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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.

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.