Promise me you’ll read the ingredients on this pink perfume!

Originally posted on our Think Before You Pink blog.

by Kim Irish, BCA Program Manager

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has partnered with TPR Holdings, LLC, a New York City-based investor and operator in the consumer products industry, to create a perfume called Promise Me.  According to the fragrance’s website, the pink-tinted Promise Me is “The Scent of Inspiration.”  Its neatly packaged bottles and gift sets, with the all-too-familiar Komen ribbon emblazoned on the side, remind us that it’s not just inspiration Komen and TPR Holdings wants – they want us to shop our way to a cure.

Breast Cancer Action, like many of our favorite bloggers, disputes the real value of this type of cause marketing for several reasons.

  • The amount of each perfume purchase dedicated to supporting breast cancer research is paltry (Katie Ford Hall at Uneasy Pink notes that only $1.51 of each bottle will go to research, despite the whopping $59.00 individuals will spend per 3.4 oz bottle of Promise Me Eau de Parfum).

What’s that, you say?  It seems hypocritical that Susan G. Komen for a Cure would create a perfume that contains potential carcinogens while simultaneously claiming to fight “every minute of every day to finish what we started and achieve our vision of a world without breast cancer”?  That’s what Breast Cancer Action thinks, too. No amount of shopping for pink ribbon products will rid our world of the breast cancer epidemic.

We need to change the conversation about breast cancer – to one that focuses on eliminating toxins from the personal care products that we use daily, and where we boldly call out pinkwashers for distracting us from the real work that needs to be done.

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