Category Archives: haircare in movies

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

TV preacher Tammy Faye (Jessica Chastain) has a very distinctive make-up and hairstyle, so it’s not surprising to see her dressing table packed with products.

The green lipstick tube is by Revlon from the Moon Drops line, first launched in the late 1950s. The lipstick collection, which included 20 shades, was launched in 1964.

The perfume on her vanity is Estee Lauder Private Collection, a green floral fragrance created by Vincent Marcello and launched in 1973.

In the background there’s a can of Aquanet all-purpose hairspray.

Thanks to Kelly in the comments for the Estee Lauder perfume id.

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.

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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.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)

Medicines, skincare and some make-up can be seen in Bernadette’s bathroom cabinet.

On the far left (top shelf) there’s a tube of Dr. Hauschka rose day cream.

I don’t usually cover medications, but this one was served on a silver platter: it’s Hyland’s muscle therapy gel with arnica

On the far right there’s a bottle of red nail polish by Butter London.

On the central lower shelf there’s a bottle of Klorane Eau de brillance à la cire de magnolia detangling spray.

The tall white bottle is Avène PhysioLift smoothing night balm.

Next to it, another Klorane product – Lotion florale démaquillante au bleuet apaisant, an eye make-up removing lotion.

Days of Being Wild (1991)

On Mimi’s dressing table there are three interesting items.

After untangling the aqua stopper mystery, now I can identify this in no time: it’s Richard Hudnut Tres Flores/Three Flowers brilliantine.

Behind it there’s a spray bottle of Caron Nocturnes de Caron eau de toilette without the black stopper.

The tall bottle with an intricately decorated front label is Murray & Lanman Florida Water cologne.

Thanks to Oliver Seeger for the Caron id.

Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)

There are several toiletries in Clara’s bathroom.

The pink plastic bottle on the left is Clairol condition shampoo.

Next to it, a snail-shaped perfume bottle by Avon. It’s unclear what scent it contained, because this bottle was used to house several fragrances – Charisma, Brocade and Régence, among the others.

Thanks to my friend Jennifer for the picture and Avon id.

The Boys in the Band (2020) and Van Halen’s Poundcake Music Video (1991): A Mystery Solved!

When Donald (Matt Bomer) arrives at Michael’s, he takes his shirt off and throws himself on the friend’s bed. There’s a bottle on the shelf behind the bed and believe me when I say that I’ve spent most of my waking hours (since I watched the film) trying to identify it.

Things took a weird turn a couple of nights ago, when the same bottle popped up in a music video I used to love as a teenager – Poundcake by none other than Van Halen! The 1991 video, directed by Andy Morahan, famously shows Eddie Van Halen using the power drill technique in the introduction and in the solo. But it also features girls showing up for an audition, and that’s where the mysterious bottle appears.

I had just decided to abandon the Boys in the Band bottle to its sad destiny, when the Van Halen showed me the way. I had to identify it! I turned to the place where I know I can always find an answer – the Fragrantica forum – and an answer is what I got. A surprising one.

My mistake? Thinking that bottle was a perfume. Now I know it’s Richard Hudnut Three Flowers/Tres Flores brilliantine, housed in this beautiful glass bottle with aqua green conical stopper.

There’s more: it appears in its original form in the Van Halen video, but it has a different label in the Joe Mantello film and that was the ultimate trap. After much pondering, I’ve realised it’s the same bottle: they just changed the front sticker for the film, probably to make it look like a perfume.

Thanks to c_donna and all the lovely ladies at Fragrantica who helped me solve the mystery.