They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when its cover is beautifully crafted, how can you resist? A bottle of perfume is no different. There is a certain carnal romanticism attached to a scent, something innate that reaches into your cache of memories and plucks out those that you hold most dear: the smell of summertime, the woody pine of a Christmas tree, or that soft floral scent your mother used to wear. The fragrance of the perfume lingers within its glass walls long after the final drop has dried – one inhale and you’re transported, reminded.
Have you ever kept a bottle even once the juice is all but gone, do you hold that empty bottle in your hand and sniff any remaining scent? memories flood in alongside with those magical love endorphins, thats the power of the magic bottle. Its the bottle is what holds the magic !
The bottle can be just as important as what’s inside, so here are three perfumes whose physicality transcends their liquid interiors.
Contessa by Moresque
As the name suggests, Contessa is a perfume of aristocratic sensuality and indulgence, depicting the essence of a “dignified Italian noblewoman who hides her passion behind her courtliness”. Hand-blown and crafted, each customer receives a unique and lovingly-made bottle. Exclusive to Harrods, this bold, feminine scent is comprised of floral notes of rose and jasmine, punctuated with bergamot and the spiciness of nutmeg and star anise, alongside the sweetness of vanilla and tonka bean.
Niral by Neela Vermeire Creations
Niral is exclusively available in Jovoy Mayfair in the UK
“Niral is a perfume inspired by British sericulture expert Sir Thomas Wardle’s relationship with India, and particularly his contribution to the Indian wild silk trade from Bengal and Kashmir to Europe. Developed by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, this scent has springtime notes of cedar, iris, sandalwood, and magnolia, alongside the spicy warmth of cardamom and ambrette seed. The bottle is a reinvention of its predecessors, a palette of gold and plum-to-ivory gradient. Read more about the exquisite Neela Vereiere Creations here
Good Girl by Carolina Herrera
Where Niral and Contessa are high-end, niche perfumes, Good Girl by Carolina Herrera is a more commercial and affordable option. Moulded into the shape of a midnight-blue stiletto, Good Girl reflects the complexity of the modern woman in a duality of sophistication and sensuality, elegance and edge. Its slogan is simple: “It’s good to be bad”. Light notes of jasmine’s floral femininity coupled with the dark richness of cocoa and tonka bean create a scent that embodies the everyday Wonder Woman.