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.
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.
While Rue is running from her mother, she gets to Lexi’s house. She goes into one bathroom, where she steals a pair of gold earrings. It’s unclear whom the room belongs to but I think it’s Suze’s because three Avon bottles can be seen in it. It’s unlikely for two teenagers like Cassie and Lexi to keep perfumes from the 1970s in their bathroom, so this must be their mother’s.
The first Avon bottle has the shape of a bird perched on a metal base: it’s the Song Bird bottle, used to house (among others) the cologne Unforgettable, launched in 1965.
Just behind the photo frame there’s a black bottle with gold lettering: it’s from the Avon Star Signs collection. This is the Leo bottle, which we can assume is Suze’s zodiac sign. As usual, even this bottle was used to house several fragrances, so it’s impossible to tell what’s in it.
The third Avon fragrance is housed in a beautiful white fluted bottle; it’s Avon Sonnet, a floral powdery scent launched in 1938.
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.
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