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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.

creating the L'Air du Temps bottle for Nina Ricci

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 l'air du temps bottles

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 editionViktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Frozen Rose edition, $132

ysl black opium wild editionYSL Black Opium Wild Edition, $100

replica flyingMaison Margiela Republica Flying, $200

armani priveArmani Prive Pivoine Suzhou Holiday Editon Soie de Nacree, $285

armani si night light editionGiorgio Armani Si Night Light Edition, $148

lancome tresor la nuit caresseLancome La Nuit Tresor Caresse, $108

viktor and rolf bonbon holiday edition

Viktor & Rolf BonBon Haute Couture Limited Edition, $132

givenchy VIG holiday editionVery Irresistible Givenchy Sparkling Edition, $106

marc jacobs decadence holiday editionMarc Jacobs Decadence Holiday Edition, $140

bvlgari goldea rose editionBvlgari Rose Goldea, $115

l'air de temps nina ricci holiday editionL’Air du Temps Eau Sublime Collector Edition, $118

The Metallics:

 Modern art mogul Jeff Koons has inspired a handful of holiday bottles this season.

calvin klein deep euphoria holiday editionCalvin Klein Deep Euphoria Collector Edition, $119

calvin klein eternity for him holiday editionEternity Calvin Klein for Him Collector Edition, $95

daisy marc jacobs shine editionsDaisy Marc Jacobs – Daisy Shine Edition in Gold, Fuchsia & Red, $118 each

daisy marc jacobs shine edition packaging

holiday fragrance bottles 2016

The above fragrances are available in Canada at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com

  • sarah sar
    November 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Oh my word, these all look so stunning!! I’m gonna have to check out the Replica and Bvlgari Rose Goldea perfumes. @sfbblog

  • Kiki Veliki
    November 8, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Mark Jacobs Decadence Holiday Edition is perfect…… and very pretty bottle!!!!

  • Dawn Sutherland
    November 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    So many beautiful options!

  • denise
    November 7, 2016 at 12:10 am



  • Gloria Tretiak
    November 5, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I’d love the black opium, I tried a tester and it was awesome

  • Gabrielle L.
    November 4, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Viktor & Rolf and YSL are two of my favorite brands!

  • gina itskoy
    November 3, 2016 at 4:08 am

    wow its the best

  • Chanelle
    November 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    The gold bottle of L’Air during Temps is spectacular! I love that designers put so much thought into the fragrance bottle because customers want something beautiful to display on their vanities, so people buy fragrances just for the bottle.

  • Marie
    November 2, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Ooh I love the Euphoria special edition. The cokour is so festive! You know I’m all about a Euphoria fragrance!

  • September Dee
    November 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Such nice bottles. They surely do catch the eye and entice!

  • Melanie E
    November 2, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Lovely bottles! Thanks for the info, Dave! @MaraMel

  • lacoste violetta
    November 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    So very beautifull.

  • denise
    November 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    so beautiful

  • Pina
    November 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    So pretty I am sure they smell lovely going to have to pick one to try. which one do u suggest? Pina -♡♡

  • Rhonda Lushington
    November 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Fragrance bottles have come a long way. The L’air du Temps was one of my mothers favourites. She would have loved this bottle😀
    I might have to buy this just to remind me of her scent😀

  • Loretta Chow
    November 2, 2016 at 10:37 am

    So pretty! They would look gorgeous on my vanity.

  • Gabrielle L.
    November 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    OMG! Want them all!

  • Christine Christensen
    November 2, 2016 at 8:55 am

    They are so beautiful they take your breath away! The bonus is the lovely scent inside. Thank you for showing us!

  • Adele Wright
    November 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

    So interesting! The packaging and presentation is so vital as What grabs our attention at Christmas !

    • Adele Wright
      November 2, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      And Black Opium is calling my name as well as Lancome Le Nuit Tresor Caresse !!!!

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