There are two perfumes on the shelf of the bathroom where Pierre (Michel Piccoli) is shaving and Hélène (Romy Schneider) is putting mascara on. The white bottle with a floral pattern is the refillable atomizer of Guerlain Chant d’Arômes, created by Jean-Paul Guerlain and launched in 1962; the white and green striped box contains Carven Ma Griffe, a chypre floral perfume created by Jean Carles and launched in 1946.
I’ve recently come across an extraordinary set of Romy Schneider’s pictures taken by photographer Helga Kneidl in 1973 in Paris. The Austrian actress was portrayed while sitting at her dressing table. Who knew she was a Guerlain fan? I shouldn’t be surprised: I’ve realized the fragrances of the French maison have always been incredibly popular among celebrities and prop masters (just think of all the Guerlain perfume sightings you can find on this site).
The first bottle I’ve spotted is the iconic Flacon Bouchon Coeur, designed by Raymond Guerlain and Baccarat and first released in 1912. It’s hard to tell what exact perfume was on the actress’ table, because this bottle has been used for Mitsouko, L’Heure Bleue, Fol Arome and a special edition of Shalimar.
There are also two Travel Flacons, first launched in 1955 to contain Ode and later used for several colognes. The bottles on Romy’s table have the white rim, so they surely contained feminine colognes.
Last but not least, on the right you can see a Flacon Montre with gold screw-cap stopper, first used in 1936 with Cachet Jaune. It contained all the standard feminine colognes, each of which was characterised by the colour of the central disk (red for Shalimar, navy blue for Vol de Nuit, burgundy for Jicky, light aqua for Chamade and so on). Unfortunately, the pictures I’ve found are black and white, so it’s impossible to tell which cologne Romy wore.
All the information of these bottles come from the invaluable Guerlain Perfumes, From Past to Present blog.