Cashmere Bouquet is a staple for the Colgate brand, having enjoyed a decades-long run as a popular hygiene regimen to keep consumers smelling fresh.
Companies with similar product lines, such as Shower to Shower by Johnson & Johnson, encouraged consumers with slogans like, “A sprinkle a day keeps the odor away!”
Talcum powder is also known as baby powder. Its purpose is to prevent chafing while keeping the skin smooth. But the fine particles from talcum powder in Cashmere Bouquet have led many to believe it causes mesothelioma or ovarian cancer.
Talc is an ultra-fine, silicate substance typically mined in Brazil, China, India, Mexico and the United States. It’s not only found in cosmetics but household products as well. Think paint, ceramic bathroom fixtures, roofing.
Companies like Colgate or Johnson & Johnson have enjoyed the branding image that comes along with being distributors of baby powder. It suggests to consumers they manufacture a reliable product for the most vulnerable population of children.
The theory behind ovarian cancer stemming from Cashmere Bouquet is that when women have used talc-based products near their genitals, the particles travel through reproductive organs to the ovaries. They would sprinkle it on their bodies or underwear, or to keep thighs from chafing.
Ovarian cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. Though it is rare, it causes more deaths than any other cancer once a diagnosis is made.
The link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer began in the 1970s. Not only were talc mines found to have contained asbestos, but scientists found particles embedded in the ovarian and cervical tissues of patients. Years later and the results continue to cause controversy.
Notably, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, caused a flurry of controversy in 2015 when it published the use of talc in genital areas could be “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
Furthermore, numerous consumers have filed lawsuits against Colgate-Palmolive for selling them a product that causes mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that can manifest 20 to 50 years after exposure. It stems from exposure to asbestos. Similar to talcum powder, asbestos is a fine particle that embeds itself into the lungs. Early signs of exposure to asbestos are low-level inflammation.
Cashmere Bouquet Lawsuit Settlement
Recently, California resident Paul Garcia, 67, filed a talcum powder mesothelioma lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive for manufacturing Cashmere Bouquet, which he says caused his diagnosis of mesothelioma. The company issued a press release that it reached a settlement with Garcia on July 12. However, the terms were not divulged publicly.
Contact a Cashmere Bouquet Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer or Mesothelioma and you were a user of Cashmere Bouquet, you are not alone. To learn how our talcum powder lawyers can help you and your family, please contact us for a Free Case Evaluation. We would be honored to speak with you and will respond promptly to every inquiry we receive.