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Christina Aguilera’s Dresser

Screenshot_2018-01-06-10-14-36.jpgChristina 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. o.4773.jpgThe 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. o-4616.jpgThe 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.

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Mr Selfridge S02E07

mrselfridge_s02e07_bornunicorn (1)Kitty Hawkins (Amy Beth Hayes) is holding two Penhaligon’s perfumes while chatting with her assistant Jessie (Sai Bennett).

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Thanks to a larger shot, we know that those are bottles of Malabah, sitting on the glass counter next to Lily of the Valley and a factice bottle of English Fern.

penhaligons_lavandula_bornunicornBottles of Lavandula and Orange Blossom can be seen, too.

Picking Penhaligon’s perfumes for this show is historically accurate, since Penhaligon’s was established in 1870. Some of the fragrances seen on Selfridge’s counters were launched way after the 1910s, though – Orange Blossom in 1976, Malabah in 2003 and Lavandula in 2004. On the other hand, Lily of the Valley was created in 1907, English Fern in 1910, so they could be actually sold in the Oxford Street department store.

Pride (2014)

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vlcsnap-2015-03-22-00h29m24s171One of the most hilarious scenes of this film is set in a London leather bar, taken by storm by a group of women from Dulais, Wales. Gail (Nia Gwynne) and Gwen (Menna Trussler) ask a rubber man (Nick Blair) how he gets into his latex catsuit. He obviously uses talcum powder, something that Gwen uses too, for a different purpose. She explains she uses lily-of-the-valley powder, such a classic British scent!

lilyofthevalleytalc_1_bornunicornGwen is a working-class lady, so I guess her talcum powder is a traditional product, not too fancy nor expensive. Taylor of London, Bronnley, Marks & Spencer, Morny and Yardley would be excellent choices.

vintagetalc_lilyofthevalley_2_bornunicornThe story is set in the 1980s: Gwen is an old lady, so she’s probably using a talcum powder she bought years before – Avon, Woodbury or Woods of Windsor.

vintagetalc_lilyofthevalley_bornunicornOther vintage options could include powders by Margo’s, Penhaligon’s, the lovely Muguet des Bois by Coty or the posh Floris (I can’t really see Gwen wearing Floris, though).

crabtreeevelyn_vintagelilyofthevalleytalc_bornunicornLast but not least, I can totally see Gwen keeping this gorgeous box on her dressing table. The Crabtree & Evelyn dusting powder has a romantic packaging and speaks of past memories.

 

House of Cards S01E06

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houseofcards_s01e06_bornunicornThe dressing table of Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) is pretty busy. We can find several interesting perfumes and make-up items on it.

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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).

mac150brush_bornunicornThe make-up items include a MAC 150 blush brush and Studio Fix powder foundation.

narsglosses_bornunicornThere 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).

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The Iron Lady (2011)

theironlady3_bornunicorn geoftrumpereaudecologne_bornunicornMargaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) holding a bottle of Geo. F. Trumper Eau de Cologne.

On the top shelf, next to the shave brush, there’s a Penhaligon’s bottle. It’s bow-less, so it’s hard to tell what perfume it is. Margaret Thatcher was said to wear Bluebell, but this isn’t it. That peculiar sticker shape makes me think of Blenheim Bouquet, but it’s just a guess. If that was the case, kudos to the prop master for choosing the fragrance created for Winston Churchill’s father and worn by the Prime Minister himself.