Perfumes of Old Hollywood Actresses

Ava Gardner: Acqua di Parma Colonia, Fracas, Tabu, Jungle Gardenia, was photographed with Mitsouko; Reporter recalled her perfume being intoxicating, French and exotic (smells like Fracas, no?); She would also spritz perfume in a pathway leading to her room after fights with Frank Sinatra to let him know she was ready to make up.

Anouk Aimee: Guerlain Apres L’ondee

Vivien Leigh: Joy by Jean Patou (was said to stop to pick up a bottle while touring; gifted perfume by Dior.

Marilyn Monroe: Chanel N5, Joy by Jean Patou, Fracas; was said to take ice baths with drops of perfume.

Elizabeth Taylor: Femme Rochas, Bal a Versaille, Givenchy L’interdit (in honor of friend Audrey Hepburn), White Diamonds (and her other fragrances, presumably), said she liked to mix several perfumes before she came out with her own line; Colin Farrell said “Violet Eyes” smells as he remembers her smelling.

Rita Hayworth: Shalimar, Arpege, Fracas; collected perfume.

Brigitte Bardot: Jicky by Guerlain, Vent Vert by Balmain, Fracas.

Catherine Deneuve: Chanel N5, N19 and N22, Guerlain L’Heure Bleu and Chamade, Frederic Malle Iris Poudre, Carnal Flower, Eau de Magnolia, and Lipstick Rose, Serge Lutens Fleur d’Oranger, Un Lys, and Rose de Nuit, Annick Goutal Sables,  Francis Kurkdjian Lumiere Noire for Her (originally created for her).

Grace Kelly: Creed Fleurissimo (made for her wedding, inspired by her bouquet), Jean Patou Joy,

Claudia Cardinale: L’Air du Temps

Claudette Colbert: Vol de Nuit

Audrey Hepburn: Givenchy L’interdit (created for her), Creed Spring Flower (created for her), Guerlain Chamade, Acqua di Parma Colonia, Femme Rochas, Ivorie Balmain (original)

Gloria Swanson: Joy, Youth Dew, Narcisse Noir

Ingrid Bergman: Guerlain Mitsouko

Jane Russell: Chanel Coco

Jayne Mansfield: Lanvin My Sin, Arpege, Shiaperelli Shocking

Jean Harlow: Mitsouko by Guerlain

Joan Collins: Guerlain Shalimar and Jicky

Joan Crawford: Youth Dew, Jungle Gardenia

Lana Turner: L'air du Temps

Lauren Bacall: loved Diptyque scents, especially L'Ombre dans L'Eau

Marlene Dietrich: Fracas, Tabac Blond, Bandit, Vole du Nuit

Mary Pickford: Crepe De Chine, Joy, Patou

Olivia de Havilland: Joy

Sophia Loren: Irisia, Diva (I also read she wore Shalimar)

Natalie Wood: Jungle Gardenia by Tuvache (her favorite flowers were gardenias)

Last Updated: 4/14/16 12am

Non-binary Fragrances: Tip 1

Looking for a fragrance but have trouble finding anything non-binary?

Here I’ve collected a few of the unisex fragrances for any genderqueer person.

Some of the fragrances have muskier tones whereas others have a lighter or even floral scent. That’s why I’ve included a list of scents to describe the products and help you narrow down your try-out list.

Acqua di Parma
(bergamot, lemon, lavender, rosemary, rose, cedarwood)

Marrakech Intense
(wood, florals, spice)

Black Saffron
(pepper, black violet, leather, raspberry, juniper)

Calvin Klein
(wasabi, jasmine, wet cobblestone)

Fresh Laundry, Rain, Skin, Warm Cotton, Shower Fresh…
Most of the fragrances by Clean can be worn by anybody. You get what’s written on the label. Personal favourite: Cool Cotton

Comme Des Garçons
Blue Santal
(sandalwood, juniper berries, blue pepper)

National Scent
(hibiscus, jasmine tea, amber, patchouli)

Ex Nihilo
Cologne 352
(citrus, rose, wood, lily of the valley)

Eau de Narcisse Bleu
(daffodil, orange blossom, wood, musk)

Jo Malone
Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne
(sea salt, sage)

Original Musk
(orange blossom, musk, rose, lily)

Le Labo (three amazing fragrances so I’ve included all of them)
Neroli 36
(orange blossom, musk, vanilla, rose, jasmine)
Fleur D’Oranger 27
(orange blossom, musk, bergamot, petit grain, lemon)
Patchouli 24
(patchouli, birch, vanilla)

Cargo de Nuit
(ambrette, cedar)

Tom Ford
Oud Wood
(cardamom, amber, wood)
Mandarino di Amalfi
(mint, thyme, grapefruit, black pepper)

Yves Saint Laurent
(black pepper, bergamot, patchouli, lily of the valley)


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- Acqua Di Parma Shampoo (20 bottles, $600)
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Acqua di Parma

carneliane  asked:

Hello! I'm looking to acquire another perfume but don't know much about fragrance. Could you give me some recommendations to start me off? To give you an idea of what I usually wear, the three perfumes I have now are Betsey Johnson by Betsey Johnson, Miss Dior, and Brigitte by Tocca. I prefer romantic scents and am looking for something noteworthy and sensual. Thank you!

I love grand, almost carnal, lush fragrances for romance and sensuality: A La Nuit (Serge Lutens), Grand Amour (Annick Goutal), Magnolia Nobile (Acqua di Parma).

Along the lines of the perfumes you mentioned, though: 

-L’Instant (Guerlain), 
-Diorissimo (Dior),
-Soir de Lune (Sisley),
-Roses et Reines (L’Occitane En Provence),
-Summer Hill (Crabtree & Evelyn),
-Beautiful (Estée Lauder),
-Peony & Blush Suede (Jo Malone)
-Fleurs D’Oranger (Serge Lutens)
-Le Chevrefeuille (Annick Goutal)
-Narciso For Her (Narciso Rodriguez)

I think all of them are fairly noteworthy except perhaps Summer Hill, but I do think it’s a lovely romantic fragrance. & I know Lancôme cultivates a romantic image, but, really, I would avoid them at all costs.
-Pat x


Get to know the luxurious fragrance ingredient that everyone’s talking about.

Oud is having a moment. While it’s been in the perfume world for thousands of years, this insanely premium ingredient—known as “liquid gold” because it’s so precious—has been popping up in a noteworthy number of new fragrance launches.

So, where does it come from? An ingredient this lusted-over must come with an interesting origin story—and it’s strange, but true: When mold infects a rare kind of tree known as agarwood, the tree reacts by producing a dark resin, which (along with the oil distilled from it) is oud. However, only a very small percentage of this type of tree actually has this reaction, hence its powerful desirability. Oud is an acquired taste, like wine or certain kinds of cheese. While the dark, sensual scent is a favorite of perfume aficionados and worldly sophisticates, it’s avoided the mainstream spotlight—until now.

The truth is, many new fragrances have concocted perfect introductions—they feature rich oud undertones paired with lighter notes to create uplifting aromas. To start, take a clue from the master of modern luxury himself—Tom Ford—and try his Oud Wood scent, which features the ingredient along with an exotic, smoky blend of cardamom, amber, and vetiver.