Category Archives: perfumes in tv shows

Bewitched S01E05 (Help, Help, Don’t Save Me)

Samantha is packing to move to her mother’s house after arguing with her husband Darrin: she suggested slogans for an advertising campaign he was working on but he suspects she used magic to help.

There are four perfume bottles on her dressing table, three of which I have been able to identify.

The first two bottles on the left are Revlon Intimate, a chypre floral fragrance launched in 1955.

The tall balloon bottle is Lucien Lelong Tailspin cologne, a floral green creation by Jean Carles launched in 1940.

Screencap via ladiesofthepast.

Mad Men S03E02 (Love Among the Ruins)

There’s Guerlain Shalimar in the beautiful flacon chauve souris on a dressing table in Peggy Olson’s bedroom.

Created in 1925 by Jacques Guerlain, it’s undeniably one of the most famous perfumes of all times. You may remember another protagonist of the TV show (Joan Holloway, played by Christina Hendricks) wears the same perfume.

Thanks to signorina_misteriosa11 for submitting this post.

Stranger Things S04E07 (The Massacre at Hawkins Lab)

There are two Avon fragrances on a dresser in Nancy Wheeler’s bedroom.

One is a teddy bear decanter with gold stopper (the bear’s head). It’s impossible to know what Avon fragrance it houses, because the same bottle was used for different scents.

The second bottle first made its appearance in Season 1: it’s Miss Lollypop cologne mist, a gourmand (candy) fragrance launched in 1967.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post and for the Avon teddy bear id.

The Crown S02E05 (Marionettes)

In 1956 Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) gets a haircut in her bedroom. She has two small round tables near her, and on one of them there are two interesting bottles. Both are Penhaligon’s perfumes.

The bottle with dark blue ribbon is the now sadly discontinued Cornubia, a luscious white floral fragrance first launched in 1910 with the name Cornubia Bouquet and re-launched in 1995.

The dark red ribbon marks a legendary fragrance by Penhaligon’s – Hammam Bouquet. This amber woody scent, created by William Penhaligon, was first launched in 1872. Although heavily reformulated, this is still available on the market.

It’s interesting to notice that Hammam Bouquet appears in an episode from Season 1 in the bathroom of the Duke of Windsor – a detail which connects the two members of the Royal Family, at least in the fictional version of their lives.

I found no evidence that Elizabeth II has ever worn these two fragrances. Most rumours point towards something very different – Floris White Rose (which she probably wore on her wedding day) and Guerlain L’Heure Bleue.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S04E05 (How to Chew Quietly and Influence People)

Before leaving Shy Baldwin’s wedding party, Susie (Alex Borstein) wants to get a gift bag but Miriam (Rachel Brosnahan) doesn’t agree because she thinks gift bags are “tacky”. She changes her mind when she realises the bags contain Chanel No. 5.

Susie ends up leaving with many gift bags!

What I find strange is that the only perfume bottle seen on the gift bag table is not Chanel No. 5 but Coco (see the black paper strip around the bottle neck). I would be curious to know why the prop masters didn’t use the perfume mentioned in the conversation but opted for a fragrance launched in 1984, decades after the time in which the tv show is set.

Stay Close S01E08

There are two interesting perfume bottles on this dressing table.

The fan-shaped bottle is the German fragrance Summer Flowers by Chiara Ambra.

There’s also a lovely cork-shaped bottle of Yves Saint Laurent Champagne, a fruity/powdery fragrance created by Sophia Grojsman and launched in 1993. Three years later it was renamed Yvresse because of a lawsuit filed by the Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne.

Thanks to Jane Daly for submitting this post and to Jennifer for the Chiara Ambra id.