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parisisburning_bornunicorn (3)One of the most emotional scenes of the film is when Pepper LaBeija, mother of the House of LaBeija, tells how his parents found out he dressed as a girl. His mother found a fur coat in his closet and realised it was his from the perfume on it, Jungle Gardenia.

tuvache_junglegardeniaOriginally launched by Tuvaché in the 1930, it became popular in the 1950s. Barbara Herman’s description of it is fascinating: “With tropical wet gardenia and bubble-gum sweet tuberose bursting from its center, flanked by fresh green top notes and an erotic base of balsams and musk, Jungle Gardenia goes straight to the perfume brain’s pleasure center.”