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Perfumes and lotions with ‘offensive’ names removed from Qatar stores

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Strawberries and Champagne lotion.
Strawberries and Champagne lotion.

Authorities in Qatar have seized a number of perfumes and scented lotions from store shelves this week after getting complaints about their labels.

On Twitter, officials from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) said the items contravened the “customs, traditions and religious values” of the nation.

https://twitter.com/MEC_QATAR/status/553962466506321921/

Speaking to Doha News, an employee at Victoria’s Secret confirmed that bottles of “VS Fantasies: Strawberries & Champagne” were removed from its branch in Landmark Mall earlier this week.

On the heels of that announcement, inspectors also removed bottles of perfume from Family Food Center on Nasser St. following complaints about their branding, a store supervisor confirmed.

The bottles featured the Playboy bunny logo. Playboy is an American men’s lifestyle magazine that features photographs of nude women.

This is not the first time Qatar authorities have moved to control the sale of perfumes and scented products, though in the past the issue involved the ingredients, not the packaging.

Perfume controls

In early 2013, the Ministry of Environment announced tighter regulations on the sale and import of alcohol-based perfumes “in the interest of public health.”

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

To help prevent the misuse of alcohol among some residents, the authorities issued a number of rulings, including:

  • That all perfumes should be sold in bottles with a spray nozzle;
  • At least one ingredient should be added to make it unfit for drinking, and
  • Items should feature a warning advising users that the product is for “external use only” in both English and Arabic.

Alcohol is closely regulated in the conservative Islamic society of Qatar, since Muslims are prohibited from imbibing.

It is on sale in certain restaurant hotels and bars and only those with a liquor license are permitted to buy and drink it at home. The licenses are granted only to expats with a salary over a certain amount.

Due to the restrictions, the production of homemade alcohol is not uncommon, particularly among low-income workers. Authorities undertake periodic raids on labor camps, arresting those caught for making their own liquor.

Ingredients probe

Other products have also been targeted recently by Qatar authorities over concerns about their ingredients.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

A brand of instant noodles, believed to be Nissin Cup Noodles from Japan, was taken from supermarket shelves here last week and tested after the Saudi Arabian Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) recalled the product from the nation’s stores.

The Saudi authorities claimed this was because the noodles contained pork derivatives, unauthorized artificial coloring and gelatin from unknown sources.

However, no trace of these ingredients were apparently found in the product in Qatar.

And at the end of December, the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP/Baladiya) withdrew a popular brand of pasta sauce from the UK over concerns that it contained red wine.

The Loyd Grossman Bolognese sauce was recalled from supermarkets, pending the results from laboratory testing.

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Susan
Susan
6 years ago

There are FAR more important things to worry about than these inconsequential issues, people…

Anon
Anon
6 years ago
Reply to  Susan

hear, hear!

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Agreeeeeeeeed

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Susan

THANK YOU,
And that goes both to the people who banned this and to the comments here

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago

who knew that the most offensive item in Victoria’s secret would be a perfume

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Do you think I’ll be able to buy it in QDC?

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

Yesy, 24 pcs. pack :)))

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago

What’s in a name! Something smells fishy here.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

Yes, it is the latest eau de toilette called “Essence of Haddock”.

Al
Al
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

L’amour d’hammour

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  Al

Nicely done. We who are about to perfume salute you.

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  Al

Brilliant. Spat my coffee out all over my cat.

No really a cat.

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

well before going to market with that, can you spot anything wrong with the name? Seems tame enough

NzRee
NzRee
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

Seems fishy to me

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago

This is so ridiculous, it’s funny. If only these ‘inspectors’ spent their time monitoring the overcharging and frankly, daylight robbery, that goes on in some of the supermarkets and pharmacies in Doha.

yesjay
yesjay
6 years ago

I would suggest all offensive names of products be aptly renamed using local names!

Expat77
Expat77
6 years ago
Reply to  yesjay

Yea…any fruit except Dates…since it conjures up images of dating which is a western concept..

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat77

Melons? Especially two together could be offensive.
Bananas? Might make some men feel inferior or worse give women ideas. Then you would have to ban cucumbers and carrots too.

Lola
Lola
6 years ago

Whatever. You are talking about them like if they are so stupid as to drink a perfume to get drunk. Don’t worry, if they want to drink they can, just like everybody else even people with low salary. And who cares anyway!

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

how can a region of France, Champagne be offensive? I guess they were very bad students (not to say something else) in geography. Check the map http://about-france.com/regions/champagne.htm

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

exactly!

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

From this point forward, consider the references to France to be offensive and therefor banned.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

right! Maybe those offended should be banned from traveling into France…

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

Surely they would never want to travel to France or anywhere else where they would be surrounded by all these offensive things

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

Lol. What about the region in Iran named after a famous grape ‘Shiraz’. Does that mean all Muslims are banned from holidaying there. Come to think of it does anyone actually live there?

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Desert Witch

Shiraz used to produce wine! Now alla the Shiraz roots are in Europe, however even if not mentioned now, wine production in this part of the world was often mentioned in old scripts. But with time they made it sound “demoniac”

Chris Leonard
Chris Leonard
6 years ago

I’m going to stock up on cider vinegar before they notice that. And ginger beer.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris Leonard

I’m offended you like ginger beer, nasty drink really

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

Alcohol is prohibited but sold in qdc. Don’t they have the guts to close qdc. Can i know why with a very valid reason. Talking about religion, tradition etc what is awqaf doing about women in burqa with half open showing or wearing tight dresses. Religion is not given importance in such situation. Simply very very strange. Nothing more like just a drama.

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago

Too much money to be made from QDC, Sir.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

I give a solution to the ministry. Better shift these offensive names perfumes to qdc.

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago

What is offensive about the word ‘champagne’?

Chris
Chris
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

Maybe they don’t like the French?

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris

Next barbie and fulla will be removed from toys r us. :p

sicti
sicti
6 years ago

Indeed, Barbie’s outfit is outrageous 🙂

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago

Don’t worry. You can still buy them in C4.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

It is offensive out of qdc area but not offensive within qdc area

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

so you mean body creams are offensive out of Qdc?

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago

Don’t be ridiculous. It is a word on a bottle of hand lotion.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

wow it’s not the word that’s offensive it’s what the word suggests, Champagne is haram, Get over it….

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

To drink champagne is haram, yes. But to see the word champagne on a bottle of body lotion is haram? Really? What does it suggest, exactly? That you should drink the body lotion? Honestly, listen to yourself. How ridiculous.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

Champagne is haram in general, We want nothing to do with it, Why does it bother you so much

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Nobody is asking you to have anything to do with it. It’s a bottle of body lotion on a shelf in a shop. Avert your gaze and don’t buy it but allow for the fact that there are others who don’t share your opinion and might like to buy it.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

In my country, It’s something that we don’t like and so therefor we will ban it, Weather you like it or not, You want it so badly? Go order it online, The mass market don’t care.

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Mmm. It seems tolerance is also on the haram list.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

Yes

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Nice to know you and a few others speak for all Qataris :D. I liked that lotion, smelt very pretty, never thought anything of it being offensive. Hmmm oh well. it’s kind of odd, I went to Georgetown university here in QF and they taught us to think outside the box and have flexible minds. There were a lot of Qataris with me in the uni. Don’t believe any of them would have been offended by such nonsensical things. Maybe they should ban those universities 😀 they taught us a lot of things that other Qataris may not be fond of.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Sprinkles

I’m glad you learned to think outside the box, I don’t even study in Qatar, and i find this ban stupid but when it comes down to it, It is offensive to some of us and conflicts our traditions so we remove it.

KJD
KJD
6 years ago

Better ban dictionaries. Now there is a book filled with numerous offensive words AND their definitions!

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

welcome to 21st century, in case you haven’t noticed. You are offended by lexicon….hat off

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago

Maybe they should sell it in QDC then?
Problem solved.

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

Shhh. Stop talking about QDC. I’m sure the ministry have forgotten all about that place.

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago

You should not be staring at women in tight dresses

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Sorry sir. I can control everything but not my eyeball movement.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

You have to and you can. Islam tells you to lower your gaze.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Believing men lower their gaze, that is.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Inshaallah

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

How low?
If not low enough it could still be haram.
What about men who have foot fetishes? Where should they cast their gaze?

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

Then you should undergo some surgery!

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago

You shouldn’t be looking in the first place. Naughty boy.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

Here we go again.. Be prepared for the flood of comments over perfume names

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  Althani

The usual, anything related to Alcohol, Pork , Driving, Qataris, guarantees the ad income of DohaNews…

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
6 years ago

But it is a bit silly for these to be the things focused on. I am not quite sure how it is offensive…I don’t sit there and think while I put on a lotion “Oh gee! I need me some champagne”. Rubbing some lotion on isn’t going to make me drink alcohol. They must really think we are weak willed peoples that a lotion name will tempt us astray. I am a Qatari and really I don’t see the point in this. We should worry about fixing our roads, using better quality materials to build our buildings, etc. than the name of some damn strawberry lotion. I also don’t mind when foreigners release their complaints 🙂 It is ok for people to vent and there is no need for us to become defensive all the time. There is truth in some of their words and yet we do not listen and would rather throw our hands in the air in dismay that people would criticize us.
Plus, they are just as much a part of our community as we are in my opinion. They have helped to build our country dramatically and will be here for the long haul; whether some like to admit it or not. It is not a bad thing to listen to their complaints or should we prevent them from venting their woes.

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago
Reply to  Sprinkles

Very well said, Sprinkles!

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

in this case it guarantees total ignorance, sorry! And ignorance is offensive!

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  fullmoon07

LOL.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

LOL

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago

Can they get rid of this offensively named product too?

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

It is lux and not lust

R.D.H
R.D.H
6 years ago

Haha this was completley lost on you wasn’t it

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  R.D.H

Says something about the people it wasn’t lost on!

RO
RO
6 years ago

Hahahahah point missed completely!!!

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago

Gold you are very funny….or hang on…you don’t get it do you…even funnier.

Wanderer
Wanderer
6 years ago

Nut & Cream… lol

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago

Zing, over the head!

Fannie Hart
Fannie Hart
6 years ago

I don’t think they are talking about the brand rather then the name for this particular product

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago

Urban dictionary is your friend

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

i don’t get it

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago

That’s my point. Some products don’t raise an eyebrow to some consumers, and are offensive or offputting to other consumers.

Personally I would never buy a product with such a stupid (and somewhat creepy name) but I would never demand that it be banned.

Vegetarians don’t demand that shops stop selling meat, do they? They simply make a personal choice not to buy a product that conflicts with their own beliefs.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

yeah i 100% agree

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

Exactly, Im a vego but never bang on about it, I just walk past the morgue in the supermarket.

Expat
Expat
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Very intricate use of words 😉

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Here all this time we thought you just needed to get laid.. Eat a steak buddy

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Ok, this is funny, but I have to delete it for being crude, as per our comment policy.

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Come on, it was hilarious

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

I missed it, put it back pls.

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago

Please don’t say that you really don’t understand.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

im sorry i really dont get whats offensive about the word lux

R.D.H
R.D.H
6 years ago

Hint:you’re looking at the wrong words

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  R.D.H

Hahahahahhahahahahahahha, I see it now

Pete
Pete
6 years ago

I don’t…Nut and Cream?….what’s the problem?

Elusive Snake
Elusive Snake
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

That is way more offensive than Strawberries and Champagne! LOL

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

LMAO IM LAUGHING SO HARD AT THIS

Expat
Expat
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

hahahaha this made my day!!!

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago

It has champagne in the name, but no alcohol content. Big deal….. So should “Saudi Champagne” (obviously with no alcohol content) also be removed from menus? Wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about what they might be drinking.

Edward
Edward
6 years ago

Yet another (albeit small) example of the complete lack of rule of law in Qatar. These products were legal the day they were imported, and legal yesterday, but not today. So now the merchant loses whatever money it paid for them. And not for violating any explicitly written law, but rather for violating “customs, traditions,” etc. This is deliberately vague, so as not to constitute a standard at all. (I can sort of understand the ban on perfume that contains alcohol; youths in other countries have been known to desperately try to drink it, but this risk does not apply at all to Champagne-scented lotion.)

And the Playboy bunny? Just because a symbol is sometimes associated with something illegal in some other contexts? So, no barbecue sauce allowed because in some countries the main use of this is to put on pork? No maraschino cherries, because they were mainly created to go with alcohol? No Showtime on cable, because in some countries, the same Showtime brand exhibits shows produced by itself that feature nudity?

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Edward

Stop giving them ideas!

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago
Reply to  Edward

how about grapes?

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago

Whats this about the alcohol and the champagne. If its illegal then it has to be just illegal for everybody. Making it selectively available to some and not to others just smacks of discrimination, injustice and in a way leading them towards other substances to quench their thirst after a hard and tough week at work.

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  johnny wang

discrimination? injustice? in Qatar? surely you jest Mr Wang?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  johnny wang

Mr wang

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  johnny wang

You could see it that way. But it also stops people on small incomes wasting their money and not sending it home like they originally planned. I could well imagine wanting to drown my sorrows every weekend if I lived in one of those labour camps.

Plus you have greater instances of aggression and all that goes with alcohol in a very confined area.
Then think of the bathroom problems after all those beers. 100 labourers queueing up for one bathroom.
Either that or the ministry just likes to keep a lid on all the fun they have on those labour camps. Add in alcohol and it could get quite raucous.

AMO
AMO
6 years ago

When will they start regulating the price of accommodations? Since most residents are now living in the streets. This is also considered as consumers protection.

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed

This is great! Thanks!

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

There are a lot more offensive things around than a perfume named after a region in France, perhaps Saudi Authorities might consider those too. Flogging cheap perfume is the least of our worries

dubious
dubious
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Saudi is too busy flogging bloggers

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

Remove the Mitsubishi ‘Pajero’ from the streets and showrooms. The name translated from Spanish means ‘Wanker’. I can only guess that the authorities don’t speak Spanish. Or – they have a stake in Mitsibishi.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

they don’t but I find it really really offensive OMG!!! ahahah 😉

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago

I am gonna repaint mine as Montero before its too late :))

Matteo Slimmovicz
Matteo Slimmovicz
6 years ago

I drive one of these and I resemble your comment.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

I pajero hardcore to you

Smile
Smile
6 years ago

…LOL

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

For some reason my comment was removed by Doha news, I don’t know why, I asked for an explanation about the point of choice and self control in demonstrating faith, rather than just removing everything.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Nah

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Maybe you can explain Althani? If something is haram, isn’t the point of that to not do/eat/look at it? The world is surely full of things which Muslims say are haram. Is the aim to obliterate them all?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Champagne is haram and we don’t want it in our soaps, Is that so hard to grasp, Honestly what other response do you want

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

But you wouldn’t eat soap would you? I’m pretty sure anyway that there isn’t a trace of champagne in said soap. As for alcohol in foods, the alcohol is removed when the food is heated, its just the taste which is there contributing to the flavours. So no different at all to non alcoholic wines and beers.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Does that mean it’s still edible and halal for Muslims??

Chipper fluffypants
Chipper fluffypants
6 years ago

What I find humorous are all the non-alcoholic beers in the cooler section of the grocery stores trying really hard to look like beer. Isn’t that worse? What about grape juice that come in wine bottles?

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago

Just ban the Barbican ads for being offensive to people who hate crap ads.

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

Actually. Ban Barbican for being offensive to alcoholics. Why on earth would you drink beer with no alcohol. That’s like smoking but not inhaling.
Oh wait….
Someone already did that.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago

Totally agree. Barbican ads and ads for similar products look strikingly like copies of some beer ads back home….. Get as close as you can to the line without going over? That’s not the reason for the line though.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

How about skin whitening cream? Doesn’t that go against culture and tradition ?

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

and against health!

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago

“Playboy is an American men’s lifestyle magazine that features photographs of nude women.”

most unnecessary sentence ever, you really think anyone reading doha news doesn’t know what playboy is?

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago

This from the guy who didn’t get the joke about Lux soap? 🙂

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

lol

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Wow you really do read all the comments don’t you :P. Ps: I have bad eye sight didn’t see the rest until I enlarged the image

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

great article! You guys made my day. Very entertaining! This for me it is real satire!!!

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

AHAHAHAHHAHA Shabina goes hard

samesamebutdifferent
samesamebutdifferent
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

#REKT

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Bullseye Shabina.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

There are magazines with pixs of naked women ??

Kingpin
Kingpin
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

hahahaha

dubious
dubious
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

The Internet generation…

Coco
Coco
6 years ago

In all their travels in malls I can’t believe the ban guys haven’t stumbled into that kinky, almost S&M shop in one of the malls here. Oh well…what to do yanni? I was quite glad to find a bit of kink especially here 🙂

R.D.H
R.D.H
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

The one hidden away in city centre that has whips in the window? I stumbled by that last week!

Coco
Coco
6 years ago
Reply to  R.D.H

Nope I was referring to landmark…was happy to find out it’s not just outdoor flogging going on in this area 😛 Considering most expats have no idea of these places I’m happy to assume that there are some freaky guys and gals here that like to spice things up. Ban soaps but leave the leather collars and whips alone!

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago

DN can you please remove the image of the offensive skin lotion bottle from you website… its I making me want to drink at least ten gallons of champagne just looking at it…

Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
6 years ago

Can they not just put a black pen through the offensive bits like they do in the magazines

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

Change it to dates and coffee to appeal to local taste..

This is dumb… Some very very bored housewife wrote an angry tweet and an even more bored employee at MEC took it upon his rightious self to take action ..

Yet every pharmacy in Doha proudly displays it’s “hand vibrating massagers” right by the cashier …

I remember Al meera selling Durex “male reproductive system” rings..

No sure what word to use on dn