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Seberg (2019)


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Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) keeps an intriguing orange box on the mirrored vanity in her Parisian home.

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The writing on the box (Parfums de France) and the illustrations on it say it all: it’s a collection of miniature perfume and bath oil samples from the 1950s.

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This set doesn’t include famous French perfumes, but fragrances created by Charrier Parfums to resemble or sound like popular perfumes.

If you want to read more about the Charrier miniature sets, this post from The Vintage Perfume Vault is highly recommended.

Seberg (2019)

seberg_bornunicornJean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) is getting ready for a photoshoot in her beautiful Hollywood mansion. There are some beauty items on her vanity, two of which are by Avon.

avonimari_bornunicornThe first is the dark red jar, which contains body lotion (in the film, the make-up artist puts it on Jean’s hands). As I’ve already pointed out, I think it’s the body lotion of Imari, which had the packaging in this exact shade of red. Imari perfume and its bodycare line were originally launched in 1985, though, so this could be another example of historical inaccuracy.

avonpatternscologne_bornunicornavonpatternsad_bornunicornThe other Avon product is an atomiser with a funky black and white Paisley pattern: it’s Patterns, a perfume launched in 1969, so in line with the time in which the film is set.

Thanks to Hillary, the curator of the Makeup Museum, for the Avon Patterns id.