Sure, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but does the same rule apply to cologne bottles? We’ve found that many of the best fragrances come in unique packages. Heck, each of these fragrance decanters belongs in a contemporary art gallery.
This cologne launched in 2004, a time when obsession over Burberry’s signature plaid was at an all-time high.
Jean Paul doesn’t shy away from controversy, so we can’t imagine anyone was shocked when he debuted this bottle in the shape of a toned male torso (complete with a bulge) for his first fragrance back in the ‘90s.
Photo: Jean Paul Gaultier
Diesel’s bottle certainly packs a punch: It’s shaped like a fist and wearing a namesake knuckle ring. The design was actually inspired by a tattoo on Renzo Rosso, one of the founders of the brand.
Think wicker is only for the Golden Girls set? Think again. John Varvatos made the woven material cool again when he featured it on the bottle of his citrus-y summer cologne.
Photo: John Varvatos
The rapper named this cologne after his album “Konvicted.” Probably a good one to keep inside the medicine cabinet if company is coming over.
Photo: Akon Fragrance
Ed Hardy, best known for designing brash graphic t-shirts worn by reality TV stars circa 2008, put this cologne on the market in 2012. Just like the brand’s clothing, the skull-shaped bottle is anything but subtle.
Photo: Ed Hardy
This grenade-shaped bottle was designed a little too well: A traveler at Edinburgh Airport in Scotland once caused a full-scale terrorist scare after packing it in his carry-on bag.
Photo: Viktor & Rolf
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