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L’etrangleur (1970)

There are many Guerlain perfumes on the vanity table of one of Émile’s victims. From left to right:

guerlaineaudecologneimperialevintage_bornunicornThe classic flacon abeilles contains Eau de Cologne Impériale, a cologne created by Pierre François Pascal Guerlain for Empress Eugenie in 1853.

guerlaingoutteflacon_bornunicornNo way to know what the flacon goutte contains here. This bottle, first launched in the 1920s, has been used for many eaux de toilette.

eauxdeguerlain_bornunicornThere’s another flacon abeillessans golden bees – containing an eau. The front label is not shown, so it’s impossible to say what eau this is.

Guerlain Chypre 53 cologne_bornunicornThe sage green disk on a flacon montre indicates its content: Chypre 53 eau de cologne. The perfume was first released in 1909, but in 1948 it was re-issued as a cologne.

guerlainchantdaromesdeodorant_bornunicornThe last bottle is the perfumed deodorant of Chant d’Arômes, a 1962 creation by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

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Vivien Leigh’s Dressing Table

vivienleigh1960_bornunicorn.jpgThe Canadian actor Jack Merivale took this picture in 1960. He was performing as Armand in the play Duel of Angels by Christopher Fry, along with Vivien Leigh. They were at the Huntington Hartford Hotel in Pasadena during the American tour of the play. They had been partners since 1958: Merivale stayed by Vivien Leigh’s side until her death, in 1967, and supported her during the difficult last years of her life.

The picture above is very interesting. In 1960 Leigh and her second husband Lawrence Olivier divorced, but the actress still kept his pictures on her dressing table. Beauty-wise, there are three perfume bottles worth talking about.

guerlaingoutteflacon_bornunicornOn the left, right next to the Olivier picture in the silver photoframe, there’s a Guerlain flacon goutte. First introduced in 1923, it was used for over 30 different fragrances, so there’s no way to tell exactly which one was sitting on Leigh’s table.

dioramphorabottle_bornunicornBeside the flower vase there’s a Dior amphore, designed by Fernand Guéry-Colas in 1947 for Miss Dior. Later, it was used for other Dior scents, like Diorissimo, Diorling, Diorama and Diorella. Again, there’s no way to know which perfume was on Vivien’s table.

jeanpatoujoy_bornunicornLast but not least, the perfume we can identify without any doubt: Joy by Jean Patou, the actress’ signature scent [1], first given to her as a gift by Olivier.

[1] Elena Prokofieva wrote an interesting article about the perfumes Leigh used.

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Lying with You (2017)

lyingwithyou_bornunicornThe latest music video by Charlotte Gainsbourg – Lying with You, from the album Rest – turns out to be an unexpected perfume lover mecca. Directed by Gainsbourg herself, it’s set in the apartment at 5 bis Rue de Verneuil (Paris) where her father, Serge Gainsbourg, lived. Soon to become a museum, it’s filled with objects that the French artist used and loved; among them, a massive amount of perfumes and toiletries.

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guerlainshalimaratomiser_bornunicornIn the screencap above, from left to right, there are two refillable atomisers by Guerlain – Chant d’Arômes in the white canister with leaf details and Shalimar with the blue arabesque pattern.aramis_bornunicornNext, there’s a bottle of Estee Lauder Aramis, created in 1966 by Bernard Chant.

guerlaingoutteflacon_bornunicornThe drop-shaped bottle is the flacon goutte by Guerlain. It was used for different perfumes, so it’s impossible to tell which one it contains.

lancomemagienoire_bornunicornThere’s also a bottle of Lancôme Magie Noire, created by Gerard Goupy in 1978.

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yslopiumdustingpowder1_bornunicorn.jpgThere are two body perfumes, too – the box and the shaker versions of Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfumed dusting powder.

eauxdeguerlain_bornunicornThe last bottle on the far right is the flacon abeilles by Guerlain.

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guerlainrefillableatomiser1980s_bornunicornfloridawatercologne_bornunicornThere’s another Guerlain refillable atomiser, the one made of golden metal, launched in 1982. On the far right there’s a tall bottle of Murray & Lanman Florida Water cologne, first launched in 1808.

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hermesdoblis_bornunicornsantamarianovellasoap_bornunicornIn the screencap above, there’s a bottle of Hermès Doblis, created by Guy Robert and launched in 1955. Next to it, a box of Santa Maria Novella soap: I do believe this is the vintage version of the almond soap.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme eau de toilette 100 ml spraySerge Gainsbourg’s signature perfume – Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme – is featured too. It was created in 1978 by Louis Monnet.

lyingwithyou(1)_bornunicornAnother shot of the same perfume tray reveals the presence of more Guerlain products.

guerlaineauimperialeatomiser_bornunicorn.jpgThere’s the refillable atomiser of Eau Impériale.

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guerlain_mitsouko_bornunicornPlus, four flacons quadrilobes and flacons bouchon coeur.

lyingwithyou(2)_bornunicornLastly, there’s a vintage bottle of Garnier Birkin shampoo (or hair lotion). I wonder if Gainsbourg actually used it or just kept a bottle as a homage to his partner (and Charlotte’s mother) Jane Birkin.

Thanks to Vincent Legrudge for the Guerlain ids.

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