Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) keeps an intriguing orange box on the mirrored vanity in her Parisian home.
The writing on the box (Parfums de France) and the illustrations on it say it all: it’s a collection of miniature perfume and bath oil samples from the 1950s.
This set doesn’t include famous French perfumes, but fragrances created by Charrier Parfums to resemble or sound like popular perfumes.
If you want to read more about the Charrier miniature sets, this post from The Vintage Perfume Vault is highly recommended.
While Cecile (Jean Seberg) is applying sunscreen on Elsa’s shoulders, Raymond (David Niven) is reading a magazine with an interesting back cover.
A few instants later the magazine is fully visible: it’s Elle.
The back cover advertises a very popular French perfume – Soir de Paris by Bourjois. Created by Ernest Beaux (Chanel No. 5’s “dad”), it was originally launched in 1928 on the American market as Evening in Paris. Thanks to the huge success it had in the U.S., it was finally launched in Europe with a French name. The blue bottle with silver accents was designed by the painter Jean Helleu.
After a night of partying and reminiscing, Cecile (Jean Seberg) finally returns home, removes the elegant Givenchy dress she’s worn so far and puts her make-up off.
To do so, she uses a traditional product like Pond’s cold cream.
In front of her there are several beauty products, but the most intriguing object is the octagonal box on the right side of the vanity. Even if the label is not visible, this is definitely the box of Lucien Lelong Gardenia, a soliflore perfume launched in 1936. Too bad the wonderful fluted bottle is not out of the box.