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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.

Romy Schneider’s Dressing Room (1961)

In March 1961 Luchino Visconti directed a French version of the revenge play ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by the English playwright John Ford. Staged at the Théâtre de Paris, Dommage qu’elle soit une p… starred Romy Schneider as the protagonist Annabella and her fiancé Alain Delon as Giovanni.

In these beautiful backstage pictures by Maurice Jarnoux we can take a look at what beauty products the Austrian actress used. In the shot above she was applying Pan Stik compact foundation by Max Factor.

On her dressing table there were many make-up and skincare products, among which a bottle of baby lotion by the French brand Mustela.

When it comes to the perfumes, the first I’ve noticed is a huge houndstooth bottle by Christian Dior, used for several eaux de toilette and eaux de cologne by the French maison, so it’s impossible to tell what fragrance this specific bottle contained. Furthermore, it’s quite surprising to see a Dior fragrance on her dressing table: the perfumes she usually wore were Chanel No. 5, Guerlain L’Heure Bleue [1] and – as explained by Elena ProkofevaTubereuse by Jean-Francois Laporte.

The second bottle is a French classic – Roger & Gallet Jean Marie Farina eau de cologne, first launched in 1806.

The third perfume sighting is not a bottle but a white box with black details. It’s a coffret set by Chanel, usually containing a selection of four parfum extraits.

[1] Several Guerlain bottles appeared in the famous portraits of Romy Schneider taken by photographer Helga Kneidl in 1973 in Paris.

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Topāzu (1992)

There are three interesting products on Ai’s table.

The first from the left is Yves Saint Laurent Paris, the floral powdery fragrance created by Sophia Grojsman and launched in 1983.

The glass bottle with white stopper is Clarins Huile Anti-Eau body treatment oil.

Last, a bottle of Chanel liquid foundation, possibly Teint Naturel.

Thanks to Alessandra for submitting this post.

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

This film has haunted the imagination of cinephiles since its release, thanks to its eerie atmosphere, suspended in the symbolical middle earth of adolescence and tainted by death.

Some of the scenes set in the bedroom of the Lisbon sisters have often piqued the interest of beauty lovers too, fascinated by the many beauty products and perfume bottles featured in them. During all these years I tried to identify some of the bottles from the screencap above, but always failed. Until today.

The bottle on the far left definitely looks like Dana Heaven Sent, created by Loc Dong and launched in 2001. But there’s a problem here, since the film was released two years earlier.

But there’s an explanation! This perfume was originally launched by Helena Rubinstein in 1941, so I believe Sofia Coppola’s prop masters chose a vintage perfume for the shot above. After all, you can see the original and the re-launched fragrances basically have the same bottle.

But there’s more: the spray bottle next to Heaven Sent is Jōvan Musk cologne, first launched in 1972.

Thanks to the invaluable help of Peter (a reader of this blog) for the ids.

American Psycho (2000)

americanpsycho_bornunicorn1Patrick Bateman’s bathroom cabinet is definitely one of the best ever featured in the history of cinema. He’s a psychotic narcissist who spends a great deal of time and money to take care of his physical appearance. No wonder that the selection of perfumes and hair, skin and body products is very refined and luxurious.

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americanpsycho2_bornunicorneauxdecaronpure_bornunicornOn the middle shelf of his cabinet there are Caron Eaux de Caron Pure perfume and Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme perfume. The other products are L’Occitane Spray Coiffant (now discontinued), Phytoplage sun protection oil (old packaging) and  Phyto Men Eau Vigoureuse body splash (now discontinued). The white jar – by L’Occitane – presumably contains a face cream or a mask.

caronpourunhomme_bornunicornOn the bottom shelf there are three Phyto Men products and another perfume – Pour un Homme by Caron.

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ysl_pourhommedeodorant_bornunicornoscardelarentapourlui_bornunicornOn the top shelf there are two deodorants – Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui and Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme. A bottle of Pour Lui eau de toilette can be seen on the far left of the picture.

americanpsycho4_bornunicornysl_pourhommeshowergel_bornunicorn.jpgloccitane_eaudecontadourshowergel_bornunicornWe are also given access to Patrick’s shower, so we can see he uses Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme all-over shower gel and L’Occitane Eau de Contadour body and hair shower gel.

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loccitanemilkshowercream_bornunicornMore L’Occitane products in the shower: there’s a bottle of milk shower cream (old packaging) and two shampoos – Shampooing Eclat and Shampooing Nourissant (now discontinued).

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