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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

I think Xavier Dolan must have a thing for perfumes mothers wear. In his films, there’s often a moment in which the protagonist’s mother explains what perfume she’s wearing [1], so I guess this must have something to do with a personal obsession of the director. In this case, Grace (Susan Sarandon) is wearing Nina Ricci L’air du temps, the classic floral/spicy creation by Francis Fabron launched after WWII, in 1948.

[1] In Mommy, Diane says she’s wearing Christian Dior Eau Sauvage.

The Hunger (1983)

thehunger_bornunicornThe moment in which a movie character opens a bathroom cabinet is always thrilling. I personally get the chills because I know I’m about to see something interesting in it. Sarah Roberts’ cabinet, for example, is a very simple but intriguing one.

vintagejohnsonsbabypowder_bornunicornOn the bottom shelf there are a spray bottle of Evian Water and a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder.

guerlain_vetiveraftershave_bornunicornI’m a bit on the fence when it comes to the glass bottle on the bottom shelf. It’s definitely a flacon de voyage by Guerlain (see the plastic ring around the stopper), but the bottle looks larger than usual.

gillette_rightguarddeodorant_bornunicornOn the top shelf there’s Gillette Right Guard deodorant.

Feud E01 (Pilot)

wp-1488816411100.pngOne of the most striking elements of Jane Hudson’s look is her make-up. Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) invented it, taking inspiration from the concept of the “broken doll”, so important in the aesthetic of the 1962 Robert Aldrich film Feud is based on.

vlcsnap-2017-03-06-17h13m37s714In the memoir This ‘N That, Bette Davis explained she imagined Jane as someone who would never wash her face, just put on another layer of make-up. The bright lips, caked white face make-up and the heart-shaped beauty mark all have a part in achieving the iconic result, not to mention the curly blonde wig, used by the other protagonist of the film (Joan Crawford) in an old movie.

besameredhotred_bornunicornThe lipstick Bette applies is by Bésame Cosmetics, a bright orange-based red. My guess is that the shade could be Red Hot Red, described as “classic engine red,” a bold and brazen warm red.

Twilight (1998)

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twilight1998_bornunicorn (8)Jean Desprez Bal à Versailles is mentioned in a conversation between Harry Ross (Paul Newman) and the actress Catherine Ames (Susan Sarandon). He’s a private detective who’s investigating on the mysterious disappearance of Catherine’s ex husband. He knows she was at a murder scene by her scent, which happens to be the famous fragrance launched in 1962.

jeandesprez_balaversailles_bornunicornIn Scent and Subversion Barbara Herman describes it as “the perfume version of a rock star’s retro suit: an interpretation of the past through the tripped-out psychedelic fantasies of the ’60s.” She continues: “It starts off brightly and moves into powdery sweetness. You can almost smell the smoke from dying-out beeswax candles. An hour or two into it, and Bal à Versailles is a mellow, powdery-gentle, and comforting skin scent.” According to Fragrantica, it has a citrusy/floral opening (rosemary, orange blossom, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, neroli, bergamot, Bulgarian rose and lemon), warm middle notes (sandalwood, patchouli, lilac, orris root, vetiver, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley and leather) and woody/animalic base notes (tolu balsam, amber, musk, benzoin, civet, vanilla, cedar and resins). Not a perfume for the faint of heart!

A curiosity: no wonder that such a peculiar perfume has lots of fans. Among them, the Italian actress Valentina Cortese and Michael Jackson, who was said to have first used it thanks to Elizabeth Taylor.