Actress Beauty Post #5: Jean Harlow’s pefume

I apologize for October’s beauty tip being a day late. September flew by!

Jean Harlow, Hollywood’s first Platinum Blonde

This is the fifth installment of our monthly classic actress beauty tips that I have read about AND tested.

Jean Harlow was the first “Blonde Bombshell;” pre-dating the pin-up girls of the 1950s and serving as Marilyn Monroe’s role model.

Harlow practiced many methods to be sexy and attractive such as only eating salads and vegetables to stay thin and taking ice cube baths to firm up her skin. This blog isn’t about either of those, because I have not tried either of those extreme beauty methods…yet. However, this blog post is an “accessory” she used.

Last Christmas, I asked for and received Jean Harlow’s favorite brand of perfume: Mitsouko by Guerlain. Mitsouko was created in 1919 and means mystery or mysterious.  The perfume was also a favorite of Ava Gardner.

Jean Harlow’s favorite perfume, Mitsouko

It is said that when Jean Harlow’s director husband, Paul Bern, committed suicide that he covered himself in her scent, but I don’t know if that is true or not.

Anyways, I gambled and asked for the perfume without ever smelling it. I t is a heavy scent, but still smells great. The scent is a mix of floral and spice, according to

To review: I got the perfume without ever trying it and was slightly nervous that I wouldn’t like it. I was pleasantly surprised that it was enjoyable and classic.

I’ve been researching other perfumes used by some of our favorite classic actresses such as Lana Turner, Judy Garland and Rita Hayworth. Once I get enough money or can find these perfumes I will review them. Some of them are still sold, but just are not as popular anymore so they are difficult to find.

Check by in November for installment number 6!

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Trying out October’s beauty tip. Stay tuned for November!