I’m fairly certain that most perfumistas have the “collecting” gene. One look into our cabinets, closets, dressers, etc., would confirm that pretty easily, I think. And I’m guessing that some of us have collections of other things as well. For a few years, I collected teapots of favorite places/icons (Eiffel Tower, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Big Ben, etc.), but those tend to take up quite a bit of room after awhile, so I had to call a halt to it. And I did have a short-lived fling with perfume solids, such as Estee Lauder’s gorgeous collectibles; however, unemployment put the skids on that. But for a long time, way before either of those, I was an avid collector of minis — miniature perfume bottles, that is.
My bottle of choice was the perfectly petite 1/4 ounce size, but once in a while had to make do with the bigger 1/2 ounce. I got out of the habit years ago, but it seems to me that they don’t make minis as often as they used to (and especially not in the world of niche), or perhaps I’m just out of practice and not seeing them because I’m not on the lookout for them.
Here are a few of my favorites:
* the gorgeous blue square bottle of Niki de Saint Phalle topped with the brightly painted, entwined snakes
* the original Halston’s slender, curvy near-teardrop (designed by Elsa Peretti of Tiffany fame)
* the rounded rectangle with the blue fan top of Folies Bergere;
and the original Chloe’s ubiquitous, but still elegant, frosted glass calla lily stopper.
I’m sure I’m missing quite a few lovelies, especially those of the earlier vintage variety. What about you? What are your fave minis? Or what bottle do you wish they made in miniature?
I know you guys are probably tired of hearing about it, but I’m coveting one of that Reem Acra bottle that I wrote about recently on the Posse.
And I would walk across hot coals to get my hands on a beautiful blue mini a la Amouage Interlude Woman or Annick Goutal’s Nuit Etoilee. There is hope with regard to the Amouage as I know they’ve done miniature sets in the past, but not so sure that AG does or has ever done minis; if so, I haven’t ever seen them.