Do you enjoy a perfume no matter what container it comes in?
Is the outer appearance of a perfume important to you?
Are you influenced in your buying decisions by bottle and packaging?
Are you happy with decants?
Do you think the scent is all that matters or is it a Gesamtkunstwerk? (German for a work of art in its entirety, inside and out)
I wrote about how I bought a perfume solely for its bottle last week (Hermès 24 Faubourg Quadrige Edition), so apparently the outer trappings of a scent do count for me. Chandler Burr’s NY MAD exhibition and his Untitled series on OpenSky do away with all the trimmings of a perfume, leaving the scent as is, for us to experience unencumbered by other influences.
I don’t agree with that concept. Of course there are bottles nobody thought much about and that would not win a design prize any time soon, but generally the bottle tries to express visually what it contains. The bottle is very important. The best, the rarest perfume looses so much of its identity once decanted into a soulless little vial. Of course I am happy those vials exist and that decanting and sharing exists, as it is often the only option to experience some perfumes, but when it comes to my collection, I am hardly satisfied with a decant. To fully enjoy my perfume, I need its visual input as well. I have been known not to buy perfumes I like, because I can’t stand the bottle. Shallow, I know, but I can’t help myself, I just lose interest, or if I never smelled it, I don’t develop any interest if the bottle is not enticing to me. I know, I’m awful…
How about you?