Kate Moss Reveals Lila's Favorite Scent

09/24/2008 at 11:30 AM ET
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As she prepares for the launch of her new perfume ‘Velvet Hour’ supermodel Kate Moss, 34, says it’s unlikely that daughter Lila Grace, 6, will be impressed by the fragrance. Instead, Kate explains, it’s the smell of gasoline that Lila prefers above all else — so much so that when Kate is filling up at the pump, she often leaves the car door open so that Lila can get a sniff! "I’ve heard it is one of the most preferred scents in the world," Kate says. "Maybe that’s something to study for my next fragrance."

In an interview with Company magazine, Kate admits that spending time away from her daughter is difficult, and that she tries to never be away for longer than two nights in a row. "I really miss Lila when I’m away … I love her more than anything in the whole wide world." She also shares that Lila was confused at first by her mom’s career and the role of her nanny, telling Kate "you’re not normal because you go to work."

"She thinks her nanny is her friend and I’m the only person in the world that works! She was sad when I told her that I actually pay her nanny Jade to look after her."

Lila is Kate’s daughter with ex-boyfriend Jefferson Hack.

Source: Company, October issue

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Nanny-Emma on

Petrol is my fave scent in the world as well. I used to ask for the windows open so I could really smell it when I was younger!

J on

She leaves the car door open sometimes so Lila can smell the fumes? Oh wow…

I’m not a fan of that smell personally.

kavabuggy on

I was always told that inhaling the fumes kills brain cells…much like huffing spray paint cans and glue.

Cassandra on

That is a bit odd, but then again I love the smell of engine oil. 😛 I don’t think the fumes are dangerous, my mom has been pumping gas for years and she still has her brain cells.

I wonder if she’ll still like it when she is older.

Astrid24 on

I have to laugh when I hear Kate Moss talk about how much time she supposedly spends with her daughter. It’s just so hard to believe, especially when you see tabloid photos of her stumbling out of clubs on a nightly basis at 4 in the morning.

MomtoBasto on

I don’t think she deserves her daughter at all. I think she is a bad influence and I hope the little girl has someone stable in her life.

fuzibuni on

when i was a kid my kindergarten teacher asked us what our favorite scents were and the other kids gave answers like “roses” and “pizza.” then when she got to me i said “gas and magic markers.” the look on her face was priceless, hahah!

SweetDiva on

I used to love the smell of gasoline as well. I don’t think the fumes will kill brain cells in an open air setting like a gas station.

Hea on

I too like the smell of petrol. I always have. Diesel as well but not as much.

If the fumes were dangerous, people would be wearing face masks by now. Imagine forty years ago, when the fumes leaked inside the car and kids sat there while their parents smoked cigaretts without filters in them. My god, they must have all died with melted brains!

angie on

I liked the smell of gasoline when I was younger, now I think is disgusting, any way, girls I am creating a blog for all you spanish speakers moms I you want to take a look it´s brand new: http://bebe-en-casa.blogspot.com/ Come in and wish me luck!.

Stephany on

Well, I’ve been smelling gas fumes for the past 20 years and I’m just 2 1/2 months away from graduating with my Bachelor’s degree. So, yeah, don’t think it kills brain cells.

Seriously. We have such a double-standard on this message board. With some celebrity mama’s and papa’s, we’d laugh and tell funny stories about how our kids love the smell of gas as well and with others, we nitpick at every little word they say.

Get off your high horse.

Mae on

Ohhh, it’s one of my favorite smells….only thing aboe the smell of gas, is tar (when roads are being paved).

Aelys on

Glad to see I’m not the only “weirdo” who likes the smell of gasoline! 🙂

c-ann on

I loved it as a kid too. That and the smell of a Zippo lighter. Someone mentioned markers? mmmmmmmmm That too. Weird how we find them pleasing.

Abigail on

i remember how much i used to love the smell gasoline when i was little. now i don’t even notice it!

btw: huffing and smelling are two completely different things. smelling does not kill brain cells unless you spend months at a time bathing in the fumes.

a toxicologist on

Are you guys serious? First, gasoline is classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans, and at least one of the components (benzene) is a known carcinogen. When you inhale something, it bypasses the liver (which can “detoxify” chemicals) and goes directly to your blood, and then to your heart, brain and other organs! (Like the oxygen your breathe!) Second, it’s the dose that makes the poison. If you’re getting a high enough dose, regardless of the exposure time, you increase your chance for an adverse health effect! You may not necessarily develop an effect (the body has amazing repair mechanisms), but do you really want to increase your risk?
Look at the EPA or IARC websites for more, or even check out wikipedia. Please, try to limit your exposure, or at least exposure to your children.

Tiffany on

I absolutely can’t stand the smell of gasoline. I try not to breathe when I pump or have my husband do it so I can sit in the car with the doors closed.

My sister however, loves the scent of gasoline. She also likes magic markers and glue.

guidomom on

Umm..I’m going to have to agree with Toxocologist on this one. I am a senior project administrator for an environmental engineering firm, and I can tell you for a fact that Gasoline (diesel or unleaded) is a carcinogen and the fumes (or vapors) are without a doubt cancer causing. This does not mean if you smell the gas vapors once in a while you are doomed however; they can and do cause health hazards for those that are in close contact with them. Type Gasoline MSDS into google if you do not believe me. The Material Data Safety Sheets are an chemical industry requirement and you can educate yourself about many other items as well.

Rachel-Jane on

There is a difference between smelling and inhaling!

I love the smell of petrol (and engine oil, and markers too), and if I’m walking past a garage I’ll take a big sniff. But I don’t sit with a can of petrol underneath my nose deeply inhaling the fumes. There’s a big difference, and I really don’t think Kate is endangering Lila in anyway by letting her enjoy the smell of petrol when they stop to fill up their car.

terri on

I like the smell of gas as well.

Carol on

C’mon. She isn’t filling up the can and using it as an air freshner in the kids room. Jeez…if Kate Moss has a kid that can speak after all the stuff she did, I don’t think sniffing the gas at the gas station is going to hurt her.

MB on

I have always liked the smells of gasoline, paint, and leather. While some of these fumes are potentially dangerous, as several have pointed out, occasional exposure to them in well ventilated areas probably won’t do much harm (or I would imagine my OB would tell me not to gas up my car anymore). Smelling gas at a gas station and smelling it in an enclosed space are different matters. Also, how often do you think Lila and Kate are in a car together where Kate is pumping the gas? I’m guessing not so often.

Erica on

toxicologist: I highly doubt that Kate takes Lila on frequent gas station trips for the sole purpose of inhaling the delicious fumes. I think most if not all of us are aware that petrol fumes can be toxic in higher dosages but seriously, how often do you think millionnaire Kate Moss is pumping her own gas anyway? lol. I really do get what you are saying in that it is hazardous. At the same time, I would be far more worried about my child’s nutrition (ie cutting out fast food and produce grown with pesticides/insecticides) than the occasional whiff of gasoline fumes–which, by the way, are in my top five favorite scents as well. 🙂

LolaCola on

Stephany that is a good point about the double standard. Someone hear mentioned that Kate is out every night (which I doubt) and people said the same thing about Britney and Christina and no one ever asked where the fathers were.

I don’t think Kate should have told Lila that she actually pays her nanny to hang out with her especially if Lila considers her a friend, that must have hurt.

robin m. on

How funny. I thought I was the only person in the world that loved that smell!

Sarita on

I have always loved the smell of gasoline and yes I would roll the window down and sniff when my parents were filling up. Now when I’m filling up my car I also sniff 🙂 It’s a great smell and in such small dosage it won’t do any harm.

J on

I agree with you Guidomom and Toxicologist. Thanks for the info and websites.

SH on

“Type Gasoline MSDS into google if you do not believe me.”

That’s all fine and dandy but I can’t STAND it when people think the internet is the bible. There’s a lot of misinformation on the internet too. People on this site are always like “do your research”…blah blah…and all they’re doing is googleing it and taking those results as correct!

Guidomom on

In response to SH’s comment that,” I can’t STAND it when people think the internet is the bible. There’s a lot of misinformation on the internet too. People on this site are always like “do your research”…blah blah…and all they’re doing is googleing it and taking those results as correct!” I am a Senior Project Administrator for an Environmental Engineering Firm. I have a college degree, multiple certifications and have spent the last several years actively involved in multi million dollar soil and groundwater remediation projects in the Tri State area (many due to discharges of gasoline and home heating oil) It shocks me that people are naive enough to believe that if a substance were bad for you, it wouldn’t be marketed and sold to the public. It can and does happen everyday. I did not want to leave a long winded comment regarding the dangers of gasoline vapors, but my pride won’t allow me to let SH’s comment pass. I would like to offer the following information regarding the implementation of MSDS information and would implore your readers to educate themselves regarding the dangers of gasoline.

OSHA requires manufacturers and importers of hazardous chemicals to distribute Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with information concerning reasonably foreseeable health and toxicity concerns arising from their use. Users of these chemicals are required to ensure that these MSDSs are received with chemicals they purchase, and that they are used and available in the workplace. Material Data Safety Sheets are prepared in accordance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) and the ANSI MSDS Standard (Z400.1).

On November 25, 1983 OSHA published the Hazard Communication Standard as 29 CFR Part 1910, adding §1910.1200. This initial standard applied only to Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes 20 through 39. The requirement that manufacturers and distributors provide MSDSs to their customers became effective on November 25, 1985. The standard does not require a particular format for the MSDS, but does specify what information must be included. Effective September 23, 1987, the requirements of the standard were extended to include “… all employers with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplaces.”

In 1986 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the “Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986,” and in 1988 “Toxic Chemical Release Reporting: Community Right-To-Know.” The use and distribution of MSDSs is an important part of these regulations. The “Toxic Chemical Release Reporting” regulation requires that MSDSs for chemicals requiring reporting by these regulations contain specific language notifying users that these chemicals are subject to these regulations. These and other EPA regulations have been promulgated under Title III C Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (EPCRA).

just me on

to lola cola: i thought the most offensive part was that kate told lila that the only reason the nanny spends time iwth her is because kate pays her.

a little whiff of gas every now and then is ok, but i wouldn’t snort it.

To Guidomom on

Guidomom, I had to take some tests on this when I worked with the Emergency Management and HazMat people at my old job. Some of the stuff I learned if freaky!

I hate having to go pump gas or be around car exhaust or lawn mowers when they get gassed up. The smell gives me a headache.

I noticed that you have to inhale to get a good shiff of the smell too. I’d be careful smelling a chemical with pleasure like that, especially leaving a door open to let a kid inhale the smell and fumes, even if there is ventilation. I know nobody is huffing the stuff, but still, caution should be used when smelling it.

Jhelum on

The only thing I find offensive in this whole story is Kate telling her daughter that she pays the nanny to look after her. What good would it do to that child? I will try to protect my child of such worldly details for as long as possible! What’s she trying to prove, she’s more important in her daughter’s life than the nanny? There are other ways to prove it.

Sami on

My dad and I really like the smell of gasoline too. Although I notice as I get older I like it less than I used to as a kid.

I know the fumes are bad for your health, though. I certainly wouldn’t open the car door for my daughter so she can smell it! In fact, I try to fill up when my daughter isn’t with me so she isn’t exposed to the fumes.