In 2018 the legendary founder of the Givenchy maison gave a rare interview to the Financial Times‘ journalist Nick Foulkes. The article included pictures of the designer’s residence, Château du Jonchet, located in Northern France.
I’m thankful to the photographer Dylan Thomas for snapping the picture above, which shows the fragrances the designer used.
I’m not surprised to see one of the most beautiful rechargable bottles by Guerlain, Le Sucrier de Madame, designed by Robert Goossens and first introduced in 1980 to house the maison’s eaux de toilette.
A massive bottle of Monsieur de Givenchy takes centre stage. The citrus aromatic fragrance, created by Francis Fabron, was launched in 1959.
The white bottle with gold accents is another Guerlain product: it’s the deodorant of L’Heure Bleue.
The last bottle is another Givenchy best-selling fragrance – Ysatis. One of the most distinctive scents of the 1980s, it was created by Dominique Ropion and launched in 1984.
Thanks to Alindri for the IDs.
Lena (Penélope Cruz) is a broken woman: trapped in an unhappy marriage, she desperately longs for freedom and real love. She lives in a luscious house, she’s always dressed elegantly, she’s surrounded by expensive objects, but all this rarely gives her joy.
Perfumes and beauty products follow her in many scenes, as if they were heavy trappings of a fake identity. The triangle-shaped bottle of Lancôme Trésor body lotion makes its appearance for the third time, so now I guess it’s safe to say that this is her signature scent. It’s an unusual choice, because I would see Lena wearing something more peculiar, with more personality, so I guess this is another way to force her into a role she doesn’t feel comfortable with.
In her bathroom there is also Givenchy Ysatis, a floral chypre fragrance created by Dominique Ropion in 1984.
Last, there’s L’Occitane Eau d’Iparie, an oriental woody fragrance launched in 2005.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate this screenshot: Elektra Wintour (Dominique Jackson) is gracing us with a rare smile and gives us the chance to get a closer look at her vanity.
The small bottle on it is one of the greatest perfumes of the 1980s, Givenchy Ysatis, an “opulent fragrance that smells like luxury” . Created by Dominique Ropion and launched in 1984, it’s simply perfect for a fierce and unapologetic character like Elektra.
 As reported on Fragrantica. I can’t think of a better description.