Please understand that this website is not affiliated with any of the perfume companies written about here in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.

One of the goals of this website is to show the present owners of the various perfumes and cologne brands that are featured here how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the fragrance, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories, what it reminded you of, maybe a relative wore it, or you remembered seeing the bottle on their vanity table), who knows, perhaps someone from the company brand might see it.

Selling Vintage Perfume Tips

  • Are you a collector of antique & vintage perfumes or want to get started?
  • Are you a seller who wants to list vintage perfumes but don't know where to start?
Then you have come to the right place! I have been collecting vintage perfumes for many years and have also sold them on ebay for several years. I will discuss several things people look for when buying vintage perfumes and things a seller should add to their item descriptions.

If you are a seller, please read the following basic tips:

1. Take really good photos!

Make sure you have a photo of the item you are trying to sell. Do not use other people's photos of a similar bottle or stock photos unless the perfume is brand new. Names for specific bottle shapes, and exact dates for different styles of even well known brands and fragrances are not yet standardized and fragrances often changed bottle shapes, label designs, packaging designs, ownership changes, reformulations, etc. (and these can be very important to your buyer).

Take good pictures! When taking pictures of commercial or colored glass perfume bottles, it is best to have a plain white background, this will show the true color of the glass, the juice, and any other important aspects. If you have a plain, clear glass bottle, shoot it with a black background and convert the photo to grayscale or black and white. It will show all the details in the glass beautifully!

Please take several photos of your bottle from different angles, the back, sides, top view, stopper, base, any intricate details.

Also take photos of the base of bottles especially if there is a label or any markings/names molded in the glass. Close up shots of labels on the front of bottles, damages areas, signatures, and close ups of baudruchage seals on the bottle necks also help your buyer determine whether or not to make a purchase. Do not use pictures that are blurry, too dark or if the item is too far away to make out details. 

2. Use The right terminology

Although, I advise you to use the keyword "perfume" in your title to get more exposure, please try to be accurate in your descriptive text, especially if your bottle is really an Eau de Parfum, Eau de Cologne, Cologne, Eau de Toilette (Toilet Water), etc.

Do not continue to call it a perfume in the descriptive text if it is not, especially if the label is not readable in your photo. Most fragrance bottle collectors consider the distinction to be quite important. True perfume bottles marked "Parfum" or "Extrait" command higher prices. To help you here is my quick guide:

  • Parfum: also called extrait, parfum classic, extrait de parfum or extract, is the highest concentration of perfume. A perfume may contain 22-30 percent oils and high grade alcohol, and a slight amount of water. Parfum is the most expensive type of perfume. Any mixture lower in oils is known as an eau.  
  • Eau de Parfum: is composed of 15-18 percent of essential oils with a slightly weaker alcohol and water. An older term for this is "Parfum de Toilette".
  • Eau de Toilette: also called toilet water, is a much thinner dilution of the same materials, containing approximately only 4-8 percent of essential oils, in an even weaker alcohol and water mixture.  
  • Eau de Cologne: for men or women, or aftershave, is further diluted, about 3-5 percent of essential oils, in an even still weaker alcohol and water mix.   
  • Eau Fraiche: a toilet water similar to cologne or splash but made with a higher grade of alcohol.
  • Natural Spray: is a fragrance that uses a non-aerosol pump to emit a fine mist. 
  • Bath Oils: a combination of fifteen percent essential oils blended with mineral oil, lanolin, or other fatty oils of plant origin.

3. How old is it?

Please bear in mind that your buyer is interested in how old the perfume is. If it dates to the 1920s, 1960s or even the 1990s, please make mention of it in your description. Many perfume bottles have been redeveloped throughout the years and knowing which year your bottle dates from may help in someone's quest for a particular bottle. If it is Victorian, please be sure it is an antique and not a reproduction, or those newly made light weight, thin glass perfume bottles from Egypt.

If you have no idea on the age of your bottle and want to know more, you can look through any of my guides here on the website via the search box - or please contact me if you cannot not the info.

If you wish to know the value of your bottle and more information, you can request this information via my Appraisal Service.

If you estimate the date of a bottle or set, be careful. The debut date for a fragrance only dates its first bottle. After that, magazine ads are one good way to estimate the decade. Bottle style, zip code (started in 1963), and other clues will help you to date your bottle.

Use my Guide on How To Date Your Perfume Bottle.

4. Who made it?

Who was the perfume company that made your fragrance? For instance, if Coty produced your perfume Emeraude, then make mention of it. Or if Guerlain made your bottle of Shalimar tell your buyer. Sometimes, perfumes can have the same names, but different makers. Your buyer may be looking up that particular maker in a search. Some collectors only want to buy certain perfume bottles from particular perfume houses.

5. Does it spray or is it a splash bottle?

Is your perfume bottle an atomizer? An atomizer is a perfume that has the squeeze ball! These bottles have a bulb that you would squeeze in order to produce a spray of perfume.  Though many of these older bottles are missing their bulbs and cords due to the rubber deteriorating over the years.

Some atomizers are bulbless and use a metal plunger type spray.

If your perfume is a spray type, be sure to mention if your perfume is an atomizer, because some people are specifically looking for these. Look at the base of your atomizer for any manufacturer's signatures or labels, or has any hang tags or original box. Some atomizer manufacturers are highly collectible like Devilbiss,Volupte, Aristo, Mignon, Irice, Apollo, Marcel Franck. Be sure to mention if your piece is acid-stamped, specially if it says Czecho-Slovakia, Baccarat, Lalique or France.

Does your bottle have a dauber? The long stick thing at the end of a stopper that dips into the perfume is properly called a dauber (also known as a tigella--a rod, usually of glass and sometimes sculptured , attached to the underneath of a perfume bottle stopper for use as a dipper). It isn't called a dobber, dabber or wand.

6. Condition

What is the overall condition? Are there any chips, scratches, fleabites, stains, or cracks? Chips along the mouth of the bottle or on the base of the stopper? If your bottle has been gilded, is there any wear to the gilding? Is dauber end snapped off the stopper?

If your stopper is frozen in place, be sure to mention that when listing. Some buyers prefer if you do not disturb it, plus it will help when it comes time to ship the bottle.

Describe defects honestly. Descriptions of defects and full disclosure is the rule when it comes to glass. Flea bites on stoppers, nicks, tears in labels, broken corners on set boxes, missing box tops, dings on bottle bottoms, and chips out of lips always need to be mentioned.

How visible the defect is when the bottle is displayed is also helpful to mention. Also in the case of atomizers, if you replaced a ball (bulb) and cord, please mention this as well.

If any repairs were done to glass or porcelain, please mention this as well, people do not like to be surprised and may request a refund.

7. How big is it?

What is the size of the bottle? please make mention how tall the bottle is and the width. Some bottles may look big/small on the computer, but a buyer may be disappointed in how big/small it may be in person. Mention if the bottle is a mini perfume or if it is a large factice (dummy, display bottle).

Describe important colors of the glass, label, or box, if they look wrong in your photo. Color rendering in photos is often hard to control; your description can explain away colors that are artifacts. Try to give the height of the bottle, or the dimensions of the box holding a set.

The term "mini" is not very precise - it is used for a wide variety of sizes usually under 3" in height. "Micro mini" is used when the bottle is under 1" tall. Also, some collectors prefer not to buy very large bottles. By the way - I prefer not to see a ruler in the picture: it detracts from the beauty of the bottle or set.

8. Does it have a label?

What condition is the label in? This is very important as this adds or decreases the value of your bottle. For instance, is there any wear, fading, smudges, chipping? Is it a gold or silver foil label? Is it a metal label? Is the label missing or on the base?

Is there enameled lettering on the bottle instead of a label? Does this have wear? In the case of lettering on the glass itself, please take extreme caution when cleaning these bottles as the slightest rubbing can cause the lettering can cause it to come off, I have learned the hard way!

Try to get close-ups so that a potential buyer can read the label and judge its condition. (Some digital cameras have separate settings for close-ups, look for a flower or tulip motif.)

If you have glare on your label, or if the label is not readable in your photo, try to describe the quality of the label in your words. Tell buyers if the label is mint, smudged, rubbed off on certain letters, peeling, torn, etc.

Ideas for Describing the Condition of Labels on Commercial Fragrance Bottles by Bill Ellis

The label on a commercial fragrance bottle, can be an exceedingly important component of the value of the bottle to collectors. This is especially true for antique bottles valued for their historical interest, rather than those with unique designs and considered art objects. Many antique fragrance bottles lose 50 to 75 percent of their value if their label is missing, the proportion depending mainly on the esthetic appeal of the bottle itself compared to the label. For example, many Prince Matchabelli bottles are attractive and desirable without any label; for them, the loss of a label may decrease their value maybe 25 percent. But many Lanvin bottles without their distinctive golden metallic labels would not look very different from Revlon fragrance bottles. I would downgrade the value of a screw-capped Lanvin bottle without its label by about 75 percent.

My ideas presented here, however, are for grading the label between the extremes of no label and a perfect label. The following are my suggestions for grading fragrance bottle labels, and the corresponding percentage of full label value based on its condition. Remember that the conditions of the label and the glass combine to determine the value of the whole bottle, and the relative contribution of the two to overall value is determined by collector opinion.

Grading Fragrance Bottle Labels

mint (100%) - the label is in perfect condition, like new, properly positioned (usually centered) on the bottle front or bottom; the words are properly centered on the label

nearly mint (95%) - the label is nearly perfect, with only one minor fault: minor scratch, minor stain, or minor crease

excellent (75-90%) - the label is slightly worn, but all words can be read easily, and none of the label is missing; it may be off center, or some of the color on letters may be gone; corners of the label may be curled; there may be up to two other minor faults: minor scratch, minor stain, minor crease

very good (50-70%) - the label is worn; the color on up to half of the letters may be gone, but most words are still readable; the fragrance name and brand name can be deduced; there may be up to two other major faults: major scratch, major stain, or major crease

good (30-40%) - the label is very worn, and words may be obliterated; about half of the words are readable, or all of the words are hard to read; either the fragrance name or the perfume company can be deduced; there may be up to three other major faults: major scratch, major stain, major crease, or a piece of the label is missing (each 10% of the label missing is a major fault)

fair (10-20%) - enough of the label is present to determine its original size and shape (at least half), or all of the label is present, but none of it is legible; possibly neither the fragrance nor the perfume company can be deduced

poor (5%) - more than half of the label is gone or stripped to bare paper, with traces of the original words and color on the label visible, but no words readable

no label (0%)

9. Does it have a stopper?

Does your bottle have a stopper or cap? If you have a ground glass stopper, make sure the stopper and the base go together. On fine French crystal bottles, numbers will be incised onto the base and the bottom of the stopper, this was done at the factory to show that the stopper was specifically ground to fit the base. The numbers should match! Also, for the older bottles, say if you judge a ground glass stopper to be the original by a tight fit.

If your glass stopper has a plastic base (plastemeri), be sure to mention this in your listing as this helps to determine the age of the bottle. This will date your bottle to after the 1960s.

If your stopper isn't glass, mention if your cap is metal, plastic, Bakelite, celluloid, wood, cork, etc. Mention if you have a screw cap. 

If your stopper is stuck, be sure to mention this in the listing. Don't attempt to use force to remove it, as you can snap the stopper right in half or crack the bottle.

Try to use precise terms for the closure: "stoppers" insert into the mouth of the bottle; "caps" cover the mouth and are usually threaded.

Even with a photo, describe the type of stopper. It's often impossible to tell from a photo if it is all glass ( = ground glass), glass in cork, glass covered in plastic (plastemeri), or glass with dauber, etc.

10. What's inside?

Are there any original contents in the bottle? If so, how much? The contents, or what we call the "juice". Do not pour out perfume, unless your buyer instructs you to do so. Many people wish to own bottles that still contain their original scents and haven't been opened.

Do not open a sealed bottle! Older perfumes are sealed with onion skin, viscose or thin celluloid in either red, clear, blue or other colors. They are also sealed with tiny metal cords or threads called baudruchage, you may also see little wax or metal seal and silky tassels. Perfumes generally sell higher if they are sealed. If your perfume is sealed, but looks like it has some missing, it's most likely due to evaporation.

Even if there is just a little amount, please let your buyers know. I usually give a percentage, like there is 20% of perfume left in the bottle. If your bottle is 7-10 years old or older, please tell your buyers, as the perfume will no longer be fresh in most cases. Is there perfume residue inside? Most bottles look beautiful with their juice inside, and I feel it completes the presentation.

11. Does it have a box or paperwork?

Is the original box present? If so, what condition is it in? Boxes are major plus in selling vintage perfumes and if they are in very good condition will make up a BIG part of the value. Collectors like to display them together, so be sure to include it in your pictures. Also, if there are any papers, brochures, or other items included, please mention them. If selling a boxed set, be sure to show a photo of the front of the box.

What I do is take a photo of the bottle next to the box and use this as my main photo in a listing, that way it is the first photo a buyer will see so they know exactly what they are purchasing.

12. Who made the bottle?

Was the perfume bottle manufactured by a famous company? Companies like Lalique, Baccarat, Julian Viard, Moser, St. Louis, Val St. Lambert, Steuben, Tiffany, Daum Nancy, Galle, or DeVilbiss, or Czecho-Slovakia? Collectors are looking for these. Some commercial perfume bottles were manufactured by Lalique, Baccarat and Cristal Romesnil, so be sure to look for their marks on the bottom of your bottle. If your bottle is marked on the bottom,please include a picture of it for your buyers.

Cristal Nancy closed their doors in 1934. Only from 1936, Baccarat bottles were systematically engraved with a mark. Prior to this, they were acid etched, stamped and some had round paper labels, while many have no distinguishing marks.

Lalique perfumes were marked with a signature on the bases. The signature has changed over the years and you can date a bottle by the style of the signature. Older bottles are marked R. Lalique in block lettering. You can look up various websites or books on Lalique to find signatures and the dates they were used.

If your bottle has an embossed entwined HP mark on the base of the bottle, it was made by the glass factory of Pochet et du Courval in France after 1930.
If your bottle is marked S or SGD on the base, it was manufactured by the Saint Gobain Desjonqueres glass factory of France after the 1950s, when the factory was rebuilt after WWII and equipped with modern fully-automatic machinery.

If your bottle has a VB , or BR mark on the base, it was made by Verreries Brosse of France after the 1920s when the factory installed semi-automatic bottle making machines. In 1963, Brosse switched from making hand ground stoppers to precision machine grinding. In 1976, Brosse patented two new stopper innovations, the first is a ring made of polypropylene with horizontal joints placed on the stopper dowel. The second is a polypropylene coating of the stopper dowel designed with internal friction teeth.

Do you think your bottle may be Czech? To look for Czech markings that may no longer be legible, take the base of the perfume bottle and rub it briskly against a piece of soft cotton like an old towel or denim, for several seconds, then immediately breathe hot air upon it, a mark such as Czecho-Slovakia may show up for a few seconds. If it didn't work the first time, try it again.

13. References?

Is this perfume bottle shown in any books you may have on perfume? If so, quote the book, author, page it's on, and the book value. Remember, book values are only a guide, but many collectors would like to know if the bottle has any value, or they can look it up in their own books. A book reference can also help to identify a bottle that has lost its label or other identifying marks.

14. Is it a Factice?

A factice is an advertising store display bottle that is lent to a perfume vendor (department stores) by the perfume house and are not meant for retail sale. The bottles are exact replicas of the normal perfume bottles. Because these bottles are on loan, they are usually returned back to the perfume house and not sold publicly. I would like to mention that factices came in many sizes, from smaller versions of their retail examples to identical sizes, all the way up to much larger than life examples. These larger bottles are known as giant factices.

The older factices were made of glass or crystal, the newer ones of plastic or acrylic. The bases may be acid stamped or etched with "dummy", "factice" or a "D" engraved into the glass. Please note that recent examples might have a sticker or label on the back of the bottle that states "dummy" or "for display purposes only" or "not for resale".

How to Determine If Your Bottle is a Factice?

Packing and Shipping

What is the best way to pack and ship your bottle? Packing and shipping perfume bottles can be tricky, but I have provided some tips below to help you.

Packing & Shipping Empty Bottles:

If your bottle is empty, be sure to wrap the stopper separate from the bottle to avoid breakage. Make sure your box has enough room to accommodate the bottle and it's packaging material. Also, make sure there is enough packaging material inside so that your bottle is not moving around inside the box during shipping as this can surely cause damage to the glass.

Please do not use newspaper as it is not a good cushion for the glass. I have received some broken bottles in the mail because the seller used flimsy newspaper. Use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and brown paper made specifically for packing and shipping. Some buyers want their perfumes double boxed.

Always insure the package and get delivery confirmation. If the bottle is over $100 you might want to get signature confirmation. You never know what will happen when the box leaves your hands at the post office--because YOU are responsible for getting the item in as described condition to the buyer, not the post office--so get insurance, it's cheap enough for some piece of mind. I insure bottles no matter what the price.

Packing & Shipping Opened Bottles of Perfume:

If the previously opened perfume bottle still has juice in it, and a loose stopper that you cannot tightly close (in the case of a ground glass or cork stopper),  I usually decant the perfume into a separate small glass vial (either with an attached medicine dropper in the screw cap or a pipette) to ship inside the box, so that the perfume won't soil the label or box. I always put these items in a plastic bag to prevent any leakage.

I then will wipe off the mouth of the perfume bottle and stopper plug - place the stopper into the bottle and put some black electrical tape over the stopper to keep it in place. Do not get any tape on the label or gilding. If a label may get in the way of the tape, I usually get a piece of paper big enough to cover the label, then I can put the piece of tape over that paper so that it does not touch the label.

After wrapping each bottle with bubble wrap, put each bottles in their own separate plastic bags. If the bottle comes with a box, be sure to wrap the box separately and put it in it's own plastic bag too so if the perfume leaks, it will not soil the box.

To keep your bottle from shifting or shaking inside the box, you need some fill in your boxes: packing peanuts are ideal, they are lightweight and provide good shock absorption. I also use crumpled brown kraft paper made specifically for packing and shipping when available. Some buyers want their perfumes double boxed.

Caution: Please do not use newspaper instead of bubble wrap to wrap your bottles, as it is not a good cushion for the glass. I have received many broken/damaged bottles in the mail because the seller used flimsy newspaper.

Always insure the package and get delivery confirmation. If the bottle is over $100 you might want to get signature confirmation. You never know what will happen when the box leaves your hands at the post office--because YOU are responsible for getting the item in as described condition to the buyer, not the post office--so get insurance, it's cheap enough for some piece of mind. I insure bottles no matter what the price.

Packing & Shipping Mini Bottles:

If your bottle is a mini, I make sure the lid is on tight and use some black electrical tape to wrap around the cap and bottle to hold the cap in place. I always put the bottle in a plastic bag and wrap with bubble wrap. If the bottle comes with a box, be sure to wrap the box separately and put it in it's own plastic bag so if the perfume leaks, it will not soil the box.

Packing & Shipping Commercial Spray Perfume Bottles:

For commercial spray bottles (eau de toilettes, eau de parfums, eau de colognes), I just put the cap on and place the bottle in a plastic bag and wrap with bubble wrap. If the bottle comes with a box, be sure to wrap the box separately and put it in it's own plastic bag so if the perfume leaks, it will not soil the box.

For more creative packing & shipping ideas, visit this website: https://glassandpotterysellers.org/packaging_tips.html


  1. Hi, I have a very nice vintage bottle of perfume and it has a small original white leather case. Another listing for the same perfume says "1948 BACCARAT Caron FRENCH CRYSTAL Glass Flacon Purse Perfume Flask Bottle with Gold Spire Cap-Paris France". mine has almost all of the contents, which is 1/4 ounce. It's a beautiful bottle. My question is this--the small cork has fallen into the "juice". Should I try to remove it, maybe with a long needle...or just leave it? Thanks!!

    1. Hi, You can get a plastic pipette and decant the perfume into a separate glass bottle with a screw cap, you might want to get a brown or blue glass bottle to help preserve the perfume. Then try to get a long needle and skewer the cap or if it isn't permeable, try to get a pair of long, skinny jeweler's tweezers and see if you can pull the cork out. If you cannot get the little bugger out, keep the perfume in that separate bottle so that the cork does not alter the scent of the perfume. I get my glass bottles and pipettes for a nominal price on etsy.


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