I was looking through Sephora.com recently because my boyfriend is headed to Singapore within the month, and since we don’t have a Sephora over here, I’ll need to send a “short” list of things for him to (pretty please) buy for me. I wasn’t really supposed to be looking through the frangrances, but one of their little advertisements caught my eye and I found myself scrolling through the pretty bottles, ooh-ing and aah-ing as I went. Shopping for a scent online is not a smart thing to do if you’ve never tested it out before, so I was content with looking at the pretty packaging instead. For example:
Balenciaga’s lovely Parfum. I have actually had the chance to smell this in a store before and I remember thinking it was pleasant. Very light, inoffensive, and quite young. I also thought it could be a unisex fragrance, though I’m not too sure if that was the brand’s intention. But on to the bottle! I saw this for the very first time (different from the time I was able to test it) in Balenciaga’s New York store. It was on a pedestal sitting in the middle of some bags and clothes displays, and I couldn’t help but think that it complimented Balenciaga’s aesthetic perfectly. The packaging wasn’t a literal translation of their signature handbag design (can you imagine a leather-esque spray bottle with Balenciaga studs on it?) and yet it just fit the brand. If I’m not making any sense, I’m happy to leave it at this: I find the bottle to be pretty but not too sweet. On a side note, the cover can sometimes look like a football. Hmm. Still like it! haha
To see other pretty fragrance bottles, read on!
Does that look mysterious or does that look mysterious? I am dying to test this smell because of both the name and the packaging! The description on Sephora’s website reads: “The custom grown (and über rare) TOM FORD Black Orchid is the show-stopping note in this incredibly luxurious scent. While sultry woods and rich fruit accords help to bring out the skin’s natural perfume, the jet-black, art-deco inspired bottle adds to the fragrances overall glamour. A sparkling new twist on the original blends lush florals with alluring black orchids.” I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of an über rare flower? Haha. Kidding aside, Tom Ford is a name I would love to wear as a scent!
Now here’s a bottle I can see sitting on an old lady’s vanity–and I mean that in the best possible way, because once you’ve taken the rather gaudy bottle away from the equally gaudy vanity, the overdone design can look quite elegant. That cap/cover reminds me of a spade, which in turn leads me to think of the talking deck of cards from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This bottle would be a part of the Queen’s guard. And yes, they have to be the talking, croquet-playing type of playing cards.
Unlike Chloe’s original scent which is a pink liquid packaged in a clear glass bottle with a pink ribbon, L’Eau de Chloe (a sister-scent supposedly injected with a modern twist) takes on the greens–moss green, to be specific. Since I’ve never had the chance to smell either scent, we’re just going to consider aesthetics here, and while I am not usually one to like green very much, THIS green is the one green that I will very likely use on my living room walls in the future. Yes, I’ve thought about it that much. It’s a moss green with a kick to it. It looks a tiny bit like Chanel No.19. That ribbon on the bottle isn’t even tied into a bow and yet it looks feminine! Ugh. I love.
I’ve saved my favourite for last. Miss Dior Cherie is femininity in a fragrance, bottle and scent combined. I actually own this myself, and it is the very first high-end scent I ever got for myself. While it is no longer my favourite, it will always have a special place in my heart and on my vanity (since it is so very pretty to look at). The Dior bow and the hounds tooth pattern on the bottom of the bottle make it perfection to my mind. One day I’ll buy myself the set of Miss Dior miniatures so that I can test the four variants and then keep the bottles to myself afterwards. Love, love, love.
And that’s it for today. I am a sucker for pretty things.
Since you’re here, check this out: The Making of Miss Dior Fall 2012 Campaign