Archive for October, 2009

Hideous Madeleine Fragrance of the Paris Metro

October 13, 2009

I don’t know if the obnoxious fragrance “Madeleine” (made by Quest International) is still in use in the Paris Metro. I had the misfortune of being in Paris when it was introduced in 1998. I wrote to the communications director of the Metro to tell her that I had asthma and that their fragrance was quite irritating and causing me distress. She wrote back saying that 4 out of 5 persons tested liked the scent (as compared to what I wondered, but never pursued the matter).  Anyway, the fragrance continued unabated until I left Paris sometime around 2000.

I just came across an old BBC report saying that the same crap was tested in the London underground in 2001. Not BBC but another source indicates it was pulled after 1 day because it was making people ill!