Category Archives: perfumes in movies

Confusi e felici (2014)

There are two perfume bottles in Marcello’s bathroom.

The one with the gold stopper is a fragrance by L’Artisan Parfumeur (old packaging): the sticker on the bottle is unreadable but it’s pink, so it could be Jour de Fête, created in 2004 by Olivia Giacobetti.

The second bottle is unmistakable: it’s Hermès Terre d’Hermès, one of the masterpieces by Jean-Claude Ellena, launched in 2006.

Chambre 212 (2019)

There are some interesting beauty products in Maria and Richard’s bathroom.

In the glass cabinet there’s a small bottle of Chanel No. 5, a Diptyque candle box and Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Intense gentle biphase eye make-up remover in its box.

On a shelf by the mirror there are other two Chanel products. One is Chanel Pour Monsieur eau de toilette, created by Henri Robert and launched in 1955; the other is Hydra Beauty camellia night mask.

Basic Instinct (1992)

Nick (Michael Douglas) is spending the night at Catherine’s so, when he goes into her huge bathroom, we know some intriguing products will be featured.

The first beauty product I’ve noticed is a spray can of Evian mineral water.

The tall pump bottle is by Alba Botanica. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any picture of it online, so I have no idea what product it was. Probably a body lotion or a face cleanser.

Next there’s a Clinique anti-perspirant roll-on deodorant.

This is a real treat: we get to see the fragrance used by Catherine! It’s Montana Parfum de Peau in the beautiful spiral bottle (a stunning design by Serge Mansau). This leather fragrance, created by Jean Guichard, was launched in 1986 and it still is one of the most aenigmatic scents of that decade; that is why I think it beautifully compliments the protagonist’s mysterious and wild personality. 

The container on the far right is still a mystery: when I first saw it, I was sure it was part of the Parfum de Peau line (a body lotion or talcum powder), but it’s not. If you have any idea about its identity, please drop me a line.

Thanks to Sue Koczorowski for submitting this post.

California Suite (1978)

Diana Barrie (Maggie Smith) is a British actress who is in Los Angeles after getting her first Oscar nomination. While she’s sitting in her in-suite bathroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we can see several toiletries on the pink marble counters around her.

The yellow stick on her right is Jean Naté cologne stick.

On her left there’s the iconic boule noire of Lanvin Arpège, created by Paul Vacher and Andre Fraysse and launched in 1927.

Thanks to LePetitCivet for submitting this post.

A casa nostra (2006)

There’s an empty bottle of Acqua di Giò by Giorgio Armani on a counter in Elodie’s hotel bathroom. This is the original bottle of the fruity floral fragrance created by Edouard Fléchier and launched in 1995.

One of my fondest memories from that decade: I have personally never worn it but my sister did and she loved it.

On the same counter there’s also a bottle of Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger, a citrus aromatic fragrance created by Annie Buzantian and Alberto Morillas and launched in 1995.

Thanks to LePetitCivet for the Tommy id.

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

There are two Avon bottles on the carpeted floor of the Lisbon sisters’ bedroom. Both of them are animal-shaped and in both cases it’s impossible to tell what fragrance they contain: as I have written many times, Avon used the same bottles for different fragrances.

One has the shape of a unicorn, whose spiraling horn serves as stopper.

The second bottle has the shape of a swan; in this case the stopper is a gold metal ball. This specific bottle contains Sweet Honesty cologne.

Thanks Peter (a reader of this blog) for the unicorn id.

La Boum (1980)

Poupette (Denise Grey) is the great-grandmother of the protagonist, a sort of deux-ex-machina character who helps Vic to achieve her goal – finding true love.

There are some interesting products on her dressing table. The first is a bottle of Givenchy III, a chypre floral creation by Jean François Latty and Raymond Chaillan launched in 1970.

The small pale pink pot in front of the perfume is a Bourjois blush.

There’s another perfume on the vanity: it’s Azzaro, a chypre woody fragrance created by Jean Martel and launched in 1975.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.