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Mr Selfridge S02E04

Kitty (Amy Beth Hayes) and Jessie (Sai Bennett) are collecting money for the Belgian Relief Fund, an international organization that supplied food to occupied Belgium and northern France during WWI.

Their counter is basically a display for Guerlain bottles.

Many of them are flacons abeilles, first used in 1828 to house the Eau de Cologne Impériale. The classic version of this bottle have the bees simply painted in gold enamel, while those with gold front label are the flacons abeilles dorées.

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There are two flacons bouchon coeur, too. The choice is historically accurate because they first appeared in 1912; too bad one of these is a spray bottle, clearly not available at the time in which the tv show is set.

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Last, there’s a flacon quadrilobe, another historically accurate choice because this bottle first appeared in 1908 to house the perfume Rue de la Paix, then used for the extraits of several fragrances.

Mr Selfridge S02E03

mrselfridge_s02e03_bornunicorn (1)There are lots of Bourjois products at the cosmetics counter. The beautiful round pots made of paper in pastel colours are from the Ashes of series, which included several lines in several scents: rose, lily, violet, carnation, wall flower, lavender, gardenia, sandal, heliotrope, mimosa/muguet, jasmine/iris.

According to Grace Hummel, Ashes of Roses, created by Ernest Beaux, was first launched in France in 1909, in the USA in 1913 and in England in 1923. As for the graphics, they featured “a slender vase with a single flower,” which was “typical of the Paul Iribe drawings from 1910.”

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bourjois_ashesofcarnation_bornunicornEach line included perfume and eau de cologne, face powder (loose and compact), vanishing cream, lipstick, bath powder and crystals, talc powder and soap.

bourjois_vintagecollection_bornunicornBourjois paid homage to its own past in 2010, when the Vintage collection was released. It included 5 eyeshadows and 3 blushes (Ashes of Carnations in Lilas d’or, Ashes of Roses in Rose Frisson and Ashes of Wall Flower in Rose d’or) in the trademark little round pots.

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.

Mr Selfridge S02E08

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Several bottles of Caron perfumes can be seen in the beauty department. Two types of bottles are displayed: one is made all of glass, with tall rectangular stopper; the other is made of dotted glass with gold fluted stopper. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell what scents they contain. On the contrary, we know the black bottle in the box is Nuit de Noël, a floral fragrance created by Ernest Daltroff and launched in 1922.

Mr Selfridge S02E01

mrselfridge_lheurebleue_bornunicorn (1)Kitty Hawkins (Amy Beth Hayes) and the girls at the cosmetics counter are ready to welcome Delphine Day (Polly Walker), a businesswoman and nightclub owner who’s the talk of the town: sexy and independent, she’s presenting her novel at Selfridges. Lots of Guerlain flacons bouchon coeur can be seen, including a giant factice bottle.

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mrselfridge_lheurebleue_bornunicorn (3)When Delphine stops by the counter, Kitty asks her if she wants to try a “new scent,” which happens to be Guerlain L’Heure Bleue.

guerlain_vintagelheurebleue_bornunicornThis is historically accurate: the Jacques Guerlain creation was launched in 1912, two years before 1914, year in which this episode is set.

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mrselfridge_lheurebleue_bornunicorn (5)Delphine can’t help but loving it!

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mrselfridge_lheurebleue_bornunicorn (7)Kitty, who’s a skilled sales assistant, explains the composition of the perfume, a “floral bouquet” with notes of “bergamot, aniseed and a velvety base of vanilla and tonka bean.”