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    For your money, which fragrances have the best-looking (as well as the worst-looking) bottles? And does it much bother you, if say you find a bottle particularly hideous to look at, but the juice inside is good?
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    I like the Guerlain Bee bottles and the Serge Lutens Bell jars/bottles.
    It doesn't bother me in the least if the bottle is hideous and the fragrance is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon View Post
    For your money, which fragrances have the best-looking bottles? And does it much bother you, if say you find a bottle particularly hideous to look at, but the juice inside is good?
    Rouge 540 by Bacarrat (not MFK) and No. 1 by Clive Christian Pure Parfum Concentrated Limited in crystal. It does not bother me at all.
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    Like dealt7faux, I like the Serge Lutens bell jars. Other favorites include Guerlain's Flacon Bouchon Coeur bottles (heart-shaped stoppers), and Patou's and Chanel's straightforward, elegant extrait bottles. There are too many wonderful vintage bottles to list. I can't think of any hideous bottles at the moment, but if the fragrance is good the container's appearance doesn't matter very much to me.

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    Fragrance first, always. In a flip book of vintage and antique fragrance bottles I picked up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art store, at its old location at Rockefeller Center, about two decades ago, the middle page where the stitches are, reveals the most amazing case and bottle I have ever seen. The house is Molyneux, the fragrance Bouquet de Faune, or something with Faune in the name and same-sounding to Guerlain. The case is a leather church steeple which opens like a gate and inside stands the bottle with two full-bodied fauns facing outward, one on each side. It’s the most incredible piece of bottle art I have seen in a book to this day, in my opinion. The glass maker is Lalique. To this day, in my opinion.

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    I'd wish that all AMEN flankers were all sold without the rubber sleeves around the glass so that the bottles could be inserted into metal flasks
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    I just realized I didn’t answer the thread title correctly!!!!!!!!!! Worst bottles......most bottles, if I’m not mistaken, are streamlined or uniform, thus making it difficult for a tacky design to stand out. Tough one. My favorite bottles are the classic Guerlain Baccarats, and the bee bottles. (I bought my pick of the purple last December!!!!!!!!)

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    I like plainish bottles

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    Guerlain really went after my heart with their new bottle designs. Simple, clear, label and wood cap. Now if only they were magnetic...

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    I do not care what the bottle looks like. If it has a good sprayer I am happy, it has always been about the juice and nothing more for me.
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    I love the Dior Homme bottles but that may well be just because they spray so nicely, ha. The juice is the only really important thing to me though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techt View Post
    Fixed it for you

    Umm, yeah, so I guess it’s pretty subjective, although I suspect there are some where there’s nearly unanimous consensus.
    Personally im not too bothered. Just pop a paper bag over the offending part and then do the dirty deed. More concerned with how it smells.

    If if you do a search for similar threads you’ll find lots of good/hideous examples, as well as plenty of cases where opinions are split.
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    Best: Midnight In Paris
    Worst: Hummer (big and awkward to hold while spraying)
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    I love the Dior Homme bottles but that may well be just because they spray so nicely, ha. The juice is the only really important thing to me though.
    100% with you on that one my friend. Everything about the DH range of bottles from the design, proportions, weight to sprayer is just perfect but ultimately its whats inside that counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    Fixed it for you

    Umm, yeah, so I guess it’s pretty subjective, although I suspect there are some where there’s nearly unanimous consensus.
    Personally im not too bothered. Just pop a paper bag over the offending part and then do the dirty deed. More concerned with how it smells.

    If if you do a search for similar threads you’ll find lots of good/hideous examples, as well as plenty of cases where opinions are split.
    I agree. I always liked the Comme Des Garcons bottles. Unusual shape but unique design. On the other hand, the Bond bottles look like toddler toys.
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    I like the Bond #9 bottles, they are really unique.

    I’ll put Parfums de Marly in here, especially if the feel of the bottle is a factor. Simple, clean, classy bottle design with the design elements embossed and then that cap! Just feels like quality, so heavy and goes back on with a satisfying click
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    Lalique 'Encre Noire' and its flankers are lovely bottles - especially considering the price point.

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    bond no. 9 are pretty cool, as are the dunhill icon bottles, oh and they are hefty as well.

    worst - the diesel one that looked like a fist, the new paco rabanne ridiculous looking bottles. basically anything that tries to look like a novelty item does not interest me. although in the end i dont much care as long as i enjoy the juice, ill just hide it in the back so i dont have to look at it save for when it gets used.

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    Worst-possibly several celebrity scents

    Best- among others, a certain limited edition Shalimar crystal flacon did first discover at the beginning of the 90s

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    A nice bottle is, well ... nice. But not at all necessary. As far as whether I care about a great fragrance coming in a hideous bottle, I'll let my MPG Racine in the red bottle with plastic gold pirate-costume-jewelry cap answer that ....

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    I really like the wood frame on the Derby bottle:

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    I think these are some of the worst recent bottles
    https://youtu.be/AKnyHy1G-T0



    Generally I like my bottles fairly simple and unadorned. The Dior Homme line look good and have a nice weight on the hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    I think these are some of the worst recent bottles
    https://youtu.be/AKnyHy1G-T0


    Wow... That bottle is uh... Yeah, I'd rather not have seen that! Gee, have to agree with you there. Curious though, do you behead her to spray or do you take off the hair??
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    Posting the Mitsouko ceramic holy grail dream from a while back as a sort of palate cleanser to that one

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    That is a beautiful ceramic Mitsouko you have, Devon, and one of the better newer designs I’ve seen on Mr.G’s defunct Facebook page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    The Dior Homme line look good and have a nice weight on the hand.
    Beautiful design:

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    I beg to differ.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    I think these are some of the worst recent bottles
    https://youtu.be/AKnyHy1G-T0



    Generally I like my bottles fairly simple and unadorned. The Dior Homme line look good and have a nice weight on the hand.
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    2 ways to look at this.


    First in terms of ease of use - plain, stable bottles win and there are millions out there, whereas the Commes des Garcons are impossible to store unless you have the original packaging.

    Second is for the bottle artistry / aesthetic. Here the Guérlain bee bottle, Shalimar and scores of other Guerlain fragrances, Idole de Lubin edt are all beautiful bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon View Post
    Posting the Mitsouko ceramic holy grail dream from a while back as a sort of palate cleanser to that one

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    I have conflicting feelings about this, and I wonder how it reads to someone more literate in traditional Japanese ceramics. I like the individual elements, patterns and designs, but simultaneously it feels a bit contrived, especially the clash with the design from the shoulders up.
    Plus, Mitsouko has one of the worst names in perfumery. Sure, it may sound exotic to some, but basically it feels to me like they’ve given it some random, prosaic girl’s name (Mitsuko) that is out of favor at the moment, so would probably belong to a middle aged woman. It might as well be named Karen or Susan.
    Similarly, part of me feels this bottle is a contrived borrowing of Asian/Japanese exoticism. It’s a problem perfume has always had, and still has, as it tries to use alluring and exotic imagery for marketing purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    I have conflicting feelings about this, and I wonder how it reads to someone more literate in traditional Japanese ceramics. I like the individual elements, patterns and designs, but simultaneously it feels a bit contrived, especially the clash with the design from the shoulders up.
    Plus, Mitsouko has one of the worst names in perfumery. Sure, it may sound exotic to some, but basically it feels to me like they’ve given it some random, prosaic girl’s name (Mitsuko) that is out of favor at the moment, so would probably belong to a middle aged woman. It might as well be named Karen or Susan.
    Similarly, part of me feels this bottle is a contrived borrowing of Asian/Japanese exoticism. It’s a problem perfume has always had, and still has, as it tries to use alluring and exotic imagery for marketing purposes.
    I agree with pretty much everything you've said. This reminds me of the contrived chinoiserie of the Opium line back in the day. There must be East Asian brands though that use a similar, say, contrived Englishness to sell products.




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