Category Archives: perfumes in music videos

Raising Hell (2019)

The latest Kesha video is a fun one. The American singer plays a televangelist à la Dolly Parton, who’s unfortunately trapped into an abusive marriage with a horrible husband who doesn’t care about her and beats her up all the time. But she’ll soon know how to take her revenge on him. In the video, directed by Luke Gilford, there are two interesting scenes featuring beauty products.

In the screencap above, Kesha is in her dressing room; on her vanity there’s a can of L’Oreal Elnett Satin extra-strong hold hairspray.

But the most interesting moment is set in her house, where we can get a good look at her vanity.

The white fluted refillable atomiser is the super-romantic L’air du temps by Nina Ricci.There’s also the eau de toilette version of Pasha de Cartier, a fresh spicy men’s fragrance created by Jacques Cavallier and launched in 1992. I like to think the televangelist – not her husband – wears it.

Such an eclectic perfume selection wouldn’t be such without a blast of white flowers! So here is Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt, the 1980s best seller created by Sophia Grojsman.

Another nod to the past is the aqua green tube of Clinique lipstick, a packaging now sadly discontinued.

Thanks to Marco Ortolano for telling me about this video and for the Vanderbilt id.

 

Late Night Feelings (2019)

latenightfeelings_likkeli_bornunicorn (1)latenightfeelings_likkeli_bornunicorn (2)There are two beauty products by the tub where the singer is taking a bath.

bijan_edt_women_bornunicornThe perfume bottle is a factice of Bijan Women eau de toilette, first launched in 1986.

lanvinarpegebath_bornunicorn.jpgAs for the second bottle, I’m pretty sure it’s a vintage product by Lanvin. This round bottle with gold stopper usually housed perfumed talcum powder, body lotions and bath gels. I have found no evidence that a round matte white bottle was ever used, but the picture above can give us the hope it was.

 

Material Girl (1985)

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guerlainvintagecolognenaturalspray_bornunicornThere are toiletries and perfume bottles on the protagonist’s dressing table. Some of them are generic vanity bottles, but we can give a name to others. The tall ribbed bottle with gold cap, for example, is the Guerlain natural spray cologne bottle, used for different fragrances from 1964 to 1977.

chanelno5eaudeparfumspray-e1517915804752.pngThe black bottle with gold accent, on the other hand, is by Chanel. Let me spend a couple of words on this. When I first saw it, I thought it was the spray bottle of No. 5 eau de parfum (the dip tube is showing). Later, I had second thoughts: was this bottle on the market in the 1980s? Plus, is the dip tube really showing? The picture is not that clear.

chanelno5eaudetoiletterefillable_bornunicornAs an alternative, it could be the refillable spray canister of No. 5 eau de toilette, available in 1980 (I’ve spotted it in Stardust Memories by Woody Allen).

Screencap source.

Thanks to Annette Flaconnage for the id.

Lying with You (2017)

lyingwithyou_bornunicornThe latest music video by Charlotte Gainsbourg – Lying with You, from the album Rest – turns out to be an unexpected perfume lover mecca. Directed by Gainsbourg herself, it’s set in the apartment at 5 bis Rue de Verneuil (Paris) where her father, Serge Gainsbourg, lived. Soon to become a museum, it’s filled with objects that the French artist used and loved; among them, a massive amount of perfumes and toiletries.

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guerlainshalimaratomiser_bornunicornIn the screencap above, from left to right, there are two refillable atomisers by Guerlain – Chant d’Arômes in the white canister with leaf details and Shalimar with the blue arabesque pattern.aramis_bornunicornNext, there’s a bottle of Estee Lauder Aramis, created in 1966 by Bernard Chant.

guerlaingoutteflacon_bornunicornThe drop-shaped bottle is the flacon goutte by Guerlain. It was used for different perfumes, so it’s impossible to tell which one it contains.

lancomemagienoire_bornunicornThere’s also a bottle of Lancôme Magie Noire, created by Gerard Goupy in 1978.

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yslopiumdustingpowder1_bornunicorn.jpgThere are two body perfumes, too – the box and the shaker versions of Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfumed dusting powder.

eauxdeguerlain_bornunicornThe last bottle on the far right is the flacon abeilles by Guerlain.

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guerlainrefillableatomiser1980s_bornunicornfloridawatercologne_bornunicornThere’s another Guerlain refillable atomiser, the one made of golden metal, launched in 1982. On the far right there’s a tall bottle of Murray & Lanman Florida Water cologne, first launched in 1808.

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hermesdoblis_bornunicornsantamarianovellasoap_bornunicornIn the screencap above, there’s a bottle of Hermès Doblis, created by Guy Robert and launched in 1955. Next to it, a box of Santa Maria Novella soap: I do believe this is the vintage version of the almond soap.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme eau de toilette 100 ml spraySerge Gainsbourg’s signature perfume – Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme – is featured too. It was created in 1978 by Louis Monnet.

lyingwithyou(1)_bornunicornAnother shot of the same perfume tray reveals the presence of more Guerlain products.

guerlaineauimperialeatomiser_bornunicorn.jpgThere’s the refillable atomiser of Eau Impériale.

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guerlain_mitsouko_bornunicornPlus, four flacons quadrilobes and flacons bouchon coeur.

lyingwithyou(2)_bornunicornLastly, there’s a vintage bottle of Garnier Birkin shampoo (or hair lotion). I wonder if Gainsbourg actually used it or just kept a bottle as a homage to his partner (and Charlotte’s mother) Jane Birkin.

Thanks to Vincent Legrudge for the Guerlain ids.

Picture source.