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Mad Men S01E02 (Ladies Room)

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cotymuguetdesbois_bornunicornThere’s a bottle of Coty Muguet des Bois on Betty Draper’s dresser. This is one of the most popular Coty perfumes: created by Henri Robert and launched in 1941, it has top notes of aldehydes, orange, green leaves and bergamot; middle notes of cyclamen, lilac, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes of sandalwood and musk.

Thanks to Elena Vosnaki for the id.

Pride (2014)

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vlcsnap-2015-03-22-00h29m24s171One of the most hilarious scenes of this film is set in a London leather bar, taken by storm by a group of women from Dulais, Wales. Gail (Nia Gwynne) and Gwen (Menna Trussler) ask a rubber man (Nick Blair) how he gets into his latex catsuit. He obviously uses talcum powder, something that Gwen uses too, for a different purpose. She explains she uses lily-of-the-valley powder, such a classic British scent!

lilyofthevalleytalc_1_bornunicornGwen is a working-class lady, so I guess her talcum powder is a traditional product, not too fancy nor expensive. Taylor of London, Bronnley, Marks & Spencer, Morny and Yardley would be excellent choices.

vintagetalc_lilyofthevalley_2_bornunicornThe story is set in the 1980s: Gwen is an old lady, so she’s probably using a talcum powder she bought years before – Avon, Woodbury or Woods of Windsor.

vintagetalc_lilyofthevalley_bornunicornOther vintage options could include powders by Margo’s, Penhaligon’s, the lovely Muguet des Bois by Coty or the posh Floris (I can’t really see Gwen wearing Floris, though).

crabtreeevelyn_vintagelilyofthevalleytalc_bornunicornLast but not least, I can totally see Gwen keeping this gorgeous box on her dressing table. The Crabtree & Evelyn dusting powder has a romantic packaging and speaks of past memories.