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Upgrading My Perfume Bottles


Hey there!

For the most part, I can successfully avoid B&BW’s and their lovely scented but unattractively packaged body sprays/perfumes. But every once in a while they have this 75% off everything in the store clearance, and I always find myself buying more….
Combine that with receiving body sprays almost every year from well-meaning relatives and I’m left with a drawer full of ugly plastic spray bottles. 

A couple years back, I collected Avon bottles and ended up with a respectable collection that’s now gathering dust in the attic. I used to hit up estate sales and garage sales like crazy all summer, and people typically let these go pretty cheap. I don’t remember exactly what I paid, but I most likely got the group below for under four bucks.


I have a semi-vintage theme going in my apartment and vanity area, so I decided to get some use out of these old Avon bottles by emptying out the stale perfume and decanting new scents into the bottles.

I let the bottles sit for 15 minutes full of soapy water to encourage the old scents to fully dissipate, and that worked perfectly, but I ended up gassing the entire bathroom… I had the overhead fan on and a window open, but two days later it still smells like noxious Avon.
My recommendation for anyone reusing old perfume bottles, empty them outside!
I have some huge bottles that I’d like to reuse as well, things like pianos, seahorses, an Aladdin lamp, that kind of thing. I don’t have enough perfume to use them, but I’m trying to think of a way to convert them to a different use? If anyone has an idea, let me know!

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