While Disney princesses have seen their stock steadily rising for the past several years, it seems the villains from the renowned animation house are finally getting their due, such as with the upcoming Angelina Jolie film Maleficent. Perhaps this is connected to the recent crop of dark fairy tale reimaginings such as TV series Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and the opportunities for greater complexity presented by antagonists make them more compelling characters for adults to watch. Or, maybe after enough viewings, the characters we love to hate slowly metamorphose into the characters we simply love.
For the woman who is mature enough to appreciate the dark sophistication of these characters over the bubbly effervescence of their tales’ respective heroes and heroines, as well as enjoy a spritz of an enchanting scent, there’s no better way to store her fragrances than with a set of perfume bottles shaped like Disney villains.
These unique containers are the work of a Japanese designer who goes by the name Ruby Spark (no relation to the 2012 romantic comedy of almost the same name). “There’s something special about each and every Disney villain,” she explains. “When I look at them, they have a sort of mysterious sexiness you’d never get from the princesses.”
Ruby goes on to say that she her inspiration for the set came from musing about the different kinds of perfume women have to choose from. “Perfumes aren’t always soft and floral. Some of them have a tempting character, something that feels almost a little dangerous, even. I thought it’d be wonderful to combine perfumes like that with the motif of Disney villains.”
Ruby has crafted perfume holders featuring villains from 19 Disney films spanning some 80 years. We’ll show each one below, with the identity of the character that inspired it underneath, so that Disney fans can quiz themselves. Let’s start with an easy one.
The design of the villain from Snow White is so iconic that she doesn’t even need a name. She’s simply known as The Evil Queen.
We’ve never been sure if those are horns or just accouterments to her head covering, but either way you’ll never mistake Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent for anyone else.
The curvaceous form of Ursula from The Little Mermaid easily makes the transition to perfume receptacle.
Here we see the similarly rotund Ratcliffe from Pocahontas.
Remember, not every Disney villain is a lady, as evidenced here by Captain Hook.
Another bad guy whose headgear gives him away, The Hunchback of Notre Dame’s Frollo.
The pinched base of this bottle is a nod to the high-necked dress of Lady Tremaine, better known as Cinderella’s wicked stepmother.
Smoking is bad for your health and makes you smell terrible to boot, but it does provide an easy visual clue for fur-lover Cruella de Vil.
A bit of fire is also the tip-off for Hades, as is the Greek lettering on his bottle.
Appearing next is Alladin’s Jafar, every bit the scheme-smith as the above Hades.
The top half of this bottle is all you really need to discern it as being based on The Queen of Hearts, tormentor of the title character from Alice in Wonderland.
More abstract still is this representation of beast-hunter Gaston, which calls to mind his trade of stalking wild game.
Shunning the more obvious choice of Monstro the whale, this set serves as stand-ins for Foulfellow and Gideon, the cunning pair that lures Pinocchio to Pleasure Island.
The most recent villain in the set is Mother Gotheil, the kidnapper and captor of Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled.
Only slightly older is Doctor Facilier from 2009’s The Princess and the Frog, who can be indentified by his voodoo charms.
Concluding our list of 21st-century Disney villains is Yzma, part of the cast of The Emperor’s New Groove from 2000.
On the other hand, if you childhood ended before the new millennium began, maybe you’d recognize The Rescuers‘ Madame Medusa, instead.
Another one for fans of the classics, here’s Robin Hood’s Prince John, in all his regal glory.
Finally, although for a villain as devious as Scar, we’re a bit disappointed at his “hiding in plain sight” gambit, he definitely gets style points.
Unfortunately, Ruby Spark doesn’t have an official license to produce Disney merchandise, so as of right now her creations aren’t available for purchase. Still, you never know how things might turn out, so don’t lose heart, villain lovers. In the meantime, there’s always the chance the Ruby will choose to expend the line, so fans of the 1985 box office disaster The Black Cauldron should keep their fingers crossed (all fourteen of you).