Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

bonjourtristesse_bornunicorn (1)After a night of partying and reminiscing, Cecile (Jean Seberg) finally returns home, removes the elegant Givenchy dress she’s worn so far and puts her make-up off.

pondscoldcreamvintage_bornunicornTo do so, she uses a traditional product like Pond’s cold cream.

bonjourtristesse_bornunicorn (2)

lucienlelong_gardenia_bornunicornIn front of her there are several beauty products, but the most intriguing object is the octagonal box on the right side of the vanity. Even if the label is not visible, this is definitely the box of Lucien Lelong Gardenia, a soliflore perfume launched in 1936. Too bad the wonderful fluted bottle is not out of the box.

2 thoughts on “Bonjour Tristesse (1958)”

  1. I absolutely adore movie scenes where it shows people using cold cream, something about the sanctity of getting ready, or unready…! Wonderful post 🙂

    1. Thank you!
      Well, it’s a very peculiar moment. Removing one’s make-up with cold cream is a fascinating gesture, which never fails to conjure images from glorious Old Hollywood, fantastic boudoirs and elegant loungewear.

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