This book traces the history of the scent bottle from the alabaster
containers of ancient Egypt to mass-produced commercial bottles.
Perfume has been used in religious ceremony and also in medicine, for
it was believed to have the power to ward off illness. Elaborately
chased silver pomanders were carried during times of plague. The
frivolity and luxury of scent were reflected in eighteenth-century
'toys', bottles in the form of fruit and figures in porcelain or
enamel. The Victorian lady had a wide choice of scent bottles,
including dual-purpose bottles which also held smelling salts or sal
volatile. In the twentieth century, after Lalique's successful
collaboration with Coty, commercial bottles were made in a variety of
forms ranging from the highly luxurious to the amusing bakelite
containers of the 1920s and 1930s.