Love the scent, hate the bottle

    Love the scent, hate the bottle

    post #1 of 27
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    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?

    post #2 of 27
    This is how I feel about the Mugler scents. I love the scents but dislike the rubberized exterior
    post #3 of 27
    Cant say it would bother me unless it were something truly vulgar e.g. genitalia. But even then, if it were a truly sublime scent then I might be persuaded to overlook the bottle. I have been influenced to purchase because of a bottle though.
    post #4 of 27
    Put those ones in a drawer.
    post #5 of 27
    Bulgari black all the way. Love the scent, hate the bottle
    post #6 of 27
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    Quote:
    Cant say it would bother me unless it were something truly vulgar e.g. genitalia.

    Funny, I would actually be WAY more likely to buy it, in that case ;)

    post #7 of 27
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    Originally Posted by YogaNerdMDView Post


    Funny, I would actually be WAY more likely to buy it, in that case wink.gif

    haha It would probably sell out within hours!
    You know, it occurred to me today that no one has created a tacky set of men's and women's perfume...shaped so that when they are put together, the male 'fits' into the female...would have thought someone would jump on that and live off the notoriety.
    post #8 of 27
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    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    Put those ones in a drawer.

    The best advice. You should be keeping your scents in a drawer or cupboard, or at least in their original boxes. In which case you won't have to worry about hideous bottles :-)

    post #9 of 27
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    Part of the fun is display, though, right? I mean, my collection is at a size now where in any given season/time of year, I'm rotating between 3-4 scents. So they're on my dresser for a couple months, then stashed away again or used up.

    I know I'm not as hardcore as many of you BNers out there with 300+ bottles. Yet.

    Also, I think of fragrance as a sensory experience. Obviously, the most lasting impression is scent, so that's of primary importance, but there's still a visual and tactile component when choosing, purchasing, and applying said fragrance. And I also feel, as someone with a "carefully curated" (read: small) collection, I'm voting with my wallet: I don't like to re-enforce bad design or bad marketing.

    Not that the loss of $100 or so of my dollars is making anyone at Dior weep or anything....

    post #10 of 27
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by saminlondonView Post

    The best advice. You should be keeping your scents in a drawer or cupboard, or at least in their original boxes. In which case you won't have to worry about hideous bottles :-)

    In other words, yeah, no sh*t. But doesn't anyone else feel like bashing ugly design while simultaneously praising the scent!? ;)

    post #11 of 27
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    Originally Posted by YogaNerdMDView Post

    In other words, yeah, no sh*t. But doesn't anyone else feel like bashing ugly design while simultaneously praising the scent!? wink.gif

    I'm hearing ya. God forbid somebody answer the question in the spirit it was intended!

    Obviously sometimes it's just easier to answer with a curt, contrary statement designed to make the poster look petty or ridiculous.
    post #12 of 27
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    Originally Posted by L'eaulitaView Post


    haha It would probably sell out within hours!
    You know, it occurred to me today that no one has created a tacky set of men's and women's perfume...shaped so that when they are put together, the male 'fits' into the female...would have thought someone would jump on that and live off the notoriety.

    It's been done at least three times; one was a set by Armani, unfortunately I cannot remember the others.

    Back to the original topic; surely you wear the fragrance, not the bottle.

    post #13 of 27

    The bottles from the Jeans line by Versace are too unnecessarily overdecorated, but they store good fragrances in them.

    post #14 of 27
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    I'm hearing ya. God forbid somebody answer the question in the spirit it was intended!

    Obviously sometimes it's just easier to answer with a curt, contrary statement designed to make the poster look petty or ridiculous.

    To be fair, they are trying to shut me down whilst I am TOTALLY trying to rabble-rouse.

    I saw a thread not to long ago that all the threads were too tame, so I'll admit I'm trying to start a little trouble. ;)


    Edited by YogaNerdMD - 7/11/13 at 12:13pm
    post #15 of 27
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    David:

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    surely you wear the fragrance, not the bottle.

    My earlier response:

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    I think of fragrance as a sensory experience. Obviously, the most lasting impression is scent, so that's of primary importance, but there's still a visual and tactile component when choosing, purchasing, and applying said fragrance. And I also feel, as someone with a "carefully curated" (read: small) collection, I'm voting with my wallet: I don't like to re-enforce bad design or bad marketing.
    post #16 of 27

    Another vote for Bulgari Black. Nice concept, but the bottle is awkward to spray.

    post #17 of 27
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