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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

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Les Parfums de Rosine by Paul Poiret’s daughter Rosine Poiret.

Antinea ou au Fond de la Mer – 1919, Arlequinade – 1923, La Rose de Rosine – 1912, Aladin 1919, Maharadjah 1921, La Rose de Rosine – 1912, Borgia 1916, Nuit de Chine 1913.

( In 1911, fashion designer Paul Poiret set up two companies, one for each of his daughters. For Martine, the youngest, he established Les Ateliers de Martine. For Rosine, the eldest, he established Parfums de Rosine. Both enterprises flourished until Poiret fell victim to the stock market crash of 1929. Parfums de Rosine was a success from the beginning. François Coty is said to have tried to buy the company. Though details as to who worked on what project are sketchy, we do know that Poiret employed perfumers Emannuel Bouler (they are seen together in a photography), Maurice Shaller and Henri Alméras. Later Shaller created Carnet du Bal for Revillion (1937). Alméras created Joy (1930) and other fragrances for Jean Patou. Although precise records appear not to exist, it is known that many of Poiret’s fragrances from about 1918 on were created by perfumer Henri Alméras who, after leaving Poiret, joined Jean Patou and numbered Joy among his creations for Patou.)