I Recommend

There are many excellent reference books, unfortunately none that I have come across have any details about Australian perfume bottles.

I have found the following books to be invaluable.   Some like the Millers books are quite inexpensive, the others may have cost more but are well worth the cost. I have learnt so much from the books, I would be lost without them.

Here are my favourites.


The Art of Perfume - Christie Mayer Lefkowith.  Fabulous pictures and lots to read particularly about the relationship between design and the times.  I love this book.

Commercial Perfume Bottles - Jacquelyne Y. North-Jones.   Once again great pictures and concise histories of many of the perfume companies.

Scent Bottles - Alexandra Walker  This is one of those inexpensive little Shire Album (no. 210) books.  Quite cheap to buy, the pictures are all in black and white and it mainly focuses on non commercial bottles from the Victorian era and earlier.  Mostly English and European bottles.

Millers Perfume Bottles, A Collectors Guide - Madeleine Marsh.   These are terrific little books, lots of colour pictures and bottles from both ends of the market and in between as well.  

Perfume Bottles - Judith Miller.   A fat little book with a price guide and great colour pictures.


Collectors Encyclopedia of Compacts Carryalls and Face Powder Boxes - Laura M. Mueller   Beautifully photographed and laid out, $ estimates, and lots of vintage advertisments reproduced mainly in colour.

Vintage Compacts and Beauty Accessories - Lynell Schwartz   Lots of interesting items from flapper era powder puffs, compacts and a general history of cosmetics.

Millers Powder Compacts, A Collectors Guide - Juliette Edwards  Another really good inexpensive little book for the collector.