened to hear of the tragic death of Tara Skin Care,” Ms Hennigans said.
Tarte has a number of products containing ingredients including botanical extracts and essential oils.
“The Tarte team are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Tara,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of the woman.”
Tara’s sister-in-law told the ABC she was devastated to learn the young woman had died.
“I feel so bad because she was such a wonderful person and was so caring,” she said.”[She] loved her kids so much and was just a sweet, sweet lady, a good person.”
Tartarise skin care products can be purchased in a variety of forms and price ranges.
The ABC contacted Tarte for a comment.