Cant get past the bottle design.


Active member
Apr 9, 2020
Hi.Iknow its wrong to " judge a book by its cover" but due to bottle design,there are certain houses i never go near without even trying them!!!!
Paco Rabanne,Jean Paul Gaultier and Montale are perfect examples.
Crazy i know,its of course whats inside the bottle that matters,but i just dont want to see them in my collection.
On the flip side ,other brands im drawn to because of bottle design e.g. zoologist and ELDO.
Any one else influenced like this?


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May 30, 2020
Not so crazy. Bad bottle design puts me off trying in the first place. Were I to receive a sample randomly and really liking it, it would not put me off buying, however.

I also like when houses have a coherent bottle design (e.g. Acqua di Parma, Creed, Parfums de Marly, etc.). I can‘t stand having multiple bottles from a house and every bottle looks different. It‘s just a bad CI/CD choice.

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Missing Oakmoss
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Jul 25, 2015
I could do without Guerlain's reworked bee bottles, especially for heady classics like Samsara. But overall, bottle design is not a deal-breaker for me.


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Nov 4, 2014
Bottle design isn't really too much of a deal breaker for me as there's not anything out there that I would want to wear that I can think of that has a bottle that I think is hideous.

I like the look of the A*Men bottles, but the sprayers on them are terrible.

What I really like is when a line has a design that is clean and cohesive. The Louis Vuittons and Diors are my favorites. I like the Slumberhouses and Le Labos. Those are all nice and smooth to hold.


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Apr 2, 2008
It's pleasing when everything comes together, great smell, cool bottle and reasonable price --- Dior Homme comes to mind

Old Factory

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Jan 14, 2021
Completely agree, especially the first two you mentioned including their scents. However the Montale bottles look great from what I've seen, absolutely love them. Also really detest the Abercrombie fierce bottle with that stupid male model background picture. I'm hetero, I don't want to look at male bodies at all, ever, so that one really turns me off, however I actually love the scent of it, unlike the other two. With Paco Rabies, as I call it, those golden bar bottles just turn me off because I find gold ridiculously hideous and gaudy in general plus it smells juvenile and feminine to me. With JPG stuff its like Fierce times 10, no thanks, plus they smell horrendously juvenile and feminine to me no thanks.


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Mar 8, 2017
Anything with the sprayer built into the bottle body not a fan of those at all. I’m also not a fan of the Bvlgari Man bottles the sprayers are crap and over time shoot like squirt gun total waste of time and money. I might add a few as I think of them but presentation and sprayer quality is very important to me especially after being exposed to the quality sprayers of some brands.

One I make an exception for is Costume National Homme, the fragrance is 10/10 but the sprayer is quite cheaply made feels like it could easily break and puts out a small amount of fragrance which is a good thing due to the strength of this fragrance but the sprayer as a whole deserves to be a lot nicer.


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Jan 7, 2020
Same. I will never own a JPG fragrance. I will not use another mans torso and junk to spray myself down no matter how the juice smells.


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Jul 21, 2011
Paco Rabanne and Jean Paul Gaultier have some fragrances that smell pretty nice actually. :)

That said, I know what you mean about the bottles. They're pretty kitschy. :laugh:

Plus, those are already super popular. They don't need any more help! :laugh::thumbsup:


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Jul 21, 2011
I had to actually sit and think about this question for a bit. It turns out, I love so many perfume bottles that I had a hard time trying to think of ones I hate! XD
(Yes..I like High Kitsch! XD)

Then I googled "ugliest perfume bottles", and I learned that Fragrantica has a thread that is many, many pages long with lots of visual examples! XD
I realized I actually agree with quite a few of them! XD

First, though, and foremost, I want to add: Kenzo World! I completely forgot about it until just now! :cheesy:
The bottle just gives me the creeps, I don't think I could ever own that! I can't even recall what the perfume was like (obviously not good enough to make up for the bottle!)
But..Kenzo World is definitely one where the bottle scares me so much I almost don't even care about what's inside! XD :thumbsup:

Another really good dishonorable mention (lol) is that creepy one from Azzaro that looks like a phallus. (Seriously.) Yeeeahhh..
I look at that and think..not so much!! XD

Jean Paul Gaultier actually does have at least a couple that I can hardly look at!
I thought of mentioning that one from Moschino that looks like a Windex bottle, but it makes me laugh! XD I don't know if I would everr buy it, but at least it amuses me!

Bangkok Hound

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Nov 4, 2015
My situation is a little different: I've lost interest in Slumberhouse since the flask style bottle was abandoned. It was the perfect aesthetic to go with the house. The rectagular bottle with the big metal plate and the current ones are fine, but just don't scream Slumberhouse to me. They might as well be cheap decant bottles.


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May 2, 2018
Hi.Iknow its wrong to " judge a book by its cover" but due to bottle design,there are certain houses i never go near without even trying them!!!!
Paco Rabanne,Jean Paul Gaultier and Montale are perfect examples.
Crazy i know,its of course whats inside the bottle that matters,but i just dont want to see them in my collection.
On the flip side ,other brands im drawn to because of bottle design e.g. zoologist and ELDO.
Any one else influenced like this?

Bond No. 9


Well-known member
May 15, 2015
The ugliest bottles to me are the ones that try to hard to convey some faux sense of prestige and luxury but usually end up looking tacky and cheap. Parfums de Marley is the worst of them, but I also hate how Clive Christian, Xerjoff and those Penhaligons with animal heads look.

I don't think a bad bottle would deter from buying a scent I love, but if the brand aesthetic is totally contrary to my tastes I probably wouldn't bother to try it in the first place. I must say I do like the look of all my simple modern bottles of Frederic Malle, Chanel and Hermes together.

I absolutely love Gaultier for putting a naked male torso in so many straight men's bathrooms. :thumbsup:

Edit: Oh yes Bond no 9 are terrible I forgot about them, thanks bklow


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May 10, 2019
As more than a token minimalist I struggle with many bottle designs more than I should. Such a feeling does not come in so handy for a hobby I love. It engenders a lot of inconveniences.

With the bottles placed in proximity to one another I don’t often sense the aesthetic/beauty that others do. In fact, being one of those people who keeps them in a drawer - albeit neatly, of course - kinda tells you all you need to know. And those bottles which are minimal in design often get a separate placement, about as close to a display as anything in my humble abode.

I agree with what was said above about those houses that strive for continuity in bottle design, and naturally I get drawn to those houses, which of course becomes an impediment that I need to overcome to discover and test new wonderful things. Thus I became a moth to a flame when Tom Ford first released the private collection. Again, too, when I tried Creed, Le Labo, PdM, Margiela, Helmut Lang, etc. It’s actually pretty sad/bad that another sense other than smell would be my first directive. Sigh, I think I’m going to organize my dishes (again) . . . lol!

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

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Jul 1, 2011
Never understood the motivation of this bottle:


Frag Bomber 1st Squadron
Basenotes Plus
Jun 28, 2009
I plead ‘GUILTY’, your Honour.

Offending culprits:

House of Oud - Easter-egg-gone-crazy aesthetic.

Diesel’s fist bottles.

CdG’s awkward space-hoarding pebble-shaped bottles.

Guerlain Listerine mouthwash bottles

And I share Bangkok Hound’s disappointment with Slumberhouse’s questionable decision to repackage. I’d have bought one just for the old bottle but the new ones? Not a chance.

Hugh V.

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Dec 9, 2016
Yes, that can really persuade me from buying a bottle, and even influence my perception of the sent.

Abercrombie and Fitch-Fierce

It's like they wanted to do something like LeMale but had no budget, so went the 99cent store route and had a generic clear rectangle bottle and slapped a sticker on the back. I like the scent but I don't want that tacky bottle in my collection.

Mambo for Men looks like it's for women, but it even looks cheap. I get the bottle matches the name, like it's shaking its hips, but it looks like they made a mistake with the mold.

In fact, most of the Liz Claiborne men's fragrances have lousy bottles. Bora Bora is extravagant but also extremely tacky and cheap looking. Curve is one of the best men's scents ever but the bottle is very teenager-like and even feminine.


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Dec 23, 2010
1 Million, some of the newer Bogart bottles, the skull ones (Diesel?), the trophy/urn one, the barbell and gambling one would have to contain really good perfume to become tempting.


Well-known member
Jan 4, 2011
Yep! Personally not bothered by the “kitsch” bottles like the JPG range, but I do have a problem with the more gaudy/tacky designs like the Valentino Uomo line, anything Roja and some of the Arabic lines.

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