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Madame Sousatzka (1988)

There’s a glass bottle of Oil of Olay beauty lotion on a shelf in Jenny’s bathroom.

The green box on the same shelf contains Badedas bath gel, a gift that Jenny (Twiggy) receives from Ronnie.

The bottle on the washbasin is Vaseline Intensive Care lotion.

Thanks to Lee in the comments for the Vaseline id.

Madame Sousatzka (1988)

Some years ago I read on a perfume forum an interesting fact about the scene above, featuring Shirley MacLaine sitting at her vanity: a bottle of Guerlain Mitsouko appeared in it. I had never watched this film before, so I couldn’t tell if the rumour was true. Now I can tell that it’s not!

No Mitsouko in sight but a floral box with rounded edges, containing Madame Rochas by Rochas! Too bad the box doesn’t reveal its content.

I love this choice. The name of the perfume echoes the title of the film; plus the white floral fragrance (created by Guy Robert and launched in 1960) suits the flamboyant yet melancholic protagonist.