The Apartment (1960)

There are several interesting toiletries in C.C. Baxter’s bathroom, starting from those seen on the lower shelf.

The spray can on the left is Gillette Foamy shaving cream.

The bottle on the right is very peculiar: the stopper is shaped after a Medieval crest. Even if the front label cannot be read (so it’s not possible to say exactly what product it is), it’s a cologne or an after-shave lotion by Kings Men, a brand whose imagery was a reference to Medieval English and Scottish traditions.

In another scene, a “bottle” reading “Tooth Paste” can be seen on the washbasin. It’s Colgate dental cream with Gardol, available in tube or in a pump bottle which reminds me of shaving cream.

Seberg (2019)

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Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) keeps an intriguing orange box on the mirrored vanity in her Parisian home.

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The writing on the box (Parfums de France) and the illustrations on it say it all: it’s a collection of miniature perfume and bath oil samples from the 1950s.

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This set doesn’t include famous French perfumes, but fragrances created by Charrier Parfums to resemble or sound like popular perfumes.

If you want to read more about the Charrier miniature sets, this post from The Vintage Perfume Vault is highly recommended.

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.

Marilyn Monroe at the Beverly Carlton Hotel

This famous Frank Worth photoshoot set at the Beverly Carlton Hotel [1] 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.”

[1] The Beverly Carlton has been renovated as the Avalon Hotel. The location is the same – West Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

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