Category Archives: stars’ vanities/make-up cases/cabinets in real life

Vivien Leigh’s Dressing Room

I’ve already written about Vivien Leigh touring the U.S. in 1960. The English actress starred in the play Duel of Angels by Christopher Fry alongside her partner Jack Merivale.

The picture above is a bit blurry, but there’s one object that clearly stands out.

It’s a Guerlain flacon lyre containing perfumed talc. Too bad it’s impossible to read the front label, so we will never know what the talc was scented like.

Zachary Quinto’s Bathroom

Zachary Quinto has recently posted this picture on his Instagram account. It’s not clear whether the bathroom he’s standing in is his own; it would be interesting to know because there’s a beautiful display of perfume bottles in it.

Three bottles are by Le Labo: one of them contains 100ml of perfume, the other two 50ml of perfume. Unfortunately only one front label is visible: one of the smallest bottles is Another 13.

The tallest bottle with the black stopper is an eau de parfum by Diptyque. The front label is not visible, but I like to think it’s Tempo, the wonderful patchouli fragrance by the French label.

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Florence Welch Backstage at Gucci Bloom campaign

The British singer/songwriter Florence Welch recently shot a fascinating commercial for the Gucci Bloom advertising campaign. In a backstage picture we can see a bottle of Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella toning water on a table near the artist.

The protagonists of the campaign by Floria Sigismondi are Anjelica Huston, Florence Welch, Jodie Turner-Smith and Susie Cave.

Stevie Nicks’ Tables


I’ve covered Stevie Nicks’ bathrooms and dressing rooms several times: I’ve always loved her music and style, so it’s intriguing to identify the beauty products and perfumes she uses in real life. Some time ago a reader of this blog submitted a couple of pictures from the 1980s I’d never seen before. In both of them, there’s a mysterious product (a tall plastic bottle with black cap) which I was asked to identify.


The product in question is one of the most popular products by Neutrogena, a body oil. The advert above shows the packaging in 1979. This is not the exact bottle seen on Stevie Nicks’ tables, though, because the cap has a different shape.


The bottle shown in this advert from 1985 is more like it, even if I think the oil bottle seen in the second Stevie picture has a larger size.

In the first picture two Erno Laszlo bottles (lotion or Shake-It tinted treatment) can be seen as well.

Thanks to James for submitting this post and to Cédric for the id.

Brigitte Bardot’s Dressing Table

Wearing a scarlet red dress by Christian Dior, Brigitte Bardot was portrayed in her dressing room while getting ready to attend a gala in Munich in 1957.

rochasmouche_bornunicorn.pngThere were many beauty products displayed on the table but one has caught my attention: the teal lace box containing a bottle. If you’re a fan of vintage Rochas packaging, you’ve surely recognized Mouche, the Edmond Roudnitska creation launched in 1947. Rochas used the same bottle for many fragrances, but had different colours for their lace boxes – teal for Mouche, pink for La Rose, white for Femme, yellow for Mousseline.


Cecil Baldwin’s Dresser

cecilbaldwin_bornunicornCecil Baldwin, the narrator of Welcome to Night Vale podcast and host of Night Vale’s radio station, keeps several memorabilia of the popular podcast in his house. In the picture above, some perfumes can be seen too.


farinacuirderussie_bornunicornAmong them, a fragrance by Aesop and Farina Cuir de Russie eau de toilette. This classic fragrance, also known by its German name (Russisch Leder), was launched in 1967.

Impossible to tell what Aesop fragrance sits on the dresser. The perfumes of the Australian brand are all housed in the same dark glass bottle, and the front side is not visible in the picture.

Thanks to A. Windfeldt for the id.

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Christian Louboutin’s Bathroom


caronpourunhomme_bornunicornHave you ever wondered what perfumes celebrities wear in real life? I love watching pictures of their houses and bathrooms, because there’s always something interesting sitting on vanities, shelves and bedside tables.

Think of Christian Louboutin, for example. What perfume does the designer of the world-famous shoes à la semelle rouge wear? If you’re thinking about something unusual or incredibly exclusive, think again. A classic of French perfumery – Pour un Homme de Caron – can be seen in the beautiful bathroom of his French château. This perfume – with traditional notes of lavender, musk and vanilla – was created by Ernest Daltroff and launched in 1934.

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Raffaella Carrà’s Dressing Room

In 1983 the popularity of the Italian showgirl Raffaella Carrà was about to peak: in that year she would start hosting Pronto, Raffaella?, one of the most successful tv programmes of the decade. Angelo Deligio took these wonderful pictures of Raffaella in her dressing room, surrounded by beauty products, personal items (see the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas box above) and design objects [1].

lancome_vintagetoniquedouceur_bornunicornThe first beauty products that have captured my attention are by Lancôme. Raffaella used the classic toner/cleansing milk duo: the toner is Tonique Douceur, while the cleansing milk is Galatéis Douceur.

maxfactor_panstikvintage_bornunicornBy the mirror there’s also Max Factor Pan Stik, along with a tiny bottle of Imidazyl eye drops and a box of Chicco cotton buds.

This picture was taken on the opposite side of the room. The Lancôme duo is still visible, but next to Raffaella there’s another intriguing bottle.

jeannegatineauvintage_bornunicornHere it is again. It’s a Jeanne Gatineau product, probably an oil make-up remover. The trademark pink packaging can be found in the first picture, too, where a pink box sits by the mirror.

evianspraywater_bornunicornIf we move to the opposite side of the room, next to Raffaella, there are other two products – Schwarzkopf Taft hairspray and Evian spray mineral water.

[1] In the pictures there are Ericsson Ericofon phone and Philips wired broadcast receiver.

Johnny Hallyday’s Dressing Room

Photographer Pierre Fournier portrayed the French singer and actor Johnny Hallyday in his dressing room at the Olympia music hall in Paris in 1965. The room walls are plastered with telegrams, while two interesting bottles sit on the table.

The bottle with the tiny bow around the neck is a classic: Eau de Cologne Fraîche by Christian Dior, a citrus fragrance created by Edmund Roudnitska and launched in 1955. Probably it was this cologne that started a life-long love story between the artist and the brand (he was the face of Eau Sauvage in 2000 and attended many Dior fashion shows).

The second bottle is from another staple of Parisian perfumery: Chanel. This huge squared bottle surely contained an eau de cologne. Not sure about the exact fragrance but, judging from the lettering on the front label, it may be Cuir de Russie, created by Ernest Beaux and first launched in perfume form in 1924.

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