Category Archives: bodycare in movies

Silent Night (2021)

Twins Hardy and Thomas are taking a bath. On the white dresser on the left there are several products by Ortigia, a Florence-based company founded in 2006 by English enterpreneur Sue Townsend (one of the founders of Crabtree & Evelyn in 1968).

The amber pump bottle with palms printed on it is Zagara liquid soap.

The turquoise box contains almond soap, while the pale blue one contains Florio soap.

Last, the beautiful round tin box contains Florio body cream.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.

Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Martin is an abusive and controlling husband. His wife Laura takes advantage of a stormy evening sail to fake her own death and leave him. But he eventually finds her thanks to a phone call he receives from Vanessa, a woman who took swimming lessons with Laura at YWCA.

When Martin gets home, he obsessively looks for signs of Laura’s staged death. The bathroom has an important function: after cutting his finger, he gets close to the toilet and there, at the bottom, he finds Laura’s wedding ring, which she got rid of before leaving. Most of the products in the bathroom cabinets are by Crabtree & Evelyn, a British brand founded in 1968.

The seashell object is Crabtree & Evelyn sea shell soap with jojoba oil.

The round plastic box is Jean Couturier Coriandre dusting powder. This fragrance, a creation by Jacqueline Couturier, Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Gerard Pelpel, was first launched in 1973.

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It’s hard to say if the Crabtree & Evelyn Aloe Vera box contains a bath & shower gel, a talcum powder shaker or another product of that line.

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In the cabinet there are two boxes of Crabtree & Evelyn chamomile and Swiss glicerine soap.

There’s also a box of Crabtree & Evelyn Extract of West Indian and Sicilian Limes.

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The round box with violets contains a perfumed glycerine soap by Crabtree & Evelyn.

Last, there’s a bottle of Johnson’s baby oil.

Thanks to Jennifer for the Jean Couturier id.

Death Becomes Her (1992)

This is one of those posts that have been sitting in my drafts for a long time. I’ve recently got two requests to cover this scene (Madeleine emptying her white Chanel bag on the passenger’s seat of her car), so I guess the time to publish it has finally come.

The white jar with pink lid on the left is from the Christian Dior Hydra-Dior skincare line.

The gold tube is Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv hand cream (old packaging).

The white brush with black and gold handle is Le Fin du Fin sensational make-up brush by Lancôme.

The perfume bottle with sparkling stopper is White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor, a floral aldehyde fragrance by Carlos Benaim launched in 1991.

The jar with gold lid is another product by Lancôme. It probably contains a liquid foundation which I have no memory of, or maybe a moisturizer.

The lipstick in the red tube is Velvet Touch by Revlon (old packaging).

The lipstick in the white case looks like Clarins lipsticks from the 1990s. I’m not 100% sure of my ID but it’s my best guess.

Thanks to Alessandra and Ladiesofthepast for submitting this post.

Day Out of Days (2015)

The opening scene shows some of the beauty products used by the protagonist, the actress Mia Roarke.

From the left we can see a jar of Cetaphil moisturizing cream.

There’s a bottle of MCMC Noble fragrance, created by Anne McClain and launched in 2009.

Next, there’s Hamadi Organics shea leave-in moisturizing styling cream.

Next, a peachy pink blush by MAC.

Last, the small toppled-over bottle contains Mario Badescu drying lotion.

Thanks to my friend Jennifer for the screencaps and ids.

La femme d’à côté (1981)

Philippe (Henri Garcin) and Mathilde (Fanny Ardant) are a happy couple until they move next to a former lover of hers. By the end of the movie their relationship is still a thing, but jealousy and regrets don’t make it easy.

There are several interesting products in their bathroom. The aqua bottle with pink stopper, for example: even if I haven’t found any visual evidence, it’s a Jeanne Gatineau skincare item – a cleanser or a toner.

Not surprised to see a splash bottle of Lancôme Magie Noire: this fragrance, created by Gerard Goupy, Jean-Charles Niel and Yves Tanguy and launched in 1978, wonderfully suits Mathilde’s femme fatale character.

There’s also a Chanel bottle, which I believe contains a bath oil.

Last, there’s a square bottle by Lanvin. Even in this case, it’s impossible to read the front label. If we take the plot of the film into account, I like to think this is Rumeur, an Andre Fraysse creation launched in 1934.

Madame Sousatzka (1988)

There’s a glass bottle of Oil of Olay beauty lotion on a shelf in Jenny’s bathroom.

The green box on the same shelf contains Badedas bath gel, a gift that Jenny (Twiggy) receives from Ronnie.

The bottle on the washbasin is Vaseline Intensive Care lotion.

Thanks to Lee in the comments for the Vaseline id.

Le dernier métro (1980)

Marion Steiner is a strong woman: she’s the owner and leading actress of the Théâtre Montmartre in Paris during WWII. She’s also exceptionally beautiful and elegant, despite the harsh living and working conditions of that historical period. Still, it’s quite surprising to see an incredible array of Lanvin Arpège [1] products on her dressing table. This choice is historically accurate: the Lanvin perfume, created by Paul Vacher and Andre Fraysse, was launched in 1927.

Starting from the left, there’s a tall faceted bottle of Eau de Lanvin Arpège.

Next, two small bottles with square stopper of Arpège.

The only non-Lanvin product is Caron Narcisse Noir in the original bottle with engraved black stopper.

The black rectangular half-open box contains Lanvin Arpège soap. The packaging of the box seen in the movie is slightly different from the one above, though: the box in the movie has faceted – not rounded – edges.

The round box contains Arpège dusting powder.

Last, Arpège in the classic boule noire with ribbed stopper.

The same objects appear in a scene where Marion (Catherine Deneuve) is sitting at her vanity. In this case, another bottle of Eau de Lanvin Arpège can be seen in front of the mirror.

[1] Other Lanvin perfumes were launched before 1942 (year in which the film takes place) – Mon Péché in 1924, Scandal in 1931, Rumeur in 1934, Pretexte in 1937. The same bottles were used for most of them, so those seen on Marion’s table could contain one of them and not Arpège. Arpège was the most popular, though, so I guess it was easier to find in war times.