Category Archives: perfumes in tv shows

Deutschland 86 E04 (Green Book)

deutschland86_e04_bornunicorn (1)Brigitte Winkelmann is the BND officer who saves Martin Rauch from Libya by literally buying him. Now they are in Paris: she offers Martin to be a double agent, but he refuses. They’re also lovers and they fantasise about living together in East Germany.

In the bathroom of the Parisian flat they live in there are two interesting perfumes.

diordolcevita_bornunicornThe first is the spicy-fruity Dolce Vita by Christian Dior, a creation by Pierre Bourdon and Maurice Roger. Too bad it was launched in 1994 (the show is set 8 years earlier!). I think the bottle was chosen simply as a decoration.

ralphlaurensafariwoman_bornunicornThe other bottle is Safari by Ralph Lauren. Historically speaking, it’s another inaccuracy, because this perfume, created by Dominique Ropion, was launched on the market in 1990. Too recent to be sitting in a Parisian bathroom in the mid 1980s.

The Deuce S03E05 (You Only Get One)

thedeuce_s03e05_bornunicorn (1)Three interesting objects sit on Lori Madison’s vanity in her dressing room.

yslopiumoriginal_bornunicornYves Saint Laurent Opium (oval box included) takes central stage. In 1985 (year in which this season is set) this perfume was basically everywhere, and it was impossible to escape. This creation by Jean Amic, Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Raymond Chaillan, launched in 1977, took the world of perfumery by storm: the original formula, opulent and spicy, was unlike any other perfume on the market.

avonoccurcologne_bornunicornThe second bottle has a peculiar swirled bud shape. It was used to house several fragrances by Avon (Occur!, for example).

avonimari_bornunicornThe dark red jar next to it is another Avon product – a body cream. My guess is that the fragrance is Imari, originally launched in 1985, characterised by dark red packaging.

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revlonjeannate_bornunicornLast but not least, by the mirror there’s a bottle of Revlon Jean Naté after-bath splash.

Thanks to lepetitcivet on Instagram for the YSL id.

Mr Selfridge S04E01

mrselfridge_s04e01_bornunicorn (1)Guerlain, Caron and Jean Patou perfumes are displayed at Selfridge’s beauty department.

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voldenuit_vintage_guerlain_bornunicornFrom the far left: there are Guerlain Mitsouko (in the flacon bouchon coeur) and Vol de Nuit (in the flacon rayonnant) on a tray.
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On the glass counter there are Jean Patou Colony (in the quirky pineapple bottle) and L’Heure Attendue.

While I appreciate the choice of displaying these beautiful bottles, there’s a problem: Colony, created by Henri Almeras, was launched in 1938, ten years after the time in which the 4th season is set (1928). The situation is even worse for L’Heure Attendue, another Almeras creation launched in 1946, 18 years later.

Last, there’s a bottle of Caron Tabac Blond in a glass cabinet on the far left. It’s a correct choice, because this innovative creation by Ernest Daltroff was launched in 1919.

How to Get Away with Murder S06E04 (I Hate the World)

When Michaela (Aja Naomi King) realises her father is Solomon Vick, she goes to New York to meet him. She attends one of his conferences and aggressively asks him personal questions. Later, she intrudes into his hotel room and goes through his items.

In the bathroom there are two perfume bottles: one is John Varvatos Artisan, a creation by John Varvatos and Rodrigo Flores-Roux launched in 2009; the other is Dana Canoe, a Jean Carles creation first launched in 1936 as a fresh perfume for women and marketed as men’s cologne since the 1960s.

Michaela doesn’t resist and smells the Varvatos perfume. You may remember it made an appearance in the second season of the show, in Mike’s bedroom.

The Politician S01E03 (October Surprise)

When Peyton (Ben Platt) finally pays a visit to his former girlfriend Alice (Julia Schlaepfer), we finally get to see her bedroom (beautiful as the rest of her mansion) and her dresser. Unfortunately, it’s just a fleeting moment, but I’ve been able to identify some of the bottles sitting on it.

There are two perfumes with very distinctive bottles. The white one is Tom Ford Soleil Blanc eau de parfum, part of the Private Blend collection, created by Nathalie Gracia-Cetto and launched in 2016. The round bottle is Chanel Chance, possibly the Eau Tendre version, created by Jacques Polge and launched in 2010. There are also two Moroccanoil products: the pump bottle is the hydrating styling cream, while the spray bottle is Glimmer Shine finishing spray.

Glow S03E08 (Keep Ridin’)

Bash Howard (Chris Lowell), heir to the Howard Foods business empire and producer of GLOW, is one of my favourite characters of the show, so a scene set in his bathroom was very much welcomed by yours truly, who couldn’t wait to take a look at his beauty products.

First on the left of the marble top, there’s a bottle of Ralph Lauren Polo, the aromatic fragrance created in 1978 by Carlos Benaim. No surprises here: Bash is a flamboyant ring announcer and commentator, but he’s very conservative when it comes to appearances. A relatively traditional eau de toilette like Polo suits his character.

His hairstyle is very distinctive and trendy, so it’s obvious there are lots of styling products. There are two bottles of Vitalis hair tonic and an array of L’Oreal Studio Line items (hairspray, two mousses and gel). The choice of using Studio Line is excellent: this hairstyling line was very popular in the 1980s! I liked using Gelling Curls.

Glow S03E04 (Say Yes)

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There’s a can of Aquanet unscented super-hold hairspray on Bobby’s dressing table. The silver-ish bottle on its left reminds me of Halston perfume, which would be really appropriate, since Bobby has just done a beautiful performance in drag as Liza Minnelli, one of the most famous Halstonettes.