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Date-rape preventing lip gloss consigned to Dept of Daft

Reviewed by Marta October 8, 2009 8 Comments
This week's improbable product combo: a lip gloss that comes with a date rape drug testing kit. I am embarrassed to admit that this nutty idea comes from the UK and a company called 2LoveMyLips.

The idea is that you'd be sitting in a bar and as you bend down to adjust the strap on your stiletto, some fiendish cad spikes your Cosmopolitan. But you are ever on the alert and whilst feigning to adjust your lip gloss you cunningly dip a pink taper into your drink that can detect GHB and Ketamine.

Naturally, I take all this to be a gimmick to sell lip gloss. Still, I thought I should check if drink-spiking had reached epidemic proportions whilst I wasn't looking. Robert Hansson, principal chemist at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Australia, conducted a study and concluded it was an "urban myth". Studies in the US turn up a miniscule number of drug spiked drinks (eg: less than half percent).

One thing to bear in mind as you wait for the pink taper to turn blue, is that forensic researchers say that GHB, in particular, is extremely difficult to detect.
  • August 2, 2010

    by deborah rodell

    The idiots who try to sell this do not deserve any press. Even bad publicity is seen as good to these goof balls.

  • January 8, 2010

    by Lauren

    This is my first visit to this site and I had a good chuckle at the review of the Anti-Wrinkle Decollete Bra, but the tone of this particular review made my blood boil. Why on earth does the author describe the attacker as though he's a silly schoolboy pulling a harmless, annoying prank? And make rape victims out to be ditzy floozies asking to be attacked by stepping out in strappy heels? And act as though a woman's concern for her own safety is a joke? All of this is extremely offensive to me.

    I've worked in clubs and bars (not dives) for the last seven years, and I can tell you that drink drugging is a serious problem and (should be) a legitimate concern for women, regardless of the type of bar or its location. But do you know where it is the biggest problem? College campuses. Kids at college parties often drink to crazy excess to begin with, making it very easy to drop something into a drink and whisk the victim out of the room without anyone noticing -- and it happens much more often than this author apparently relizes. The sad truth is that most of these attacks go unreported to authorities, because the women fear the undeserved blame that our society - like this reviewer - dumps on victims of rape. This fact historically has left rape-related studies, like the supposed ones vaguely referenced by the reviewer, inaccurate. Go to a "Take Back the Night" gathering and you'll get a much clearer representaion of the actual numbers. Chances are good that you know at least one victim of rape or sexual assault.

    Stepping away from my complaint against this writer's blatant insensitivity and disregard for the seriousness of rape, I also have to mention that as product reviews go, this one is pretty shoddy. By reading it, I know nothing about the quality of the ingredients, nor, more importantly in this case, the effectiveness of the drug test and its design. Is it easy to use? Would it still be easy to use after a few drinks? (Few things are.) Is it reuseable, easy to clean, discreet? Does the price make it inaccessible to most women, or could the average (broke)collegiate woman afford to purchase several tubes as gifts for her friends? A well-written review would not leave the reader wondering this sort of thing. (To be fair, I have to reiterate that I'm not familiar enough with this site to know their quality standards or their mission - I might very well be expecting too much.)

    LADIES: When drinking in mixed company and with people you don't know around you, play it safe! Always watch the bartender pour your drink, and if you have a server, keep your eyes on him also while your drink is in his possession. (Fellow drinkers are not the only folks who might want to harm you. Believe me, this happens. For this reason, it's also better to carry your drink into the bathroom than to leave it on your table or at the bar for an employee to watch.) If you are standing/dancing in a crowd of people, keep your drink covered: hold your glass by the top, palm covering your beverage; or with bottles, slip the tip of your finger or thumb into the opening. It doesn't have to be obvious and it's easier than keeping your eyes glued to your drink while socializing.

  • January 7, 2010

    by zinclinc

    Euan might be right about this product having some benefit, but the safe drinking guide reads like it was written by an 8th grader with a limited grasp of grammar. http://2lovemylips.co.uk/Our-Guide-i-6.html

    There is no explanation of why you need the stupid lip gloss AND the card either - couldn't you just buy a few kits separately? I mean, it only comes with two tests, so it's kind of disingenuous to suppose this is some kind of prevention measure to count on. And here's the real question in my mind - why not just throw away a drink you think might be tainted?

    I feel for the people who have been drugged or victimized, but I don't think this product does much at all to help them. You'd be better off buying whatever lipgloss you like, and donating money to your local rape crisis center.

  • October 20, 2009

    by Dennis

    Unfortunately, too many times we have been faced with bar owners that felt the same way as Ms. Pond.

    Try to look at it this way, providing DrinkSafe products is a way of innoculating your bar from the crime. Since it is a felony, someone wishing to spike drinks would be much more likely to choose a bar that has no means of detecting the drugs.

    It has happened in the upscale bars in Dallas, New Yourk, Los Angeles, Las Vegas - the list goes on. Stupid doesn't seem to be restricted to a demographic, or socio-economic group. The people that spike drinks are equal opportunity morons. The one caught in Dalls recently was an off-duty Dallas Police Reserve Lieutenant!

    The fact is, it happens anywhere and everywhere and is performed by the least likely of people. You don't know.

    Patrons should fear the attitude of complacency exhibited by some. Hopefully, that complacency is out of ignorance and this world-wide conversation we're having may allow them to see their error in judgement.

    The owner of the bar in Dallas declined purchasing coasters. He now has DrinkSafe products.

  • October 16, 2009

    by Zoe

    @ Dana Pond

    "I would think if that’s the steps the bar is taking maybe that’s not a bar I want to hang out in"

    Drink spiking doesn't just occur in 'shady' bars. It happens anywhere and everywhere. The fact that some bars are stepping up and taking measures to combat drink spiking is commendable, not a reason to avoid the bar.

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