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Do you know the origin of the most iconic perfume bottles?

Although we have fallen in love with its fragrances, the truth is that when we mention its name the first thing that comes to mind It is the image of your bottle. The passage of time has never erased her silhouette.

The designs of these perfumes have marked history and have given rise to different versions, without losing their basic lines. They are also part of the success and rise of the perfumery sector: eIn 2021 they were sold nearly 80 million perfumes in Spainthe entire perfume market in the national market closed the year with a growth in value of 26%, according to data provided by Stanpa.

Last year, they won the awards for best men’s design, Phantom, by Paco Rabanne, and best women’s design, Trussardi, by Trussardi, at the Perfume Academy Awards. What other designs survive and will survive in history? We review the 10 bottles that have made a difference.

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    CHANEL Nº5

    The best-selling perfume in history hides, behind its simple bottle, a somewhat confusing origin. His biographies contradict each other: some say that his inspiration is due to a coffee pourer. whiskey that Gabrielle had; others believe that she was influenced by Charvet’s bottles.

    But the truth is that, far from the overloaded bottles of the 1920s, Chanel Nº5 it was all a success. Sober, minimalist and timeless, this austere bottle was created in 1921 by Jean Helleu. Made of transparent glass, with cut corners and a small rectangular label that only said the name of the perfume; Its simple elegance was, without a doubt, the key to its success.

    In 1959, it entered the Metropolitan Museum in New York and in the 60s Andy Warhol used it as the protagonist in several of his works.

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    Calender by Paco Rabanne

    Rabanne’s obsession with metal is more than well known. In 1964, he revolutionized the world of fashion with extravagant dresses made with mirrors, plastic, discs and metal. Following this line, he will create his perfume calender (1969).

    Based on the fact that its meaning in French is “radiator”, the Calandre bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand who, inspired by the radiator of a Rolls-Royce, created this elegant bottle with pure lines. The perfect home for a perfume that has light metallic notes that give strength to its fragrance.

    Its success was such that it managed to win the “Beauty-Industry” award for Best Perfume Design in 1969.

  • 3 out of 10

    Classique by Jean-Paul Gaultier

    Taking the perfume design as a starting point Shocking by Schiaparelli, a fragrance created in 1937 and inspired by the shapes of Mae West, Gaultier chose this sensual silhouette to launch on the market Classique (1993).

    The bottle, which reproduces the corseted body of a woman, refers to the style of a designer who frequently opts for bustiers. In fact, they are a fundamental part of her identity.

    Since then, the brand has enhanced this aspect by also creating a male version of the perfume – with a bottle that shows a male torso inspired by sailors – and has been marketing limited editions since 1997, updating its design.

  • 4 out of 10

    YSL Opium

    Also designed by Pierre Dinand, the first bottle created for opium It was inspired by the inros, small lacquered wooden boxes that the samurai hung from their belts and in which they carried spices, salt, medicinal herbs and, sometimes, opium.

    Without a doubt, the perfect packaging to house this mystical aroma in which we find a mix of notes of mandarin, coriander and pepper.

    And although its design has been updated by Stefano Pilati and Fabien Baron to give it a cleaner and more modern appearance, it still maintains the original cap as a reference to the luxury so characteristic of Yves Saint Laurent.

  • 5 out of 10

    J’adore by Dior

    Originally created by Hervé Van Der Straeten, a French jewelry and furniture designer, its design is inspired by the brand’s beginnings.

    Its shape, highly inspired by the aesthetics of New Look and emulating the first amphora-shaped containers, J’adore It was designed as a symbol of elegance and femininity.

    A bottle with sensual curves with a long neck and marked waist where the metal is reminiscent of a Masai necklace. Since then, the brand has launched several limited editions in collaboration with Baccarat and the French sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel, among others.

  • 6 out of 10

    Flower by Kenzo

    Signed by the French artist Serge Mansau, who has designed more than 200 perfume bottles to his credit,
    Flower by Kenzo Born in 2000 with a very minimalist design.

    An exquisite transparent glass tower that houses inside a fine and stylized poppy that grows to awaken all the senses through the notes of its fragrance.

    An ethereal design and bold simplicity that has become, without a doubt, the icon of businessman Kenzo Takada’s brand.

  • 7 out of 10

    L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci

    “A perfume is a work of art; therefore, the object that contains it has to be a work of art.” Nina Ricci was clear about it, so her most iconic perfume had to also be one of the most iconic in history.

    Designed by Robert Ricci and created by Marc Lalique –famous French glassmaker-, the bottle of The Air du Temps was created in 1948. The stopper, which represents two kissing doves, is a tribute to love and was awarded Best Perfume Bottle of the Century by the Gran Prix International du Parfum Flacon in 1999.

    Since then, numerous artists, such as Andy Warhol and Philipe Starck, have reinvented its design. And although its evolution has been constant, its essence remains intact.

  • 8 out of 10

    Shalimar by Guerlain

    Inspired by a love story, the perfume Shalimar by Guerlain is the result of the designer’s journey. Legend has it that in the 17th century, in India, Emperor Shah Jahan fell madly in love with Princess Mumtaz Mahal.

    And his love was such that, as a sign of respect and so that she could rest for a lifetime, he built her the famous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

    And from a visit to his famous Shalimar Gardens, from which the perfume takes its name, Jacques Guerlain created this fragrance in 1925, the first oriental in history and whose bottle is a small tribute to the temple’s fountains.

  • 9 out of 10

    Angel by Thierry Mugler

    Two years were necessary to shape the stretched and asymmetric five-pointed star that houses the French designer’s fragrance.

    His idea, to create a true work of art, was a challenge that only the glaziers of Verreries Brosse dared to take on in 1990.

    After numerous failed attempts, they finally managed to find a revolutionary artisanal technique that resulted in a perfect crystal star, cut like a diamond, with brilliant cold blue facets.

  • 10 out of 10

    Very Irresistible by Givenchy

    Inspired by the stylized shapes of a woman’s body, sensuality in its purest form, the Cent Degrés agency under the creative direction of Pablo Reinoso – a Franco-Argentine designer – gave life to the bottle of Very Irresistible (2003).

    Made of a pink triangular glass that allows light to pass through, the brand sought to awaken a feminine mystery through a bottle where its shapes culminate with a silver ring under the cap as a jewel that falls on the body of a woman.

    Currently, its format has been updated, changing color depending on the different versions of the perfume.