Category Archives: perfumes in tv shows

This Is Us S01E12 (The Big Day)

Several bottles of perfume can be seen on a tray. Most of them are decorative, but one is real: it’s California perfume by Avon.

This is the 1976 Anniversary Keepsake edition, the front sticker decorated with a beautiful floral design and a Gibson girl. The perfume was originally produced in 1905 by California Perfume Company [1] with the name California Bouquet.

[1] The company would change its name to Avon Products Inc. in 1939.

Thanks to my friend Maurizio for the id and screencaps.

We Are Who We Are E02 (Right Here, Right Now #2)

Among the toiletries in Caitlin’s parents’ bathroom, there are a bottle of Old Spice Classic cologne and Speed Stick deodorant.

When she moves into her own bathroom, we can see two Palmer’s products (coconut body oil in a spray bottle and cocoa butter formula).

The deodorant in the silver case is Old Spice Swagger.

The green bottle contains Galàn Moco de Gorila hair gel.

Ratched S01E03 (Angel of Mercy)

Mildred (Sarah Paulson) is about to meet the private detective Charles Wainwright in her room again. On her dressing table we see an old acquaintance and a new bottle.

The tall ribbed bottle – previously seen in the pilot – is Moment Suprême eau de cologne by Jean Patou.

The other bottle is the Lanvin boule, a special one: it’s made of colourless glass (and not of the more ordinary black glass) and its gold stopper has got a raspberry shape (and not the more ordinary ribbed ball shape) [1]. This bottle was used to house Mon péché (My Sin), originally launched in 1924, and Arpège, launched in 1927. I like to think My Sin is sitting on Mildred’s vanity: she’s a character full of contrasts, who is definitely hiding many secrets and sins.

[1] Later, the ribbed stoppers would replace the raspberry ones. The change didn’t happen before the 1960s, as shown by this 1964 advert for My Sin

Thanks to lepetitcivet for the Lanvin id.

Ratched S01E01 (Pilot)

The outfit of the Hollywood star Barbara Stanwyck on the cover of Picturegoer Film Weekly magazine [1] serves as source of inspiration for Mildred Ratched. When it comes to perfumes, though, the nurse has got her own taste.

The large splash bottle on the left is Platino / Platinum / Platine by Dana, a fragrance launched in 1934.

The tall fluted bottle with black stopper is Moment Suprême eau de cologne by Jean Patou, The eau de parfum version was launched in 1929.

[1] This is the issue published on June 14th, 1941.

Baby S02E03 (Fantasmi)

Half-hidden on a black tray in Natalia’s bedroom there’s a bottle of Ralph Lauren Blue, a perfume created by David Apel and Pierre Negrin and launched in 2005.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the large bottle with green stopper on the same tray, but no results. I know it looks like Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia, but I don’t think it is. Any ideas?

Thanks to the ever-helpful Fragrantica forum for the Ralph Lauren id.

I May Destroy You S01E12 (Ego Death)

Arabella (Michaela Coel) and her friend Terry are back to Ego Death, the London bar where the protagonist’s story starts. The scene above is set in the bar toilet; right behind Arabella there’s a table with some perfume bottles on it. Unfortunately there’s not a clear shot of it, because it would have been interesting to see what perfumes were selected and made available to the customers for a quick spraying.

Two bottles (the first and second from the left) can be identified, though. The first is Dior Fahrenheit, the creation by Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Michel Almairac that has become a unisex favourite since its launch in 1988. The second is Alien by Thierry Mugler, a white floral (jasmine!) perfume created by Laurent Bruyère and Dominique Ropion and launched in 2005.

The Politician S02E02 (Conscious Unthroupling)

There’s an eau de cologne by Officina Profumo Santa Maria Novella in Astrid’s bathroom cabinet. Impossible to tell exactly what fragrance this is: the brand uses the same bottle and the same wording for most of its colognes.

On the same shelf there’s a fluted bottle: it could be an Annick Goutal perfume or one by L’Occitane (old packaging in both cases) but the bottle is without stopper, so it’s hard to tell.

Hollywood E06 (Meg)

The bottle seen on the dressing table in Ellen Kincaid’s bedroom is Evening in Paris by Bourjois, a creation by Ernest Beaux originally launched in 1928 on the American market. Thanks to the huge success it had in the U.S., it was later launched in Europe as Soir de Paris.

The choice of this particular bottle (the third from the left in the picture above) is historically correct: the wave-shaped label on cobalt blue glass was introduced in the late 1940s-early 1950s, exactly at the time in which the tv show is set (circa 1947).

Bottle picture source.

Deutschland 86 E06 (Tjello)

deutschland86_e06_bornunicornTina Fischer receives a package from West Berlin: her brother, Thomas Posimski, is sending food, candy and toiletries.

fa_soapbar_bornunicornOn the left there’s a box containing Fa bar soap, produced in Germany by Henkel.

hattricclassicaftershave_bornunicornThen there’s the after shave Hâttric Classic, first launched in 1963, characterised by fresh notes of lemon, lime and bergamot.

niveacreme_bornunicornLast but not least, the iconic blue tin of Nivea Creme, one of the most famous German beauty products. Created in Hamburg in 1911 by Oscar Troplowitz, the chemist who co-founded Beiersdorf, it’s a multi-use snow-white cream which has been a staple in the beauty kits of many generations.