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Margaret Thatcher’s Vanity

Photographer Herbie Knott took this portrait of Margaret Thatcher: she was at 10 Downing Street during the 1983 General Election campaign.

The gold bottle on the dresser is a pretty exciting object because it’s by Guerlain! This refillable spray canister with basketweave design was first introduced in 1982 for eaux de toilettes. Unfortunately it’s impossible to tell what fragrance it contained, but I think it was Mitsouko, the Guerlain classic which Thatcher was said to be a fan of.

Thanks to alindri for the id.

Selena: The Series S02E09 (When All the World is Sleeping)

In the show’s finale we are given a beautiful shot of Selena’s vanity. There are several MAC products and two surprising perfume bottles.

The small brush on the left side of the screen is MAC 182 buffer brush.

Then there are some lipsticks and compacts, which could be blushes or face powders.

The intriguing choices can be seen on the right side of the screen, where there are two Guerlain bottles.

One is the refillable metal canister, shown here without stopper.

The other is a small flacon montre with golden conical stopper. The front sticker is not shown, so there’s no way to know what eau de cologne this contains.

I’m quite surprised to see Guerlain perfumes on Selena’s vanity and not the one that was her trademark perfume in real life.

In this picture, taken at the Selena Museum in Corpus Christi, we can see Chanel make-up products (including the famous Brick lip colour, now discontinued) and brushes, and one perfume bottle – Boucheron Pour Femme, a white floral fragrance created by Francis Deleamont and Jean-Pierre Bethouart and launched in 1988.

Since this perfume is still on the market, I wonder why the show’s prop masters haven’t used it in this scene.