The 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards took place on March 14th, 2021 in the middle of the pandemy that has torn the world as we knew it apart. I usually don’t care for these events, but I rejoiced at seeing this picture on the Instagram feed of the American singer/songwriter/guitarist Phoebe Bridgers, who got nominations in the Best Rock Performance and Best New Artist categories.
Besides the fantastic skeleton dress she was wearing (more about it later), I was attracted by the beauty products on the washbasin.
There are two bottles of pure-castile soap by Dr. Bronner’s in Lavender and Hemp Rose.
Another Dr. Bronner’s product can be seen on the soap dish: it’s the organic sugar soap in Lavender.
Last, a small can of Barbasol Soothing Aloe shaving cream is next to the castile soap bottles.
This dreamy Goth dress, designed by Thom Browne and featured in the spring 2018 collection, was paired to Ashley Zhang pearl earrings. Bridgers has often shown her love for the classic Halloween skeleton costume (it’s basically her trademark stage outfit), but the luxury version of it truly is a thing of beauty.
This famous Frank Worth photoshoot set at the Beverly Carlton Hotel  in 1951, featuring Marilyn wearing a lovely swimsuit and gorgeous sandals with lucite platforms, is one of my favourites. She looked more beautiful than ever and happy.
In this picture Marilyn was applying lotion to her legs. The lotion in question was Nivea skin oil which, according to the advert above, was the “liquid counterpart of Nivea Creme, with similar protective, soothing qualities.”
 The Beverly Carlton has been renovated as the Avalon Hotel. The location is the same – West Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Zachary Quinto has recently posted this picture on his Instagram account. It’s not clear whether the bathroom he’s standing in is his own; it would be interesting to know because there’s a beautiful display of perfume bottles in it.
Three bottles are by Le Labo: one of them contains 100ml of perfume, the other two 50ml of perfume. Unfortunately only one front label is visible: one of the smallest bottles is Another 13.
The tallest bottle with the black stopper is an eau de parfum by Diptyque. The front label is not visible, but I like to think it’s Tempo, the wonderful patchouli fragrance by the French label.
The title of this post is not 100% accurate: this 1983 portrait of Madonna was taken by Richard Corman in her brother’s Manhattan apartment. But I’m pretty sure the can of Aquanet Super-Hold hairspray was hers.
The British singer/songwriter Florence Welch recently shot a fascinating commercial for the Gucci Bloom advertising campaign. In a backstage picture we can see a bottle of Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella toning water on a table near the artist.
The protagonists of the campaign by Floria Sigismondi are Anjelica Huston, Florence Welch, Jodie Turner-Smith and Susie Cave.
I’ve covered Stevie Nicks’ bathrooms and dressing rooms several times: I’ve always loved her music and style, so it’s intriguing to identify the beauty products and perfumes she uses in real life. Some time ago a reader of this blog submitted a couple of pictures from the 1980s I’d never seen before. In both of them, there’s a mysterious product (a tall plastic bottle with black cap) which I was asked to identify.
The product in question is one of the most popular products by Neutrogena, a body oil. The advert above shows the packaging in 1979. This is not the exact bottle seen on Stevie Nicks’ tables, though, because the cap has a different shape.
The bottle shown in this advert from 1985 is more like it, even if I think the oil bottle seen in the second Stevie picture has a larger size.
In the first picture two Erno Laszlo bottles (lotion or Shake-It tinted treatment) can be seen as well.
Thanks to James for submitting this post and to Cédric for the id.
Wearing a scarlet red dress by Christian Dior, Brigitte Bardot was portrayed in her dressing room while getting ready to attend a gala in Munich in 1957.
There were many beauty products displayed on the table but one has caught my attention: the teal lace box containing a bottle. If you’re a fan of vintage Rochas packaging, you’ve surely recognized Mouche, the Edmond Roudnitska creation launched in 1947. Rochas used the same bottle for many fragrances, but had different colours for their lace boxes – teal for Mouche, pink for La Rose, white for Femme, yellow for Mousseline.
Cecil Baldwin, the narrator of Welcome to Night Vale podcast and host of Night Vale’s radio station, keeps several memorabilia of the popular podcast in his house. In the picture above, some perfumes can be seen too.
Among them, a fragrance by Aesop and Farina Cuir de Russieeau de toilette. This classic fragrance, also known by its German name (Russisch Leder), was launched in 1967.
Impossible to tell what Aesop fragrance sits on the dresser. The perfumes of the Australian brand are all housed in the same dark glass bottle, and the front side is not visible in the picture.