In 1956 Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) gets a haircut in her bedroom. She has two small round tables near her, and on one of them there are two interesting bottles. Both are Penhaligon’s perfumes.
The bottle with dark blue ribbon is the now sadly discontinued Cornubia, a luscious white floral fragrance first launched in 1910 with the name Cornubia Bouquet and re-launched in 1995.
The dark red ribbon marks a legendary fragrance by Penhaligon’s – Hammam Bouquet. This amber woody scent, created by William Penhaligon, was first launched in 1872. Although heavily reformulated, this is still available on the market.
It’s interesting to notice that Hammam Bouquet appears in an episode from Season 1 in the bathroom of the Duke of Windsor – a detail which connects the two members of the Royal Family, at least in the fictional version of their lives.
I found no evidence that Elizabeth II has ever worn these two fragrances. Most rumours point towards something very different – Floris White Rose (which she probably wore on her wedding day) and Guerlain L’Heure Bleue.
The bathroom of the London hotel where Judy Garland (Renee Zellweger) is staying hides two British gems – both by Floris.
The first bottle on the left sitting on the top glass shelf is a Floris perfume. Unable to tell more about the exact fragrance, but the tall stopper is quite distinctive.
On the bottom shelf sits another Floris product – the concentrated bath essence in the big pyramid-shaped bottle with gold stopper.
On the bottom shelf there’s another bottle decorated with what looks like a ribbon. If so, it could be a Penhaligon’s fragrance, possibly Cornubia, a spectacular white floral launched in 1910 and now sadly discontinued.
Thanks to Scentimentalist for the Floris id and Rocco for the screencaps.
The dressing table of Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) is pretty busy. We can find several interesting perfumes and make-up items on it.
The perfumes I’ve identified are Tocca Bianca (a sparkling scent with bottom notes of musk and sugar), Chloé Chloé (created by Betty Busse and launched in 1975 by Karl Lagerfeld; it’s white floral/woody perfume) and Penhaligon’s Cornubia (a vampy white floral scent created by Nathalie Lawson in 1991).
The make-up items include a MAC 150 blush brush and Studio Fix powder foundation.
There are two NARS lipglosses, too. I’m pretty sure one is Albatross (it has the old packaging), while the other could be Guyane or Vent Salé (with the new packaging).