I decant many of my bottles for my own use also, sometimes just because I like the smell better that way. If you’re decanting from one splash bottle to another, the process is relatively straightforward. Not sure if this is still an issue – or if anyone will see it on such an old blog entry – but this site was recommended to me: http://www.plaza33.com/shop/ . Does anyone do this? Posted by Robin on 29 March 2007 46 Comments. The smaller bottle allows for a minimal amount of perfume to be exposed to air when applying the fragrance. Create your own ~custom~ scent by layering fragrances. It is almost astounding how generously people share of things they love, so can understand going gooey. Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com. ( Log Out / Quiz: Which Perfume Should You Buy Your BFF. thanks a lot i'll see if i can track them down and i'll post up where u can find them for anyone else looking…. Does anyone know how to get the perfume out of the bottle without losing the precious jus? Peter Shelley. Most plastics are very difficult to deodorize. Leave a comment, or read more about commenting at Now Smell This. I have received roll-ons via swap that already have sediment in them — and while I am not an unduly squeamish person, that is not something I want to see! That is so odd — you would think there would be a market for such things? A real perfumista needs to go into this business! Promise. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. using a clean straw as a siphon usually works quite well. The perfume should flow slowly into the small perfume bottle allowing you to see when the bottle is filled to the correct level. I've got an inexpensive bottle of Malizia Uomo Vetyver that I think I will take over to my parent's over the weekend. Line your dresser drawers with tissue paper and spray them with your favorite scent to make your clothes and towels smell amazing. Copyright © 2005-2020 Now Smell This. I posted the above on MUA a few days after I joined. I think this tip was originally posted by Joe. I am hoping I won't get up to that volume of swapping Good thing I'm lazy, haha. I feel like I spend more time running around collecting what I need (labels, tape, pen, vials, etc.) Heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality and intensity of the fragrance. Trying to picture how you “splash” the perfume. Then as soon as I had accomplished that, I pretty much stopped swapping altogether, LOL…. I am sorry but your question isn't clear to me — do you mean a plastic funnel? Cosmopolitan participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. I personally use 2 sources for empty bottles, pilotvials and madinaonline, but you might want to post a query on one of the fragrance forums to see what suppliers are popular at the moment; I don't order often enough these days to know which suppliers are considered "reputable". Your Perfume Guide (all about city shopping guides and list of parfums by dominating note), Decanting 4711 Cologne From Gigantic Bottle. Yeah, don’t do that—you’re just wasting product and the scent will evaporate after a short amount of time. I am partial to 1/8th oz decants — just enough to make up your mind about the fragrance one way or another — but I'm guessing most swappers prefer a slightly larger size, perhaps 1/4 to 1/3 oz. That was a great article! I've had to resize the image so the print is rather hard to read; from the left, you've got 1 ml or 1/32 oz (the "standard" sample size), then 1.25 ml or 1/28 oz, 2 ml or 1/16 oz, 5 ml or 1/6 oz, 7.5 ml or 1/4 oz, 10 ml or 1/3 oz, 15 ml or 1/2 oz, 30 ml or 1 oz, 50 ml or 1.7 oz, 100 ml or 3.4 oz. Perfumes 101: Hacks, new scents and more to try, The Sexiest Place to Apply Fragrance According to Usher. For the casual swapper, a difference of 1-2 ml is not a big deal, but it will make all the difference in the world if you're splitting a 50 ml bottle between 5 people and you are left with only a few drops after you've decanted the other 4 portions. It seems likely the plastic would absorb odors just like tupperware after spaghetti sauce. A question that pops up frequently is "I've used up a decant, how can I clean the bottle and reuse it", and the answer is quite simple: don't. I'm surprised you still like perfume at all after such an experience — I would think that would cure me of any interest in scent. Here’s a rundown on a few fragrance terms, so you know exactly what you’re signing up for before you buy a new perfume: Perfume running low? You are all set. Perfume atomizers, or spray bottles, are the trickiest to decant, because unlike with splash bottles you can’t pour the fragrance directly into the vial. Step 2: Take the top off your original perfume bottle and set the top down off to the side. If you don't have one handy (and who does?) Obviously, the syringe should be clean and new and never intended for medicine use afterwards. Step 6: Replace the top of the small perfume bottle. This can be risky depending on the size, but I've done it often enough when I've been in a hurry. A few words to the wise: always pre-measure the amount of liquid that fits into each empty container, in other words, don't assume that a 10 ml container only holds 10 ml. J, I would not like to do it as a full-time job, that is for sure! Here is the addy: http://www.sunburstbottle.com/glass-bottles/glass-vials. A stainless steel funnel will help to avoid spillage, and I also find it helpful to stick the empty bottle into a wedge of clay or styrofoam so that it won't get knocked over while I'm working. How kind of you to say so, R. What happened just after I left helped to put perfume out of my mind for a while. But working at Penhaligons must have been fun. Yay for the complimentary plastic pipettes! I feel like my decanting/sample-making is really disorganized. Absolutely fantastic article, much needed for all perfume newbies and veterans! *I was wondering if this is due to any particular problem with using plastic vials, as one would think it would be not only cheaper, but safer for mailing i.e. This keeps the perfume and the necks of the bottles clean, and the stoppers are less likely to get gunked up and stuck, I think. We may earn commission from links on this page, but we only recommend products we love. All rights reserved. Thanks, oh mighty and revered wise ones. Yep I hate those floatie things in roll on decants. My point here though….I am a mad decanter because I love mixing up fragrances…..one current success is with two Lush scents, Karma and the new Vanilla. On bottles – I have had good luck recently (two weeks ago) with Specialty Bottle (specialtybottle.com) and Snowdrift Farm (snowdriftfarm.com) – the latter is more expensive, but they sell tiny atomizers (2 ml glass and 1/3 oz stainless steel with glass liner) in addition to glass vials. Do comment! Re: Good guides on decanting perfume without damaging bottle? Hello Everyone -- I just received a lovely decant in the mail, but it's in a roll-on bottle and I'd really prefer to spray and/or dab this particular fragrance. I've got some of my collection in a refrigerator for very long-term storage, but I'm also thinking about vacuum-sealing some rare items, possibly with test tubes, wine stoppers, and a Foodsaver vacuum. How to decant from a spray bottle Start by seeing if the top unscrews easily, but most are crimped on and cannot be removed without breaking the spray mechanism. Or maybe you'd like to have some travel sizes of your favorite scents? Still, for large quantities of vials/splash bottles, I don't think madina can be beat. My preference for splash is just for decants, not full sized bottles, and is as I said that is just because they are cheaper. If you’re sampling perfumes and you spray yourself with something you don’t like, use a makeup wipe to get rid of the scent. Ama Kwarteng is the Beauty Assistant at Cosmopolitan, covering all things hair, skin, makeup, for both print and digital. Worth the trip to Nevada, where neutral-smelling 190-proof grain alcohol is legal. Your hair will be lightly scented and undamaged. No need to try syringes or the like.
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