Product vs. Policy.

Last January I finally found a fragrance that I love.

I’ve never worn perfume because most of them are too strong. They’re just overpowering. But earlier this year I happened upon Pure Grace by Philosophy. The fragrance’s tagline is “nothing smells better than soap and water clean” and that’s just the way it smells, like Ivory soap or clean laundry.

I was so excited to find a perfume I liked, that I bought a bottle and a gift pack that contained another bottle, shower gel and body lotion.

I don’t really use body lotion, but the price was right. I stuck the jug in a drawer without really looking at it and just re-discovered it this weekend.

When I started reading the text on the bottle, I was surprised to find that it wasn’t about the product or even the company. It was a mini-sermon.

Pure Grace by Philosphy

In case you can’t read it in the picture, here’s what it says:

One of the best tools for longevity and good health is not just taking a walk outdoors but taking your walk while holding the hand of God. When we walk in gratitude for each and every moment, we empower ourselves by empowering our spirits. When we breathe in nature through our eyes, ears and lips, become certain that not only are our souls eternal but that God knows how to manage our lives, our troubles, our worries and our days better than we do. So today and every day, “let go and let God.”

I’ve since discovered that this isn’t the only Philosophy to sport religious prose.

The fragrance Inner Grace lists a variety of “God is” statements. “God is love. God is peace. God is trust. God is joy.”

Falling in Love urges the wearing to fall in love with themselves first “as God intended.”

So now I face a decision. Do I give up a product that I’d been searching for and have grown to love because I don’t agree with the company’s philosophy (no pun intended) and propaganda? Or do I ignore it and continue to support them by purchasing the product?

This is not an original dilemma.

My mother is a member of Curves and, while she enjoys and benefits from the exercise and companionship, it irritates her that the monthly fee she pays lines the pockets of conservative Christians.

People who love Chick Fil A have to decide whether that chicken sandwich and waffle fries are worth supporting an openly anti-gay company.

Religious rhetoric on beauty products or in exercise programs isn’t as clear-cut as the hateful policies of Chick Fil A and the Boy Scouts of America.

Discrimination is wrong. The same can’t be said for belief in God. But the concept is the same. Product vs. policy.

I’m not offended that the founders of Philosophy are religious. I simply don’t think that God has a place on the side on my body lotion.

Believe what you will but don’t try to cram it down my throat, or expect me to rub it on my arms and legs.

I don’t know yet if I will buy another bottle of Pure Grace. But even if I’m able to put my feelings aside, I’m afraid it won’t smell as pretty to me tomorrow morning as it did today.


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