Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Perfume Bottles Coup de Foudre: What Has Caught My Heart Recently

Usually I'm not that taken with the outer appearance of a given perfume; the bottle is the dress on a beautiful form and it's the flesh I'm after. But I allow myself some oculoplania from time to time. These vehicles of dreams, pictured below, manage to instigate a desire to supervene substance for form; in some happy cases the two converge harmonically, to everyone's delight.

Lancome's L'Autre Oud; a door to the mystery we rediscover as adults.

Reminiscence Oud: malicious vapors of a spirit escaping its imprisonment, stars glimmering on its surface.

Iris Nazarena by Aedes de Venustas: sumptuousness gone glam.

Guerlain Songe d'un Bois d'Ete: arabesque...

Which have been your own perfume bottle loves recently?


  1. Anonymous17:59

    None. I've been experimenting with a little velvet sack of old Guerlain and Chanel samples I found squirreled away in my closet.

    (Today: Guerlain Philtre d'Amour. Eh.)


  2. Perfume bottles are certainly an art on their own. They are to a perfume what the opening titles are to a movie and sometimes they even steal the spotlight. I loved the latest bottles for Lubin's talismania collection (Akkad, Korrigan, Galaad). I love the lack of any typo on them and I think they do look like an object to be worshipped or held dear like a talisman.Also to me they have a bit of a fetish quality...

  3. l'Autre Oud is the most intriguing of the bunch but where can it be found? I haven't seen it on any Lancome counters

  4. Ariane07:25

    Beautiful bottles!The only one I have seen(not just in a photo like the stunning Majda Bekkali or the Hedonist bottle) is the new Isabey,Route d'Emeraude,have you seen it,smelt it?

  5. I'd love to have the black Ombre Rose bottle. :)

  6. I am not a bottle person but ... I do think the guerlain is interesting and I would like to know about that Lancome one too --- is it new Helg????

  7. naturally, i'm not deterred by a blah bottle if the perfume is really nice, but i do appreciate a beautiful bottle. lately i've been wallowing in vintage perfumes, and while owning the original bottles is price-prohibitive (priced for serious collectors only!), i am loving those old designs. those gorgeous art nouveau bottles, especially...and the lalique dressing table bottles done for special editions of older scents. some of the bottles from the early 1920s are very pretty as well; i'm fond of the little round "narcisse noir" bottles with the black flower cap. the classic "mitsouko" or "l'heure bleu"---actually, most of the classic guerlain---bottles are satisfying too. i've a fondness for the older eastern perfume bottles as well, the small, ornate ones that arab-style perfume oils used to come in. that "l'autre oud" bottle you posted on the top is lovely also.

  8. I really love the packaging of Lancome's L'Autre Oud. It is the most exquisite I've seen. It is very creative and built by the imagination.

  9. Mimi Gardenia21:17

    The Lancome bottle is beautiful and quite eye catching . The older Guerlain bottles are wonderful ,mysterious .I particularly love their Coque D'Or and the snail bottle. of course both not used anymore.

  10. Anonymous02:00

    I like the Avon Timeless bottle.

  11. Miss Heliotrope01:48

    Do you find there's a link between the style of bottle & type of perfume you like? Or are there bottles you quite like even though the scent is not so? Do more exotic perfumes always end up in decadent bottles rather than austere ones?

    Of these, the Iris Nazarena is the one I like the best -

  12. M,

    Philtre is great!! (it's such a shame it was discontinued, hoard on to your sample)

  13. Niko,

    just love your description and find that with names as historically evocative as that it fits that they have a sacrificial element to them. Wow, must see them in person, I guess.

  14. Kosta,

    it's a limited edition I believe, only in salons/cabins de beaute Lancome?
    More info here:
    However someone says in the "reviews" below that the bottle looks ugly in real life. Oh noes!!!!! :-(

  15. Ariane,

    not yet! But noting down to do so, thanks to you! :-)

  16. Ines,

    black does make everything look more sumptuous, doesn't it.

  17. M,

    those Guerlain ones from the Deserts d'Orient line are very fine indeed.
    The Lancome is an exclusive apparently, brought out in October 2012 (and I believe LE). More info:http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Lancome/L-Autre-Oud-17229.html
    (caveat: one person below says the bottle isn't as spectacular in real life)

  18. NFS,

    yes, I agree. Vintage style can be very fetching. Though I have to say you can buy empty bottles (sometimes easier on the wallet) and refill them for your use with a nice big decant bought at an online decanter. That should satisfy the craving of form and content being held together at a more advantageous price??

    Just a suggestion. ;-)

  19. Elizabeth,

    I did love the creativity and imagination of the design myself, it is as you say! I love it when people think out of the box on something that is as expected as a perfume bottle is nowadays.

  20. MG,

    the Guerlains were all special in their design and I agree, the snail bottle is very very special (it was reintroduced a few years ago at a very "special" price but alas, it was just for a short LE stint)

  21. B,

    gosh you just reminded me this was a perfume I loved as a kid! (middle classes of elementary school, around 9). A neighbor had seen I loved it and gifted me with that bottle with a little remnant in it. Good memories! *sigh*

  22. MH,

    that's an interesting idea for a separate post! *promise to do it*

    To address it briefly, I like best the incongruence because it jolts me out of the familiar expectations, though I can appreciate a top to bottom design.
    I don't think more exotic perfumes always end up in decadent bottles; niche helped in that regard, just look at the whole Lutens line, so sparse, so architectural, so Spartan in a way, but very decadent inside....


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