Screen Time: Amy Sedaris’s Good Scents

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My husband and I recently watched Season 1 of The Mandalorian (highly recommended!) and we enjoyed Amy Sedaris’s guest appearance as Peli Motto, a spacecraft mechanic who ends up temporarily caring for “Baby Yoda.”

Watching Amy just for a few minutes, and remembering how much I like her work, made me wonder what her taste in perfume might be…

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When I turned to this 2018 video tour of Amy Sedaris’s NYC apartment (here, via New York), I noticed some scented items displayed on various shelves and pieces of furniture.

What could they be?

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When you look at Amy’s bedroom dresser, you might initially focus on the wig, or the vases of anemones, or the vintage Dorothy Draper “España” dresser itself. (Real or imitation? I can’t tell, but I covet it!)

There’s also a black perfume bottle with a silver cap, instantly familiar to any fan of cult fragrances. It’s something from the Comme des Garçons “Incense” Series 3.

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In April 2019, Amy told New York, “I have 13 bottles of Comme des Garçons’ Avignon perfume, just in case they ever stop making it.”

Avignon is what fragonerds call a “church-y incense” perfume. Its official notes include Roman chamomile, cistus oil, elemi, incense, vanilla, patchouli, and palisander. An impeccable choice, really.

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A photo from Into the Gloss confirms this information! There’s Avignon at the left, accompanied by skincare products from Tatcha, GlamGlow, Mario Badescu, Jurlique, Skin Trip, and other smart brands.

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Also in Amy’s bedroom, on the bedside table, there’s a yellow-capped tub of classic Carmex lip balm and a pump bottle of hand or body lotion. I have a guess for the latter item.

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Its label design suggests Floris Luxury Hand Lotion in Cefiro, a citrus-floral blend of bergamot, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, cardamom, jasmine, nutmeg, cedarwood, musk, and sandalwood.

Nice! And that swirly motif and the crests signifying “Appointed Perfumer to Her Majesty the Queen,” etc. take on a new kitschy appeal in the setting of Amy’s apartment.

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Moving to the living room…here, Amy is using a blackboard pointer (love!) to bring our attention to the paper flowers crafted by one of her sisters. But what’s lurking on that shelf behind her? Two more perfume bottles?

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Just like the bottle on her bedside table, they’ve been turned around so that their labels aren’t visible. However, knowing that she loves to shop at Comme des Garçons, perhaps they’re Comme des Garçons x Monocle fragrances?

CdG Monocle Scent One: Hinoki would be a good pick for her.

Now on to the bathroom, thanks to some more photos from Into the Gloss

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I’m so excited to see a bar of Santa Maria Melograno (Pomegranate) soap, because this is one of my favorite body product scents of all time. (The matching bath salts are transporting.) The SMN Crema per le Mani (which used to be packaged in a tub) is very effective, although I can’t remember what it smells like. And I’ve purchased that exact same Herbacín Kamille hand cream multiple times.

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I wish I could get a closer look at this shelf unit in the bathroom. There’s another SMN product on the top shelf, next to a large jar of Galeffi effervescent antacid (an item I regularly purchase from our local Italian grocery!!), and on the bottom shelf, some Manetti H. Roberts rosewater toner (in the blue bottle). I bet she shops at C.O. Bigelow for some of these items, like that toner…

What about the middle shelf? Is the black bottle something from Piguet? What is the curved clear bottle? It looks like Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely.

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Lovely is a floral-musk composition including notes of mandarin, bergamot, rosewood, lavender, apple martini, patchouli, paper whites, orchid, cedar wood, white amber, musks, and woods.

It doesn’t quite fit in with all the imported and niche brands in Amy’s collection, but who knows? Most fragonerds own a really good mainstream scent or three. Plus, she and SJP are friends! They may even be neighbors in Greenwich Village.

I always want to snoop around other people’s bathrooms in real life, too (just to check out their toiletries!), but this quote from Amy Sedaris cured me of that impulse long ago, because you just never know who’s taking her advice:

“A good trick is to fill your medicine cabinet with marbles. Nothing announces a nosey guest better than an avalanche of marbles hitting a porcelain sink.” (from I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence)

6 comments

  1. Hi Jessica –

    Hope all’s good with you.

    For some reason, I’m receiving 4 versions of your wonderful blog each time – weird!

    Let me know if I need to opt in or out of anything to get it back down to 1 each time.

    Thanks so much!

    Celia

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    • Oh no! Do you mean 4 email notifications?! I’m so sorry. I have no idea why. Could you please try opting out and then back in, and let me know what happens? (New post coming on Wednesday…!) Again, apologies…that’s definitely overkill, hah.

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  2. The black book in the bathroom is definitely Piguet. I’m not sold on the CdG Hinoki theory, b though. That looks vintage to me. I can’t quite recall exactly….

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  3. Her brother gets pink paper towels in England for her. Could it be possible that he got her some Floris lotion for something like her birthday? (I would love picturing him visiting a wild assortment of shops for items for her and their other siblings.)

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