L’etrangleur (1970)

There are many Guerlain perfumes on the vanity table of one of Émile’s victims. From left to right: The classic flacon abeilles contains Eau de Cologne Impériale, a cologne created by Pierre François Pascal Guerlain for Empress Eugenie in 1853. No way to know what the flacon goutte contains here. This bottle, first launched in the 1920s, has been used for many eaux de toilette. There’s … Continue reading L’etrangleur (1970)

Indiscreet (1958)

There are several perfumes and toiletries on Anna Kalman’s dressing table. First, two bottles of Revlon nail polish, in the signature bottle with super-long cap handle. Now let’s focus on the perfume bottles. At the centre of the table there’s Jean Patou Joy, “the world’s most expensive perfume” created in 1930 by Henri Alméras. Next to it, a beautiful amphora bottle by Christian Dior. Hard … Continue reading Indiscreet (1958)

Gli amici di Milano (1963)

Franca Valeri is one of the most popular and talented Italian actresses. I’ve always loved her irony, her poised glamour and nonconformity. Imagine my delight when I found this clip from a 1963 tv documentary: the camera goes along the famous via Montenapoleone in Milan, and Franca (born in Milan) comments. The windows of a perfume shop are filmed, showing an array of Guerlain and Rochas perfumes. … Continue reading Gli amici di Milano (1963)

Marianne Faithfull’s Dressing Table

A flacon montre by Guerlain can be seen on the dressing table Marianne Faithfull was sitting at. This portrait was taken on February 15th, 1974 by Hoare. The black and white makes impossible to see the colour of the front sticker, hence to know what cologne it was. My guess is that it was a classic – Shalimar. The spray bottle with the geometric stopper … Continue reading Marianne Faithfull’s Dressing Table

Death on the Nile (1978)

I wonder if Monsieur Poirot (Peter Ustinov) noticed the massive Guerlain flacon montre sitting on a shelf in Linnet Ridgeway’s bathroom, while inspecting the heiress’ cabin on the Karnak steamer. Too bad the front sticker was scratched out: we will never know what cologne she used. Using a flacon montre here is not 100% accurate: if we assume the novel is set before 1937 (year … Continue reading Death on the Nile (1978)