Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)

There are several toiletries in Clara’s bathroom.

The pink plastic bottle on the left is Clairol condition shampoo.

Next to it, a snail-shaped perfume bottle by Avon. It’s unclear what scent it contained, because this bottle was used to house several fragrances – Charisma, Brocade and Régence, among the others.

Thanks to my friend Jennifer for the picture and Avon id.

Madame Sousatzka (1988)

Some years ago I read on a perfume forum an interesting fact about the scene above, featuring Shirley MacLaine sitting at her vanity: a bottle of Guerlain Mitsouko appeared in it. I had never watched this film before, so I couldn’t tell if the rumour was true. Now I can tell that it’s not!

No Mitsouko in sight but a floral box with rounded edges, containing Madame Rochas by Rochas! Too bad the box doesn’t reveal its content.

I love this choice. The name of the perfume echoes the title of the film; plus the white floral fragrance (created by Guy Robert and launched in 1960) suits the flamboyant yet melancholic protagonist.

Demolition (2015)

Davis has a very busy working life and a very strict daily routine which includes beauty treatments. So it’s not surprising to see many toiletries in his bathroom. D. R. Harris Arlington mahogany shaving bowl is one of them.

On the washbasin counter there are more beauty items:

Sensodyne Original Flavor toothpaste

Tweezerman slanted tweezers in Midnight Sky Black

Pecksniff’s Almond & Shea moisturising hand and body lotion and nourishing hand wash in a metal rack

Baxter of California invigorating body wash in Flora and Cassis

Los abrazos rotos (2009)

Lena (Penélope Cruz) is a broken woman: trapped in an unhappy marriage, she desperately longs for freedom and real love. She lives in a luscious house, she’s always dressed elegantly, she’s surrounded by expensive objects, but all this rarely gives her joy.

Perfumes and beauty products follow her in many scenes, as if they were heavy trappings of a fake identity. The triangle-shaped bottle of Lancôme Trésor body lotion makes its appearance for the third time, so now I guess it’s safe to say that this is her signature scent. It’s an unusual choice, because I would see Lena wearing something more peculiar, with more personality, so I guess this is another way to force her into a role she doesn’t feel comfortable with.

In her bathroom there is also Givenchy Ysatis, a floral chypre fragrance created by Dominique Ropion in 1984.

Last, there’s L’Occitane Eau d’Iparie, an oriental woody fragrance launched in 2005.

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