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Monday, April 02, 2007

Monday Randomness: Lookalikes and a Prize Draw

It is not that I haven't managed to write a review over the is just that I want to start the week on a fun note... And that is my story and I am sticking to it. Anyhow, here are some funny and at times startling similarities between perfume bottles, other perfume bottles and some unexpected objects. (Another post about bottle lookalikes can be found here.)

The Pebble / Computer Mouse Trend: Nicky Verfaillie Grain de Folie (1982) VS Donna Karan Black Cashmere (2002) VS IUNX L'Ether (2003)

The Sunny Side Up / Eye of Sauron Trend: Pierre Cardin Paradoxe (1983) VS Paloma Picasso Mon Parfum (perfume concentration) (1984)

The Home Improvement Trend: L'Artisan's new packaging (2006) VS Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme (2006) VS A Bolt

Guerlain Shalimar (1925) VS Fragonard Billet Doux (2006 reissue of an old scent, which, given that Fragonard was established in 1926, still would have come later than Shalimar). Imitation is the best form of flattery, no?

Revillon Carnet du Bal (1937) VS Apricot Preserve

Caron Urn VS Samovar

Francesco Smalto Full Choke (2004)



(Gasps in the audience...Would she really dare to...?)


Car Shift Stick. What did you think it looked like, eh? Tsk tsk tsk.

Speaking of IUNX, if you would like to be entered in a prize draw for a sample of one of the scents from this sadly defunct line, very summery No. 07 Eau Latine, let me know in your comment.

Have a great week, everybody!

The picture of L'Ether is courtesy of Judith (lilybp), the samovar is from, the preserve is from


Blogger tmp00 said...

well of course Full Choke looke like a stick shift. What else would it look like? (ahem)

Please enter me into the draw.

12:46 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Very perceptive, Colombina.

Please enter me in the draw. I AM Latine; this must be my water. :-)

1:05 AM EDT  
Blogger driftwood said...


Please enter me in the draw too..

2:08 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that is a great side-by-side comparo - who knew how much the Full Choke looked like....what it looks like? :-D

Yes, please enter me in the drawing! That sounds just wonderful.

2:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Haus von Stone said...

great post! and not even an april fool in there. please enter me in the drawing, thanks!

2:36 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've put a smile on my face. It'll get bigger if you put me in the draw.

Aren't those l'Artisan bottles top-heavy now?

3:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Anne said...

badda bing badda boom (sp?)
Great post, keepin' it clean for a Monday morning! Please enter me in the draw.

6:38 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great way to start the week! Loved the comparison pictures and most especially loved the L'Artisan/YSL/bolt comparison. What was L'Artisan thinking? I can actually see YSL using it for their Homme fragrance, but L'Artisan? No.

7:10 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

LOL! I've always wanted to be able to hear what the discussion was around the table when they chose the Full Choke bottle design. *Had* to be one h*ll of a lot of laughter.
Am really surprised at the PC Paradoxe (which I've never even heard of) and the Picasso bottle. Fascinating!

7:35 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tee hee! How perceptive of you to notice that Full Choke looks so much like a stick shift. I would never have come up with *that* comparison! :D

7:36 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

Wonderfully funny post! Loved the eggs, in particular. Someday I'll learn the trick of taking professional looking perfume pictures like the rest of you (or rather, someday DH will learn it, since I don't do it at all:)

7:38 AM EDT  
Blogger Amarie said...

I'm a lured (not lewd) lurker and I loved your article. The concept of originality is unrealistic when we are so geared towards the recycling of all information around us.
Oh and yes I would love to be in the draw.

8:20 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

But of course. I see no other similarities. :-)
You are in the draw.

8:50 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in! Do you love tangerines? Eau Latine is all about tangerines.

8:50 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in! :-)

8:50 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in! :-)

8:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

No April fool today, we already discussed The New Chanel Scent yesterday :-)
You are in the draw!

8:52 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in!
I hate the new L'Artisan caps, they are definitely top-heavy and they add the unnecessarily butch/macho type to a line that never had and hopefully never will give such a vibe.

8:53 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

We are always keepin' it clean here at PST :-)
You are in!

8:54 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you!
L'Artisan is trying to make their bottles and consequently their scents more appealing for men who are afraid to use anything even remotely, tiniest bit feminine...YSL's cap is excusable, it IS a men's scent after all, if they want to be stereotypical, it's their choice, but L'Artisan??

8:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in!

8:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I'd love to a fly on the wall during that meeting too. You know, I have this feeling that actually had no clue that it looked like...a car shift stick :-) I wonder WHAT they thought they were making it to look like.

8:58 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Well, to be fair...the top of Full Choke bottle is a little small to be completely identical to a ...shift stick. :-P

8:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Many thanks to you and to Mr. Lilybp for the picture!!

9:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I love when a lurker is lured :-) Welcome! You are in the draw.

9:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I really, really want to know what they were thinking. What did they want it to represent...apart from what it turned out to look like :-)

10:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

LOL! Awesome! I especially chuckled at the Home Improvement category. But that last bottle... that's exactly what I thought when I saw it - stick shift. ;D No dirty thoughts here. HA! Kidding, of course.

10:46 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Of course it is exactly what you thought. What else is there to think of? :-P

10:47 AM EDT  
Blogger risa said...

hurrah! this is an awesome comparison list; you're so funny and perceptive!

10:52 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

OMG, that deli is fantastic! :-)

10:53 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love that one actually looks like a bottle of apricot preserves. And thank you so much for showing the Caron Urn by the Samovar (for a while now at the tip of my thoughts the Caron urns have always reminded me of something, I just couldn't figure out what). Please enter me in the drawing.

12:04 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

LOL! :-)

12:09 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

When I first saw Caron urns, I thought, OMG, my granny used to have one of those and my mom threw it away :-)))

12:09 PM EDT  
Blogger donanicola said...

Hello Marina! This post brought a smile to my face on this, my first day back in the office for a couple of weeks. Now hopefully I am going to make you smile - I went to Haute Parfumerie in Harrods last week (met Roja Dove!! He invited me to sample his own perfumes!! Beyond wonderful but another story)Anyway - they have Diorling and Diorama. The only place outside Dior's hq in Paris apparently. It is the edt, 100ml bottles (so cute with their houndstooth ribbon!) for 52 UK pounds. They also will send it out.(And I checked that they'd send to the US - they said yes). Their telephone number is 00 44 207 893 8797 and fax is 00 44 207 893 8335. Or I'd be happy to go back buy a bottle and send it to you - we could sort out payment through paypal or something I'm sure. Nicola

12:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Oh, I can imagine what wonderful time you had there!! I actually got Diorama from them, it arrived last week (AAAAA!!!!)...but I do want that Diorling, and I WILL remember your incredibly kind offer :-) Thank you!

12:24 PM EDT  
Blogger donanicola said...

You're welcome! I'm glad you've got your hands on Diorama after the slight scare a few weeks ago over its availability. I left HP smelling so divine (though I say so myself but Mr Dove agreed since it was one of his) and on such a high that I forgot to sniff Eau D'Hermes which they also have so I must go back....And I'd like Diorling too and there was an amazing Baccarat scent. Happy sigh.

12:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I am so envious! What a blast you had there. Gosh, what wouldn't I give to be back in or close to London!

12:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Erin said...

C, oh man, very cool. Love those first two comparisons and the apricot preserves one is making me wicked hungry. Very enjoyable Monday morning post...

12:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, Erin, I am so glad you liked!! :-)

12:55 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I commented earlier? I guess not. And maybe that's good because those egg-shaped ones look like ... well, personal massagers.

Hmmmm, maybe I'll post this anonymously.

1:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Dear Anon,
The Maleficent part gave away your identity :-) Personal Massagers? LOL!

2:03 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Very funny! It does make one wonder just what those bottle designers were thinking.

Please include me in the draw. Thanks!

2:56 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the apricot preserves and the samovar are what got me this time. especially the samovar. very funny. full choke also looks like florida's state capitol building. except the capitol building also has buildings on either side of it that reinforce the image of um... well, you know... - minette

2:56 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in! :-)

2:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Image shift stick? Off to look at Florida's state capitol building...

2:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Yep, I see what you mean...very car-shift-sticky. :-D

2:59 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is brilliant, and that last comparison was too funny

3:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, Maryam, glad you liked! :-)

3:40 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely associations/great observations! Please enter me into the drawing as well.

9:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! You are in the draw.

9:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Noteworthy Fragrances said...

Opps, laughing, blushing, laughing, blushing....wondering! Nah, not a chance then I scrolled down and saw the gear shift. Pretty Sneaky! If there's still room, I've got to be in that drawing of yours, please??????

7:09 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

The draw is now closed, but there should be more in the future. :-)

7:11 PM EDT  

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