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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.

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.

Lost in Translation (2003)

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The first can be seen on a table while John is packing his camera and lenses for work. It’s a tube, so it could contain many different creams. I like thinking it’s the rose day cream, which I’ve used for many years and still love.

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The second appears on Charlotte’s bedside table: it’s a smaller tube, and I’m pretty sure it contains the daily hydrating eye cream.On the same spot there’s another product which looks familiar: it looks like the shea butter tin box by L’Occitane. This may be a long shot, though.

New York Stories: Life Without Zoe (1989)

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Zoe Valdes (Heather McComb) keeps a giant bottle of Chanel no. 5 perfume on her desk.

Bonus read: an overview of the Chanel accessories and costume jewellery seen in the film. In the late 1980s Sofia Coppola wasn’t a director yet, but she worked on this film: she curated the costume and wardrobe department, wrote the screenplay with her father and designed the main titles.