Category Archives: bodycare in movies

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.

Blonde (2022)

A film about Marilyn Monroe would be incomplete without a reference (either verbal or visual) to the perfume she declared she wore to bed. The famous quote about Chanel No. 5 was first published on April 7th, 1952, when the actress appeared on the cover of Life Magazine, and that marked the birth of a legendary connection. No surprises then in seeing a bottle of the French perfume sitting on Marilyn’s dresser.

On the same dresser there’s also a tin can of Pond’s Dream Flower perfumed talc.

Thanks to Alessandra and Jessica for submitting this post.

Working Girl (1988)

When Cyn (Joan Cusak) opens a bathroom cabinet, there are several interesting skincare and bodycare products.

Starting from the top shelf, from left to right:

The white jar with grey cap is Lancôme Forté-Vital firming eye cream. The black bottle with grey stopper is from the same brand, but I haven’t been able to identify the exact product.

There are four bottles by Erno Laszlo. The first from the left is definitely an oil or a lotion, while the others probably contained Shake-It tinted treatment.

On the second shelf there are three products by Crabtree & Evelyn. The tin container of talcum powder is part of the Damask Rose collection. Next there’s a bottle of Rosewater foaming bath gel and a soap box.

The box on the third shelf belongs to the bath gel on the second shelf.

Thanks to Ladiesofthepast for submitting this post.

Topāzu (1992)

There are three interesting products on Ai’s table.

The first from the left is Yves Saint Laurent Paris, the floral powdery fragrance created by Sophia Grojsman and launched in 1983.

The glass bottle with white stopper is Clarins Huile Anti-Eau body treatment oil.

Last, a bottle of Chanel liquid foundation, possibly Teint Naturel.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.

Windfall (2022)

There’s a lovely selection of Chanel perfumes, skincare and make-up on the Wife’s dressing table.

First on the left, an elegant jar of frosted glass with glossy black and gold cap containing the No. 5 body lotion.

Next, No. 5 eau de toilette in the tall bottle with black stopper. Not sure if this is a vintage splash bottle, the modern spray bottle or the spray refill for the atomiser.

There’s also a bottle of Hydra Beauty lotion.

The only item of make-up is Les Beiges Teint Belle Mine Naturelle healthy-glow foundation.

Last on the far right, a classic spray bottle of No. 5 eau de parfum.

Thanks to Jessica for first posting this on her Instagram account and for allowing me to share it.

Tre piani (2021)

Dora (Margherita Buy) helps Monica (Alba Rohrwacher) give a bath to her newborn baby. There are several interesting products in the room.

First, the unexpected presence of Hermès Concentré d’Orange Verte on the wall shelf. This citrus unisex fragrance was created by Jean Guichard and launched in 2004.

The white bottle on the bath-tub shelf is an Italian baby-care product, BabyGella body wash.

The red bottle with white stopper on the glass wall shelf is Clarins Eau Dynamisante, created by Jacques Courtin-Clarins and launched in 1987.

The green bottle is the iconic Roberts Borotalco talcum powder.

The bottle with white round stopper is Chicco Acqua di Colonia, an eau de cologne for children.

Tre piani (2021)

Dora (Margherita Buy) is taking a bath in Luigi’s bathroom. The three bottles behind her are Italian drugstore products.

The transparent bottles are both by Omia Laboratoires: one is the aloe vera body wash, the other is the tea tree oil shampoo.

The blue bottle is the Blue Iris foam bath by Perlier.

Silent Night (2021)

Several beauty products and toiletries can be seen in the bathroom where twins Thomas and Hardy are having a bath.

On the shelf behind Simon (Matthew Goode) we can see Jo Malone body & hand wash and a jar of body crème.

On the same shelf there’s also a pump bottle of Ortigia Neroli shower gel.

Last, a tube of Oral B Pro Expert toothpaste.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.

Judy (2019)

The bathroom of the London hotel where Judy Garland (Renee Zellweger) is staying hides two British gems – both by Floris.

The first bottle on the left sitting on the top glass shelf is a Floris perfume. Unable to tell more about the exact fragrance, but the tall stopper is quite distinctive.

On the bottom shelf sits another Floris product – the concentrated bath essence in the big pyramid-shaped bottle with gold stopper.

On the bottom shelf there’s another bottle decorated with what looks like a ribbon. If so, it could be a Penhaligon’s fragrance, possibly Cornubia, a spectacular white floral launched in 1910 and now sadly discontinued.

Thanks to Scentimentalist for the Floris id and Rocco for the screencaps.