Relatively unimportant for me - the contents are of far greater interest.
To me, bottles are very important. I personally like to collect the bottles and I would prefer not to have generic decant bottles for anything over an oz. I do have a lean full-bottle collection, so it would stick out like a sore thumb if I had a generic clear bottle. Besides, I think most bottles look beautiful. They are art to me.
I don't NEED bottle design, but it's something I would prefer and pay a little bit more for.
Relatively unimportant for me - the contents are of far greater interest.
Not important at all.
I like a nice bottle, but ultimately every fragrance gets decanted into a 5 mL atomiser; I only see the actual bottle when I need to refill the atomiser. So, I'm with Jon.
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The frag is paramount. The bottle is a bonus.
Not even a little tiny bit. All I care about is the scent.
As a consumer of design, I prefer sleek, clean, functional and unornamented, too. A fancy, fiddly bottle is not only a detriment to use, I find it personally unappealing.
Not that important, though a nice bottle is a plus of course. There are some bottles that I dislike to such an extend that they reduce the urge to try a fragrance.
My interest is minimal, with very few exceptions the bottle is an irrelevance.
Good design in anything is a bonus but bottle design would never influence my decision about a fragrance. But think about it, no matter how appealing the bottle design is, chances are that most of us keep them in their boxes anyway to protect the fragrance!!
If you like to look at and handle a great bottle, check out Ramon Monegal.
Not important at all. Otherwise, I wouldn't own any PdNs.
To me, the beauty of a bottle is separate from what's inside, although I certainly do appreciate it when a bottle is well-designed, whether for utilitarian or aesthetic (or both) reasons.
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I don't care at all how a bottle looks, unless it's actually disgusting like "Le Male" or some of the cruder bottles pictured here from time to time, which, needless to say, is a detractor to a fragrance getting into my collection. Some bottles are so awkwardly designed that although interesting or aesthetic, they do not allow for simple application of the fragrance, and that just irks me. So, in other words, a bottle can be a negative, but I never buy anything for the pretty container.
It's relatively important to me. I like a good bottle design, but it won't keep me away from something if I think it looks terrible...that being said I don't think I have anything in my collection that I'd consider "ugly" Maybe Bond No. 9 or Montale's cheap feeling bottle, but I like the diversity.
I will go out of my way to get a bottle as opposed to a decant of something, even if the price difference is huge. Looking at you Le Labo city exclusives.
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The frag is the main thing of course, but speaking as someone who put up with those original Bulgari Black bottles for years, good design matters.
I love a fabulous bottle, and even have a few perfumes I don't wear simply because of the bottle ...they look beautiful on my vanity and I don't have to worry too much about the perfume inside being exposed to heat or light. That said, an ugly bottle won't stop me from buying a perfume I love, but of course the ideal is a stunning perfume in an equally stunning bottle. I always love beautiful perfumes no matter what the bottle looks like, and I sometimes love beautiful bottles no matter what the perfume smells like, lol!
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I like to buy large, beautiful, empty flacons simply because they look great on my dressing table. All the juice is stored elsewhere.
I love a beautiful bottle. It enhances the the enjoyment of applying the perfume. Perfume isn't just an olfactory experience, it's a visual and tactile experience too. I remember the first time I used Prada Prada and it came in a heavy rectangular bottle of good quality glass. The notes were written on a chrome plate on top and I just loved it. I couldn't stop touching it - I wanted to lick it I liked it so much and I hadn't even tried the perfume. Cheap glass or an ugly bottle does reduce the experience.
That said I won't buy a perfume I don't like for the bottle, or ignore a perfume I do like because of an ugly bottle. And of course I don't leave any of my perfumes out of their boxes.
I have a small collection of vintage crystal perfume decanters for my dressing table. And I love flower arranging so I often use old bottle as vases.
Well said, grasslands (welcome to Basenotes btw).
A beautiful and well thought out bottle design adds to the overall fragrance wearing experience. Imagine applying your holy grail from a bottle that is not only difficult to handle with but has a faulty spray mechanism to boot. It simply sucks! Yes, you can always decant them out but why should you in the first place?
My fragrances do double duty as aesthetic pieces for display as long as they qualify as one. Those that come in clear glass don't make the grade for obvious reasons.
If I am already familiar with the scent, only the contents will matter, as long as the bottle is minimally sufficient to store, shelter and to dose these very contents.
If I happen not to know the scent, a bottle might attract my eagerness to test and become familiar with it, but still, no
"make or break", "all or nothing", "deal or no deal" etc. argument, because if the contents are bad, not the best bottle can save them, or, conversely, if the contents are stunning, no bad looking bottle (unless the bottle is technically unsuitable, unusably improper) can scare me off or make me think twice.
There are enough fragrances around that I never feel the need to buy an ugly bottle containing good juice as there are so many beautiful bottles containing good juice.
i tend to like how all my bottles look. even the most flamboyant ones like le male and 1 million i like.
15% of my choice, ugly bottles put me off
Not important at all. I wish all perfumers used the same kind of bottles (my favourite format is rectangular, tall and narrow - pretty much like Lutens bottles).
I have to admit I used to be a sucker for a nice bottle, but it's become of less importance to me the more I've come to appreciate the juice inside. Having said that, my favourite bottle designs are usually by Penhaligon's, or Annick Goutal (I think the Nuit Etoilee bottle design is beautiful). I also like the simplicity of the Frederic Malle bottles. They seem very solid and like they're made to protect something inside which is very expensive. I'm probably more likely to buy the fragrance if I like the bottle, but I won't buy one solely because the bottle's nice. Scent and longevity are by far the most important things to me when deciding whether to buy.
Doesn't matter - But I prefer them to be solid and spray well. Otherwise, I don't care - I never really see my bottles except on rare instances. I decant 5ml into an atomizer that I use and store in my bathroom closet, and store the rest of the bottle in my basement - so i only see them when I go downstairs and pull the bottle out to refill my atomizer, or put another new bottle down in the boxes with the rest.
I like a pretty bottle, but it has zero bearing on my decision to purchase. All my bottles are hidden in a dark drawer anywhere, so what difference does it make. Personally, I'd love it in a way if they were more uniform, much easier to store! Though hard to tell apart.
Now, if a bottle is hideous, I will sometimes not want it, but I usually get over that.
As diamondflame remarked above it "adds to the overall fragrance wearing experience." That being said, I would not refuse to purchase an amazing fragrance because the bottle design is lacking. As previously mentioned, I would decant the fragrance, chuck the bottle and be on my way. However, there is something to be said about the feeling of reaching into your collection and grabbing your own personally chosen divine elixir that happens to be held in a practical yet exquisite bottle.
A good bottle design can enhance the pleasure of applying it & look good if it's on display. Guerlain & Chanel tend to have good designs.
A bad bottle design can make me avoid trying a fragrance - J'accuse 1 Million.
Nice bottles look just that: nice. But that's a mere accessory. The juice is the most important component. The opinion(s) of others could greatly be affected by whether they have their fragrances out for display or not, too. I keep mine stored in a couple of dark dresser drawers.
Opening up the perfume cabinet and taking in the overall scent and look of the cupboard is part of the anticipation of wearing perfume, so it would be disingenuous to say that it doesn't matter at all, but individual bottle look is definitely a minority issue as long as the bottle works well.
It seems almost a shame to keep some of them in their boxes though. B by Boucheron is a really pretty and interesting bottle but it spends all bar a few minutes on the days that it's going to be worn (that's probably 15 minutes a year then) out on view.
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I like a well designed bottle that will stand up and with a working sprayer. I dislike bottles that don't fit in the hand or are excessively expensive. These are going in a cupboard. I'm not concerned with a fancy look, no one will really see it anyway.
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Not much but anything too over the top puts me off.
A nice bottle is a plus, but it doesn't really matter when it comes down to it. A fugly bottle won't make me like the fragrance any less, but a nice bottle might just make me like one a little more.
I like a simple elegant bottle. It makes me think that the company may be putting the value on the contents instead of bottle cost.
I almost think that at a certain price point bottle design is strictly for sales.
I think some bottles look silly, Gaultier, some Jacobs bottles for ladies, Bond, and 1 million is a big seller but kinda silly.
I'd rather have quality juice in a simpler bottle, than poor quality in a bottle that looks like Carmen Miranda's hat
I'm more likely to try a fragrance that has a bottle I like. And if I'm doubting whether or not to buy a fragrance that I've tested, a nice or ugly bottle might sway me this or that way.
Recently, I was looking for a fresh, pleasant, unchallenging aquatic. L'Eau par Kenzo pour Homme fit the bill nicely, and also happens to have a really nice bottle, so I bought it. If it was still sold in its original, butt-ugly bottle, I might have ended up buying something else.
I would never buy a fragrance for the bottle alone, though. I love the bottles of Burberry Brit and Kenzo Flower, but I can't stand the fragrances. I also love the bottle of Spicebomb, but still very much doubting about the fragrance itself; I have to try it again, but I think it's too sweet for me.
When I ultimately buy a bottle from MDCI, I will go for the bust cap, spending the extra money for it because it all makes for a very beautiful bottle.
Does this answer your question?
Last edited by kswer; 30th August 2014 at 06:52 AM.
For me, I go for the frag first, but that said, I do like the look of some bottles.
The only thing that would put me off any frag is if the bottle is ridiculous.
By that I mean, the stupidly tall thin things, that can easily fall over, or the stupidly shaped ones, which aren't pleasant to hold, or have a ridiculous lid that needs a physics degree to hold and remove.
I guess that's why I like Creeds bottles they're sensible, and unassuming.
Bottle design is pretty irrelevant to me. I have half a dozen in plain atomizers from decants, transfers from splashes, and busted atomizers on the originals. Easy identification is the only thing I care about in the actual look of a bottle. A proper seal and good atomizer are basic requirements that have nothing to do with the shape, color, or weight of the bottle.
It's funny because I am like this with my wines - storing them in cellar-like conditions in a garage that is set halfway into the earth - but it's all about the balancing of priorities to me to where I am not careless with my fragrances but like to be able to look up and easily see them.
Mine are all in a dark cupboard and not on display. I like the bottle and packaging design as a completely separate issue. Neither aspects affect my purchase unless the bottle is truly foul. The most recent put off from an FB was Tralala. I may find a decant one day. I was hot to trot on that one but the bottle genuinely put me right off. There are too many other nice ones.
Saying that, I do prefer the practical and smart types that don't dribble.
Doesn't matter to me what the bottle looks like. It's all about the juice. I do understand some people's attraction to bottle design though. To each his own, I guess.
in my opinion about that, it's very important. Because the bottle design is the main factor for attracts children and others. I also like colourful bottles.
If One Direction perfume can totally outsell Chanel 5, then it says something about the design & packaging....
While the liquid inside is most important, there's just something about an attractive bottle that can be uplifting. If the bottle has a striking design and is well made, it accentuates the good feeling about the fragrance.
I really like Byredo bottles. They are minimalist and simplistic in design, but the sprayers work great and the rounded black magnetic cap not only looks great but works very well. Amouage flacons are nicely done with their majestic looking caps.
Then there's Acqua di Parma. Their bottles are a timeless design. And every once in a while they come out with a limited edition bottle that takes the look to a new level. At one point they made a special wenge wood cap for the Intensa limited edition. Really handsome. And because Acqua di Parma is consistent with their bottle designs, you can reuse the caps with newer bottles (providing the liquid size matches).
Some favorites: Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial, Amouage Epic Man, Versace L'Homme (vintage), YSL M7, YSL Kouros (vintage), Gucci Envy, Gucci Nobile, Gucci Pour Homme (2003), Hermes Bel Ami (vintage), Hermes Equipage, Chanel Antaeus (vintage), Chanel Pour Monsieur (vintage), Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree, Estee Lauder Metropolis, Jean-Marc Sinan VO, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Guerlain L'Homme Intense, Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, Etro Palais Jamais, Etro Vetiver, Etro Shaal Nur, Davidoff Zino (1st), AdP Essenza, AdP Intensa Oud, Gianfranco Ferre For Man (vintage), Elsha 1776, Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, Knize Ten, Calvin Klein Obsession (vintage), Jovoy Private Label, Monsieur Carven, Diptyque Hesperides, Byredo Accord Oud
That Acqua Di Parma bottle is beautiful! I love wooden caps.
Personally I feel that something is missing when I buy a decant. The experience of handling and appreciating the bottle is something I really cherish . Especially when the design aesthetic matches the imaginary place that the fragrance takes me. Encre Noir does this well, as does Idole De Lubin EDT and Terre D'hermes.
That being said a fragrance with a badly designed bottle normally has a minimal effect on my appreciation of it. But it does bother me on some underlying, subterranean level haha. The scentstory 24 fragrances are definitely shoved to the back of my wardrobe, as well as my demeters (even though their utilitarianism is commendable).
I have not tried any MDCI fragrances, but I can't help but be turned off from the busts. They remind me of my grandmothers house. Just a big souvenir knick knack bust paperweight from her last trip to Italy.
It would be an added bonus if the bottle looked nice as aesthetics can come into play; visual pleasure? 10 percent important?P.S. I agree with what was said above by a fellow BNer in that it might matter on a subconscious level. However, wouldn't know as it's exactly that, subconscious. Some bottles have made me want to test them, but it came down to the juice as we are not wearing the bottles. Good thread question, mate. So I'm assuming most of the peeps throw their bottles away once they are used? That's a different thread entirely.
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Order of importance:
3. Appearance of Glass (Decant vials are adorable!)
1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
3. Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999
8. Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l'Homme, 2009
9. Chanel Allure Homme Sport, 2004
10. Chanel Antaeus, 1981
I find it has some importance, but frankly mostly on the negative side. I find some perfume bottles so embarassingly tasteless i avoid testing or even buying them.
I wear the fragrance, not the bottle.
Also, as a noob, my fledgling wardrobe tends to consist much more of samples and small decants than full bottles anyway. Since I shower at the gym before work and have not yet figured out how to decant, my full bottles don't get used much anyway.