This Rare Snap of Andy Warhol’s Medicine Cabinet is a Skin Care Junkie’s Dream
If peeking into a celebrity’s medicine cabinet is your thing, you’re going to really get your jollies with this throwback shot posted by AnOther Magazine (and regrammed to skin care addicts like us by beauty guru Caroline Hirons) that gives an inside look into Andy Warhol’s favorite grooming products. The 1987 photograph—captured after his death by photographer David Gramble—shows a variety of the iconic pop artist’s personal picks with a collection that rivals today’s beauty obsessed #shelfies.
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The packed shelves include some classics you’d expect to find in an 80s-beautifying arsenal, many of which are still standout stars today. For skin care, Clinique’s 7-Day Scrub Cream and Sub Skin Cream made the cut. Interface Herbal Rub Scrub, Cetaphil Lotion Cleanser, Vaseline, Noxzema Antiseptic Skin Cleansing Pads and Xerac BP 10 (benzoyl peroxide to treat acne) also make an appearance. Looking at all of the options, we can only guess at what Warhol’s skin care routine would look like today in our post K-Beauty 10-step climate.
From aloe vera tanning lotions (can you image the Factory visionary slathering on the SPF?) to hair removal cream and designer fragrances (like Chanel, Guerlain and Halston), Warhol had a treasure trove of recognizable bath and body works at his fingertips. 70s and 80s hair removal staple Neet Lotion is present as well as Vitabath Spring Green Shower Gel, Lubriderm Lubath Bath & Shower Gel, AloSun Fashion Tan (with an SPF of 2!) and a collection of the beloved flavored Bonne Bell Lip Smackers are just a few of the easily recognizable products.
Known for his trademark wig, Warhol, who suffered from alopecia areata, also kept an assortment of the day’s best hair care products. “I am a deeply superficial person,” he once said. “If you wear a wig, everybody notices. But if you then dye the wig, people notice the dye.” With bottles of Vidal Sassoon Shampoo, Pantene for Him, Exsel Selenium Sulfide scalp lotion and Framesi Styling Gel in Gelly, one can only wonder at his process for keeping the silver-grey coif in place.
We might never know just how beauty obsessed the artist was with his own habits, but with just one voyaristic look inside his personal stash you can ascertain that like many of us today, he most likely elevated his grooming routine to an art form.