Google ‘Perfume Bottle’ and what you’ll get is the complete opposite of what we’re going on about today – you’ll get your Etsy, your wholesaler, your refillable… Google “Iconic Perfume Bottle’, though….. and a Whole New World opens up
And that’s what we’re on about here, today: the Iconics, the Ironics, the Idolized and the Ire-inducing and enough with the “I” already – we’re going to talk about bottles from Perfume Houses that delight, dismay (oh, Lawd, here she goes with the ‘D”!) and almost always define the House.
Let’s start with an Ageless Icon. Chanel is uppermost in my mind – purportedly designed by Mme Coco herself that shape visually defines the House and, for the most part, they’ve stuck to it. I absolutely adore No5 and own many iterations of it – but all pay some sort of homage to that original, iconic, glass bottle (yes, even the black spray EdTs), hefting a bottle of the perfume (vintage and contemporary) never fails to thrill me, in part because, when I release the ground glass stopper, I feel as if I am traversing Perfume History.
By comparison, one of my absolute favorite Houses (vintage), Coty, does not have that same Bottle Identity – amazing scents (and the early Art Nouveau Bakelite tops and embossed labels are things of beauty) but their Historical Icon is difficult for me to pin down. Contemporary? They nailed it (for me) with Elan. Something about that bottle with the circle atop was the epitome of cool – it was 1968, I was 13 yrs old and in love with Jean-Claude Killy (who wasn’t?) and he was at the top of his game at the Winter Olympics. There were several iterations of that top – my PdT has this one. I look at it and I’m 13 again. Maybe.
My first real Bottle Lust came in the form of Lalique’s L’air du Temps for Nina Ricci. I was in my teens when it came into mainstream and couldn’t understand the scent at all – but omgosh! that bottle! Of course, I was in my teens so lost it along the way (alas) but it is a thrilling sight, coming upon a vintage iteration of that classic. Still don’t quite understand the scent, though. I’m slow.
Remember when Gaultier came out with his eponymous ‘corset’ bottle? 1993, according to fragrantica. I couldn’t tell you what it smelled like but I could identify that bottle in my sleep! AND IT CAME IN A CAN! How cool was that!
On a personal note, for all my love of square, cut-glass stopped bottles, I am easily distracted by ribbons, colored cords, dangly things and colors (in the perfume, not the bottle so much). And…if you do an entire LINE like that? I’m yours. Just ask Romeo d’Ameor – just LOOK AT THIS LINEUP!!! Gorgeous (if a bit topheavy) bottles, with those elegant colored cords ALL IN DIFFERENT COLORS…and intriguing names….oh, Romea, you minx.
How do they smell? Who cares! I. Want. Them. All.
and…be blue. Smell like beach. Or not (but I think it helps when you are blue). Have dangly things that you would wear in Mexico – or Brazil. You will own my soul.
Oooh! VC&A’s Feerie is another one, though it looks a bit more emotionally dark. But all the branchydoodles and the BLUE! I would prolly knock that thing over 300 times a week – but who cares! It’s BLUE! With branchydoodle things! What’s not to love? I probably should smell it!
There are so many more – but we’d be here all day the whole purpose of my writing this was to find out what bottle love YOU have! Are you a Square Snob (don’t judge me! lol!) with a Secret Lust for the occasionally Weird and Wild? Color Freaks? Talk to me!