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    Hi everyone!

    I was wondering: what are the most "film noir" (however you take that to mean) fragrances in your arsenal?

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    I‘m a big film noir fan with a huge collection. It is vintage for me. The Carons come to mind first (Tabac Blond, En Avion). Shalimar old extrait is so it, too. The old Lanvins (Rumeur, Scandal, My Sin) capture the spirit of the time as well. My idea is therefore something really dense, animalic and very classic.

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    I tend to think less along the time period and what the actors/characters were wearing and instead with the embodiment of the film style: smoke and leather fragrances, anything that feels shadowy or mysterious. Having Noir in the name of the fragrance doesn’t hurt either.

    Encre Noir
    Iris Silver Mist
    Hyde by Hiram Green
    Fumerie Turque
    Tuscan Leather
    Thè Noir 29
    Lampblack

    But I do think Larimar is onto something with the classics: Shalimar, Le Troisiemme Homme et al.

    I’d maybe include some classic barbershops for all the crisp suits:
    Rive Gauche
    Invasion Barbare
    Sartorial

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    Caron Pour Un Homme

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    Plus I think the ‚noir‘ perfume should go nicely with smoke.... cigarettes that is...and/or cover up the cigarette smell. Because everybody, who was noir and chic at that time smoked. Strong white flowers are another good guess... jasmine, tuberose, gardenia (remember Blue Gardenia?). Angelique Encens is a sure bet from my collection...

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    Oh yes, Caron.

    Narcisse Noir in extract for sure.
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    I am on the same wavelength as others here. The vintage Carons immediately leapt to mind, especially Tabac Blond and Narcisse Noir.

    But perhaps we need to be more specific? Here are two of my favorites...

    Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in To Have And Have Not

    Tabac Blond for her, Jicky for him (and they can share them)

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    Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)

    Shocking for her, loads of it and Old Spice for him

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    Ma Griffe for Rita Hayworth in 'Gilda':


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    While still owning this one some time ago: Salvador Dali pour Homme (in past wardrobe from an increasingly distant past).


    In the current wardrobe, happening to perceive especially the following ones as fragrances for a slightly romanticized, but also slightly jaded, quirky and/or borderline dandified (in a dark, brooding way), erudite dark humor bad boy, well read, slightly rakish, slightly Byronic film noir character-especially but not limited to:
    Francesco Smalto pour Homme, Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme, Fendi Uomo, Lancetti Uomo Concentree, Drakkar Noir, Ungaro III, the so far two (and both owned) scents within the Zara Tobacco Collection, Marbert Homme, Santos de Cartier, Antaeus, Knize Ten, Bogart Signature, Chergui.

    While among the samples owned: Memo Paris Luxor Oud, Xerjoff Oroville, Roja Dove Risque, again to name only a few (more) again beyond/apart from any particular order.

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    For Stanley Kubrick's 'The Killing':

    Avon 'Vigorate for Sterling Hayden and Coty L'Aimant for Marie Windsor


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    My wife would probably say My Sin among hers.
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    Tabac Blond is Lizabeth Scott in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers to me. Husky voice but soft and warm in the heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
    Oh yes, Caron.

    Narcisse Noir in extract for sure.
    This!

    And l agree with Larimar that BWFs would fit in here, too. l think perhaps Fracas, or Tom Ford's Velvet Gardenia would work well.
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    Tabac Blond and Shocking, for sure...also Tabu, any of the Lanvins, White Shoulders, Bandit, Zibeline and Tigress.

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    Isn't Mitsouko what Peter Lorre's character is supposedly wearing in the Maltese Falcon?

    “Mr. Joel Cairo was a small-boned man of medium height. His hair was black and smooth and very glossy. His features were Levantine. A square-cut ruby, its sides paralleled by four baguette diamonds, gleamed against the deep green of his cravat. His black coat, cut tight to narrow shoulders, flared a little over slightly plump hips. His trousers fitted his round legs more snugly than was the current fashion. The uppers of his patent-leather shoes were hidden by fawn spats. He held a black derby hat in a chamois-gloved hand and came towards Spade with short, mincing, bobbing steps. The fragrance of chypre came with him.”

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    Tabu yes, and black cashmere by Donna Karan...Feminite du Bois by S.Lutens (Shiseido) as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starblind View Post
    Isn't Mitsouko what Peter Lorre's character is supposedly wearing in the Maltese Falcon?
    Poor Joel Cairo. By this point, he's probably suffered more critical analysis than any minor literary character outside of Dostoyevsky.

    Given the care and expense with which he dressed, and since there were only three chypres at the time, I'd put my money on the ur-chypre, the Coty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Poor Joel Cairo. By this point, he's probably suffered more critical analysis than any minor literary character outside of Dostoyevsky.

    Given the care and expense with which he dressed, and since there were only three chypres at the time, I'd put my money on the ur-chypre, the Coty.
    I guess Hammett wanted to imply that he was gay, but without actually saying it?

    Yes, I'm unsure why readers/film critics jumped on the specific notion of Mitsouko. (I have yet to smell the original Chypre, but hope springs eternal!)

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    Copper Skies by John Pegg - Kerosene

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starblind View Post
    I guess Hammett wanted to imply that he was gay, but without actually saying it?
    Oh, he says it flat out. When Sam Spade's secretary tells him that Cairo is there to see him, she literally says "This guy is queer."

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    Great question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Oh, he says it flat out. When Sam Spade's secretary tells him that Cairo is there to see him, she literally says "This guy is queer."
    Wowsers! How advanced.

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    Here's another, which is perhaps my favorite of all, Preminger's Laura...

    For Gene Tierney's Laura, vintage Je Reviens parfum, for Dana Andrews' cop, Pinaud Clubman, or perhaps just a splash of witch hazel.

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    In this film, Clifton Webb's Waldo Lydecker is dangerously gender fluid, like Cairo. Here, he invites the detective to interview him in his bath, and Dana Andrews' reactions are priceless. I think Waldo Lydecker wore L'Heure Bleue...

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    My guess is Jacques Bogart would be sad to not get a mention here

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    Fetish Pour Homme
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    Quote Originally Posted by grayspoole View Post
    Here's another, which is perhaps my favorite of all, Preminger's Laura...

    For Gene Tierney's Laura, vintage Je Reviens parfum, for Dana Andrews' cop, Pinaud Clubman, or perhaps just a splash of witch hazel.

    IMG_3149.JPG

    In this film, Clifton Webb's Waldo Lydecker is dangerously gender fluid, like Cairo. Here, he invites the detective to interview him in his bath, and Dana Andrews' reactions are priceless. I think Waldo Lydecker wore L'Heure Bleue...

    IMG_3150.jpg
    Love Laura, but Rebecca, although not a classic American noir, is my favorite in this feeliing-genre. Rebecca would wear something expensive not because she loved it, but because of its effect. I'm thinking Poivre! Wish I could smell the genuine vintage once in my lifetime...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Poor Joel Cairo. By this point, he's probably suffered more critical analysis than any minor literary character outside of Dostoyevsky.

    Given the care and expense with which he dressed, and since there were only three chypres at the time, I'd put my money on the ur-chypre, the Coty.
    I think I recall the mention of gardenia in that context, though I'm not 100 percent sure that was Maltese Falcon.

    Two that come to mind for me would be Montblanc Individuel or Tesori d´Oriente Royal Oud dello Yemen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Proust_Madeleine View Post
    My guess is Jacques Bogart would be sad to not get a mention here
    Citytower? That would by my Bogart nominee.

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