Victoria's Secret perfume pulled from shelves
A Victoria’s Secret perfume has been yanked off shelves in Qatar, with authorities calling it ‘offensive’.
Yes, it’s not just the Victoria’s Secret models who cause controversy. The scent’s name – ‘Victoria’s Secret: Strawberries and Champagne’ – was deemed inappropriate.
The perfume (which has been described as a “tempting, fruity fragrance”) as well as creams and a body mist product all got cut from one of the country’s biggest shopping destinations, the Landmark Mall in Doha.
Posting on Twitter, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce stated the products go against the “customs, traditions and religious values” of Qatar.
The ministry provided no further explanation, but the word ‘champagne’ is thought to be the main problem, considering the Gulf state’s tight regulation of alcohol.
With Rihanna’s provocative perfume ad banned in the UK last year, this isn’t the first beauty product to cause such a stir – and it almost certainly won’t be the last!
Have you ever felt offended by a beauty product? Do you think the beauty industry has a negative influence on consumers, or is this an overreaction?