Chanel No 5 claims Marilyn Monroe as its most infamous fan- but the star had secret affair with another perfume
15:22 GMT, 6 July 2012
'What do I wear in bed Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.'
These are the words famously spoken by the iconic Marilyn Monroe.
In the 1950s the glamour of Chanel No. 5 was reignited by the celebrity whose unsolicited endorsement of the fragrance provided invaluable publicity.
Marilyn Monroe made Chanel No 5 famous but little did they know, she had another true love
But according to a new discovery, the late star had a love affair with another perfume, one which she kept very secret.
The unrelenting beauty may have died almost 50 years ago, but fresh secrets are constantly unearthed.
And now, one of her most coveted beauty secrets has come to light.
Prompted by the 50th anniversary of
Marilyn Monroe's death in August 1962, and the opening of the Marilyn
exhibition at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, British perfume house Floris dipped into its customer archives and made an exciting discovery.
Marilyn Monroe's receipt shows a large order for her privately favoured perfume
The Floris team came across a previously unreleased receipt from Monroe (then known as Marilyn Monroe Miller), who ordered six bottles of Floris Rose Geranium eau de toilette in 1959 under the false name of a Miss Dorothy Blass, Monroe’s personal secretary.
The perfumes were to be sent from the Floris shop in Jermyn Street, London to the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, where Monroe stayed after filming one of her most famous movies, Some Like It Hot.
Monroe's secret perfume preference conjures gorgeous interplay of rose, geranium, citronella and cedarwood.