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Weird Science (1985)

Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) and Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) are sampling perfumes at L. Magnin.

The refillable atomiser Gary is holding is Eau de Joy by Jean Patou, launched in the 1960s.

Wyatt is holding Cacharel Anais Anais, the romantic white floral scent created in 1978 by Roger Pellegrino, Robert Gonnon, Paul Leger and Raymond Chaillan.

The perfume counter displays other Patou perfumes – Eau de Joy in a splash bottle, 1000 in two sizes and a factice bottle of Joy in a black bottle with coral stopper. 1000, housed in a beautiful jade bottle, is a floral chypre perfume created by Jean Kerleo and launched in 1972. Joy, the “costliest perfume in the world”, was created by Henri Almeras and launched in 1930.

When the camera moves to the other side of the counter, other perfume bottles make their appearance. Right in front of the boys there are two Dior bottles.

The atomiser without stopper contains the eau de cologne version of Miss Dior, created by Paul Vacher and Jean Carles and launched in 1947.

The crystal bottle with brass stopper is kind of confusing: the front label looks white with dove grey details but it looks kind of pink, too. In any case, it’s the travel flacon containing the eau de parfum of Miss Dior (if we assume the front label is white) or Diorissimo (if we think it’s pink).

There’s also Pierre Balmain Ivoire de Balmain, another floral chypre fragrance, was created by Francis Camail and Michel Hy and launched in 1980. The white bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand.

Half hidden in one corner, there’s also Halston, housed in the Elsa Peretti-designed bottle. This creation by Bernard Chant was launched in 1975.

Thanks to Le Petit Civet who first wrote about perfumes in this scene.

Sixteen Candles (1984)


Ginny (Blanche Baker) is a bride-to-be who’s being totally focused on the preparations of her wedding day. She’s unsympathetic with her sister Samantha and is very rude to her. Under this behaviour there’s a lot of unhappiness, in my opinion [1]: she doesn’t really love her fiancé (he’s the only one who’d been in love with her for six months straight) but feels this is the only chance she has to get married.

Some interesting beauty items can be seen on her busy dresser.


The white bottle with blue cap next to the lamp is the suntan lotion QT Quick Tanning by Coppertone.


On the golden tray on the right there’s a bottle of Avon Timeless, a floral chypre perfume released in 1974.


The hot pink bottle is Tickle roll-on deodorant.

[1] Sixteen Candles has never been among my favourite 1980s films, but after recently re-watching it, I’ve realised it’s a deeply disturbing and problematic movie. Here 16 reasons that prove it.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

sixteencandles_bornunicornThere are some make-up products in Randy’s locker. All of them are from Maxi by Max Factor, an affordable beauty line which was on the market from the late 1970s to the 1980s.

Maxi_Max-Factor-Maxi-Quick-And-Clean-Eye_bornunicornThe white tube contains Quick & Clean, an eye make-up remover gel.

maxi_maxfactor_nailpolish_bornunicornThere are two bottles of nail polish, one red and one dusty rose.

maxi_maxfactor_liquidfoundation_bornunicornThe bottle with the white stopper contains the liquid foundation Maxi-Fresh, which promised to stay “fresh for 8 hours”.