Several perfumes can be seen in the opening credits of the 3rd season. The first is the spectacular flacon géant abeille dorée by Guerlain: originally created for the Eau de Cologne Impériale and made by Pochet et du Courval, it’s decorated by 69 golden bees painted in gilded enamel.
The second is the Arlington cologne by D. R. Harris & Co., a London brand founded in 1790 at No. 11 St. James’s Street. At the time, Harris’s Apothecary sold Lavender Water, Classic Cologne and English Flower perfumes.
Several bottles of Floris perfume and a tin box of talcum powder can be seen on display in the cosmetics department.
Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) takes Nancy Webb (Kelly Adams) to Selfridges for an evening shopping spree. They stop at a table where several perfume bottles are displayed. The perfume in question, “straight from Paris,” is Caron Tabac Blond. The choice is historically accurate: Ernest Daltroff created this provocative perfume in 1919. According to Fragrantica, Tabac Blond is “a homage to women’s liberation,” combining “leathery top notes usually found in men’s fragrances with an eternally feminine floral bouquet.” It was a fragrance for women who smoke cigarettes, “the perfect symbol of freedom”.
Even the box that Harry gives Nancy is historically accurate: made of gold cardboard, it’s embellished with a matching silk tassel.
Box and perfume bottle make another appearance when Harry visits Nancy’s flat, now empty. She’s left them on her vanity table, symbols of a love story which is over. The bottle is similar to the original but the original front label didn’t include the name of the perfume and the brand.