Valley Girl (1983)

Julie, the film’s protagonist, is an only child but she’s hardly ever alone: she spends most of her time with her friends. Stacey (Heidi Holicker) is one of her closest friends: she often visits Julie at home, where they spend time together. In this scene, Stacey is painting her nails on a clear acrylic paint station which also works as organiser. It contains nail polish bottles and two perfumes.

There’s a miniature of Cacharel Anais Anais, which Julie owns in full size, too. It’s a lovely choice for someone trendy like Julie: the first Cacharel perfume, launched in 1978, was very popular in the 1980s.

On the other hand, the second perfume is quite surprising: it’s the now-discontinued Inoui by Shiseido, launched in 1976, described by Elena Vosnaki as a fragrance where “the alliance of juniper, with its gin-like background, with galbanum and pine, gives the initial jolt of seemingly frozen nostrils, icicles growing up your brain, which becomes the prelude for the harmony of peachy florals in the heart with a classic chypre base.” It sounds appealing, doesn’t it? That’s why finding it in the bedroom of a Valley Girl, someone who’s stereotypically interested in shopping, partying and dating, is so unusual.

Thanks to concepteaux for the Shiseido id.

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