Category Archives: perfumes in movies

Black Widow (1987)

Catharine (Theresa Russell) is the widow of a New York publishing tycoon who has apparently died of Ondine’s curse. The death occurred while she was out on a trip: when she’s back, she’s alone in her luxury Manhattan apartment.

In a short sequence set in her bathroom we can see two interesting perfume bottles – both by Paloma Picasso.

Mon Parfum, created with perfumer Francis Bocris and launched in 1984, is a floral chypre fragrance that perfectly identifies the 1980s. Bold, complex and Mediterranean, it is housed in a fascinating round bottle where the “core” contains the perfume. The choice of the prop master makes a lot of sense: Catherine is a multi-faceted woman who doesn’t hide her sensuality and passionate personality, so I can really see her wearing Mon Parfum.

Catherine is a wealthy woman, so the fact that she uses two versions of the same perfume is not surprising. The frosted glass bottle contains the pure perfume (extrait).

The glossy black glass bottle contains the eau de parfum.

There are other bottles on the glass shelves in Catherine’s bathroom but most of them have a decorative purpose. The green one reminds me of Rochas Mystère, but it’s not.

Thanks to Jane Daly who first posted this on her Instagram account.

Brodeuses (2004)

Mme. Mélikian owns interesting beauty products.

First, a lovely flacon rayonnant of Guerlain Vol de Nuit, created by Jacques Guerlain and launched in 1933.

Second, a gold tube of Christian Dior Diorific lipstick. This packaging has been sadly discontinued.

She also owns two flacons abeilles of Guerlain Eau de Cologne Impériale, famously created by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain in 1853 to treat the migraines of Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.

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.

Madres paralelas (2021)

There are two glass shelves in Janis’ bathroom, and both of them are packed with beauty products. It’s interesting to see how most of these products somehow have a personal value for Penélope Cruz, who stars as one of the protagonists.

On the first shelf on the left, for example, there’s a bottle Chanel No. 5. This shouldn’t surprise, since the collaboration between Pedro Almodóvar and the French brand has been well documented since the late 1980s. Moreover, Penélope Cruz has been a Chanel ambassador since 2018.

Another brand which feels personal to Cruz is Charlotte Tilbury, created by the famous British make-up artist who has often worked with Penélope and has named one of her famous lipsticks after her.

On the same shelf there are two Lancôme products – Rénergie Multi-Lift Ultra anti-wrinkle cream in the purple jar and Génifique youth-activating cream in the grey jar. Again, this is personal: Penélope Cruz has been a testimonial for the brand since 2010.

On the second shelf we can see a bottle of Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless liquid foundation.

There are also two products by the Spanish brand Natura BisséC+C Vitamin scrub and C+C Vitamin SPF 30 dry oil.

Next, there’s a travel-size bottle of Lancôme Tonique Confort hydrating toner.

The compact is Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish powder.

The small pot with copper lid is another Charlotte Tilbury product, the sparkle cream eyeshadow Charlotte’s Jewel Pot.

Last but not least, two bottles of Lancôme Advanced Génefique youth-activating concentrate.

The Pink Panther (1963)

Charming Sir Charles Litton (David Niven) is spending the winter months at a posh hotel in Cortina. When such an elegant character opens his bathroom cabinet, something good is about to happen – a perfect shot of men’s colognes!

First from the left, Yardley Eau de Cologne for Men.

A massive bottle of Victor Acqua di Selva takes centre stage.

The third and last one is another vintage Italian product – Napoleon Sir Robert toilet water by Morris.

On the top shelf there are a Chanel box and an eau de cologne bottle. The front label is impossible to read, but maybe it’s Pour Monsieur.

When it comes to the box, it’s likely to contain No. 5 or another women’s fragrance, because the box of Pour Monsieur was white with black lettering (but no black edges) or grey with white lettering.

Sublet (2020)

When Michael arrives in Tel Aviv, he moves into Tomer’s apartment, which he has rented for five days. One of the first things he does is putting his own toiletries into a mirrored cabinet he finds in the bathroom.

Among Tomer’s toiletries, which Michael moves to one shelf of the cabinet, there’s an almost empty bottle of Lacoste Essential Sport, launched in 2009.

On Michael’s side we can see a spray can of Coppertone Sport sunscreen, a travel-size bottle of Cetaphil moisturizing lotion, a tube of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel sunscreen and a mini-bottle of Le Labo shower gel.

Thanks to Rachael for the Le Labo id.

False Positive (2021)

When Adrian (Justin Theroux) “saves” his wife Lucy (Ilana Glazer) from an allucinating bath, we can see a Diptyque bottle on the tiled counter.

After much pondering (the back of the bottle is not clearly visible), I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the eau de parfum version of Philosykos, created by Olivia Giacobetti and launched in 2012. The fact that the illustration includes a fountain tank (reminiscent of the bath tub where the protagonist hallucinates) reinforces my idea.

On the tiled shelf over the tub there’s another Diptyque product – a Pomander candle.

Thanks to Alessandra for the screencaps and ids.