Owning a Perfume is not merely about the incredible fragrance
It is also about possessing an original bottle that can transform the ritual of perfume wearing into a real sacrament. Take a look at the most beautiful and extravagant perfume bottles throughout history.
Shalimar by Guerlain Paris
A Far Eastern sweet vanilla aroma, Shalimar was created in 1921. It was first publicized to a public audience in 1925 during an exhibition in the Big Palace in Paris. Design of the very first bottle, crafted from Baccarat crystal was created by Raymond Guerlain. It has since been modified, but it has retained its initial trapezoid form and traditional silk tassel. Most recently Natalya Vodyanova was selected as the public face for Shalimar.
Feerie by Van Cleef & Arpels
This perfume is relatively young and it was first announced for release by Van Cleef & Arpels in 2008. This fragrance became incredibly popular among women all over the world. The bottle of this perfume resembles a crystal, and it has a cap adorned with a fairy. It has managed to conquer the hearts of many beautiful women.
The French Van Cleef & Arpels brand was founded in the year 1896 and it’s focus was crafting jewelry, watches and perfume. Widowed empress Farah Pahlavi from Iran wore a crown by Van Cleef & Arpels. Wealthy people such as the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor were real fans of this brand.
Very often one can remember a perfume not only by its aroma, but also by it’s artfully fashioned bottle. Many of these bottles could be contenders as works of art. In this article we have collected the most beautiful and extravagant perfume bottles ever created by artisan perfumers throughout different periods of history.
Le Jade by Lalique
This magical perfume bottle made from jade and glass was created in 1923 and it became an exceedingly distinguished vessel for an elegant aroma. But this bottle is not the only creation by this company that has almost one hundred years of history. The Lalique dynasty has created many other elegant products (vases, caskets, powder boxes), which are incredibly popular among collectors all over the world.
Beyond Paradise by Estee Lauder. Collector’s bottles Delicate Butterfly and Cathedral Square
This famous American brand offered an unusual alternative to their loyal fans in 2008. Solid perfume was offered in a bottle shaped in the form of a butterfly. Later they offered a different product designed like a temple.
Salvador Dali by Salvador Dali
A Flowery perfume with Eastern accents was created in 1985 in conjunction with the famous artist. This fragrance created a real explosion in the world of perfumes.
The first bottle of this perfume was made from crystal, and there was a limited production of only 5000 bottles. The weight of one bottle was around one kilogram and had the price tag of 20 thousand francs! Each bottle had the signature of Salvador Dali, thus it was incredibly popular among the loyal fans of his art.
This bottle designed by Salvador Dali became a part of an exhibition in the Jacquemart Andre Musee in Paris.
These days virtually all men and women like to wear some type of perfume or eau de toilet, however, only wealthy and famous people are able to purchase it, so defects found in perfume bottles are deemed unacceptable.
The most difficult part of the perfume production process is creating the lids of the bottles, because they must be beautiful whilst preserving the aroma inside the bottle.
Khunja Silver No. 33 Pour Femme by Shaik
The bottle of this mysterious perfume is shaped in the form of an Arab dagger that resembles the female body. The intention behind the design was to highlight the unavailability and grace of the fragrance owner.
Each bottle comes with its own history: some of these stories have been revealed, while other histories are forever hidden behind the curtain of time. Nevertheless, this enigmatic dimension can’t conceal the beauty of ancient things.
The second half of the XVI century. The bottle from Austria or Germany
Travel bottle. Designed in around 1725–1730, in Vienna, Austria
Various vessels designed to contain perfume were manufactured even in Ancient Egypt. Later this art form reached Europe. Monks initially created perfume bottles, but later specialized perfumers appeared and dedicated their lives to the practice of aroma selection and the creation of elegant perfume bottles.
Necklace bottle, the beginning of the 20th century, England
Original perfume bottle by craftsman Antip Kuzmichev, 1896-1908, Russia, Moscow
Elegant bottle created from crystal, the 30’s, Czech Republic
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