I figured it was just a stock figural bottle.
I now know that it’s the Mennen Skin Bracer Limited Edition “Slap Bottle” designed by Helmut Krone. First launched in 1972, the idea was for the packaging design to tie-in with Skin Bracer’s “Thanks, I needed that” slap-in-the-face TV campaign.
The bottle was featured in Graphis Packaging 3 where Krone is credited with the “bottle design for an after shave lotion.”
I was surprised to learn that there were actually two versions of the “slap bottle.” The first version was a right hand, and it was so successful that they introduced the left hand the following year.
The Skin Bracer “Slap” bottle, first introduced in 1972, was whimsically molded in the shape of a mansized right hand, as a take-off on Bracer’s amusing “Thanks, I needed that!” television commercial. On the other hand, and not to be outdone by record-breaking right hand “Slap” bottle sales last year (There ain’t no right hands left!), Mennen now offers a left hand to match for Christmas, 1973. The novel 12-ounce bottle retails for $3.25.
Journeyman Barber Magazine, 1973
Photos of both versions of the “slap bottle,” after the fold…
For more packaging-related work by Helmut Krone, see: Volkswagen Box