Saudis put a stopper on perfume

June 19, 1991|By N.Y. Times News Service

When the designer Vicky Tiel introduced her fragrance last year, it was a big hit among Saudi Arabians in Paris but it was less than acceptable to the Saudi government.

The perfume's bottle, which featured a stopper in the shape of a nude, turned out to be too risque for Saudi Arabian customs officials, who impounded the first shipments after the end of the war in the Persian Gulf.

Tiel has redesigned the bottle, eliminating the naked touches. She expects to sell $1 million worth of fragrance in Saudi Arabia this year.

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