Perfume Bottles Tips

From finding the perfect travel containers for your perfume to the best practices for storing perfumes at home, how to identify vintage perfumes and how to spot the counterfeits from designer perfumes, and plenty more – read on to find all the tips you need to know about perfume bottles!

What is the difference between glass and plastic perfume bottles?

What is the difference between glass and plastic perfume bottles?

If you are the type of person who likes perfume on the go, you will find that buying smaller sized perfume bottles becomes more expensive than buying a full-sized bottle of perfume. By giving you less perfume in a more portable size, manufacturers end up making more money. However, if you already know what perfumes you like, but you just need a more economical way of taking your perfume with you, here are some tips in making your current perfume more portable without jeopardizing the fragile notes that you enjoy.

Plastic atomizer

If you want to find a cheap way of transporting small amounts of your perfume, you might find plastic atomizers to be the least expensive option. Even though plastic may save you money now, your expensive perfume has a greater chance of spoiling do to exposure to excess air or the ethanol in the perfume may slowly dissolve away the plastic to change the smell of your perfume.

Glass atomizer

If you are planning on keeping your perfume in a small atomizer for long periods of time, the best material is glass. Since glass does not breathe or dissolve, the perfume should not spoil. However, clear and frosted glass can still let sunlight in. To prevent from light and heat spoilage, keep out of direct sunlight and away from extreme temperature changes.

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How to store perfumes

How to store perfumes

Perfume specialists and collectors everywhere agree that there are best practices in storing perfume. If you are concerned about how to correctly store your perfumes for longevity without spoiling, make sure you follow these three easy steps;

1. Keep perfumes out of direct light

2. Store in dark and cool areas

3. Try to keep excess air exposure to a minimal

While following all three storage practices, you can be more creative in showcasing your perfume or storing your organized perfume for future use. Here are some handy perfume storage tips that involve using items you may already have around your house:

  • Photo boxes provide light restriction and portability while allowing you better organization to write your category on the outside for a quick reference.
  • Hanging jewelry organizers can hang in your closet or next to your vanity for easy access by see-through top open pouches.
  • Ice cube trays are the perfect in drawer organizer for sample bottles, vials and tubes of perfume.
  • Stacking pantry shelves are an easy way to multiply storage without compromising on counter space.
  • Double turntables make all perfumes easy to access with a simple turn.
  • Hanging spice racks accommodate for all perfume bottle sizes at a glance.
  • Hanging shoe organizers have either cloth or see-through pouches that will safely store your delicate bottles but still keep your counters clear.

How to organize perfumes

How to organize perfumes

If you are a collector of perfume bottles or an avid wearer of different scents, you probably need a way to organize your perfume bottles. By having some sort of organizational system for your perfume collection, you will find that your search time will be reduced and your space will become less cluttered. Here are some tips on how you can easily organize and categorize your perfumes today. You can organize by:

  • Favorites: Most favorite to least favorite
  • Your Moods: happy, concerned, excited, flirty/playful, youthful, attitude
  • Events: work, school, dinner out, weekend errands, special occasions
  • Seasons: winter, spring, summer, autumn
  • Scent Families: fresh, floral, oriental, woody
  • Bottle Size: testers, vials, taller, shorter
  • Quantity left: use less sparingly to use more often
  • Price: least expensive to designer brands/extremely rare
  • Perfume Applicator: atomizer, dip stick, dauber, solid, roll-on, powder

For tips on how to store your organized perfume bottles, see the Perfume Storage tips.

Tips for identifying vintage perfume bottles

Tips for identifying vintage perfume bottles

The making of perfume bottles used to be more labor intensive than it is now. Today we can mass produce perfume bottles with machines in mere minutes, when it used to take hours to make them by hand. If you have acquired some perfume bottles and you want to know if they are considered a vintage and worth some money, here are some things to look for:

  • Bottle made out of lead crystal.
  • Glass dauber stub holds the top in place and used for large spot perfume application.
  • Cork stub holds the heavy top in place and perfume in.
  • Glass dip stick attached to the top used for spot or swiping perfume application.
  • Atomizer cushion pushes air and perfume out.
  • Acid etched insignia or foil sticker on bottom of bottle.
  • Bottle shape is small or can’t stand on it’s own like a tube or vile.
  • Bottle is unsymmetrical or misshapen.

Does your perfume bottle have any of these qualities? If so, there is a possibility that your perfume bottle might be a vintage Czechoslovakian, Victorian or French bottle of perfume. For more tips on how to find more information or prices on your perfume bottle, please see the Perfume Bottle Collecting category within this page.

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How to avoid counterfeit perfumes

How to avoid counterfeit perfumes

When shopping online or in a discount store you might find brand name perfumes at drastically reduced prices. When you see deals like these, you should automatically become questionable as to “why is this perfume selling for 50% off the original price?” There are actually many reasons for brand name perfumes to sell at discounted prices. Here are a few things to look out for when you come across a brand name perfume with a sale price that is too good to be true:

  • Alcohol Filler: Most counterfeits use alcohol as filler rather than use more of the expensive essential oils.
  • Different blend: Some mass manufacturers have the ability to mix in their own cheaper and lower quality essential oils that smell similar enough to the authentic perfume.
  • Pre-opened: Online stores have the unique ability to sell you items that you haven’t even seen. Store employees are known for taking tester perfumes, adding water and selling a “full bottle” at a 100% profit.
  • Looks Different:One of the more obvious ways to spot a counterfeit is by comparing that bottle to the brand name bottle and packaging. Counterfeit bottles might not be as exaggeration in shape, have a different color, and might not even come with a box.
  • Misspelling:  A common sign of counterfeit perfume is missing a letter in the name of the perfume or the brand.  These misspellings can be easily overlooked.  Even if it replaces the vowel for one that sounds just as good.

When you find out “why” then it is up to you if you really want to spend the money on a counterfeit perfume or spend a little extra for the authentic brand name perfume.

Alternative uses for perfumes

Alternative uses for perfumes

If you like to use perfumes and are always eager to try new fragrances, there is a good chance that you have an overflow of empty or half-filled perfume bottles, one-ounce glass samples and even the folded perfume cards from magazines. Here are a few unusual tips on how you can use those drops of perfumes in different ways around your house, car and office.

  • Add a perfume card in your workout bag to hide unpleasant odors.
  • Use perfume cards in dresser drawers or desk drawers to get nicely smelling items.
  • Add a perfume card when packing away seasonal clothes for storage.
  • Hide a perfume card under your couch cushions for invisible fragrance.
  • Spray on Epsom salt and add to your bath for a fragrant muscle relaxing soak.
  • Clean out full-size perfume bottles and use it as a steady bud vase for your desk.
  • Spray predators or vicious animals in the eyes for a quick getaway.
  • Spray on organic potpourri for an eco-friendly room air freshener.
  • Add a drop to your fabric softener sheets for fragrant and soft clothes.
  • Spray under the bed sheets for a scent that your partner will never forget.
  • Spray or rub in your shoes for nice smelling feet all day.
  • Remove the lid of the perfume bottle and insert wooden skewers for a simple room diffuser.

There are numerous ways to reuse perfume bottles, samples and perfume cards. Be sure that you are not allergic to any perfumes before attempting any of the above tips.

Why do perfume bottles come in different shapes?

Why do perfume bottles come in different shapes?

Ever wonder why perfume bottles are shaped the way they are? Perfume designers and manufacturers use bottle designs and packaging to catch shoppers’ attention before smelling the fragrance. Designers choose colors, designs and bottle shapes that they believe are true to the fragrance, brand and their wearer’s personalities. A common type of perfume bottle is the atomizer cologne perfume bottle.

Perfume Bottles for men are often made with:

  • Straight lines
  • Hard edges
  • Dark colors
  • Sometimes metal accents

Perfume Bottles for women are often made with:

  • Soft, wavy lines
  • Rounded edges
  • Light colors
  • Accents of flowers, ribbons and sparkle

If you find that you are drawn to a certain perfume bottle style, there is a good chance that there will be fragrance notes in the perfume that appeal to your personality as well as your sense of smell.

For example, if your personality type is elegant, mature and a little flirty, you might like the scent of Jean Paul Gaultier Classique. The Classique perfume bottle is made of molded glass in the shape of the female form. The hourglass shape speaks to the elegance of mature women and the dangled embellishment shows a bit of flirty playfulness that keeps women young.

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Traveling on airplanes with perfume

Traveling on airplanes with perfume

Millions of Americans take to the skies for travel every year. For students and professionals alike, everyone has to adhere to the 3-1-1 rule for carry-on luggage enforced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The rule states that anyone wanting to carry on liquids, such as perfumes or lotions, must follow these guidelines:

  • 3.4 ounces by volume of liquid per container
  • 1 quart sized zip-top bag filled with liquid containers
  • 1 bag per passenger is the only allotment

What this means for people with only carry-on luggage who want to smell their best at their final destination, is that miniature perfume bottles should be purchased. Short of dousing yourself with enough perfume to last the ten hour flight and making everyone on the plane, along with yourself, sick, you can pack a few perfumes in your carry-on for a quick refreshing spritz when you arrive at your final destination.

Here is a list of carry-on approved perfumes that you can compare prices on

For your favorite perfumes that contain more than 3.4 fluid ounces, you can still bring them by packing them in your checked luggage. Due to unregulated changes in pressure within the storage cabin, it is best practice to place all perfumes and other liquids in one or two zip-top plastic bags. That way, in the rare case that a perfume bottle leaks, all of your clothes will be dry and perfume free.

Starting a perfume bottle collection

Starting a perfume bottle collection

What do you do with hand-me-down bottles of perfume from friends or family members? Do not throw them away. Instead, why not start your own perfume collection or sell your unwanted perfume and empty perfume containers to collectors.

There are actually many people around the world who collect new and rare perfumes as well as empty perfume bottles. If you want to start your own collection or sell your unwanted perfumes, here are a few tips on how to get involved in the online perfume collecting community.

Start Collecting Perfume:

  • Research the history of the perfumes that you have.
  • Connect with a perfume bottle community and share pictures.
  • Trade or buy beautiful bottles or scents with other collectors.
  • Encourage your friends and family to donate to your collection.
  • Visit estate sales, flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales and antique stores for rare perfumes.
  • Store your perfume collection properly for best value and scent (see Perfume Storage Tips).

Sell to a Perfume Collector:

  • Research the worth of the perfume you want to sell.
  • Take pictures of the perfume without a flash and not in sunlight.
  • Connect with a perfume bottle community to find interested collectors.
  • Before the collector gets the perfume be sure to store the perfume properly (see Perfume Storage Tips).
  • Keep in mind, USPS does not allow for perfume to be shipped via mail, so find a local collector that is willing to meet you at a public spot

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How does a perfume atomizer work?

How does a perfume atomizer work?

A perfume atomizer is a device that allows your perfume to be sprayed as a fine mist. Perfume atomizers can come in a variety of shapes and designs depending on the perfume maker. These perfume bottles are generally glass based but are sometimes plastic based. Perfume atomizer bottles usually produce a subtle fragrance because they contain a mixture of scented oils along with water or alcohol.

An atomizer consists of four basic parts – a perfume atomizer bottle to hold the perfume, a nozzle, a thin tube and a screen. Perfume atomizer bottles come in many different shapes depending on the perfume designers and manufacturers. Some well-known perfume atomizer bottles include the diamond encrusted bottle of Elizabeth Taylor, the female torso-shaped glass bottle from Jean Paul Gaultier Classique and the multi-faceted pale blue or pink glass bottle for the Britney Spears Curious Perfume.

A perfume atomizer is a simple device. It works by drawing the liquid perfume from the bottle up through a tube and dispensing it via the nozzle. The nozzle has a screen. This screen is what forces the liquid to spray as a fine mist. To work the perfume atomizer bottle, the user must press the nozzle or the bulb. This transforms the pressure inside the tube connected to the nozzle and quickly pulls up the perfume through the tube. As the perfume hits the nozzle at the tip of the tube, it hits the screen and is forced to come out in a myriad of droplets.


How long does perfume last?

How long does perfume last?

Bottled fragrances can cost anywhere from $20 for an unknown brand, to $500 for a designer fragrance. When you finally find the perfect scent, you might want to make sure that you can keep it smelling the same as the day you purchased it. Whether you like to use Escada perfume or a high-end fragrance, here are some simple tips to keep your perfume fresh till the very last drop.

  • Try not to buy testers, used, or pre-opened perfumes.
  • Keep perfumes tightly sealed until you want to open it for the first time.
  • Opened perfumes can be used for as long as you like the smell.
  • Liquid fragrance should be kept in the original container.
  • Just like medicine, perfume should not be kept in direct sunlight.
  • Extreme changes in temperature will alter the scent.
  • Store your perfume in the original container or box.
  • Make sure it is not vulnerable to heat or bright lights.
  • Store your perfumes in a dry environment.

If you follow these tips, you can keep the fragrance from fading and keep using the same perfume until the very last spritz.