Category Archives: perfumes in tv shows

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.

American Horror Story S10E09 (Blue Moon)

There’s a Guerlain flacon montre in Marilyn Monroe’s bedroom.

This is a very unusual choice because there’s no evidence that Marily wore Guerlain colognes. The reason behind this prop is easy to explain: Ryan Murphy is clearly a fan of this bottle and of the French brand; both have often been shown or quoted in his shows.

It’s not a historically accurate choice, though: the gold screw-cap stopper was first introduced in 1972, 10 years after the death of the American actress. In the 1960s flacons montre were available with the ground glass stopper.

[1] Marilyn’s name will forever be connected to Chanel No. 5, but she was a fan of the now-discontinued Rose Geranium eau de toilette by Floris.

Sex Education S03E08

There are two interesting beauty products on Lily’s mirrored vanity.

First, the trademark purple bottle of Mugler Alien, an amber woody creation by Dominique Ropion and Laurent Bruyere launched in 2005. The character is very much into space exploration and aliens, protagonists of the erotic comics she draws. So it’s not surprising to see the Alien perfume in her bedroom.

The tall bottle with orange stopper is Rimmel London Wake Me Up liquid foundation.

Thanks to Alessandra for the screencap and Alien id.

Cruel Summer S01E02 (A Smashing Good Time)

In the opening scene of the episode, set in 1993, Kate (Olivia Holt) is sitting at her dressing table: she’s getting ready to hit the gym and is putting on some lipgloss. In front of her there’s a classic drugstore beauty product and an unexpected perfume.

The classic is a jar of Pond’s dry skin cream.

The unexpected bottle is Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars, an amber floral fragrance by Sofia Grojsman launched in 1994. There’s a chronological problem here, because the perfume was launched one year after the events narrated in this section of the episode.

It’s an all-around unusual choice: Kate, the most popular girl in town, wearing a perfume that isn’t exactly mainstream (=recognizable) could be interpreted in different ways. For example, even if she’s popular, she’s not like all the other girls: she’s rich, so she can afford a niche-y French perfume.

The episode moves to 1994: Kate is sitting at her dressing table again and the blue bottle is still there, along with a pink-cap bottle.

This is a fragrance which deeply contrasts the presence of the Lagerfeld perfume because it’s an American drugstore classic – Dana Love’s Baby Soft, created by Ron Winnegrad and launched in 1974. These contrasting choices could indicate an eclectic taste or the desire to experiment with different products.

Cruel Summer S01E01 (Happy Birthday, Jeanette Turner)

It would be interesting to know how a flacon montre of Guerlain Shalimar eau de cologne ended up on the dressing table of Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), a nerdy girl who dreams of becoming popular.

The TV show is set in 1993/1995, years in which the classic Guerlain fragrance was not exactly on the wishlist of American teenage girls. Did the prop masters choose it for purely aesthetic reasons? I wouldn’t blame them, but it still feels weird. The flacon montre shown here is the original version with ground glass stopper, dating back to 1936. It’s a vintage piece which Jeanette maybe bought at a flea market: if this were the reason behind it, it would totally make sense. Too bad the bottle is not given a backstory in the show.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.

Firefly Lane S01E03 (Dancing Queens)

Some interesting toiletries from the 1970s can be seen in the scene where Tully helps Lane shave her legs.

Second from the left, a bottle of Revlon Jean Naté after-bath splash.

Next, there’s a bottle of Body on Tap beer-enriched (?) shampoo.

Last, Tickle unscented roll-on deodorant.

Thanks to Alessandra for the screencap and ids.

Lupin S02E03 (Chapitre 8)

Juliette (Léa Bonneau) is sitting at her dressing table and is putting lipstick on.

The lipstick she’s using is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine.

When her father Hubert (Hervé Pierre) joins her to start a conversation, we can see there are some objects on the table.

First, a bottle of Guerlain Shalimar, the 1925 classic by Jacques Guerlain.

There are also a MAC jar (it could be Paint Pot cream eyeshadow or Fluidline gel eyeliner) and a Dior lip colour, possibly Dior Addict Lip Tattoo or Lip Maximizer.

Thank you to Alessandra for the screencaps and the Shalimar id.

Followers S01e03 (Search) and S01E09 (Follower)

From a first, quick glimpse at Limi’s dressing table in E03, the only perfume that stands out is J’Adore, the 1999 Calice Becker creation for Dior, but there’s more.

Thankfully in E09 we get it! On the left side of Limi’s table there’s a Lalique Clairfontaine bottle with the beautiful lily-of-the-valley stopper.

The white box contains a bottle of Christian Louboutin nail polish.

J’Adore makes another appearance, along with Chanel No. 5.

The lovely apple-shaped bottle of Lolita Lempicka can be seen on Limi’s table, too. This is not a surprising choice, because this fruity gourmand fragrance, created by Annick Menardo and launched in 1997, suits the photographer’s personality.

The purple balloon bottle next to Lolita Lempicka is Lanvin Éclat d’Arpège, created by Karine Dubreuil and launched in 2002.

Last, there’s a box of Guerlain Météorites powder pearls.

Thanks to missanneiv for first telling me about this show.