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Cancer cause supported by perfume


I read with horror the article on the Norwegian Cancer Society (Kreftforeningen) website on sponsorship from the perfume Laila produced and sold by Geir Ness.


News media

Perfume Cancer

(Dagbladet): Now, I stink, laughs Anne Lise Ryel-General of the Norwegian Cancer Society and get another shower of fragrance,” Laila “against his neck. Geir Ness, who has joined up as perfume king in the U.S., is with the Cancer Society in Oslo to spread the scent and the good news.

I want to do what little I can to support a good cause. I have met so many cancer on my “promo tours” around the world. Earlier this year he lost a good friend of mine in cancer. She was only 39 years old and left four children, “said Ness.

Provides ten percent
In connection with the launch of a new pink bottles of perfume, “Laila” has Ness decided to give ten percent of sales in Norway to the Norwegian Cancer Society.

Ryel willingly take in the smell and the money.

Buy-Triggering donations are becoming more and more common. We are very excited that someone wants to create income from what they sell to cancer, but we must of course constantly evaluating which products we put our brand up against. They can not harm our reputation, “said Ryel.

It is 17 years since Geir Ness left Norway to study theater and film in Los Angeles. Acting career never took off, but in 1997 he launched the fragrance, “Laila”, a fragrance inspired by Norwegian nature and named after his mother Laila.

A store in Beverly Hills took into 100 bottles and said I had three months to sell them. The day before Mother’s Day I was there with a red carpet, dark suit and sold off all 100, “said Ness.

Perfume to celebrities
“The essence of Norway” has turned very popular not only among those women Ness seduce with hand massage around the U.S. shopping malls. In 2004 he managed to get up in the perfume gift bags for the Oscar candidates. Last year he sold 250 000 bottles, and a turnover of 40 million. According to Dagens Næringsliv Ness this summer rejected an offer to sell his company for 87 million.

This is like my own little baby, and then it’s not just selling. Many people probably think I’m crazy, but so far I do not need to sell, “says Ness.

The market for “Laila” has been low in Norway. Are not you afraid that people might perceive your cancer involvement as a pure marketing stunt?

It is well always someone who will respond, but in the U.S., it is customary to give part of the sale to a good purpose. For me, that is in an industry with fashion and
cosmetics, it’s inspiring to be part of spreading an important message, “says

Impossible possible
The perfume king’s unique history that made the Norwegian Cancer Society to accept his donation.

Graham’s story is about making the impossible possible. Fighting cancer is also many times to make the impossible possible. His story fits with our message, “said

Cancer boss even won the fight against breast cancer two years ago. She does not find it troubling that such a serious disease is linked to the perfume sales.

The government has opened for the purchase trigger donations, but it is obviously not any products we can tie ourselves up against, “said Ryel.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the “Lofoten capsule Omega 3” and novel medical series “St. Halvard Hospital also goes to the Norwegian Cancer Society.

End qoute.

You can read at the Norwegian Cancer Society’s website that they do not believe it is problematic to recieve money from the sale of perfume. Perfume and cosmetic has been scientifically verified to contain lots of chemicals that are cause to cancer. Among those chemicals listed  in lots of perfumes is Phthalates, musk, paraben, toluol, formaldehyde, benzol, methylchlorid and so on. (more about this in the sources links)  And us who are allergic, asthmatic or have mcs and member of the NAAF, Asthma Allergy Association, read this with horror and terror. It’s very nice that the Norwegian Cancer Society receives money for researching and fighting cancer. I agree with that very much. But then it would have been much better if the Cancer Society got the money from such firms like Plantasjen, Bygger’n or Jula instead of accepting money on such a romantic bullshit that is presented us here. Note! that many perfume and cosmetics holds substances that are proved to be cause to cancer. As it is known that the Norwegian Cancer Society receives money from this brand Laila then people will buy it, and we are many who get sick from perfume. And I would not be surprised if Laila also contain cancer-causing substances on par with many other perfumes and cosmetics. Thanks for that.

Has The Norwegian Cancer Society actually gone through the table of contents of this fragrance? The skin is known to be the body’s biggest organ and it extracs all that is added on it in a blink of an eye. Then the substances is transportet by the blod system to the rest of the organs. Can the Norwegian Cancer Society guarantee that their customers and members can safely use the product Laila without getting cancer from it?

And what is more. That cosmetics, perfume and toiletry products contain chemicals is not unknown fact in Norway. Just watch the NRK News Show Katta

I think this is shame. I queston this. This is very problematic I say. And why? Just read on: tells us that “Choosing safe products can be a daunting task without the proper knowledge and tools. Many product packages are deceptively designed to make you believe that the product inside the package is herbal, all natural, safe and gentle, when in fact the product contains little or no natural or herbal ingredients, is
contaminated with carcinogens and is irritating to the skin. This is the case because of the lack of regulation in the cosmetic and personal care product industry. But armed with a little knowledge and some helpful tools, there is much you can do to protect yourself.

Read the ingredients on the label.
The packaging may say such things as natural, herbal or hypoallergenic. This has nothing to do with what’s really in the product or how safe it is. Manufacturers make a lot of claims on the package to “sell” the product. They can do this because some of the terms don’t have official definitions and they can use them however they want. To really find out what’s in a product, you must read the ingredients in the small print, you know, the ones that you sometimes need a magnifying glass to be able to see.

Interpret and understand the ingredients.
Once you find the ingredients, you have to be able to know what they are and if they are safe, harmful, questionable or untested. A great many ingredients have chemical names
that only a cosmetic chemist would understand. However, you don’t have to be a cosmetic chemist. The book, Dying To Look Good, makes it easy for you to choose products with safe and healthy ingredients.

Choose products without parabens.
Parabens are xenoestrogens or endocrine disrupters. They disturb the hormone balance in your body. They are also skin sensitizers and have the potential to cause allergic reactions. They have been found in breast cancer tumors, but it is not known if they cause breast cancer.

Stay away from products containing amines.
Chemicals that fall into the category of amines can combine with nitrosating agents to form nitrosamines, which cause cancer. Nitrosamines are formed during the
manufacturing process when an amine combines with a formaldehyde-releasing preservative. Some of the amines commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products are Cocamide MEA, Cocamide DEA, TEA, sodium lauroyal sarcosinate and amino methyl propanol. Several of the formaldehyde-releasing preservatives include sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin and diazonlidnyl urea.

Steer clear of products containing talc.
Talc is found in talcum powder, baby powder and makeup. It is a carcinogen if it contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in cosmetic-grade talc is unregulated in the U.S. Some research suggests a link between talc and ovarian cancer.

Be cautious about products that contain fragrance.
Manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients used in fragrances. A single fragrance may contain hundreds of different chemicals. Some of the chemicals used in fragrances are hazardous, such as benzyl chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, methylene chloride, toluene and phthalates. Fragrances may also contain chemicals that cause cancer. Even products listed as fragrance free may have fragrance added to mask offensive odors.

Avoid D&C and FD&C Colors.
Most D&C and FD&C colors are derived from coal tar which is a carcinogen. Most coal tar colors are potential carcinogens, may contain carcinogenic contaminants and cause allergic reactions. These colors must be certified by the FDA to contain not more than 20 ppm of lead and arsenic, but the certification does not address any other harmful effects these colors may have on the body.

Beware of products containing chemical preservatives.
Chemical preservatives can be irritating and are the number one cause of contact dermatitis.  Some preservatives you should watch out for are benzethonium chloride, BHA, BHT, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, phenoxyethanol and methylisothiazolinone.

Watch out for “and other ingredients.
This means there are one or more ingredients that the manufacturer considers a trade secret and does not want to list on the label. There is no way of knowing if these ingredients are safe or not.

Be wary of products with long lists of ingredients.
Many of the chemicals used in cosmetics and personal care products have not been  tested or have not been adequately tested. Even those that have been tested have only been tested individually, not in combination with other ingredients. Nobody knows the effects of the many different ingredients used in thousands of different combinations, the effects of using numerous different products, one on top of the other, or the effects of repeated use of ingredients or products over time.” Source:

Further on you can read The Environmental Health Association in Quebec, Canada information at  “For some chemicals in perfumes can have serious health effects. Babies and children are most vulnerable as people whos is suffering from chemical intoleranse such as Environmental Sensitivites and Chemical Sensitivities, and people recovering from cancer and other illnesses.”… “Perfumes are considered to be the most consentrated form of fragrance. … Fragrance can be extracted from plants, flowers, and animals. … Today 80-95 percent of fragrance material are synthetic and are derived from petrolium. … Some of the chemicals found in fragrances are: aldehydes, benzyl acetate, toluene, ethanol, acetone, benzen derivatives, formaldehyde, limonene, methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, benzyl chloride and many others known to cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, nervous system damage, allergy symptoms, headaches, difficulty breathing, eye, nose and throut irritation and other injuries. … The brain is also impacted by fragrances containing neurotoxic compounds. … ” Source and Read more…

The Sunday Times tells us about scientists that have found cancer causing chemicals in known perfume brands. “SCIENTISTS have found high levels of a chemical blamed for causing infertility in some of the best-known perfumes and cosmetics. Chanel No 5, Christian Dior’s Poison, Eternity from Calvin Klein, and Trésor by Lancôme, were among 34 toiletries found by a Swedish study to contain di-ethylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP) or other phthalates.”

At Rodale we can read “The new research detected that the labels of popular perfumes don’t list harmful fragrance chemicals linked to sperm damage, hormone disruption which is linked to some cancers, thyroid disease, obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems, reproductive toxicity, and allergy problems. The study was released on the heels of the President’s Cancer Panel report, which suggests environmental factors like hormone-disrupting chemicals in consumer products, plastics, and pesticides used on our food could be causing many more cases of cancer than initially believed. … The Cancer Panel report recommends that pregnant women and couples planning to become pregnant avoid exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals due to cancer concerns. These chemicals that may play a role in cancer were found in many of the fragrances analyzed for this study. … “Secondhand scents are also a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others ” second page:  “Just because your favorite fragrance wasn’t on the list doesn’t mean it’s safe. In fact, harmful fragrance chemicals are used in thousands of products and are not listed on the label. It seems like you should have the right to know how these seemingly innocent perfumes and colognes are affecting your health. But unfortunately, manufacturers don’t have to list warnings or even the actual ingredients used in fragrance blends, on the label. And the problem isn’t limited to perfumes and body sprays. We are blasted with harmful synthetic fragrances everyday in the form of scented cleaners, hair spray and dyes, air fresheners, candles, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, and body sprays. Research is finding that many of these scented products interfere with our hormones, which regulate how our bodily systems function.” One of the coalition members for this research was the Breast Cancer Fund.  Read the whole story:

At we can read: “1/3 of cosmetic and toiletry products that contain chemicals (including fragrances). … The institute of Medicin placed fragrance in the same category as second hand smoke in triggering asthma in adults and school children. ” Now this site do not mention cancer since they are more in for allergies, but they got a really interesting list of chemicals in cosmetics, lotions and other toiletry. Read it here:

The UK Environmental Law Centre also reports about harmful contents in perfume and cosmetics. They tell us:

Cosmetics Industry
“Cosmetics and toiletries in everyday use contain chemicals that threaten human health and the environment. Most popular shampoos, shower gels, moisturisers and perfumes are complex mixtures of synthetic chemicals which pose a range of risks. Even products marketed as ‘organic’, ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ may contain only a trace of a natural essence added to a synthetic formula. And even them tell us about all the toxic and cancer causing chemicals in your toilet bag, soaps, shampoo, conditionser, perfume, washing products, and more. ”

You can check your cosmetic products contents at Skin Deep at Needed to be mentioned is that manufacturers are not obliged to add their product to the database, and also the database may not have your product listed.

Now I ask Norwegian Cancer Society – Kreftforeningen – do you still think it is not problematic to recieve money from sales from perfume? And what do you my dear reader think? Make your point and comment.

/ Thanks, Annelie


Author: Annelie

I like canoeing, photographing, friends, movies, food, humor, and going on trips. I dislike rudeness, dishonesty, violence, nastyness, and people not caring for others. I do not drink much, I do not smoke and I do not do drugs. I love friends who are kind to me and stick with me. If you want to give me a gift, the best gift is to stop smoking and stop using fragranced products. Then you give me health and that dear friend, is the best gift a person can get. It is a gift of love. I got asthma and I am hearing disabled.

3 thoughts on “Cancer cause supported by perfume

  1. Hello folks! Today I read on a “Ask the cancer association” That is the Norwegian Kreftforeningen. And I found this (in English below):

    “Hei! Når min far lå for døden med kreft så var han rimelig forbanna på en fra kreftforeningen som hadde på seg sterk parfyme å som spurte om han ville ha vafler osv. Mitt spørsmål er om det ikke er strengt forbudt for personer som jobber med kreftpasienter å ha på seg parfyme o.l pga at kreftpasienter er veldig følsom og kan få ubehageligheter på grunn av det. Om det er så er tilfelde så bør der skjerpings til. Episoden skjedde på nybygget vedsiden av hovedbygget på Haukeland sykehus i 2010. Mvh. Jørn”

    “Hi, When my father was dying of cancer, he was quite annoyed with one from cancer association who wore strong perfume that asked if he wanted waffles, etc. My question is if it is not strictly forbidden for people working with cancer patients to wear perfume etc. because that cancer patients are very sensitive and can inconveniences due to it. Whether it is so random so there should sharpen to. incident happened at the new building vedsiden of the main building at Haukeland hospital in 2010. Mvh. Jørn ”

    My comment on this is that first the Cancer Association sell perfume to get money for cancer then on top of it perfume is known to hold cancer causing chemicals. They promote such products by going into trade with it. On top of it they here now put a dying man in exposure of perfume. It is outragous. They must know it is a bad product.



  2. Pingback: Men and perfume allergy | Annelie on asthma, humor, and the world.

  3. Dear Annelie

    Thank you very much for the beautiful job you are doing.



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