I love Chanel No. 5. Every Christmas for the past five years, my Mom has gotten me a bottle. But this year, I’m not asking for the old stand-by. It’s all about Prada, baby.

I can see this bottle on my dresser already!

There’s something magical about an atomizer. To me it evokes images of flapper divas from the past, sitting before a mirror framed in lights and drizzling scent onto their decolletage before heading out for a night dancing at the jazz club.

Although the irresistable femininity of an atomizer attracts me like a magnet, I have learned how important it is to try a scent before you buy it, to make sure it meshes well with your body chemistry. But for me, the clincher in a potential perfume purchase is the packaging. A cool bottle can make a perfume unforgettable. Here are some of my all-time favorites. What are yours?

In my opinion, L’Eau De Issey is one of the most timeless scents of all. It’s soft and feminine, complicated and memorable. The fuzzy modernity of the bottle made it a dressing table standout for a while. Few scents have felt so right on me. I really do need a new bottle.

I was infatuated with Donna Karan’s Be Delicious for a hot minute. I believe I rubbed a scented magazine strip on my wrist and was entranced by the crisp apple scent. The cute, round bottle appealed to me as well. Then I got a sample at a store and realize how terrible this smelled on me. It was like rancid cider. A shame, too – the price range of Be Delicious is ideal in my book.

I’m loving the packaging of the Bond No. 9 scents. Particularly the aqua, gold, and purple Bleecker Street bottle entrances me. I won’t be buying it based on the crappy reviews on Makeup Alley, where only 20% of reviewers said they’d buy it again.

Based on all of that, my next pricey perfume purchase probably won’t be a scent; it’ll be a beautiful bottle.

I’m saving up for an antique atomizer so I can live out all of my flapper fantasies.

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jerseybred says:
October 2, 2006, 1:12 am
Funny, I'm probably the only woman who doesn't have a signature scent (favorite perfume). But I'm a sucker for antiques. I think I'm a future pack rat.
Shonquayshah says:
October 2, 2006, 10:16 am
Bucheron, Ceasar's Woman and those funky oils that you can get at the Korean beauty supply stores are amongst my faves...and of course, if you were a teen in the 80's....who could forget, Love's Baby Soft?
Coffy says:
October 2, 2006, 11:33 am
Claude Montana for men is my go to scent. it is a combination of masculinity and warmth.
The Glamour Bee says:
October 2, 2006, 10:47 am
I tend to go for the simple classic-looking bottle, like Chanel No 5's. Funny you mention wanting Prada this year. To me it smells similar to Coco (Chanel).
Dahls says:
October 2, 2006, 2:10 pm
I love atomizers too they're just so classic & feminine.I love L'Eau De Issey also it has that clean scent that i tend to go for. Another favorite of mine is Jessica Mc Clintock the fragrance i've been using this forever. Also the new Dior is amazing.
earthtone says:
October 4, 2006, 6:10 pm
Okay, I'm going to share my all time favre scents... don't steal them. lol. Love, love, love victoria secrets "very sexy" for going out. The smell makes me feel sexy,alluring, and untouchable. Also by victoria secret is "Body". It is a great everyday scent. I wear it mostly in the spring,and summer. For fall I'm extremely fond of gap "dream". It very clean smelling, I like it for everyday. Also for fall is Vera Wang ( the purple one). It has a floral scent that is light and not overpowering. Oh yes...Paris Hilton (the 1st one) just to change it up a bit.