Originally Posted by Zosia
Thanks for the welcome....and the news! I was recently told by an eBay seller that Chamade is not made with a glass stopper! I couldn't believe that such a beautiful classic would lack that elegant touch. Anyways, the bottle I bought was advertised as with glass stopper and it has the plastic sleeve - so I'm returning it! Am I being too...too...picky?
Welcome from me as well, Zosia.
Maybe we will have to look at the meaning of the word 'stopper' first
You have the part that goes into the bottle and the part you can see, part of the beauty of the bottle.
For instance the stoppers of (also recent) Lalique bottles. The beauty of the stopper is often more important than the bottle itself.
But your concern is about the part of the stopper that fits into the bottle.
I just checked my oldest Guerlain extrait bottles. Shalimar (20+ years old) has a partially grounded stopper with a little band of soft material (I don't think it is the usual kind of cheap plastic). I must say that it is a good solution as I had the experience of a Lalique bottle with grounded stopper that splintered a bit.
The 60 ml Jicky extrait bottle is pré LVMH. I am not sure of the age but I have had it for many years. This size is even discontinued for quite some time.
The stopper of the Jicky is covered with a 'plastic sleeve'.
So it is logical to assume that Chamade is also made with a stopper covered in plastic. Certainly because the Chamade stopper is much more fragile than the one for Jicky.
As an admirer of beautiful bottles I agree with you that the grounded glass stopper is more appealing, but when you are planning to use
the scent, then a 'plastic' protection of the stopper is absolutely more sensible.
Since your bottle was advertised as "having a glass stopper", well, most of the stopper is glass, only the part that closes the bottle has a coating.
The seller may have been completely unaware of the 'importance' of having a stopper, completely made of glass.
Do you want the bottle for display and is the plastic bothering you? Then I would try to return it.
But when you plan to use the Chamade, I would keep it and be happy that there would be no danger from splinters.
Don't lose sleep over it. Just enjoy this beautiful scent.
Whatever you decide: good luck!