While perfume lovers and professionals still believe the urban legend according to which a bottle of Caron Narcisse Noir appears on Norma Desmond’s vanity (it doesn’t), no one has ever taken the time to see what’s actually on that table. Well, I have and I love what I’ve found – three Lucien Lelong bottles! Right … Continue reading Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Jayne Mansfield starred in this episode as Marion, a girl the protagonist (advertising man Hadley Purvis) has taken home with him. He doesn’t remember anything about it because he is an alcoholic, so he has to reconstruct the events of the night before. Mansfield, sporting a short hairstyle, posed for some on-set pictures in a … Continue reading The Alfred Hitchcock Hour S01E12 (Hangover)
One of the sales assistants at the Black’s Fifth Avenue perfume counter holds a tall bottle of Lucien Lelong Indiscret eau de cologne. The eau de parfum version, created by Jean Carles, was launched in 1936.
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. To do so, she uses a traditional product like Pond’s cold cream. In front of her there are several beauty products, but the most intriguing object is the … Continue reading Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Mame Carson (Jane Russell) is a millionairess with an oil empire and an unlucky love life. In the first part of the film she’s still engaged, though, and in the first musical act she’s getting ready to meet his fiancé. She likes wearing working clothes but her boudoir shows her love for furry rugs, velvet … Continue reading The French Line (1953)
The gold bottle on Maile’s vanity is Lucien Lelong Orgueil, a Jean Carles creation launched just after the end of WWII, in 1946.
When John Robie (Cary Grant) visits the hotel suite where Frances and her mother Jessie live, some beauty products can be seen on different dressing tables. In the picture above, for example, there are a Revlon nail polish (see the elongated cap) and two perfumes by Lucien Lelong – Gardenia and Balalaika. On another dressing … Continue reading To Catch a Thief (1955)
Two perfumes by Lucien Lelong can be seen on the middle shelf: the one with the metal stopper is Balalaika, the other is Taglio. Balalaika was launched in 1939. Taglio has a more complex story: originally named N and launched in 1928, it was renamed Taglio for the American market in the early 1940s.
Alice Hyatt (Ellen Burstyn) is a widow who wants to move back to her home town, Monterrey, by the end of the summer. On the way home, she tries to find a job and to earn some money. She wants to make an impression on potential employers, so she gets her hair styled and buys … Continue reading Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
There’s a beautiful selection of perfumes on Karen Stone’s vanity. Among them (from left to right): A Lubin perfume: judging from the colour of the liquid in the bottle, it was probably Nuit de Longchamp (launched in 1934). Idole had the same bottle, but it was launched in 1962, one year after the release of … Continue reading The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)