Found: The Exact Scents Worn by Royals and Old Hollywood That You Can Still Buy

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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Marlene Dietrich


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Audrey Hepburn


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Anna May Wong


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Lauren Bacall


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Marilyn Monroe


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Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.