"Fragrance is a work of art and the thing that contains it must be a masterpiece," said Robert Ricci of Nina Ricci's House. Although it perfectly expresses the sentiment, the idea is that the container with the scent should be just as beautiful, because the scent itself is not new.
Every scent has its secrets. It can boost your confidence and help you make an impression. Perfume bottles always resonate with their mysterious properties and serve as proof of the value they put into it. Whether it's a small teardrop shape, a slender spiral or a flat geometric shape, perfume bottles have a beautiful charm.
Design of old perfume bottles
The ancient Egyptians used decorative vessels made of clay and wood to preserve their scents. Palestinians make beautiful bottles of stained glass. The Greeks made hand-painted vases with animal shapes. The Romans dug up precious stones to put fragrant substances in their vessels. The first Europeans stored their perfumes in various containers made of materials such as gold, silver, porcelain, seashells, glass and even semi-precious stones. Many containers are elegantly shaped bottles designed by artists and there are several others that can be worn as jewelry. Most of the perfumes of this period were sold in undecorated bottles and put in decorative containers at home.
The effects of Art Nouveau and Art Deco on perfume bottles
At the end of the 19th century, the art and style of perfume bottles underwent major changes. Perfume bottles, although traditional in style, are made of crystal and decorated with floral labels. The Art Deco era created vials that emphasized angular, geometric shapes such as zigzags, prisms and hexagons. These delicate and simple bottles are usually made of glass or crystal. Because the shapes themselves are so simple, they are often adorned with colorful gems.
As Art Nouveau became more popular, perfume bottles took on unusual shapes, such as flowers, lighthouses, and teapots. Coty, the founding perfumer at the time, invited renowned French glassmaker René Lalique to design bottles for his perfumes. As the perfume market expanded in the 1920s, new businesses emerged and fashion designers entered the game of perfume production. In addition, they added a touch of perfume bottle design to bottles designed by Baccarat and made of high quality crystal.
Bottles of perfume after World War II
During the Great Depression, perfume bottles became less fashionable and conservative. They are always made by machine. New perfumes such as Nina Ricci and Christian Dior began creating their works of art after World War II. Perfume bottles have become more luxurious and refined.
Baccarat and Lalique still design beautiful perfume bottles around the world. The history of perfume bottles shows that we are always attracted to beautiful scents and their packaging.