When I was asked to participate in this blogging project with Eyeliner on a Cat, Persolaise and Fragrant Moments, I thought that it would be easy to match perfumes to actresses. Boy, was I wrong!
I had a very hard time perfuming these stars, because I encountered the same difficulties sticking to just one perfume per actress as I have myself. Different moods, different perfumes – that is why I have a whole wardrobe.
But once I concentrated not on the person of the actress, but the role they were playing in a particular movie, things became more easy.
So here we go, here are my five choices for five lovely leading ladies…
Jennifer Grey as Baby in Dirty Dancing:
Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus: Baby is innocent and cute, and despite all the new experiences she makes during her stay at Kellerman’s that summer in the 1960s, she stays innocent and cute (plus she can dance!). OJ Osmanthus is cheery, lovely, cute and pretty, but not vapid in the least. Osmanthus, like Baby, has depth and intelligence (plus it makes you dance!). Baby sure has the time of her life wearing Osmanthus.
Grace Kelly in High Society:
There is a perfect choice for Traci Lord, cool and aloof heroine of this 1956 gem starring Grace Kelly alongside Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra: Armani Privé La Femme Bleue.
A rare beauty, expensive, elegant, cool and a bit remote, but warm and loving underneath, both Traci and La Femme Bleue are beautiful inside and out.
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina:
Audrey in Paris, Audrey between two men, Audrey finding her way in the world, Audrey being as charming as only Audrey can be. In her role as the chauffeur’s daughter Sabrina, who goes up in the world and whirls through the hearts of those who took little notice of her before, nothing fits her better that the wonderfully quirky and cheeky Vero Profumo Kiki extrait. Sabrina is Kiki. Nuff said.
Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge:
Satine – courtesan in the famous Parisian establishment at the turn of the previous century, is not only a glamorous and over the top character. She is at the height of her beauty, she is in love, and she is dying of tuberculosis. Histoires de Parfums Moulin Rouge 1889 showcases the moments after the show, the feelings behind the curtains, the reality rather than the fiction. Satine wears 1889 with grace and glamour, with the bitter-sweet first-hand knowledge that all things must and will end. Come what may, we will love her until the end of time.
Lauren Bacall in How To Marry A Millionaire:
Lauren Bacall is known for starring in dramas, mysteries and thrillers, but I love her most in a comedy. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) was the first comedy she played in and I love her stern and no nonsense character, divorcée Schatze Page, who tries to steer her more hapless friends played by Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, towards marrying sensibly and rich, but ends up finding true love instead. The abrasive, world-weary and highly intelligent Schatze Page wears Vero Profumo Onda Extrait of course. Page cultivates an armor and Onda provides that, but underneath the veneer of snark and abrasiveness, a warm heart lies buried, just like with Onda. The sensuality is contained, but barely.
This excursion into old movies and beloved characters has turned out to be a lot of fun.
Take a look at my co-blogger’s fragrant movie tips: