Columns Addicted: The Ones I Bought Because of the Bottles

Addicted: The Ones I Bought Because of the Bottles

09/14/16 22:08:36 (59 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Although we regularly focus on the aroma of a fragrance - after all, it is the juice we wear and that accompanies us throughout experiences - I know that so many of us are drawn to a scent's design and packaging. Color, shape and texture all play a vital role in creating the visual concept of a fragrance, an otherwise invisible, intangible phenomenon. And I'm the first to admit that sometimes it is a bottle that initially catches my attention. In fact, there was a time that every shelf, vanity and side table in my home was graced with a favorite bottle and the bathroom shelves looked like a perfume shop!

Marlen's bathroom in Osaka
Marlen's bathroom in Osaka, ca 2005

Even though I no longer display my fragrances on shelves or dressers but for two or three on my bathroom vanity (due to my current living situation and desire to protect my fragrances from light and heat), I am still a sucker for an intriguing bottle, nonetheless. So without further ado, I present 7 bottles, in no particular order, that screamed out to me for attention, so much so that the aroma was secondary to the bottles as objets d'art. 

It is a rare event that a brand will announce the designer of a bottle and sadly I have no idea about the brains behind many of my favorite bottles. So here's a call for more brands to disclose, no not just disclose, but to celebrate the bottle creators in addition to the noses!

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Fendi Asja

Fendi AsjaImage by Victor Wong

Fendi's Asja is one of my most favorite bottles and one whose scent my fledgling nose didn't care much about because my eyes were so smitten. The black and gold striped hemispheres with gold and red lettering arrived in two different shapes for the various sizes of the bottles. Even the similarly-themed red, black and gold packaging was attractive. The overall design is inspired by art deco and Asian decor, playing off traditional lacquerware colors and motifs. 

This is a scent that I proudly sat on my vanity, dresser and bathroom shelves. Its opaque plastic protected the juice inside, a streamlined oriental created by Jean Guichard (CK Obsession for Women) in the vein of YSL Opium and Chanel Coco, but launched in 1992 about ten years too late. Still, I greatly enjoyed the aroma although I prefer my Coco EDP these days. This was a bottle that looked less like a bottle and more like an antique accessory.

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Halston
Man/Woman Amber

Halston Woman Man Amber

Originally designed in 1975 by Italian model turned designer Elsa Peretti, the Halston bottles have become classic icons of American perfumery. While the original women's bottle never moved me, visually, the translucent brown and green-grey glass of the men's Z and I fragrances with their pinched torsos and cabachon-like cap are masterworks of sophisticated simplicity. 

When I first spied the newer Man/Woman and Man/Woman Amber scents, I thought they were stunning and reminded me of a Koons sculpture. Because I so enjoy Z-14 and I-12, and because these newer Halston scents can be found online so inexpensively, I splurged and bought all 4 of the silver- and gold-covered bottles for about $50 USD total. I was surprised to find that I absolutely love the new Halston Woman and Woman Amber as well as Man Amber. The newer Halston Man left me a bit cold. I do keep a couple of these on my vanity in my bathroom because they are so striking. These were a case of buying bottles because they looked good and falling for the fragrances inside.

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Pasha de Cartier

Pasha

It was Cartier's 1992 Pasha bottle that first caught my eye as a teen infatuated with scent. However, due to the caraway and oakmoss in Cavallier's composition, the aroma has always left me cold. As such, I never bothered buying a bottle. However, as prices have dropped on this scent at online auction sites, I recently decided that I would give the entire experience a second chance. 

When my bottle arrived, I took one sniff and immediately found that my nose has made no progress being a Pasha fan. However, that bottle. Wow. With the black cabachon gem set into the silver striated cap perched above a gold ringed and frosted glass striated bottle, this has to be one of the most attractive men's fragrance designs of the 20th century.

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Boucheron Jaïpur Homme
Jaipur Homme EDP
Another bottle that I find equally striking and similar in many ways to the Pasha bottle is Boucheron's 1998 Jaïpur Homme Eau de Parfum in the refillable case. Another silver, gold glass and cabachon design, I purchased a set of travel-sized Boucheron scents just for the bottles; this is my favorite! Sadly, I've never been a fan of the creative and popular carnation-tinged oriental juice inside.

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Chapeau Bleu
 
Chapeau Bleu
 
Being a HUGE fan of Picasso, this arguably tacky bottle of Chapeau Bleu (1994) from Pablo's granddaughter, Marina, somehow enchanted me. Though the lower half of the bottle is simple cobalt blue glass, the top half is a 3-D sculpture of the famous painting, molded in some kind of plastic or resin. I saw it on a discounter's shelves back in the late 90s at a deep discount and was excited to display it in my living room - who would know it was a perfume bottle!?! Even better, the fragrance is actually quite good, a fruity, woody, musky aroma very typical of 90's complex florals.

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Tom Ford Tuscan LeatherTom Ford Tuscan Leather

Ok, I know you're thinking, "You bought this for the BOTTLE?" Let me explain... Empty bottles of many fragrances can be easily purchased on everyone's favorite auction site. In my last apartment my bathroom colors were red, black and beige. I had some beautiful, red Venetian glass bottles on the vanity and this little beauty accompanied them. There is something so attractive in the simplicity of these bottles - black rectangular glass with circular stopper, gold cord and gold name plate. I wish I could afford what's inside but I happily opted for an empty bottle instead.

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Guerlain's Gilded Bee Bottle

Guerlain gold bee bottle

Once upon a time I went to visit a friend who worked at the Guerlain boutique at a certain New York City department store. I was curious to see the new re-edition of the traditional Guerlain bee bottles hand-gilded in fine gold. Just unpacked and displayed the morning of my arrival, I was warmly greeted with an enthusiastic, "You're not going to believe this, but Guerlain accidentally sent us Shalimar pure perfume, but priced and boxed as an Eau de Parfum...in the bee bottle no less. You simply have to buy it before anyone catches on!" I'm fairly certain I cried out in disbelief...

And that's how I got my gilded bee bottle. I had lusted after it for years and never imagined I would actually own one. It was a total bargain that I bought for three reasons: 1) the scent; my mom is a Shalimar devotee; 2) the bottle; I just had to have it so I decanted the fragrance for Mom and kept the bottle for myself; 3) the price; I couldn't not buyt it!

Originally created in 1853 for Her Majesty Empress Eugénie of France and filled with Eau de Cologne Impériale, the bottle has been offered with numerous classic Guerlain fragrances in recent years, both with and without the gilding. Sadly, I sold it during a recent move and am now without my precious bottle. Ah well, I know it found a good home!

Author's correction: Elsa Peretti was incorrectly noted as being Spanish.

Which fragrance bottles have most
compelled you to purchase? 

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Managing Editor & Columnist

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as PlayboyMen’s JournalMen’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to BeautyAlmanac.com and works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting www.MarlenHarrison.com.

 

MEH
 



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doxology
doxology

I only did it once, for Baccarat's Les Larmes Sacrées de Thèbes. I can honestly say that my main motivation was the perfume, which was becoming rapidly extinct, but it was the bottle that pushed me over the precipice: I told myself that when the perfume's gone, I could sell it as a collectors item of Baccarat glass and I always listen to myself :-). I have seen them for sale as such, so I was not entirely delusional.

As an object of art, the bottle has merits, with the amazing pyramidal design and the gold and purple crystal and such. But it's a fingerprint magnet. Came in at least 3 layers of designer boxes. As a perfume bottle it's not exactly user-friendly - large and unusually heavy and requires very careful handling. The ratio of crystal to perfume is, regrettably, what you'd expect from a crystal producer. Definitely not one for the handbag. It's a dipper, not a sprayer and it's impossible to tell how much perfume is left. Astonishing fragrance, of course - nothing really comes close to it.

Jan
01
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fubar1963
fubar1963

Feerie by Van Cleef and Arpels, don't like the scent. Opulent Shaik Classic No 33, love the scent. L`Or de Torrente, like, (almost love), the scent. Freak Illamasqua, like the scent. Skiron S4P, love the scent. Shatha Al Oudh Rasasi, like the scent. Midnight Promise Bellegance, love the scent. GiuliettaRomeo, more for the case the duo of perfumes comes in, but like Romeo's scent, but I don't care for Giulietta's scent. Dubai Indigo Bond No 9, love the scent.

Dec
31
2016
sweetsmellingmama
sweetsmellingmama

Dolly Girl by Anna Sui is quite cute.

Sep
22
2016
lulu169
lulu169

oh I forgot - the Color of the bottles/Juices inside is an important factor to me too. sometimes I love to collect golden bottles, sometimes White, then black, red,....etc. I love plying with Colors and shapes because Colors influence my mind so sometimes I like looking at red, sometimes rainbow Colors, in Spring green & blue, Christmas time I expose only golden bottles....I mean I own over 360 perfumes, I can ply with them and can expose only a small part of my collection on my shelfs, so I love to change it time to time

Sep
22
2016
lulu169
lulu169

I love perfume bottles as much as I live the Content, they are both same important to me. I Need a perfume had an "Image" - a unique bottle, a Name, an Ad. thats why I would never buy Niche or something which Comes in SAME boring bottle without design. I also love that many designer houses have theit own signature styles of perfume bottles - like Nina Riccis Art Deco or - on the contrary - Calvin Klein clean modern puristic shapes, or rectangel classsics of Guccis and D&G or Prada, I love the clean, cold, modern design of DKNY apples as much as I love the completely opposite apples by Nina Ricci or Lolita Lempicka. I enjoy the variety of styles. I rather disliek the mostly cheap design of Celebrity Fragrances though (Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Britney, Justin Bieber, One Direction,..) with some exceptions like Fame by Gaga (the 100ml bottle with metalic cap) or Pure Honey or Pure Reflection by Kim Kardashians
sometimes I love the design so much that I even buy it in all availablöe sizes and enjoy it on my shelf like "Babushka" toy....well, only if I love the perfume itself as well, so I know, I will use it up in all sizes ;)

Sep
22
2016
Eats Paste
Eats Paste

I can't recall buying a scent only for the bottle or primarily to get the bottle, with one exception.

If I have found a scent I want to own, well, often that scent is available in more than one size. And often the bottles look slightly different depending on what size they are. Take your...oh, I don't know, Britney Spears Fantasy. I think that juice comes in at least four sizes. But the bottle looks exactly the same, it is just tiny or larger.

On the other hand, take your Marc Jacobs line. Most of them differ according to how big the bottle is. 'Honey' has more or fewer 'bees' clinging to the bottle, the cap is a different proportion to the flacon, etc depending on which size you bought.

I will say, if it was a scent I was going to buy anyway, I OFTEN (as in every time) refuse to buy until I get the bottle I think is most attractive, even if I know it means I'll have to buy more often because I like the look of the small bottle and I'll therefore be using it faster, OR knowing that I won't make it through the juice till 2032 but dammit, the big bottle was the best-proportioned, cutest one.

I guess I 'should' get over the bottle, but I mean, I've got to stare at it till it's done, whether I'm staring at it on my dresser or staring at it on its storage shelf. I'm actively trying to not have things around me at home that don't please me eye.Perfume is not a necessity like plumbing pipes, so I can be choosy.

Sep
20
2016
romansandals
romansandals

valentino uomo: got it for the bottle, but kept it for the smell. Gorgeous!

Sep
20
2016
LadyPilot
LadyPilot

I'm not sure I have... Maybe... But I definitely will:D
I love the purple bottle of Alien and although Iris by Yodeyma is a sufficient dupe for me (not a perfect one but fine with me) but I'm missing out on the bottle!:( So one day I'll get myself Alien just for the sake of the bottle... Ok, 90% for the sake of the bottle, 10% for the elaborate headnotes:P But headnotes go away so quickly that I'd survive;) I won't survive without the bottle though!

Sep
20
2016
mkpunk
mkpunk

Men's fragrances I find typically are the same four or so bottles, or they are tacky looking Paco Rabanne bottles or Ed Hardy style and look weird at first use. They are square with a trapezoid base, a rounded bottle, a rectangle or look similar Cool Water. I think only Ed Hardy or Cuba Paris I get for the design honestly.

Sep
20
2016
Lubaska
Lubaska

There is only one bottle I would like to own... L`Air du Temps by Starck.

Sep
20
2016
Miss Givenchy
Miss Givenchy

I've long thought that the most beautiful bottles of all time were: L'Air du Temps, the Dior with the gold bouquet on top, and the quintessential perfume bottle, the original Shalimar. I collect Lolita Lempicka apple bottles and Escada Summer Limited Editions. I really like Hugo Boss Woman's juice but will not buy it because the bottle is so boring. Recently bought Maui Fantasy (blind buy) for my trip there, and the bottle is much nicer than in the photos. Was afraid of the coconut in the juice but the whole composition smells just like Maui!

Sep
18
2016
bronni666
bronni666

i bought vivienne westwood sin garden purely for the heavy glass bottle bottom and the wonderful lid. i dont like the fragrance at all though. i also dont have any of my perfumes on show. they are all in the same dark place so i guess sin garden is a bottle purely for me.

Sep
18
2016
Aafridi
Aafridi

Yes, bottle design, shape & color also draw attention but the priority is the content & its smell.
I have some beautiful bottles from Ajmal, ASQ, Asgharali and Guerlain. The April Aromatics bottle are simple but very impressive. The bottles from perfume houses like JoAnne BAssett, Agonist, The House of Oud, House Of Sillage, Viktoria Minya, The Vagabond Prince, Nabucco, Signature Fragrances, Royal Crown, The Merchant of Venice and O'Driu are awesome.

Sep
18
2016
paganpurge
paganpurge

I have actually bought many perfumes for their bottles. If I happen to like the scent than that is a plus.
Most of them were bargain binned or clearance. I figure it is similar to people buying porcelain doll collections (or any other decorative pieces).
Usually, the only reason I will keep a boring bottle is if I really love the scent...so complete opposite of a die hard scent aficionado lol.

Sep
17
2016
felicite34
felicite34

Yes. I bought elizabeth arden Mediterranean because of the bright blue bottle and iridescent package. Turns out i like it very much. Though it doesnt remind me of anything Mediterranean.

Sep
17
2016
anessa
anessa

Although pretty designs surely give a nice finishing touch overall, I also am too practical and for instance would prefer see-through bottles to opaque ones, just for the perceived feeling of "I can see what's in there (and how much)". I also prefer clear~light coloured fluids or those that have gained colour by age, over those which seem "artificially" coloured (like black, blue, green, red etc.) even though they look pretty and might not contain more colourants than paler fluids.
Beautiful bottles are certainly a great plus as presents.
I'm still admiring the bathroom cabinet photo, it looks impressive, but then I can imagine how the humid climate in West Japan must've been a concern to you, Marlen.
ETA: And no, I didn't keep the beautiful Lempicka bottle because I didn't agree with the scent - but when I first saw them on Fragrantica, I must say the inner "childish" me had larger growing eyes (must have must have!) I agree that the designer of the bottles should get more credit, perhaps they will, like the nose behind the perfumes have become to receive more credit in the past years?

Sep
17
2016
corkscrewcurly
corkscrewcurly

Fascinating article, thank you... But I have never bought a fragrance because of the bottle; all my fragrances are hidden in dark cupboards to protect their contents in any case, so their appearance is irrelevant - although impractical design irritates me!

Sep
16
2016
raw umber
raw umber

I never bought a perfume because of the bottle, but I have purchased scents because of the concept behind them which is a similar mode of romanticizing something other than the scent itself.

One bottle I have always wanted to own in spite of the liquid inside is Katy Perry Killer Queen. It looks just like a pomegranate kernel.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I just want to share that I wore Teint de Neige all day and then without washing it off, I applied Tauer's Lonestar Memories and some Blueberry Dark Chocolate lip balm from Burts Bees. I now smell like a singed blueberry shortcake doll discovered in the aftermath of Herzog's Lessons in Darkness.

Sep
16
2016
Itchy&Scratchy
Itchy&Scratchy

I have to admit it...i would ve never reached for a kitchy bottle! To my aesthetics the visual factor is as important as the juice itself! Although never say never in life. Right?

Sep
16
2016
rickyrebarco
rickyrebarco

I would not buy a bad perfume just to get a lovely bottle, but for a good perfume, a really beautiful bottle often pushes me over the edge into a 'buy' sooner than I would have if the fragrance had been in a mediocre bottle. Example:
Viktoria Minya Hedonist Iris, stunning perfume in an even more stunning bottle! Similarly, Guerlains Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin is a love of mine but I bought it sooner than I had originally thought due to the lure of the lovely bottle and pink juice...

Sep
16
2016
Sanskilainen
Sanskilainen

I am sooo bored with the square, plain bottle design of many fine houses. But when bottles are wonderful it is such a shame they have to live in a dark cupboard and never get to show off.
These ones have bottles I enjoy greatly, both for the fume and the package:

*Rochas/Tocade
Playful bottle reminiscent of Memphis furniture. A lovely smoky rose scent inside. Winwin!

*Donna Karan/signature
The Klingon bottle contains a beautiful scent that can be scary to start with. But oh the dry down.... The bottle is not easy to use. No wonder it got discontinued.

*Dolce&Gabbana/By Woman
The brutal leopard bottle is not for the faint of heart. It did stand out from the crowd, though. In a good way. Luckily the insides were golden as well.

*Fendi/Asja
The bottle named in article is without doubt one of the most beautiful. I long to own it. I only have a mini, all black, not as attractive. But lovely spicy 80's style of scent.

*Guy Laroche/Clandestine
Check it out ! Whoah! And the scent... Oh my! The advertising campaign for Clandestine was perfect. Oh I long for the 80's!

Sep
16
2016
Freedomlover
Freedomlover

Very interesting article.

My favourite bottle

Vintage Yves saint laurent M7

All Amber bottle.

The fragrance is stunning also

Sep
16
2016
paneradfisk
paneradfisk

Bon Bon has a beautiful bottle but I don't care for the scent, so I bought an empty bottle as well. Damn all these beautiful bottles!

Sep
16
2016
cherlynnie
cherlynnie

I am guilty as charged. But the bottle is something i could keep forever in my glass display cabinet.

Sep
16
2016
TexasNoelle
TexasNoelle

Thank you Dr. Marlen for the article, and for the images of the very original and artistic bottles. It is good to be reminded of how much effort goes into the bottle design, as well as the fragrances.

Function is more important than appearance for me. That said, the panther head bottle design for Lancôme's La Panthere was a factor, once I'd tested the fragrance and found that I liked it enough to purchase a bottle. The bottle is functional, too! I wonder why more artistically pleasing perfume bottles aren't designed with opaque glass, to facilitate open storage in the light.

Sep
16
2016
wildcardgal
wildcardgal

Many years ago I was lucky enough to find an empty bottle of Shalimar in its original box in a second-hand shop. I opened the bottle and was enchanted by the ghost of the fragrance it had contained. I paid a dollar for it and every time I've gotten Shalimar since then, it's gone into that lovely bottle.

Sep
16
2016
400blows
400blows

Though I could never buy a perfume solely for its bottle, I also could never enjoy one whose bottle looked to me ugly.
Perfumes whose bottles caught my eye and are loved:
Alexander McQueen Kingdom
Salvador Dali Laguna
Balmain Ambre Gris
Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey
Kenzo Kashaya
Boucheron Jaipur for women
Boucheron Boucheron
Kenzo Kenzo
Kenzo Parfum d'Ete
Guerlain Vol de Nuit

Sep
16
2016
rhaineclayton
rhaineclayton

To quote Marilyn Monroe's character in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes "You don't marry a girl just because she's beautiful, but my goodness, doesn't it help?"
That's my view on buying perfume - I have done the odd blind buy for a bottle but I still take the notes into consideration.
Marina Picasso's one was a success. As was YSL Baby Doll, Lolita Lempicka L, Salvador Dali's Laguna, Bellissima Acqua di Primavera, Roberto Cavalli Acqua and JLo Glowing (the light up bottle).
Less successful - Aqua Oriens by Van Cleef and Arpels, Alexander McQueen's Kingdom (although, I used to like it), JLo's Deseo and the purple Pleats Please.
Ultimately, as much as I might like a bottle it still ends up in the recycling. I don't really have the room for collecting.
I have kept the Blumarine Belissima ones though - they'd be great for a reed diffuser.

Sep
16
2016
sweaterfreak
sweaterfreak

Wow, really the story of my life (the buying for packaging, not the fabulous Guerlain Bee score story!)! Now it is just trying to manage space to store them, let alone find where I have ultimately put them. Thank God for Fragrantica's virtual shelf, or I really would not know what I owned. I love your recent new found love for most things Halston, and yes, I have the Marina craziness, and wouldn't part with it!

Sep
15
2016
clrieger
clrieger

Like others, I have been intrigued to try a fragrance based on the bottle. Of my fortunate purchases showing bottle beauty, the tops include L'Air du Temps EDP, Miu Miu, L'Heure Bleu, Angel Muse, Angel EDT, Daisy Dream Blush, Shalimar, Alien, Balenciaga Paris, Balenciaga L'Essence, Clarins Eau Dynamisante 25th Anniversary Edition, Lanvin Arpege black bottle...

Sep
15
2016
lemonzest
lemonzest

Part of a bottle's appeal is proportion. Chunky bottles with tiny sprayers annoy me because they seem destined to be destroyed (Lalique Le Parfum). The weight of such bottles requires a larger sprayer. Chunky bottles that are hard to spray also bother me, but if I like a scent I put up with it.

Tocca bottles are beautiful.

Guess it's the practical, boring side of me, but I most of all appreciate bottles that are unbreakable. Rive Gauche (YSL) and Swiss Army Unlimited Snowflower (Victorinox) would be my two favorites.

Sep
15
2016
lowlyworm
lowlyworm

I bought a bottle of Katy Perry Meow! just for the pastel pink kitty bottle, and I'm not sorry.

Sep
15
2016
cincobayou
cincobayou

Super article and topic...and Yes, I have. FLORABOTANICA by Balenciaga.
The new Dior MISS DIOR Eau de Parfum.

Sep
15
2016
Calvini
Calvini

I'm sure I've been tempted to buy (or at least wanted to like) fragrances based on the bottle numerous times, but I could never do it because the scent is too important for me.. My current obsession is Eric Buterbaugh's crystal bottles--smooth round top with heavy rectangular base; they're high quality, elegant, minimalistic, and timeless (similar to Serge's bell jars).
But if I have thousands of dollars to waste I'd get me an Agonist or Lalique ;)

I agree with the comment below, Bond 9 just doesn't do it for me.. I'd have to REALLY like the scent to even consider. (Their Dubai collection isn't bad though, just too expensive.)
And contrary to popular opinion, I actually find Tom Ford's bottles boring and cheap looking, but at least it's not generic

Sep
15
2016
dorothea333
dorothea333

He he _ I love bottles - I really like Gracious Tuberose by Gucci, Feerien by Van Cleef and Arpels, Violette by Fragonard and Jaïpur Bracelet by Booucheron.
Also Omnia Green Jade and Omnia Crystalline by Bvlgari are some of my most treasured bottles.

But there are so many really beautiful bottles out there, and they are often what makes me interested in buying a perfume, or at least start to read about it and ordering samples :-)

Bottles from LALIQUE are often completely gorgeous both the modern and the antique. Do have a look :-)

I completely agree that the designers should be celebrated

Smellagent@ the bottles from House of Sillage are pretty amazing :-)

Sep
15
2016
smellagent
smellagent

Well I mostly go for scents but I have been seduced by the bottle before and bought blindly. Tiara by House of Sillage made me buy a sample with its jeweled cupcake shape bottle. I loved the scent so it was easy to buy. I bought Moschino Fresh Couture for the bottle. Not crazy about the citrusy perfume.

Sep
15
2016
emt1986
emt1986

Buying empties for bathroom decoration is a great idea, I might have to take a look on the Bay...

Sep
15
2016
cherryglass
cherryglass

As always, thank you for your article! And thank you for bringing to my attention the "empties" of Tom Ford. This is brilliant I just might go down that route as they are very well designed, indeed, and can be left "in the open".

It is interesting how differently we approach the subject of what makes a "good" bottle. I've seen Kenzo Amour bottle described as ugly, while I think Karim Rashid has created a masterpiece. (It just happens to be one of my favourite fragrances.) To me, his interpretation of Hugo's bottle is also extremely successful.

I have not yet bought any perfume because of the bottle, even though I wanted to and should have. Alexander McQueen Kingdom is a regret. At the time I could not appreciate its complexity, but what a mistake on my part.

What I would buy purely for the design without even testing is Armani's Bois d'Encens or Nouance, Jil Sander's Stylessence and Donna Karen's Black Cashmere in a shiny black pebble.

Sep
15
2016
akawanis
akawanis

Agreed with many of the excellent comments here. :-) Such an enjoyable read!

- More so than *bottle shape*, it's the *juice color*. If it's Light Green, it'll be the first one I'd test out in a frag line up. Dark yellow doesn't stand out for me.. and the juice needs to be phenomenal for me to want that on my bathroom counter.

- While I won't "buy for just the bottle, while disliking the scent"; the converse is more telling. I "won't buy a scent that I like, if I hated the packaging." If the Packaging, Fragrance Name, and Brand don't *project the image I am trying to portray*, then it's a No go. Even if it smells like a million bucks.

Ex: To be fair, I'm sure there are some very nice Bond #9 fragrances. But the flacon doesn't do it for me, and I wouldn't want that in my home.

Sep
15
2016
TillyWave
TillyWave

This is not something I have ever done, but if I had the funds to do it, I probably would:)

Sep
15
2016
geekgoddess
geekgoddess

I've never bought a perfume because of a bottle, but I have tested perfumes that I usually wouldn't otherwise be interested in just because I like the bottle so much that I cross my fingers and hope the juice is good too.

The original juicy couture bottle was so cute that a I had to try it and surprised myself by liking it. On the other hand, I wanted to love TM Womanity because of the freaky bottle, but just can't stand the stuff.

Sep
15
2016
abdul hammad
abdul hammad

Magnificent bottles for sure Dr. Marlen.

For me the bottle of Amouage Journey Man has to be the most exquisite thing in perfumery.

Sep
15
2016
marios4
marios4

I never buyed a parfum for the bottle, because i wear the juice, non the bottle.
However for the bottles i' would buy the first feminine scent by Romeo Gigli, gorgeous bottle, also Coco Noir; i like very much the old bottles of Diptyque, but non the one similar to luten's bottles, slim and tall, but the squared ones; i like also the Bottega Veneta bottles, and i own Extreme for him; gorgeous the bottle of Bel Ami by Hermes, i adore it, the shaker and the brown bottle.

Sep
15
2016
BelleofRivendell
BelleofRivendell

Great article again, Mr. Marlen. Check out Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie bottles. The EDP, EDT, and various other flankers... They are incredibly beautiful. I did buy the Feerie EDP for the juice but the "objet d'art" bottle was a huge bonus. If you like violets tinged with berries, you would love wearing it too. I highly recommend it and will send you a sample of it if you contact me. I owe you one after the gorgeous AG Rose Pompon you'd sent me. :) Let me know.

Sep
15
2016
KaseyC
KaseyC

pretty bottle is a bonus. and of course, the scent always comes first.

Sep
15
2016
nanette.tredoux
nanette.tredoux

Just today I fell for Taylor Swift's Wonderstruck. The bottle was most of the attraction but I really like the juice too.

Sep
15
2016
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

"I don't blame you Dr. for that, but personally i will NEVER buy a fragrance because of the bottle shape"

Ditto. Scent is all important for me.

Sep
15
2016
Furriner
Furriner

I bought Encre Noire edp in that Lalique crystal inkwell bottle.
Maubassin Histoire d'Eau --- which I hated and gave away.
Shiseido Tactics
Rochas Tocade

Sep
15
2016
nexangelus
nexangelus

The only time I bought a perfume for the bottle, was a vintage 1960s Shalimar EDC in the clock face/stop watch bottle with the pointed lid. I did not keep the bottle, but sold it onto a collector. It also came in its original box. I decanted and kept the juice in a normal glass spray bottle with printed label. The juice is long gone...it was good stuff! I am mostly interested in the perfume. The bottles do look beautiful displayed on a shelf or dresser, though, so aesthetics do matter in that regard. I love that bathroom display Marlen!

Sep
15
2016
Arlene-Beatrix
Arlene-Beatrix

Buy for a bottle. I did it so many times. LOL
Then I wasn't satisfied with a scent itself...
Now I don't buy for a bottle. I'm not a collector.
I agree that some bottles are absolutely wonderful pieces of art. Yes, pieces of art. There should be a museum of perfume bottles. However, juice inside should be protected from discoloration by some chemical agent. The smell would not be important. Only the looks :)

Sep
15
2016
mara_g
mara_g

I'm also one that never buys a perfume only for the bottle, but if I love a perfume and like it's bottle then it's always a plus. Guerlain's gilded Bee bottle is possibly my favorite and I would love to add one to my collection (and yeah, that one will not sit in the drawers..) especially since I love their perfumes. I usualy like simple shapes, so from my collection my favorite bottles are the ones from Yves Rocher Secrets D'essences , Prada Amber, L'eau Ambree (the 50 ml looks best), Chanel Coco and No 5 and L'eau des Merveilles.

Sep
15
2016
Fablab
Fablab

I blind bought Valentino Uomo because I loved the bottle, unfortunately I cannot stand the fragrance.

Sep
15
2016
Q80
Q80

I don't blame you Dr. for that, but personally i will NEVER buy a fragrance because of the bottle shape :D

@Mona-Jo
I envy you for such addiction, i just don't feel well buying more than 1 fragrance from the same brand although i always urge to smell the whole line of a fragrance that i sniff ;)

Sep
15
2016
guest_
guest_

For me, they are: TF Noir de Noir, Tiziana Terenzi's Gold Rose Oudh, Laudano Nero and Ursa. I so much love the cubical and cylindrical flacons!

Sep
15
2016
Jyrhara
Jyrhara

I have four Guerlain vintages, and I was careful when buying that none of them was in the same type of bottle. But still, I bought them for the juice. The one bottle that sits in my memory archive without having been smelled is Blamage by Nasomatto. If someone was selling an empty bottle I would buy it right away, but the full one is too expensive for a blind buy... :-(

Sep
15
2016
aeriol.chapito
aeriol.chapito

Ah, Endymion Concentre by Penhaligon and Baba Yaga by Suleko are on my wish list ONLY because of the bottle...but I am still hesitant, waiting to test them...the scent better be good -wearable is good enough haha- I WANT those bottles !

Sep
15
2016
StellaDiverFlynn
StellaDiverFlynn

I usually avoid buying purely for the bottle, but I succumbed to Illamasqua Freak during a sale. The tiny snale climbing up to the bottle is so cute! :D

Sep
15
2016
marios4
marios4

dear Marlen Eliot, i read all of your reviews, about bargain scents, gender scent, etc, and i'm very pleased of your really interesting observations; only a correction abot this interesting article, Elsa Peretti, very close friend and a Halston's muse, and the designer of the iconic first female scent and designer for Tiffany is italian, not spanish.

Sep
15
2016
Mona-Jo
Mona-Jo

My addiction isn't so much individual bottles. I like to have more than one of the same type of bottle from a perfume line.

Sep
14
2016

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