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Pedantic archivist of beauty products in films and tv shows

The Party (1968)

Actor Hrundi V. Bakshi causes chaos wherever he goes: he’s a well-intentioned but extremely clumsy man. When he gets inadvertently invited at a dinner party by the studio head Fred R. Clutterbuck, the host and his guests have no idea what’s in store for them.

Bakshi visits two bathrooms in the General’s lavish mansion: the first one has marble counters and a floral wallpaper. On the counter there are several perfume bottles, most of them by Christian Dior.

First from the left, a big bottle of Eau Sauvage, a citrus aromatic fragrance created by Edmond Roudnitska and launched in 1966.

Then there’s Eau de Cologne Fraîche, another citrus scent by Roudnitska, launched in 1955.

Then there’s an oblong splash bottle with the pretty bow-topped front label, first introduced in 1953. Impossible to tell what fragrance it contained: this bottle was used to house classics such as Miss Dior and Diorissimo.

In the Clutterbucks’ bedroom there’s another Eau Sauvage bottle, so we can assume it’s a fragrance used by the General.

Wonho’s Open Mind (2020)

In September 2020 the South Korean singer released a very stylish video for his single Open Mind. It’s not common to see perfumes featured in K-Pop music videos, so it was a nice surprise to see them here.

In close-up shots the front labels of perfumes are covered but that hasn’t stopped me from identify them.

The first bottle from the left is by Diptyque. It’s impossible to tell what fragrance it houses but it could be an eau de parfum, judging from the dark glass.

In the background the white stopper of Creed Love in White can be seen.

The gold bottle unmistakenly contains another Creed product – Millésime Imperial.

The aqua blue bottle houses Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

Last but not least, on the far right there’s the hot red bottle of Tom Ford Lost Cherry.

This shot features some of the bottles we’ve just seen but there’s more: the bottle on the far right – another Diptyque product – is shown sideways, so it’s possible to identify it from the label.

This spiral design can be found on the back label of the eau de toilette Eau de Sens.

We also get a couple of shots where two tables with the perfumes are fully visible. On the left table there’s a bottle of Jo Malone Cologne Intense. Too bad the front label cannot be read, so we don’t know exactly what scent it is.

The last shot shows other perfume bottles not previously shown.

On the left table there’s Tom Ford Black Orchid.

In front of it there’s another Creed fragrance – Aventus.

Zero S01E04

When Omar (Giuseppe Dave Seke) hides in Rico’s bathroom to escape his fury, we can see some perfume bottles on a shelf.

The white bottle is Camelia by L’Erbolario, an amber floral fragrance launched in 2014.

The tall powder pink bottle is Yves Saint Laurent Opium Vapeurs de Parfum in the eau de toilette lègère version, launched in 2012.

Last, the tall splash bottle with white plastic stopper is Rochas Madame Rochas eau de cologne. The eau de parfum version, created by Guy Robert, was launched in 1960.

Mr Selfridge S02E04

Kitty (Amy Beth Hayes) and Jessie (Sai Bennett) are collecting money for the Belgian Relief Fund, an international organization that supplied food to occupied Belgium and northern France during WWI.

Their counter is basically a display for Guerlain bottles.

Many of them are flacons abeilles, first used in 1828 to house the Eau de Cologne Impériale. The classic version of this bottle have the bees simply painted in gold enamel, while those with gold front label are the flacons abeilles dorées.

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There are two flacons bouchon coeur, too. The choice is historically accurate because they first appeared in 1912; too bad one of these is a spray bottle, clearly not available at the time in which the tv show is set.

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Last, there’s a flacon quadrilobe, another historically accurate choice because this bottle first appeared in 1908 to house the perfume Rue de la Paix, then used for the extraits of several fragrances.

Weird Science (1985)

Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) and Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) are sampling perfumes at L. Magnin.

The refillable atomiser Gary is holding is Eau de Joy by Jean Patou, launched in the 1960s.

Wyatt is holding Cacharel Anais Anais, the romantic white floral scent created in 1978 by Roger Pellegrino, Robert Gonnon, Paul Leger and Raymond Chaillan.

The perfume counter displays other Patou perfumes – Eau de Joy in a splash bottle, 1000 in two sizes and a factice bottle of Joy in a black bottle with coral stopper. 1000, housed in a beautiful jade bottle, is a floral chypre perfume created by Jean Kerleo and launched in 1972. Joy, the “costliest perfume in the world”, was created by Henri Almeras and launched in 1930.

When the camera moves to the other side of the counter, other perfume bottles make their appearance. Right in front of the boys there are two Dior bottles.

The atomiser without stopper contains the eau de cologne version of Miss Dior, created by Paul Vacher and Jean Carles and launched in 1947.

The crystal bottle with brass stopper is kind of confusing: the front label looks white with dove grey details but it looks kind of pink, too. In any case, it’s the travel flacon containing the eau de parfum of Miss Dior (if we assume the front label is white) or Diorissimo (if we think it’s pink).

There’s also Pierre Balmain Ivoire de Balmain, another floral chypre fragrance, was created by Francis Camail and Michel Hy and launched in 1980. The white bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand.

Half hidden in one corner, there’s also Halston, housed in the Elsa Peretti-designed bottle. This creation by Bernard Chant was launched in 1975.

Thanks to Le Petit Civet who first wrote about perfumes in this scene.