I grew up spending countless hours watching as iconic actors like Greta Garbot, Lucille Ball, and Dorothy Dandridge graced my television screen and falling in love with the real life fairytales of royalty. Through careful study, I identified everything from their favorite lipstick shades (thank you Max Factor archives) to how they created effortless waves without having to rely on a curling iron. But there was one thing I never knew for sure: their favorite fragrances. Wondering what your favorite Old Hollywood starlets and royals wore for their iconic red carpet appearances, weddings, public debuts, and photo shoots? I was, too, before I reached out to perfumer Ben Krigler, the fifth-generation owner of fragrance house Krigler, for a hint as to who wore what.
With its famous clientele and generations of famous fragrances (the perfume house was founded in 1904), it's easy to understand why so many celebrities gravitated toward the brand. Believe it or not, many of Krigler's fragrances that were worn by the world's most famous individuals are still available for purchase today. That's right—you can smell just like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Lauren Bacall. Read on to discover which iconic fragrances you can still get your hands on.
Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
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Jackie Kennedy Onassis
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Anna May Wong
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