Throwback Thursday: Isabella Rossellini Manifesto Beauty


Do you remember Isabella Rossellini Manifesto, the basil-tinged perfume released in 2000? That was a nice one. And do you remember Rossellini’s short-lived but intriguing Manifesto cosmetics line, launched the same year?

I wish I’d bought some Manifesto products when they were available. (I was a graduate student living in a secondary retail market where they weren’t available, alas.) I read about them in magazines and I admired the colors, the easy-to-use formulas, and especially the packaging. The simple tubes and compacts could be paired with colorful circular bands that acted as cases for the cosmetics or could be worn on their own, as rings and bracelets. Ingenious! Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Isabella Rossellini Manifesto Beauty”


Throwback Thursday: Some of My Old Perfume Bottles


I was sorting through some files in my computer and I came across this photo I took a few years ago. It shows some of my old perfume bottles, dating from 1987 through 1995.

From left to right, they are: Kenzo Parfum d’Été, Romeo Gigli, Laura Ashley No. 1, and Oscar de la Renta Ruffles.

I’d probably still wear any of these fragrances today. Well, maybe not the Ruffles, which was quite fruity-sweet, as I remember. But the others, yes.

Throwback Thursday: Vintage Perfume Dispenser


I took this photo three years ago, at a pop-up perfume exhibition titled “Sensorium: Life at First Scent & Lucid Dreams.” This show was co-organized by Sephora and Firmenich (a global flavor and fragrance producer) and it included various interactive experiences that encouraged visitors to think more about our sense of smell and to learn more about the hows and whys of perfume design.

One of my favorite sections, however, was a more traditional display just inside the exhibition entrance, where vintage perfume bottles and other fragrance-related memorabilia were shown in cases. This fantastic little machine probably dates back to the late 1950s. It dispensed tubes containing sealed-glass sample tubes (“nips”) filled with perfume. For just 25 cents, a customer could enjoy a dose of Chanel no. 5, Lanvin Arpège, Lanier Folie de Minuit, or Silent Night by Countess Maritza. Such an affordable luxury!

Image by Tinsel Creation.