Category Archives: perfumes in tv shows

The White Lotus S02E03 (Bull Elephants)

While Tanya is busy with a tarot reader, her assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) is asked to leave and go to the bathroom. This is a rare occasion in which we can take a look at the products that the most desperate character of the show uses.

The two Ortigia products we see on the marble counter – the Zagara room essence and the Bergamotto eau de parfum – are courtesy of the hotel.

Tanya uses another Italian product – the Aquatic Mint toothpaste by Marvis.

Her skincare includes two products by Eve Lom – the Radiance face oil and the Time Retreat radiance essence.

It’s nice to see the unmistakable blue bottle of an Italian drugstore staple – Roberts Acqua distillata alle rose.

Probably the most surprising item here is the perfume. Tanya wears Paco Rabanne Pure XS, an amber floral fragrance by Quentin Bisch launched in 2018. I expected her to wear something bolder and probably more nostalgic.

The Sandman S01E09 (Collectors)

There are two interesting perfumes on Lyta’s dressing table. And they are very much so because this scene has an unusual setting: this table is in the house that Lyta’s deceased husband Hector has built for them in the Dreaming.

They are probably perfumes that the woman already wears on the ordinary plan of reality or maybe they have been selected to be worn in a different dimension.

The first fragrance (boxed) is Chanel Coco eau de toilette. It’s an amber spicy creation by Jacques Polge, first launched in 1984.

The second, in the gold bottle, is the extrait de parfum of Yves Saint Laurent Cinéma, an amber floral fragrance created by Jacques Cavallier and launched in 2004.

Thanks to LePetitCivet and reveur_etc for the YSL id.

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.