Coco Chanel once said: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future. A trail of a well-chosen perfume always compliments a lady’s style. It usually plays one of the key roles in her persona.” That’s why many famous people, not specifically women, pay attention to the choice of “the” perfume.
We at Apegeo wondered what some of the most legendary women of our past and present time chose to wear as their scent. We also found out which of these perfumes are still produced today and if we could really buy them.
Princess Diana walked down the aisle bathed in Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris (on top). This flowery perfume was first produced in 1913. The scent features notes of citrus fruits, jasmine, lilac, tuberous, and carnation. Quelques Fleurs was the first-ever perfume that featured several fragrances (outperforming even Chanel № 5).
During the last few years of her life, the princess’ favorite was 24 Faubourg by Hermès, created in 1995. Diana’s personal makeup artist Mary Greenwell confessed that her famous client loved to wear this expensive perfume.
- Both perfumes are still being produced. A new version of Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris was created in 2017. The classic version of 24 Faubourg is still popular today; you can find and buy it in any perfume store.
When Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore in bed, she replied with the today-iconic phrase “Why, Chanel № 5, of course.” This perfume was one of her favorites and is often associated with the actress’ name. However, in 2002, reports had referred to the fact that during the shooting of Some Like It Hot, Monroe got Rose Geranium by Floris delivered to her Beverly Hills suite. There is even a receiptthat proves the fact.
- Perfume Rose Geranium has gone out of production and exists in the form of essential oil for baths. Chanel № 5, on the other side, has already had several new editions; one of them was created in 2015.
Audrey Hepburn was Hubert de Givenchy’s muse — the head of the Givenchy fashion house. That’s why it’s not surprising that she favored Givenchy’s perfumes. Perfume L’Interdit was made especially for Audrey in 1957. The perfume’s name means “forbidden” in French. Its composition includes spices, citrus fruits, peach, and strawberry; the heart of the scent includes iris, violet, narcissus, ilang-ilang, lily of the valley, and rose.
Audrey Hepburn asked not to make L’Interdit publicly available (that’s how the perfume got its name). However, in 1960, anyone could buy the famous scent. L’Interdit had become legendary in a blink of an eye because all women wanted to smell like the famous Audrey Hepburn.
- We have a chance too because, in 2003 and 2007, L’Interdit was re-launched. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to buy the fragrance in that same bottle design in the form of a cabochon. Its modern design is much simpler — just a rectangular glass bottle with the Givenchy logo.