Bid For a Good Cause: Pepperface Against Domestic Violence

05/03/2007 at 10:30 AM ET

Throughout this month, Lindsay Lohan, Carmen Electra, Denise Richards and Tori Spelling will all participate in the Pepperface 2007 Prevention Purple celebrity auction by creating customized Pepperface Edition Palm Defenders to support the end of violence against women. Each celebrity adds a signature touch to the pocket-sized pepperspray vials with crystals and precious stones. Carmen Electra, who decorated her defender with skull design, says of the campaign, “It’s so important to raise awareness about sexual violence. All women need to be educated so they feel safe and know how to protect themselves.” Bidding on the one-of-a-kind Palm Defenders is up on and will continue through the month of May with all of the proceeds benefiting the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Photo: courtesy pepperface; Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty

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FH on

Oh, and HM, I did check out the site before I posted and learned about it. I like the idea of Project Purple, but I am not impressed with the product. Just because its smaller and jeweled doesn’t mean its really a good self defense tool. The one I had was supposed to be the ‘best on the market, recommended by police, the next best thing to Mace’ which is now illegal. My aunt bought it for me and paid big bucks for it since I lived alone in the city. If I had the chance to see the person who grabbed me before he did, I may have had a chance to use it. I apologize for sharing my opinion, but I felt it was important to share an alternative view on the subject.

faith on

FH, you have nothing to apologize for. i’m sorry you had to go through what you did, but i found your actions brave and courageous, and i think that by sharing your story it shows that you really care about this cause, pepperspray or not. i hope that the women who read your advice take it to heart and learn about more than one way to defend themselves.

Angela A. on

Working for neither of these affiliates, I just want to say again, this is a GREAT cause, this is a GREAT product, and I am HAPPY to promote awareness thru projects such as these!
I will certainly be bidding! BE SAFE EVERYONE!

enigma on

I am very glad FH felt enough confidence to share her unfortunate first hand scary experience with all of us here in “off the rack”!!

I agree with faith about FH’s bravery and courageousness!!

I also think faith made a good point, the fact it’s about combating domestic violence, not each other!

I hope none of us ever experiences what FH went through…..FH’s, comments and story SHOULD NOT BE DISREGARDED at all, we, as women should listen to her and should be very THANKFUL for her free advice and natural concern towards other women!!!!

Go FH and GO faith!!!

Cheers and best regards to all!!

JM on

I absolutely agree with FH. I also believe that “Angela A” obviously either works for PepperFace or one of its affiliates. Nobody in their right mind is that overindulged in such a product and goes out of their way to state everything you can read word-for-word on the PepperFace page for yourself. With that said, I think that it is important for us woman to do more than just carry around pepper spray. I carry one myself but I do not rely on just that, you can buy pepper spray anywhere but self-defense and self-awareness is what we should also be focusing on here. Just because I have some spray in my hand doesn’t mean I feel safe. These attackers are way ahead of us…more than likely they’re carrying around pepper spray, guns, knives, stun guns, etc. themselves. We need to be prepared with more than just weapons that we MAY NOT have to time use. I agree with the idea of awareness but its self-awareness that’s important, meaning watching surroundings and training ourselves to protect ourselves even when we have nothing with us and even if you do. Pepper spray, great…but there are a few things about PepperFace that rub me the wrong way. First, they sell their pepper sprays anywhere from $35 to $55 each on their website. Yet, only $1 is contributed to the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Not only that but they’re crystallized pepper spray sells anywhere from $105 to $295 and you’re telling me that all they can contribute to that is $1??? There is something wrong with that. I don’t know about everyone else here but I’ve always wanted to look chic while being attacked (Joke and not really that glamorous when it happens). Yes, a conversation piece indeed but this is a company who does what any other company out there wants to do…sell their product and make money. I do believe though that if they were so focused on helping woman out when it comes to abuse they would be more focused on contributing rather than glamorizing a product that they sell up to $300 and only donating one single dollar of the sale. Second, why in the world do they have some of these celebrities supporting this cause? Great example…Lindsay Lohan. This is a joke right? She should be more focused on not driving drunk and possibly killing someone on the road and be focused on drug rehab rather than designing a cute little small tube of pepper spray. These celebrities have the money to afford body guards to protect them and obviously while we don’t…we need more than to feel absolutely safe just because we have purchased a product. On the other hand, yes…100% of only the auction sales are contributed to the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence but its PR for PepperFace in hopes that it will increase sales for their other products in which only an absolute minuscule amount is donated. Overall, I believe there are better ways to increase awareness rather than just pitching a product just to make a profit.

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