Today, dear Posse folk, I have a bit of a mystery, and I’m hoping that one of you might be able to help. Somewhere along the line, I got this small, cut-glass, cone (or top)-shaped bottle with a red faux gemstone on the cap. The cap has a long metal dabber want attached to it. At first I was thinking Faberge, and here’s why:
I have two other nearly identical bottles, and both are definitely Faberge. One is topped with a blue stone, and the fragrance is Faberge Imperial from back in the mid-‘90s. The second bottle, this one with a green stone, is Faberge’s Princess Grace of Monaco scent from roughly the same time period.
But this red-topped bottle has a scent that is unknown to me. The top notes have gone wonky, but what lies beneath is a warm oriental, somewhat similar to Opium, but with a little something else in the mix, and of course, turned way, way down. My memory of Faberge scents is spotty, but at one time or another, I had smelled most of them, and this one is not ringing even the vaguest of bells. I’ve scoured the Web high and low, trying to find out more about this.
But the more I looked, the more I began to think: What if it’s not from Faberge at all, but from another house? I know next to nothing about how bottles are designed and chosen in the perfume industry, so I suppose it’s possible that Faberge chose the blue and green variations of this particular bottle for their scents and another firm commissioned the red-topped flask for their juice.
What say you? Do you have any gems that you can’t identify? Or if you have solved the mystery regarding one of your bottles, how did you go about it? I must confess, this has definitely piqued my curiosity about what goes into a perfume bottle’s design and packaging. So if any of you are in the know about this process, please do weigh in. Thanks!