There are two perfume bottles in Marcello’s bathroom.
The one with the gold stopper is a fragrance by L’Artisan Parfumeur (old packaging): the sticker on the bottle is unreadable but it’s pink, so it could be Jour de Fête, created in 2004 by Olivia Giacobetti.
The second bottle is unmistakable: it’s Hermès Terre d’Hermès, one of the masterpieces by Jean-Claude Ellena, launched in 2006.
Christina Aguilera recently posted a short video collage on Instagram to commemorate the late Stinky, one of her beloved dogs. In one picture, some perfumes can be seen. We know that the singer loves floral, fruity and gourmand fragrances, and the perfumes here reinforce that. The faceted bottle with the pink label is the first version of La Chasse aux Papillons by L’Artisan Parfumeur, a white floral perfume created by Anne Flipo and launched in 1999. The bottle with the beige cord around the neck is Artemisia by Penhaligon’s, a lovely powdery perfume launched in 2002. I’ve been wearing Artemisia for years and I can totally see why Christina uses it: it’s a romantic perfume with a very peculiar warm milky note, very reassuring and comforting.
When Louisa (Emilia Clarke) and William visit Paris, she stops to take a look at L’Artisan Parfumeur shop window. The perfumes on display have the old bottles, with the colourful labels; judging from the orange labels, they could be Séville à l’Aube, Fleur d’Oranger, Mandarine or Dzongkha.
Thanks to my Instagram friend Mustapha for the id.
Instagram is a wonderland for perfume lovers. I’m proud to be part of a small community there, kindred spirits who are an endless source of inspiration. One of my reference points when it comes to unconventional perfume choices is definitely “the weaver of the weird”, the one and only Mlle Ghoul. When she posted this picture on her account, I jumped on my chair and started going through the perfume bottles to see how many of them I could identify (I know, that’s a problem but I can’t help it). Besides the perfume collection itself, I was in awe of the picture and its details, in particular the beautiful flower drawing on the wall and the hot pink diamanté skull sitting on the black cabinet on the left.
I was able to id some bottles – Dior Addict on the left, Guerlain L’Heure Bleue on the cabinet, some Serge Lutens perfumes, a couple of L’Artisan Parfumeur ones – but I decided to ask Sarah Elizabeth to tell me more about her favourite pieces of the collection, which is – her words – “getting out of hand”.
I am particularly fond of Norne by Slumberhouse (down in front on the left, the smaller bottle with no cap). 10 Corso Como, Kyoto by Comme des Garçons and Laura Tonatto’s Amir which is in the very back, you can see the round gold cap against the floral picture – are some favorites. Kyoto reminds me of a dark, cool temple in the middle of a forest. It is probably my all time pick, no matter how many other fragrances I collect!
Needless to say, Kyoto has gone straight into my wish-list!