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.
Onyx Pearl by Agonist. Bottle design by Åsa Jungnelius
Prive Oud Royal by Giorgio Armani
Duo Man by Azarro
Brooklyn by Bond nr 9
1872 Pure Perfume by Clive
Encre Noire by Lalique
Pour Homme II by Gucci
Hommage a L’Homme by Lalique. Bottle design by Thierry de Baschmakoff
Idole de Lubin by Lubin. Bottle design by Serge Lutens
In the mood for love by Gianfranco Ferre
Artisan by John Varvatos. Bottle design by Jon Cisler Design
Unidentified Fragrance Object by Kenzo. Bottle design by Ron Arad
Lacoste L.12.12 White
Hypnôse Homme by Lancome. Bottle design by Charles Boussiquet
Bang by Marc Jacobs. Bottle design by Harry Allen
Black Afgano by Nasomatto
Opus 1870 by Penhaligons
Zen for Men by Shiseido
Bois et Fruits by Serge Lutens
Terre D’hermes by Hermes. Bottle design by Philippe Mouquet
Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford
Pour Homme by Versace
L’Homme Libre by Yves Saint Laurent
Antidote by Viktor&Rolf. Bottle design by Fabien Baron