Grenade-shaped perfume sets off airport alarm

Olso airport officials smelled trouble when they found Flowerbomb being sold in their duty-free shops.
Olso airport officials smelled trouble when they found Flowerbomb being sold in their duty-free shops.Viktor & Rolf
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When it comes to the business of selling scents, provocative names and outrageous packaging are standard marketing procedure, with Sean 'Diddy' Combs top-selling men's fragrance Unforgivable being the latest example. But now one perfume is not being seen as risqué but rather just risky — an apparently suspicious scent called Flowerbomb.

Packaged in glass bottle shaped like a hand grenade — it even has a little pull-tab like its lethal likeness — Flowerbomb "explodes into a bouquet of sensations" according its maker Victor et Rolf, a division of cosmetics giant L'Oreal.

Well, it appears Flowerbomb has created too much of a sensation, as last week it was pulled from duty free shops at the international airport in Oslo, Norway out of fear that trendy terrorists will be tempted to use it, airport officials said.

"We told the duty free operator that this kind of product was not wanted inside the airport," airport spokesman Jo Kobro said, according to a report in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper.

"The current regulations prohibit products in the shape of weapons and we think that this bottle could be used to scare passengers, just like a water gun could," Kobro said.

A L'Oréal official in Oslo was quoted as saying: "The product has been on sale everywhere in the world for at least two years and we've never heard of this kind of a reaction. I can understand that the bottle's design resembles a grenade but you only have to ask a question to find out what it contains."

As long the question isn't: "Is this perfume the bomb?"

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