Best male perfume bottle designs. When it looks as good as it smells.

In 2001, Sotheby’s New York sold a rare Lalique bottle for Molinard (1928) for $10,800.
In Melbourne in 2006 a 1960s Salvador Dalí nose-lips factice fetched A$1,800.
In 2009 an empty perfume bottle designed by Marcel Duchamp in 1921 was sold for over 12m US Dollar.

In perfume industry (like in many others) the most potent selling tool is the packaging design. In this particular example – the Bottle. First visual impression plays a crucial role in fragrance buying process. You can see the bottle and you can touch it before you experience the invisible – scent itself. The packaging has a lot of work to do especially when you try to sell something that is not so easy to see.

Call me a freak but I like to keep my empty bottles. Not all of them, I doubt there are many collectors for an empty Cool Water bottle by Davidoff.

But if I really like a fragrance and the bottle design is something of an outstanding quality and is extremely beautiful – I don’t throw it away.

Design is an act of making things look better.
Some bottles (if not most of them) I present below are better than the scent they hold so in no particular order I give you my selection of exceptionally good fragrance bottles, all designed for men.

I like when my colognes look at least as good on a shelf as they smell on me.

Agonist Onyx Pearl

Onyx Pearl by Agonist. Bottle design by Åsa Jungnelius

Armani Prive Oud Royal /

Prive Oud Royal by Giorgio Armani

Duo Man by Azarro /

Duo Man by Azarro

Brooklyn by Bond nr 9 /

Brooklyn by Bond nr 9

1872 Pure Perfume by Clive /

1872 Pure Perfume by Clive

Encre Noire Lalique /

Encre Noire by Lalique

Pour Homme II by Gucci /

Pour Homme II by Gucci

Hommage a L'Homme by Lalique /

Hommage a L’Homme by Lalique. Bottle design by Thierry de Baschmakoff

Idole de Lubin by Lubin /

Idole de Lubin by Lubin. Bottle design by Serge Lutens

In the mood for love by Gianfranco Ferre /

In the mood for love by Gianfranco Ferre

John Varvatos Artisan /

Artisan by John Varvatos. Bottle design by Jon Cisler Design

Kenzo Unidentified Fragrance Object /

Unidentified Fragrance Object by Kenzo. Bottle design by Ron Arad

L.12.12 White by Lacoste /

Lacoste L.12.12 White

Hypnôse Homme by Lancome /

Hypnôse Homme by Lancome. Bottle design by Charles Boussiquet

Bang by Marc Jacobs /

Bang by Marc Jacobs. Bottle design by Harry Allen

Black Afgano by Nasomatto /

Black Afgano by Nasomatto

Opus 1870 by Penhaligons /

Opus 1870 by Penhaligons

Zen for Men by Shiseido /

Zen for Men by Shiseido

Bois et Fruits by Serge Lutens /

Bois et Fruits by Serge Lutens

Terre D'hermes by Hermes /

Terre D’hermes by Hermes. Bottle design by Philippe Mouquet

Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford /

Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford

Pour Homme by Versace /

Pour Homme by Versace

L'Homme Libre by Yves Saint Laurent /

L’Homme Libre by Yves Saint Laurent

Antidote by Viktor&Rolf /

Antidote by Viktor&Rolf. Bottle design by Fabien Baron

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