At the turn of the 20th century, makeup was a secret weapon in the arsenal of freedom-seeking women. Suffrage leaders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman wore lipstick to protests as an outward sign of rebellion (at that time, only prostitutes regularly put on rouge). Flappers chopped off their hair as a way to differentiate themselves from their Victorian parents.
Today, wearing lipstick or cutting your locks isn’t the shocker it once was. But for Crazylibellule and the Poppies, your beauty routine is still a way to celebrate rebellious women. The solid-perfume company’s new collection for fall, Les Garconnes, is inspired by the early leaders of the women’s rights movement.
The seven scents range from the comforting notes of peach and apricot in Tamara Charleston to the edgy leather and peony blend in Hommage a Gabrielle. Like the women who inspired them, the fragrances are bold and daring, with graphic art nouveau-influenced flowers covering the pocket size packaging. And because not even cumbersome skirts could keep people like Perkins Gilman at home, the glass-less perfumes are easy to tote around.
Which means that the leaders of the women’s movement not only did good, but smelled good, too.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
$16 at beautyhabit.com