Saturday Question: What Do You Think About “Unusual” Perfume Colors?

This question was suggested by Portia. I thought about it more than once, but somehow it never formed into a Saturday Question.

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Saturday Question #114:

What Do You Think About “Unusual” Perfume Colors?

Just for the sake of this topic, let’s agree that we’ll qualify as “usual” a light to medium yellow[ish] hue of the juice.

How about red, dark brown, purple, green or blue? Are you attracted to perfumes with such colors? Does it affect how interested you are in perfume (before you test it)? Do you wear them differently?

My Answer

I’m attracted to not standard colors in perfumes. Light blue Mugler Angel and Lancome Mille et Une Roses. Red Anne Pliska and Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin. Green Chanel No 19 EdT and Hiram Green Arbole. Purple SL Sarrasins and De Profundis.

Of course, I will not buy a perfume just for its color (not to confuse with the color of a bottle, which might influence me enough), but I will definitely pay more attention to such perfume. I know because I remember how I returned several times to retry one of the perfumes by Fueguia 1833Asagiri because of its beautiful emerald color. I wanted to like it. But in the end, the color wasn’t enough to persuade me to buy it.

Rainbow Perfumes

How about you?

What Do You Think About “Unusual” Perfume Colors?

26 thoughts on “Saturday Question: What Do You Think About “Unusual” Perfume Colors?

  1. Interesting question. I don’t really give much thought to color, unless the color happens to stain my clothes, which did happen once. I do have an unusual bottle of extraordinaryly dark brown juice of a fragrance called Hippie Shit that was a gift. I think the color definitely matches the scent.

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    • I looked that up online. Sounds sooooo good. I love palo santo and incense. But for a fragrance I never heard of $100 for 30ml? Even the sample is $16. I would love to try but not for those prices. I am thrifty. LOL

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    • With that name I wouldn’t be wearing even if it’s the last perfume in the World. But in general, I agree that dark juices are under my suspicion, and I try not to use those on my clothes.

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  2. Anyone else remember the Lady Gaga entry into fragrance that sprayed on black? All hat & no knickers, as my dad used to say, meaning style over substance.

    If a fragrance smells great I’ll purchase regardless of colour. My most adored jasmine is SL Sarrasins which I must repurchase & my least liked rose is SL La Fille de Berlin.
    Uncle Serge does like some jewel toned juice

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  3. Interesting question. I haven’t really thought about it before, but I would have to say that I would have to move away from blue or black perfume colors…they just seem a bit unnatural and synthetic. However, a lovely amber hue or a pretty pink color…sign me up!

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  4. I’m not drawn to a perfume because of its color. In fact, like Brigitte I am worried about how those colors in the perfume will stain clothing. Anything white is always a concern. Then you have to think about the color itself. What is it composed of, and if sprayed on the skin, what is the skin absorbing?

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    • Since my colored perfumes come mostly from real brands, I am not concerned with safety of the coloring ingredients: food and cosmetics dyes are used for decades, so I assume they are safe enough. With clothes, I agree it’s a potential issue. But white/light clothes is an issue for me on its own, so I’m used to it :)

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  5. Since I don’t store my perfume in the open, I haven’t thought much about color, although I do enjoy the colors when I pull them out to wear. (I especially like blue and purple). I would be cautious with dark colors, though, and clothing. And I do remember the buzz over the black Lady Gaga perfume… until we all smelled it!

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  6. I like light green colors but I am fine with any color. I don’t worry about it staining clothes because I won’t wear light clothing that may show stains when I wear a darkish perfume.

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  7. I love pretty colored perfumes, although I am suspicious of lines like Derek Lam that launch a dozen scents at once with each one a different rainbow color. Definitely smacks of style over substance.

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  8. I’ve heard that when brands have a range of colors all laid out next to each other, the subconscious wants to collect them all. I do think it would be fun to arrange the perfumes in one’s collection in some kind of color scheme, but wouldn’t go out of my way for it. So I’m pretty indifferent, I guess.

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    • Since I store my perfumes in their original boxes, I rarely see them together out of the box – only if I’m making a picture of several at the same time. But I understand the “collecting” impulse.

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  9. I am down for colored perfume as long as it is light in color with no lasting trace on the skin, such as the lovely lavender (original) Zoologist Dragonfly and the visually fascinating Fame. Conversely, I have been quite disgusted by some such as Serge Lutens Des Clous Pour Une Pelure from which two sprays left a visible blue stain on my neck.

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  10. I think I am drawn to unusual colours, but more towards greens and reds than violet. And I share the worry about staining from a dark juice – even a red one, to be fair. Yes, purple perfume makes me think of methylated spirits, and not in a good way. ;)

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    • How interesting! Most colors (but “ambers”) are NOT associated for me with food or drinks – same as perfumes in general – so, the association with a non-drinkable spirit doesn’t add (subtract?) anything for me :)

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