Knowing the fragrance someone chooses makes us feel we know them in a more intimate way than just their biographical information. Below are scents favored by some of France’s most famous women and it should come as no surprise that French fragrances predominate. Artists, entertainers, writers, business women, designers, royalty, and courtesans, all are represented in the list below. Some are French by birth, others adopted France as their home. All are endlessly intriguing and lend their own special “je ne sais quoi” to whatever scent they wear.
Catherine Deneuve: Chanel No. 22, Chanel No 5, L’heure bleue, Chamade, Chanel No. 19, Un Lys
Andree Putman: Nombre Noir
Annick Goutal: Passion (which she created for herself), Folavirl
Brigitte Bardot: Jicky, Vent Vert
Carla Bruni: Vol de Nuit
Chantall Thomass: uses her own fragrance, and also loves Serges Lutens
Carine Roitfeld: Opium for Men
Coco Chanel: Chanel 19 (created as her personal fragrance)
Edith Piaf: Bandit, Le Cinq de Molyneux
Empress Josephine: was so fond of musk that even permeated her rooms decades after her death
Empress Eugene: Eau de Cologne Imperiale, Jasmine Imperatrice Eugenie
Fanny Ardant: Jicky
Gertrude Stein: Jolie Madame
Ines De La Fressagne: Apres l’ondee, Ines
Isabelle Adjani: En Avion, Fantasia de Fleurs, Apres l’ondee, Eau de Camille, Eau du Fier, Heure Exquise, Passion, Ce Soir Ou Jamais,
Isabelle Huppert: L’heure bleue, Folavril
Jacqueline Bisset: Arpege,
Jeanne Moreau: Eau de Charlotte, Folavril, Aubepine Acacia
Josephine Baker: Joy, Sous le vent was created for her
Juliette Binoche: Cristolle
Madame Dubarry: Houbignant cologne
Marie Antoinette: Houbigant, Sillage de la Reine (recreated by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian who based his interpretation on Elizabeth Feydeau’s book, A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie-Antoinette’s Perfume)
Marlene Dietric: Angelique Encens (made for her) Bandit, Fracas, Tabac blond, Indiscent, Vol de Nuit
Miou Miou: Zeste Mandarin Pamplemousse
There are also some “make your own” mixtures worth noting:
Madame de Pampadour to seduce Louis XV concocted a love potion of 5 drops rose otto, 7 jasmine, 10 orange and 10 mandarin
Madame de Montespan to seduce Louis XIV: 8 drops ylang-ylang, 7 patchouli, 4 cinnamon and 4 clove
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor: layered L’heure bleue and Mitsouko
In addition to various publications, sites, special thanks for the information above go to http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/, a fabulous resource for anyone interested in all things related to fragrance.
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Balmain’s Jolie Madame was created in 1953, Gertrude Stein died in 1946!
How could it have been her favourite perfume?