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Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

bonjourtristesse_bornunicorn (1)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.

pondscoldcreamvintage_bornunicornTo do so, she uses a traditional product like Pond’s cold cream.

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lucienlelong_gardenia_bornunicornIn 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.

To Catch a Thief (1955)

tocatchathief_bornunicorn (1)When John Robie (Cary Grant) visits the hotel suite where Frances and her mother Jessie live, some beauty products can be seen on different dressing tables.

lucienlelong_balalaika_bornunicornIn the picture above, for example, there are a Revlon nail polish (see the elongated cap) and two perfumes by Lucien Lelong – Gardenia and Balalaika.

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On another dressing table two versions of Lucien Lelong Balalaika: the spiral bottle contained the eau de parfum, while the squared one contained the eau de cologne.

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From a different angle we can see there’s another object on the same table: a coffret containing Revlon nail polishes.

Yield to the Night (1956)

yieldtothenight_bornunicorn (1)Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) works as a sales assistant at a perfume shop. There she meets Jim Lancaster (Michael Craig), the man she’ll desperately fall in love with. When they first meet, he’s looking for a perfume, but asks Mary what perfume she is wearing.

SHALIMAR08010 BASEAThere are several perfumes on the glass counter, among which Shalimar by Guerlain.

yieldtothenight_bornunicorn (4)The spectacular giant chauve souris bottle gets a beautiful shot in the same scene. Now you know where my avatar comes from 😉

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lucienlelong_gardenia_bornunicornOn the bottom shelf of the counter there’s a set of Lucien Lelong mini bottles (see the ball-shaped stoppers) and what looks like GardĂ©nia by Lucien Lelong. The bottle – designed by RenĂ© Lalique and called Sea Star – was actually used for other perfumes by Lelong (Lilac, for example), but the white box trimmed in a contrasting colour could confirm it was Gardenia indeed.

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vintage-guerlain-shalimar-eau-de-cologne-splash-1-7-oz-new-rope-sealed-7cc19a1fb031c4c8f019950e9bc5749a (1)Another shot shows a bouchon coeur bottle and a flacon montre by Guerlain. Reading the labels is impossible, so I can’t tell what they contained. The same can be said for the trademark tall bottle by Lucien Lelong, which was used for different perfumes.

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