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Keith Richards’ Library (1995)

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This picture of Keith Richards was taken by Christopher Simon Sykes in 1995 in the guitarist’s mansion in Weston, Connecticut. Published in the book Rock Stars at Home (2019) by Chris Charlesworth, Eddi Fiegel, Bryan Reesman, Colin Salter, Simon Spence and Daryl Easlea, the portrait shows Richards in his library, lounging on a velvet sofa. What caught my attention is on the desk on the left: a bottle of Dior Fahrenheit after-shave lotion.


It’s not surprising: I can totally see Richards wearing the classic leathery masterpiece by Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Michel Almairac, launched in 1988.


A close-up on the table makes it possible to see more perfumes. 


The mirrored bottle is the old packaging of Comptoir Sud Pacifique. Unfortunately it’s not possible to read the front label. 


There’s also a bottle of Guerlain Vetiver, created by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1961. The presence of this perfume is not surprising: Richards is said to have worn another best seller of the French maison (Habit Rouge) since he was young and it seems he’s passed the passion for Guerlain to the rest of the family (his daughters Theodora and Alexandra and his wife Patti Hansen starred in the advertising campaign for Shalimar Light in 2004).

Thanks to Thelonious in the comments for the ids.

The Hunger (1983)

thehunger_bornunicornThe moment in which a movie character opens a bathroom cabinet is always thrilling. I personally get the chills because I know I’m about to see something interesting in it. Sarah Roberts’ cabinet, for example, is a very simple but intriguing one.

vintagejohnsonsbabypowder_bornunicornOn the bottom shelf there are a spray bottle of Evian Water and a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder.

guerlain_vetiveraftershave_bornunicornI’m a bit on the fence when it comes to the glass bottle on the bottom shelf. It’s definitely a flacon de voyage by Guerlain (see the plastic ring around the stopper), but the bottle looks larger than usual.

gillette_rightguarddeodorant_bornunicornOn the top shelf there’s Gillette Right Guard deodorant.

Baby S01E05 (L’ultimo scatto)

Monica (Claudia Pandolfi) is a character with a few contradictions: a former athlete now married to the Lebanese ambassador to Italy, she could live without working but she does. Unable to leave her athlete career behind,  she works as physical education teacher at an exclusive Roman high school. She’s an adult who has lots of regrets, so in the tv show she slowly falls into the trap of believing she can make up for lost time.

Despite her simple style, she likes living luxuriously, as shown by some objects in her bathroom.  On the white shelves near the washbasin we can see two perfume bottles.

The one topped by a piece of white canvas is a Creed fragrance. Unfortunately there’s no way to see what perfume it contains, but the glass splash flacon by the British perfume house is unmistakable. 

There’s also a travel bottle by Guerlain, now used to contain men’s fragrances. The front label is not that clear, but I want to believe it’s dark green, which means the perfume is Vetiver, originally created by Jean-Paul Guerlain, launched in 1961 and re-launched in 2000.

It’s unclear whether this is Monica’s bathroom or if she shares it with her husband. In any case, I could see her wearing Vetiver, a perfume which appeals to her active and unconventional side. 

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Bathroom (2018)

sjpbathroom_bornunicornYesterday Sarah Jessica Parker posted this picture on her Instagram account. Needless to say, I am in awe of all these perfume bottles sitting in her bathroom. From left to right I can see:


Le Labo Patchouli 24, a patchouli perfume with vanilla base note, created by Annick Menardo in 2006.

annickgoutal_bornunicorn.jpgTwo very big bottles of Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien (old packaging). This citrusy fragrance, inspired to Mémoires d’Hadrien (1951) by Marguerite Yourcenar, was created by Annick Goutal herself in 1981.

dana_lovesbabysoft_bornunicornFirst launched in 1971, this powdery musky creation by Ron Winnegrad is still on the market. When the actress launched her first fragrance, Lovely, in 2005, she explained one of her sources of inspiration was Love’s Baby Soft, which she wore as a teenager.

bulgarieauparfumeethevert_bornunicorn.jpgBulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert, a quintessentially 1990s perfume created by the master Jean-Claude Ellena and launched in 1992.

guerlainvetiver_bornunicornLast but not least, Guerlain Vetiver, originally created by Jean-Paul Guerlain and launched in 1959. It’s not clear whether this is an old version (with the beautiful opaque glass bottle by Robert Granai) or the Eau Glacée or Sport versions, respectively launched in 2004 and 2006.

On the table there are other two bottles I’m quite on the fence with. One, on the left, is Narciso Rodriguez For Her, but the bottle is different from the black one on the market (see the rounded edges). The other is the small bottle on the front: it looks like a Hermès perfume but the cap is not rounded, so I’m not sure.


santamarianovellacologne_bornunicornOn the bottom shelf I can see Youth Dew by Estee Lauder and a perfume by Santa Maria Novella.

The two tulle Mickey Mouse ears seen in the picture are by L’Wren Scott (right) and by Gigi Burris (left). She wore the first at the unveiling of Barney’s Electric Holiday collection in 2012 and the second at the recent opening of Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York.

Thanks to Lee in the comments for the Estee Lauder id.

Picture source.

Jackie (2016)


marvistoothpaste_bornunicornWhile Jacqueline and John Kennedy are flying to Dallas on the Air Force One, the First Lady puts her lipstick on. In this scene, a tube of Marvis toothpaste in Classic Strong Mint can be seen in a glass by the washbasin.



On the way back to Washington D. C., another scene is set in the presidential plane’s restroom: Jackie is washing her husband’s blood off her face. In this case, a bottle of Guerlain Vetiver can be seen on the countertop on the right. This perfume, created by Jean-Paul Guerlain and launched in 1959, is here shown in the “travel bottle” with silver metal cap and black rim.

Thanks to my Instagram friend Mustapha for the id.