In perfumery, as with books, one would be wise not to judge a book by its cover. But when said "book" is a bottle that may grace the interior of my bedroom for some months, I find myself ruling out classics preliminarily because their atrocious packaging.
Disclaimer: I'm a newbie, just building my collection (meaning I'm currently sticking to samples before I make the commitment to a bigger bottle), and before branching out, literally only ever bought Chanels - Coco, No. 19, a fair proportion of the Les Exclusifs line - loved the scents AND the bottles they came in!
Now that I'm finding scents that I like, I'm faced with the dilemma of polluting the top of my dresser with hideous bottles. The best example I have for this is Shalimar - the modern bottle looks like something a cheap liquor would come in, the classic bottle looks like something you would find in a Parisian brothel. Can't they put it in that beautiful classic bottle that they (sometimes) put L'Heure Bleue and Mitsouko in?
Also, the Poison line. They all look like a cheap children's toys.
And Bond No. 9. I hear tell many of them smell quite good, but dear god, I bet Britney Spears was PISSED when she learned that star design was already taken.
I always relied on telltale signs that would warn me STOP! DO NOT SNIFF! CONTENTS SMELL LIKE A HOOKER'S LOLLIPOP! - such as chrome, the color pink, and glitter. But apparently perfumes like Lolita Lempicka and Nina Ricci actually smell good? I feel like the old adage about how "it was a brave man who first ate an oyster." Who with a discerning palate would, in their right mind, pick up one of those bottles and actually inhale its contents?
Obviously, you can just stash the thing in the closet or a drawer, but out of curiosity, anyone out there been so turned off by the bottle that they spurn an otherwise desirable scent?