Death on the Nile (1978)

deathonthenile_bornunicorn.pngLinnet Ridgeway’s bedroom/boudoir is lavishly furnished in white and decorated with colorful glass, mirrors and marble. Several French perfumes are sitting on her vanity, a natural extension of her flawless style.


lanvinmysin_bornunicornThe first bottle that has caught my attention is the Lanvin boule on the left. It’s unclear what perfume it contained, because the French maison used the same bottle for two different perfumes, Arpege (created by Andre Fraysse in 1927) and My Sin (called Mon Péché in French, created by the mysterious Madame Zed in 1924). The film is set in the 1930s, so it’s plausible for both to sit on that vanity.

lanvinarpegetalc_bornunicornThe same thing can be said for the black bottle on the right, containing Lanvin talcum powder. It could be Arpege or My Sin.

shalimarvintagead_bornunicornThe Guerlain chauve souris bottle unmistakably contained Shalimar, created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925.

guerlainliu_bornunicornGuerlain Liu black flacon tabatiere with gold accents is in tune with the Art Deco vibe in Linnet’s bedroom. The perfume was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1929.

Thanks to Karen Hatch for the id.

3 thoughts on “Death on the Nile (1978)”

  1. How do you do it? I watched the same damn film and barely noticed a thing! Top marks on the Lanvin talc. I am intrigued by the tall, cream box on the right of the vanity. Its design looks rather like that of a bottle of Arpège I have (later era). Any thoughts?

    And how I’d love to stick my snout in that bottle of Liu.

    1. Ha! You know how my mind works. I just can’t help it 😉
      That box caught my attention, too. I tried to find more but no results. It doesn’t have any logo I recognize. It could definitely be a later version of Arpege, where the classic Lanvin logo was replaced by a more ordinary label (like this one These are just assumptions, though.

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