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Perfume Bottle Design History
Jun 20, 2018


In the first decade of the last century, the Art Nouveau style reached its peak period. The design of perfume bottles was mostly whimsical, fancy and elegant and dignified, such as the Floramie perfume of L.T. Piver of 1905.

During this period, perfume bottles are generally made of crystals. Decorated with gold letters and brass caps, cork stoppers are usually used as stoppers to prevent odor spillage.

When using it, use something like a wand to extract perfume and apply it to your wrist and neck.


The first spray perfume appeared. The first perfume sprayers are called "perfumizers," and they turn liquid perfumes into good sprays. After the birth of the sprayer, a new industry emerged, and manufacturers began to make various decorative empty bottles with spray function. Some elegant lady is encouraged to store her favorite perfume in these bottles with sprayer so that the perfume can be used as long as possible. In those days, spray perfume bottles were very expensive.

One of the most popular perfume bottles in 1907 is DeVilbiss. The perfume bottle has a beautiful curve, and the top of the bottle is decorated with several glass flowers. Once this bottle was introduced, it was believed that it would be very popular.



Surprisingly, during the First World War, American soldiers brought perfumes from overseas to their sweethearts, resulting in an increase in the demand for fragrances. With the increase in perfume sales, US perfume companies have mushroomed. They collaborated with fashion designers and new bottle designs emerged one after another

At the same time, the introduction of luxury bottle designs by some perfume manufacturers reflects the flourishing perfume industry. The flavor of perfumes has also become more internationalized, and the fancy and whimsical packaging ideas of the earlier era have been abandoned, and more urbanization designs have emerged.17-C024-P.jpg


When the financial crisis hit, there was an unprecedented drop in perfume sales.

Many perfume manufacturers around the world have been forced to close, and those wonderful perfume bottles have disappeared temporarily. Complex and hand-crafted containers have appeared in the past decade, and now replaced by cheap, uniform machine-made bottles.

Some perfume companies have chosen mass-produced and cheap bottles, and have made eye-catching exterior packaging attractive to consumers: these Coty perfumes from the 1930s were poured into glass heels to attract eyeballs.


Since the end of World War II in the mid-1940s, the design of creative perfume bottles began to reappear, but the style has become uniform, this situation has never seen in the past 10 years.

The ill-timed arrival of war ended the glass-blowing industry, but people’s desire for artistic perfume bottles has continued to increase. Perfume makers have found a way to satisfy citizens’ demand for fragrances by creating elaborately shaped molds that can be used to mass-produce these wonderful bottles.

At this time, it can often be seen that different companies have launched the same wonderful bottle design, painted on the bottle, or painted with metal and plastic products, to distinguish different brands with such a personalized design. For example, Germaine Lecomte's Soir de Fête perfume was a very common bottle design at the time, but the metallic decorations and satin-lined boxes gave this perfume a decadent feel.


In the 1960s, a decade ago some craftsmanship and folk art came back. Handicraft craftsmen and independent glass-blowing studios began to increase. This boom has led to the emergence of some highly decorative and distinctive bottles. These design inspirations usually come from fashion in the past decade (angular shapes and vivid colors). Even Avon, a major cosmetics company, is involved in the introduction of nearly ten different fragrances, each with its own unique bottle shape and color.


The women of the 1970s became strong and independent. Their perfumes were like a fuel for the heat, which made musk popular in this era (such as Houbig's Musk).

In the design of women's fragrances, the metal trim has been re-used, making it more neutral and practical: the stoppers are sometimes replaced by screw caps, allowing the perfume to splash on the body instead of tapping where it is needed. These simple designs allow liberated modern women to incorporate luxury into their busy lives.


A revolutionary new concept was proposed in the 1980s: perfumes are classified as combed products.

With the introduction of built-in atomization (which is almost all perfumes you see on the market today), perfumes have become truly portable for the first time. You can carry perfume with you, just like your lipstick, in your bag. Plastics have become the more commonly used bottle material, which allows perfumes to be used by more female users.

Of course, we are talking about the 1980s, gorgeous has never left the packaging design theme.


In the mid-1990s, outsourcing began to take off, and as the outsourcing of labor and packaging became cheaper, the price of perfume began to fall.

Even high-end perfumes are sold in pharmacies, along with cheap glass bottles and plastic bottles of perfume. With the development of the times, prices have become cheaper and perfume bottles have become disposable items.

For example, colored coated glass and lightweight plastics are all available. Perfume makers have begun to maximize the use of these materials to design the bottle. You can find abstract glass, metal, plastic, and even wooden containers. Bottles of various shapes and sizes contain the imaginary taste.