Did you ever fall head over heels for a bottle, and only the bottle?
Is it sometimes more about what’s outside than what’s inside?
Did you ever buy a perfume as a decorative object rather than an olfactory one?
I did actually. More than once. Sometimes the bottle is a piece of art in itself. It is always important for me as part of the whole, the Gesamtkunstwerk, but sometimes I want a bottle no matter what is inside. If it’s good, that’s a bonus, but if not, nobody forces me to ever use it. Sometimes it is enough to display the bottle and derive joy from it as an objet d’art.
The prime example for this is my bottle of Kenzo L’Eau de Kenzo Amour. Sigh. Perfection.
The perfume inside smells actually very nice and I use it from time to time, but that was the cherry on the top in this case for me. I just enjoy this bottle and would be just as happy only looking at it.
The most recent such acquisition was Acqua di Parma Acqua Nobile Iris. Inside this elegant vessel is a lovely, summery version of Iris Nobile, but aside from that, look at the bottle, it is heavy, elegant, timeless.
Hermès 24 Faubourg Edition Quadrige holds a gorgeous perfume, but truth be told, I was never convinced to buy it in its regular bottle, while the LE version featuring one if my very favorite Hermès designs, was a no brainer. I ran out to buy it the minute it became available, for the bottle alone. How lucky I like the perfume too…
Do you have any tales of a case of le flacon pour le flacon?