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    In another French film classics, the 1945 melodrama "Falbalas" by Jacques Becker, it is suggested that the main character, a successful and workaholic fashion designer disinfects or perhaps freshens up between fittings by means of an oversized bottle of Chanel No. 5, in its iconic usual rectangular shape, poured directly over his hands. Some additional trivia: according to the opening credits, the outfits were actually designed by Rochas.
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    In the 2008 movie Made of Honor, Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) first meets Tom (Patrick Dempsey), when Tom wearing a "Bill" Clinton mask, attempts to sneak into the dorm bed with "Monica".

    [Tom] It's time for a little action. Monica... It's Bill. I've got some dictation for you, Monica.

    I've got a big secret for you, Baby. How did you get up here so soon?

    Monica...

    [Hanna sprays Tom]

    [Tom] Oh my eyes!. I can't see!

    [Hanna] Who let you in!?

    [Tom] What happened... Where's Monica? What happened to Monica?

    [Hanna] How did you get in here? - She told me where the key was.

    [Tom] I can't see. - Did she say it was ok to dry-hump her roommate?

    She said, you would be in the library cause you were a geek...

    [Hanna] I am not a geek!. God!

    [Tom] My God. What was that, mace?

    [Hanna] "Eternity", by Calvin Klein.

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    My Husband was watching this kitchy psychothriller called the Hand that Rocks the Cradle, in which the woman who is posing as a nanny in order to steal her employers Husband and Children for herself, wears her employers signature scent to seduce the Husband, and gets called out by the employers best friend for wearing her signature scent. The perfume was Dior Poison, my Husband thought it was hilarious because that is my signature scent.

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    The Office

    Michael Scott: No! Don't throw that away! That's my Drakkar Noir.
    Ryan: No, this says "Rite Aid Night Swept."
    Michael Scott: It's a perfect smell-alike. I'm not paying for the label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xscent View Post
    Mr Selfridge, a few Guerlain montre bottles on Mrs Selfridges dressing table. For spilt second in the opening sequence a shot of Guerlain bottles on the fragrance counter.
    One of the attendants (Kitty), makes her wooing reporter buy L'Heure Bleue for her to get out of the doghouse.

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    in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" M. Gustave- Ralph Fiennes- can't live without his (fictional) signature scent Air de Panache.
    "Your fragrance with a fume of iodine" L. Cohen

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    Scent of woman: Caron Fleurs de Rocaille.

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    finally, a more humorous reference in the more contemporary sitcom "Mike and Molly"- when Molly Flynn and her sister Victoria remember their late father, they remark that he owned such immense quantities of Old Spice (which apparently he didn't enjoy so much) that he even "used it to light up the barbecue"
    Lol, in that same show (which I love), I recall Vince Moranto naming Drakkar Noir while speaking to Molly:

    I just wanted to stop by and give these flowers to your mother. I’ll make sure she gets them. I got a friend in Little Armenia who gives me a deal. That’s why they smell like grilled lamb and Drakkar Noir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iodine View Post
    in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" M. Gustave- Ralph Fiennes- can't live without his (fictional) signature scent Air de Panache.
    One of my beloved references within the film, of which also includes Willem Dafoe's trenchcoat!

    Fortunately or not, this fragrance is not so "fictional" anymore (but non-commercialized), the nose behind it is Mark Buxton.

    "a blend that includes aldehyde top notes, which, Cloutier laughingly admits, traditionally appeal to the older women who are Gustave H.’s most beloved guests."

    Top: basil, bergamot, mandarin orange, petitgrain and green apple.
    Middle: jasmine sambac and rose.
    Base: amber, castoreum, cedar, oakmoss, patchouli and musk.

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    I should probably mention that L'Heure Bleue was the favourite perfume of the 20th Century female author Jean Rhys. She mentions it in a few of her books. For example in Quartet it appears in both the book and the film version, and in the novel Good Morning, Midnight it is also mentioned.

    Coincidentally, her biography is titled "The Blue Hour"

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    I caught a fragrance reference in Orange is the New Black the other day.....Piper says to Nikki after a discussion about their Mothers "you don't know what my sh*t" smells like"...sh*t being a reference to family drama.......to which Nikki leans in, sniffs her, and replies "you sh*t smells like Shalimar....must have rubbed off when she hugged ya". My Husband was like "isn't that the one in the fancy bottle that you love so much"

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    They don't mention it, but they do show Mrs Crawley receiving some Guerlain perfume for Christmas in Season 2, episode 10 of Downton Abbey.

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    The Office

    Michael Scott: No! Don't throw that away! That's my Drakkar Noir.
    Ryan: No, this says "Rite Aid Night Swept."
    Michael Scott: It's a perfect smell-alike. I'm not paying for the label.
    If you look closely, it's actually an empty bottle of Mugler Cologne that's being used as the prop. Which does NOT smell like Drakkar Noir.
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    From Maxim Jakubowski's Ekaterina And The Night:

    He can smell her perfume. An ever so fleeting touch of Anaïs Anaïs tempered with a darker note that softens the floral peaks of the fragrance, no doubt an intrinsic odour of her skin, a smell unique to her.

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    In the first of The Outlander series of books Cross stitch the heroine brushes L'Heure Bleu into her hair.
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    In Mad Men, Joan Holloway, when asked, says she wears Shalimar.
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    Spike Lee remake of Oldboy- Aramis

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    In City of Angels (1998), whilst poking around Meg Ryan's apartment, Nicholas Cage spritzes himself in the eyes with Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetsyMeszaros View Post
    In Mad Men, Joan Holloway, when asked, says she wears Shalimar.
    I love how Jim Cutler has a nose for perfume in that show too. He at one point asks Ted's Secretary if she's wearing Shalimar, and correctly IDs Peggy as wearing Chanel No. 5 before she leaves for a date (looking good, I may add).

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    They don't mention it, but they do show Mrs Crawley receiving some Guerlain perfume for Christmas in Season 2, episode 10 of Downton Abbey.
    That's Mitsouko pure parfum, I can tell by the maroon on the box! I know because I stalk the vintage stuff on eBay and I am always outbid because the price is higher than I want to pay
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    Carine Roitfeld admits in her documentary Mademoiselle C to wearing Opium layered with Fleur d'oranger (unspecified).

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    Sherlock series 3 " His Last Vow" Claire de la Lune. Has a cool bottle, but is sadly fake.

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    Re: Lust, Caution by Ang Lee
    Great movie, rather overshadowed by the stunning success of "Brokeback Mountain" the year previous to its release. It's about political espionage in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. Male lead is Tony Leung, who we get to see every inch (and I mean every.inch) of in the bedroom scenes.

    Anyway, perfume! Fairly early on in the movie, a young woman sits in a Western-style cafe. She's been chosen by the radical cadre from her college to infiltrate the opposition by seducing its leader. She pulls out a perfume bottle from her purse. It looked like a half ounce extrait bottle to me. She removes the stopper and applies the fragrance to her neck. I've never been able to identify the perfume, but it did its visual duty in anchoring the scene as one of anticipation and desire. Lust and caution, indeed.
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    In 'Lord of the Rings', Ugluk, captain of the band of Uruk-Hai orcs which captured Merry & Pippin, is seen to be carrying a bottle of Aramis in his leatherette washbag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    In 'Lord of the Rings', Ugluk, captain of the band of Uruk-Hai orcs which captured Merry & Pippin, is seen to be carrying a bottle of Aramis in his leatherette washbag.


    I've posted this so often, and I posted it in the Friday synch today. Sorry if I'm boring you...

    In the film Hannibal, Clarice catches Hannibal the cannibal because of fragrance!!

    Hannibal sends Clarice a letter. Clarice realises that the letter is fragranced. They gather a panel of noses who analyse it and track the fragrance to only a few places in the world. It's a really terrific scene for any fragrance lover. They identify "Kentucky Lavender" and ambergris. The clue takes us to Florence where Hannibal is seen on camera in the Santa Maria Novella shop in Via della Scala. Also in the film, the Police Inspectors beautiful wife, Allegra Pazzi has Santa Maria Novella fragrance on her dresser.

    BTW the Friday synch today is about fragrances associated with TV programmes and Film. There are some great posts. Fell free to pop over. It's on the female forum.

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    I've posted this so often, and I posted it in the Friday synch today. Sorry if I'm boring you...

    In the film Hannibal, Clarice catches Hannibal the cannibal because of fragrance!!

    Hannibal sends Clarice a letter. Clarice realises that the letter is fragranced. They gather a panel of noses who analyse it and track the fragrance to only a few places in the world. It's a really terrific scene for any fragrance lover. They identify "Kentucky Lavender" and ambergris. The clue takes us to Florence where Hannibal is seen on camera in the Santa Maria Novella shop in Via della Scala. Also in the film, the Police Inspectors beautiful wife, Allegra Pazzi has Santa Maria Novella fragrance on her dresser.

    BTW the Friday synch today is about fragrances associated with TV programmes and Film. There are some great posts. Fell free to pop over. It's on the female forum.
    I have pretty thoroughly researched this and have come to the conclusion that if you want to smell like Hannibal Lecter, Creed's Bois du Portugal is probably as close as you can get. It's the only fragrance I could find that features ambergris and lavender that would have been out and available in Europe when he sent his letter.

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    In the Stephen King short story "Umney's Last Case," one of the main characters--specifically the author who switches places with Umney--wears Aramis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by du57in View Post
    I have pretty thoroughly researched this and have come to the conclusion that if you want to smell like Hannibal Lecter, Creed's Bois du Portugal is probably as close as you can get. It's the only fragrance I could find that features ambergris and lavender that would have been out and available in Europe when he sent his letter.
    Very clever! I think that the letter is actually fragranced with scented hand creme. The panel of noses decide that it is a bespoke fragrance and that there is Ambergris in it and that you would only get real ambergris in a few places in the world, one being the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella in Florence. This was really exciting for me because I have been there! They watch the shop's CCTV camera's and voila !! There is Hannibal sniffing fragrance from a mouillette. There is much artistic license, I'm sure, but it is a great plot twist for us, and you get to see Ridley Scotts beautiful hommage to Florence. Watch it!!

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    A brief scene in the French film "La Fille du RER" aka "The girl in the train" (2009) directed by Andre Techine includes the "cameo" of a rather oversized bottle of Chanel pour Monsieur, displayed rather in the background (thus almost impossible to establish whether it is the regular or the concentrated version).

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    Big Bang Theory - Season 1 Episode 3, The Fuzzy Boots Corollary, around 13 minutes in...

    Leonard:
    “How do I look?”
    Sheldon:
    “Could you be more specific?”
    Leonard:
    “Can you tell I’m perspiring a little?”
    Sheldon:
    “Naw, the dark crescent shape patterns under your arms conceal it nicely.”
    “What time is your date?”
    Leonard:
    “6:30”
    Sheldon:
    “Perfect, that gives you 2 hours and 15 minutes for that dense molecular cloud of Aramis to dissipate.”
    Leonard:
    "Is it too much?"
    Sheldon:
    "Not if you’re a rugby team."
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    Another Stephen King reference:
    In It, while flying on the Concorde from England to Maine, Bill Denbrough notices the man next to him is wearing Ted Lapidus cologne, but that the smell of sweat is still noticeable.

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    Watching "The Simpsons", just noticed that grandpa Abe Simpson was wearing Old Spice, humorously referred to as "Old Old Spice" (but the iconic bottle was still depicted quite accurately).

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    Bringing the nerdery: In the X-Men mini series "Phoenix: Endsong", Emma Frost sais that she preferes Dior over Chanel.

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    I'm re-reading Bulgakov Master and Margarita: during Woland show at the theatre women in the audience are given clothes, shoes, bags and "Guerlain, Chanel, Mitsouko, Narcisse Noir, Chanel n° 5" bottles
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacie1980 View Post
    I caught a fragrance reference in Orange is the New Black the other day.....Piper says to Nikki after a discussion about their Mothers "you don't know what my sh*t" smells like"...sh*t being a reference to family drama.......to which Nikki leans in, sniffs her, and replies "you sh*t smells like Shalimar....must have rubbed off when she hugged ya". My Husband was like "isn't that the one in the fancy bottle that you love so much"
    Another reference on Orange is the New Black happens in a flashback scene for one of the inmates, Rosa. She has just robbed a bank with three males, one of which is her boyfriend. I believe it is him that waves a wad of cash in front of her and urges her to smell it and comments that it smells "better than Drakkar Noir."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymphaea View Post
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    They don't mention it, but they do show Mrs Crawley receiving some Guerlain perfume for Christmas in Season 2, episode 10 of Downton Abbey.
    Yes, that's MItsouko parfum, alright!

    There was also a scene where Lady Mary spills a bottle of perfume, and in dismay says something like her room will "smell like a tart."
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    Another reference on Orange is the New Black happens in a flashback scene for one of the inmates, Rosa. She has just robbed a bank with three males, one of which is her boyfriend. I believe it is him that waves a wad of cash in front of her and urges her to smell it and comments that it smells "better than Drakkar Noir."
    I did not catch that! Loved Miss Rosa in Season 2!

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    Since the 1939 version of GWTW was mentioned, while watching this film always tried to push the still button to notice which Eau de Cologne Scarlett uses to rinse her mouth after too much drinking. Noticed a French name, along the lines of "Chateautard cologne" or so.
    Now, even if this question is largely rhetorical and I am quite certain it was just a fantasy name invented by the film makers (since the EDC brand never gets mentioned in the book), did a fragrance house named like this or similarly ever exist in the 19th century?

    As a completely unrelated bit of fragrance trivia, even if perhaps mentioned before: in another iconic novel set in the 19th century, "Bel Ami" (whose title incidentally inspired a fragrance name) a this time 100% real fragrance house DOES get mentioned, namely Lubin (apparently mentioned more than once in the works of Maupasant).

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    Yes, that's MItsouko parfum, alright!

    There was also a scene where Lady Mary spills a bottle of perfume, and in dismay says something like her room will "smell like a tart."
    What is the difference between the boxes of vintage L'heure Bleue and Mitsouko, if any?

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    during "Sex and the City" several Creed bottles appear in Sarah J Parker flat! Can't say which ones...
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    I just recently saw that film with my wife. Wonder what they were in those fancy bottles.
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    Just watching "Two and a half men" (season 11, episode 17), just realized that the character Alan Harper uses Paco Rabanne (presumably Paco Rabanne PH), as he himself mentions this. Would have expected Charlie Harper or even the surprisingly modest, understated and mild-manner billionaire Walden Schmidt to wear Paco Rabanne PH, but Alan? This show has not ceased to surprise me yet, right down to the fragrance preferences of the characters.

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    In American Gods, a book of Neil Gaiman the prison warden wears "Old spice"

    Up close, Patterson looked worse. His face was oblong, with gray hair cut into a military bristle cut. He smelled of Old Spice. Behind him was a shelf of books, each with the word Prison in the title; his desk was perfectly clean, empty but for a telephone and a tear-off-the-pages Far Side calendar. He had a hearing aid in his right ear.

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    Came upon this while watching old reruns.
    In a 2nd Season of Big Bang Theory, episode (21) entitled The Vegas Renormalization, Howard Wolowitz explains to Leonard and Raj who are getting ready to go down to the casino of a Vegas hotel, about his large travel case filled with colognes:
    "...1st row are your musks, 2nd row: woods, leathers and botanicals, 3rd row is assorted pheromones...tread lightly."

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    There is a Showtime series named PENNY DREADFUL set in the 19th century. One of the main characters, Dorian Gray (yes the never aging beautiful man assisted by his portrait) has an amazing house with a huge avant garde bathroom/dressing room. On the mirrored walls are shelves filled with huge gorgeous bottles of perfume. There are scenes where he carefully selects the right fragrance for his night out. He makes a point of saying that he loves the best and collects only the most exquisite fragrances. The bottles are ornate, and he obviously takes his perfume habit seriously!

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    A British author by the name of Peter James has a great series of books about the detective Roy Grace. Roy's best mate is another detective called Glen branson, and in last year's book before going out Glen 'sprayed on some of his new favourite cologne, Bleu de Chanel'

    Another British author by the name of Luke Delaney wrote a crime book called 'The Keeper'. In teh book the protagonist kidnapped women and dressed them in his choice of clothes and applied perfume before killing them. When the police analysed the perfume it was found to be Tom Ford's Black orchid.

    Not quite book or film, but on an episode of league of thier own recently they had Mo Farah and Edgar Davids as guests. When asked what aftershave they were rocking Mo said One Million. Edgar Davids said Creed, but didn't say which one.

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    Investigative journalist Scout from Mad Men Bad Girls wears Mitsouko whenever she needs to go out and investigate

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    A rather off-topic post, regarding fragrance references in two non-fictional broadcasts on two separate TV channels, dedicated mainly to historical and/or travel-related documentaries:

    - one broadcast on Travel Channel was covering famous tourist attractions of London and included a short broadcast from the Penhaligons flagship store (while the name Penhaligons was never mentioned, it was quite easy to guess due to the shape of the traditional bottles and labels, as well as the testing of a "gin fizz" fragrance, most likely Juniper Sling)

    - another broadcast was the even more famous series of documentaries "Continental Railway Travels" on the History Channel, hosted by former British MP Michael Portillo, one of his extensive travels heading towards the Farina Gegenüber headquarters in Köln and including several testings of the very same EDC based on the historical formula from 1709.

    Was gladly surprised to watch both programs, since it shows that media is staring to pay attention to the historical, cultural, social etc. significance of iconic fragrances.

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    Watching a re-run of classic British drama 'Oh No, it's Selwyn Froggitt', saw a bottle of Blue Stratos on Selwyn's dressing table. Magic!

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    Awesome contribution to this thread 勝美! !!!

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    Watching a re-run of classic British drama 'On the Buses', spotted a bottle of Brut on Stan's dresser. 'Get that bus out!'

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