I don’t normally post on weekends, but this post was all done and ready to go, and I haven’t posted much lately.
In the wee hours of the night, I stay up with my two-and-a-half month old daughter and try not to do any online shopping. Therefore, I end up doing silly things like dissecting nine different versions of a Middle Eastern cookie recipe to create one über-recipe or compiling long lists of things that probably only I care about.
Recently, I’ve had perfume and handbags on the brain—which makes more sense than you’d think, since so many fashion houses necessarily have their own lines of perfume, as well. What do Narciso Rodriguez, Stella McCartney, and Juicy Couture know about perfume? But everyone from Michael Bublé, David Beckham, Zara, and the Kardashians to Donald Trump, Ferrari, Minions, and 24 (yes, the TV show) has a perfume line, so really, none of it makes sense anymore.
The perfume and handbags combination then got me thinking about the design of perfume bottles, as surely fashion houses would care deeply about their products’ aesthetics. I’ve seen many bottles that are straight-up hideous and others that are sublimely lovely. It’s never really affected my purchasing behavior, as it’s what’s inside the bottle that really counts: I’m not toting my perfume around with me and wearing it around my neck. But still, I like pretty things, and there are some fragrances with bottles I’ve admired but I haven’t gotten around to adding them to my collection for one reason or another. Here are the top 12 perfumes I want just for the bottle (in alphabetical order):
I love everything about this perfume, except for the way it smells. I felt that Florabotanica didn’t smell like very much at all, like a generic, vaguely scented bath product. Everything else about the fragrance—the name, the bottle, the notes (mint, carnation, rose, and vetiver, all of which I enjoy)—is screaming Buy me! so I feel I should probably revisit it. Perhaps—and I hope—my nose was just having an off day.
It’s the world’s most iconic perfume bottle. (See the Andy Warhol painting above.) The fragrance itself isn’t to my taste, however. I’ve tried the eau de toilette—it opens like ginger ale, then sours like a lemon on my skin. Perhaps I’ll try the eau de parfum one day, but I do have and love 2007’s N°5 Eau Première, and that’s probably enough N°5 for me, even though its bottle is not quite the same gorgeous, chunky style.
Diesel always comes out with interesting, love-it-or-hate-it bottles. Loverdose is a stunner, like an edgy older sister to Vera Wang’s pukey-cute Princess fragrances. The bottle won’t stand up properly on a dresser, but I already have Chopard Wish, so that ship has sailed. As for the juice, I don’t especially like Loverdose (too sweet and jammy) but the Tattoo flanker, a creamy floriental, smells much more like something I’d wear. Too bad I still prefer the violet bottle to Loverdose Tattoo’s black.
I’ve had this elegantly-packaged perfume on my wishlist for a very long time, but haven’t bitten the bullet since it’s very pricey and, honestly, smells fairly close to my favorite fragrance, Guerlain L’Heure Bleue. Still, wouldn’t one of these bottles look magnificent on a vanity table?
L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko come in the same style of bottle. I love both scents and have cap-less testers of each in eau de toilette concentration. I’ll eventually pick up the eaux de parfum in these classically beautiful bottles with their upside-down heart caps, but for now I am happy with the EDTs.
Once again, I have Shalimar in EDT formulation in a cap-less tester, and in the older style of bottle, to boot. The newer bottle designed by Jade Jagger was released in 2010, and I think it’s perfection. I won’t be picking up more Shalimar in another tester bottle, that’s for sure.
The 75 mL bottle of this perfume is amazing. Yes, that’s a snail climbing up the side. Reviews don’t sound too great, though—apparently it really doesn’t live up to its name—so I’m not inclined to purchase it. The Extrait de Parfum comes in a gold bottle with a gold snail. (The 30 mL bottle is on clearance at Hudson’s Bay for CA$25, but it sits upright and only has a snail drawn on the front. Lame.)
I adore the original Lolita Lempicka, both the bottle and the fragrance, but never bothered with any of the many flankers. This 2016 release comes in a new, deep purple bottle that I finally don’t think I want to pass up! (The Sweet flanker comes in a lovely red bottle, too.)
I’ve never especially liked any of Marc Jacobs’ fragrance offerings, so it was no real surprise that I swooned over Decadence’s handbag bottle, yet disliked the actual perfume. I’ll probably give the 2015 flanker, Divine Decadence, a try, since it comes in the same style of bottle (with clear glass and a lighter-colored juice, so it’s not quite as attractive as the original), but I’m not going to hold my breath.
I often have a hard time with jasmine scents, which I tend to read as—forgive my indelicacy—poopy. It’d be indolic in perfumista-speak. Jasmine is the only reason I’ve avoided Alien and its fascinating, sci-fi movie bottle. I get strong The Fifth Element vibes from it. (That’s a fantastic movie, by the way, if you’re into sci-fi: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, a fabulous[ly annoying] Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, and Ian Holm in a Luc Besson movie. Oh yes.)
Féerie is quite an insipid, cloying, fruity-flowery-powdery fragrance, which is a shame since it comes in one of the loveliest bottles! (For a sweet violet, I much prefer Fragonard Violette, which is perfectly straightforward and smells like violet candies.) As luxury jewellers, it was only natural that VC&A came out with a perfume bottle that doubles as a jewelry-holder. It’s so pretty that I’m seriously considering buying a bottle, anyway.
This is one helluva sexual perfume—I’d literally never wear it out in public, it’s so skanky. It’s meant for the boudoir! Also, it looks like the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. (Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is actually supposed to look like a grenade, and it is a beautiful bottle, but it doesn’t have that delightful Monty Python aspect to it.)
Which are your favorite perfume bottles?
Are there any you’ve bought mostly because you loved the bottle?