Annette Green, former Executive of the Fragrance Foundation in America and avid fragrance bottle collector once told me she started making her list of holiday collector bottles she wanted in mid-summer so as not to miss a single flacon. Her remarkable fragrance bottle collection used to be on display in New York and Los Angeles and contained hundreds of bottles from the past century. It was incredible to view.
Crafting a L’Air du Temps bottle at Nina Ricci
Annette’s passion for artistic perfume bottles is one shared by thousands of women and men around the world. The artistry and creativity of scent packaging is starting to get recognized as a true art form thanks in part to designers like Viktor & Rolf, Thierry Mugler, Sarah Burton and Marc Jacobs. These artists push the boundaries of perfume flacon design.
Creating the Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps bottles
Perfume houses save their most outrageous and beautiful bottles for holiday because up to 50% of all scent sales are made during the month of December. Most often, the actual scents remain the same. Just the packaging changes. But what packaging it is!! Holiday 2016 is a stellar year for beautiful bottles. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the very best.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Frozen Rose edition, $132
YSL Black Opium Wild Edition, $100
Maison Margiela Republica Flying, $200
Armani Prive Pivoine Suzhou Holiday Editon Soie de Nacree, $285
Giorgio Armani Si Night Light Edition, $148
Lancome La Nuit Tresor Caresse, $108
Viktor & Rolf BonBon Haute Couture Limited Edition, $132
Very Irresistible Givenchy Sparkling Edition, $106
Marc Jacobs Decadence Holiday Edition, $140
Bvlgari Rose Goldea, $115
L’Air du Temps Eau Sublime Collector Edition, $118
Modern art mogul Jeff Koons has inspired a handful of holiday bottles this season.
Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria Collector Edition, $119
Eternity Calvin Klein for Him Collector Edition, $95
Daisy Marc Jacobs – Daisy Shine Edition in Gold, Fuchsia & Red, $118 each
The above fragrances are available in Canada at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com