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Cruel Summer S01E02 (A Smashing Good Time)

When Kate (Olivia Holt) and Jamie (Froy Gutierrez) reunite, he finds her in her bathroom, wearing her favourite sweater and taking a bath.

The pink bottle behind Kate is Skintimate Skin Therapy dry-skin shaving gel.

One of the bottles behind Jamie is White Rain extra-body hair conditioner.

Thanks to my friend Jennifer for the ids.

Cruel Summer S01E02 (A Smashing Good Time)

In the opening scene of the episode, set in 1993, Kate (Olivia Holt) is sitting at her dressing table: she’s getting ready to hit the gym and is putting on some lipgloss. In front of her there’s a classic drugstore beauty product and an unexpected perfume.

The classic is a jar of Pond’s dry skin cream.

The unexpected bottle is Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars, an amber floral fragrance by Sofia Grojsman launched in 1994. There’s a chronological problem here, because the perfume was launched one year after the events narrated in this section of the episode.

It’s an all-around unusual choice: Kate, the most popular girl in town, wearing a perfume that isn’t exactly mainstream (=recognizable) could be interpreted in different ways. For example, even if she’s popular, she’s not like all the other girls: she’s rich, so she can afford a niche-y French perfume.

The episode moves to 1994: Kate is sitting at her dressing table again and the blue bottle is still there, along with a pink-cap bottle.

This is a fragrance which deeply contrasts the presence of the Lagerfeld perfume because it’s an American drugstore classic – Dana Love’s Baby Soft, created by Ron Winnegrad and launched in 1974. These contrasting choices could indicate an eclectic taste or the desire to experiment with different products.

Cruel Summer S01E01 (Happy Birthday, Jeanette Turner)

It would be interesting to know how a flacon montre of Guerlain Shalimar eau de cologne ended up on the dressing table of Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), a nerdy girl who dreams of becoming popular.

The TV show is set in 1993/1995, years in which the classic Guerlain fragrance was not exactly on the wishlist of American teenage girls. Did the prop masters choose it for purely aesthetic reasons? I wouldn’t blame them, but it still feels weird. The flacon montre shown here is the original version with ground glass stopper, dating back to 1936. It’s a vintage piece which Jeanette maybe bought at a flea market: if this were the reason behind it, it would totally make sense. Too bad the bottle is not given a backstory in the show.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.