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Pedantic archivist of beauty products in films and tv shows

The White Lotus S02E04 (In the Sandbox)

Ethan and Harper’s hotel bathroom seems to be the place where meaningful conversations between husband and wife happen, but also the place where dramatic epiphanies happen (in this case Harper suspects Ethan has cheated on her).

The products seen in this scene have already been featured in the previous episodes.

The pump bottle contains Ortigia Ambra Nera bath and shower gel.

There’s also an Ortigia Gattopardo room fragrance diffuser.

The jar contains Clarins Hydra-Essentiel rich cream.

Not a perfume or a skincare product, but I just love the tray where two glasses sit. It’s another Ortigia product: it’s lacquered and handmade.

Madonna’s Bathroom (2022)

Madonna recently posted this picture on her Instagram account. Sitting on a bench and posing with a Balenciaga Hourglass bag (covered in scotch tape!), she gave us the opportunity to take a look around her luxurious marble bathroom.

The pump bottle on the bath top is Osea Undaria Algae body oil.

The body wash on the opposite side of the bath is Aveeno Skin Relief.

I am thankful to Madonna for giving us a glimpse of her fragrance shelves. Lots of interesting perfumes there.

Sitting on the top bottom there are three bottles by L’Artisan Parfumeur. Reading the front stickers is impossible, so there’s no way to tell what fragrances they contain.

Behind them there’s Stella McCartney Stella, a deep rose fragrance created by Jacques Cavallier and launched in 2003.

It’s often said that celebrities rarely wear the fragrances they launch. Madonna, like Elizabeth Taylor, is not one of them. A bottle of her Truth or Dare Naked sits on the second shelf. This amber spicy perfume was created by Stephen Nilsen and launched in 2012.

I could have never imagined Madonna to be an Artemisia kind of girl, but it’s nice to see a bottle of the Penhaligon’s milky powdery eau de toilette in her collection.

On the other hand, her love for Tom Ford perfumes is well-known, so seeing four of them on the bottom shelf is not surprising. The first from the left is Soleil Blanc, a coconut/white floral creation by Natalie Gracia-Cetto launched in 2016.

Next is Bitter Peach, an amber vanilla perfume launched in 2020.

There’s also a bottle of Diptyque Oyedo, a citrus eau de toilette created by Akiko Kamei and launched in 2000.

Another unsurprising find is Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, a white floral triumph [1] created by Dominique Ropion and launched in 2005.

The third Tom Ford perfume is Rose Prick, launched in 2020.

The last one is Lost Cherry, a bitter almond/sour cherry blend by Louise Turner launched in 2018.

[1] One of Madonna’s favourite notes is tuberose. For many years her name has been closely connected to Robert Piguet Fracas, the tuberose masterpiece by Germaine Cellier launched in 1948. Fracas appears in her documentary I’m Going to Tell You a Secret and in God Control music video, both directed by Jonas Åkerlund.

Thanks to lunanocta for submitting this post.

The White Lotus S02E03 (Bull Elephants)

While Tanya is busy with a tarot reader, her assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) is asked to leave and go to the bathroom. This is a rare occasion in which we can take a look at the products that the most desperate character of the show uses.

The two Ortigia products we see on the marble counter – the Zagara room essence and the Bergamotto eau de parfum – are courtesy of the hotel.

Tanya uses another Italian product – the Aquatic Mint toothpaste by Marvis.

Her skincare includes two products by Eve Lom – the Radiance face oil and the Time Retreat radiance essence.

It’s nice to see the unmistakable blue bottle of an Italian drugstore staple – Roberts Acqua distillata alle rose.

Probably the most surprising item here is the perfume. Tanya wears Paco Rabanne Pure XS, an amber floral fragrance by Quentin Bisch launched in 2018. I expected her to wear something bolder and probably more nostalgic.

The White Lotus S02E03 (Bull Elephants)

Harper (Aubrey Plaza) wakes up early, so she can surprise her husband Ethan when he comes back from his morning running session.

In their marble hotel bathroom we can see toiletries already shown in the first episodes, plus some new items.

The pump bottle with the black palm is Ortigia Ambra Nera bath and shower gel.

The glass bottle next to it is another Ortigia product – the Gatto diffuser.

Harper’s skincare includes Erno Laszlo VTM micro-essence.

There’s also a bottle of MAC Fix + Magic Radiance hydrating spray.

Last, a bottle of Clinique gentle renewing cleansing mousse.

The White Lotus S02E02 (Italian Dream)

Ethan is having a shower and Harper (Audrey Plaza) starts a conversation about Cameron and Daphne, the couple they’re spending their holiday with.

On the marble counter we can see a bottle of Erno Laszlo VTM micro-essence.

There’s also a pump bottle of Clarins gentle renewing cleansing mousse and, half hidden behind it, Clarins Double Serum Eye.

The White Lotus S02E01 (Ciao)

Harper (Audrey Plaza) and her husband Ethan have lots of toiletries in their marble hotel bathroom in Taormina.

These are from Ethan’s toiletry bag – Kiehl’s Facial Fuel energizing moisture treatment and face wash, and Nivea Men Sensitive shave gel.

The blue pump bottle by Ortigia (courtesy of the hotel) contains Sandalo bath and shower gel.

The couple uses Colgate Max Fresh Cooling Crystals toothpaste.

Another Ortigia product in the bathroom is the Zagara room essence.

The third Ortigia product seen in this scene is the Sandalo liquid soap in a beautiful blue glass pump bottle.

Harper’s products include Clarins hydrating gentle foaming cleanser.

There are also a couple of MAC compacts.

Another Clarins product she uses is Double Serum Eye global age control concentrate.

There’s also a bottle of Erno Laszlo VTM micro-essence.

Just like Ethan, she has several Kiehl’s skincare products. The blue bottle contains Midnight Recovery Concentrate face oil.

The aqua blue jar contains another Clarins product – Hydra-Essentiel rich cream.

The two jars on the far right side of the marble counter are Kiehl’s products – Midnight Recovery omega-rich cloud cream and cilantro & orange extract pollutant defending masque.

Body Double (1984)

In one of the most dramatic scenes of the film Gloria (Deborah Shelton) is attacked in her own room by the “Indian”, a disfigured man.

When one watches this scene, all the attention is focused on the horrific violent act in it, certainly not on the furniture and objects in Gloria’s bedroom. But this is one of my favourite films ever: I have watched it a lot of times, so at a certain point my attention shifted to other details in the scene. That’s why I have been able to identify three of the bottles on the dresser. All of them refer to one fragrance – Arpége by Lanvin.

The black bottle with gold-accented stopper is the refillable atomiser.

The tall bottle with square black stopper contains Arpége Eau de Lanvin.

Last, the round bottle with black stopper contains the bath oil.

It’s clear Arpége is Gloria’s favourite fragrance – she keeps three different versions on her dresser. This floral aldehyde perfume was created by Paul Vacher and Andre Fraysse and launched in 1927.