American Horror Story S10E09 (Blue Moon)

There’s a Guerlain flacon montre in Marilyn Monroe’s bedroom.

This is a very unusual choice because there’s no evidence that Marily wore Guerlain colognes. The reason behind this prop is easy to explain: Ryan Murphy is clearly a fan of this bottle and of the French brand; both have often been shown or quoted in his shows.

It’s not a historically accurate choice, though: the gold screw-cap stopper was first introduced in 1972, 10 years after the death of the American actress. In the 1960s flacons montre were available with the ground glass stopper.

[1] Marilyn’s name will forever be connected to Chanel No. 5, but she was a fan of the now-discontinued Rose Geranium eau de toilette by Floris.

American Horror Story S10E05 (Gaslight)

There are several skincare products in Doris’s bathroom cabinet.

The white bottle on the left is E.l.f. mineral-infused face primer.

Next, there’s a tube of Avène Cleanance Hydra soothing cream.

The jar with silver cap is La Mer The Eye Concentrate.

The white plastic bag contains Burt’s Bees facial cleansing towelettes.

From a different angle we can also see a pump bottle of Aveeno Positively Radiant daily moisturizer.

Friends with Money (2006)

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lancome_resolutiondcontraxol_bornunicornOlivia (Jennifer Aniston) is obsessed with Résolution D-Contraxol, a Lancôme anti-age treatment. She got several samples at different department stores but they’re not enough: when she sees a full-size jar of it in the bathroom of one of her clients (she’s a maid), she doesn’t think twice and takes it home.

In the bathroom there’s also Bumble & Bumble Prep conditioning spray.

friendswithmoney_bornunicorn (8)friendswithmoney_bornunicorn (7)She ends up using it lavishly as a foot cream! I guess it’s the magic that happens when you get a very expensive cream for free.

Sex Education S03E08

There are two interesting beauty products on Lily’s mirrored vanity.

First, the trademark purple bottle of Mugler Alien, an amber woody creation by Dominique Ropion and Laurent Bruyere launched in 2005. The character is very much into space exploration and aliens, protagonists of the erotic comics she draws. So it’s not surprising to see the Alien perfume in her bedroom.

The tall bottle with orange stopper is Rimmel London Wake Me Up liquid foundation.

Thanks to Alessandra for the screencap and Alien id.

The Apartment (1960)

A very ordinary object – a compact – has got a relevant role in this movie. It belongs to Fran, a charming elevator operator who works at an insurance company where she has got an affair with the influential personnel director Jeff Sheldrake. This object reveals the affair to C.C. Baxter, a lonely bachelor who works at the same company.

It may be ordinary, but it has some peculiarities, for example the fleurs de lys decorations on it.

This is a compact by Volupte, an American brand established in the 1920s. The same shape of the compact and the position of the decorative elements can be seen in a mother-of-pearl version, but the one seen in the film is made of metal.

Another interesting detail is the powder puff inside the compact.

The upper side of the puff reads “Lushus”, an American brand producing deep-pile powder puffs.

Black Widow (1987)

Catharine (Theresa Russell) is the widow of a New York publishing tycoon who has apparently died of Ondine’s curse. The death occurred while she was out on a trip: when she’s back, she’s alone in her luxury Manhattan apartment.

In a short sequence set in her bathroom we can see two interesting perfume bottles – both by Paloma Picasso.

Mon Parfum, created with perfumer Francis Bocris and launched in 1984, is a floral chypre fragrance that perfectly identifies the 1980s. Bold, complex and Mediterranean, it is housed in a fascinating round bottle where the “core” contains the perfume. The choice of the prop master makes a lot of sense: Catherine is a multi-faceted woman who doesn’t hide her sensuality and passionate personality, so I can really see her wearing Mon Parfum.

Catherine is a wealthy woman, so the fact that she uses two versions of the same perfume is not surprising. The frosted glass bottle contains the pure perfume (extrait).

The glossy black glass bottle contains the eau de parfum.

There are other bottles on the glass shelves in Catherine’s bathroom but most of them have a decorative purpose. The green one reminds me of Rochas Mystère, but it’s not.

Thanks to Jane Daly who first posted this on her Instagram account.

Brodeuses (2004)

Mme. Mélikian owns interesting beauty products.

First, a lovely flacon rayonnant of Guerlain Vol de Nuit, created by Jacques Guerlain and launched in 1933.

Second, a gold tube of Christian Dior Diorific lipstick. This packaging has been sadly discontinued.

She also owns two flacons abeilles of Guerlain Eau de Cologne Impériale, famously created by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain in 1853 to treat the migraines of Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.

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