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    Default Reusing sample atomizers

    This post was inspired by the how to use sample vials post because I hate using them due to my inability to experience the fragrance at its fullest. So I'm thinking about refilling and reusing those sample atomizers that I get from department stores. I've tried and failed reusing the decant atomizers despite after lots of rinsing, soaking, and spraying to clear the device. I cleaned out a decant container holding GIT and filled it with MI, and to this day, I still smell the mix of GIT and MI when I spray it. In any case, fragrances stain... badly. I remember reading a post back in the day about using alcohol, but that wasn't entirely effective. There must be a better alternative. Any other ideas? [or I can save myself the trouble and buy a bulk of 2.5 ml atomizers off of eBay]

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    Default Re: Reusing sample atomizers

    i'd just buy a bunch of new vials/atomizers. it's just not worth the trouble of thoroughly cleaning and drying those little vials, and then checking to see if it smells like the last frag or soap or whatever other contaminant might be in there. and if it does, then having to repeat the process... just buy new ones.

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    Default Re: Reusing sample atomizers

    I usually reuse sample atomizers without troubles and don't understand why to waste money buying new ones...
    I simply totally disassembley 'em and let 'em bath all night in a solution on water and dish-detergent (which removes completely all residues of odors, essential oils or other) paying attention to sprize it also to let it enter in the atomizer too.
    The day after I wash 'em well in fresh water and dry them. If they had to have still residues of odors, I'll wash 'em also in alcohol. Result is assured!
    I've reused so many samples that way!

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    Default Reusing atomizers?

    I just ordered some 10 ml frosted glass atomizers from essentialsupplies.com and wanted to get member's thoughts on this. I have to travel sometime for my job so if I were to decant from bottle to atomizer for the trip, would it be a bad idea to redecant into the same atomizer in the future? Has anyone tried this? I have no idea whether or not if you rinsed with hot water if the next decant would be compromised with the last. Thanks to those who pointed me in the right direction for the atomizers.

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    I often refill those tiny spray samples that you get at the department stores. If you rinse it out with soap, it will be nearly perfectly clean. I usually go the extra step and rinse it out again with some Everclear or Lavacol Rubbing Alcohol (Lavacol is denatured ethanol; don't use isopropyl because it's not the same). I find that the foamy hand soap works the best (Dial makes a version of it) because it has a rather strong surfactant it in.

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    Default Re: Reusing atomizers?

    I'm thinking it would be best to assign one atomizer to each scent. They aren't very expensive and it's good in case you ever want to go on a trip and need to take lots you can bring however many you want each in their own personal atomizer. I bet if you washed them though it would be fine.

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    Default Re: Reusing atomizers?

    yes i have one atomiser each for all of the perfumes i use regularly. i've tried rinsing out the bottles to swap fragrances but i find that i can't clean them perfectly. for instance i tried to rinse away the smell of Blenheim Bouquet and Ambre Sultan and reuse those atomisers - but it seems that some fragrances just won't be removed...

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    Default How do I  clean a glass atomizer?

    Does anyone know how to clean a glass atomizer to totally remove the previous scent?

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    Default Re: How do I  clean a glass atomizer?

    Not a good idea, sorry. If you still want to re-use it or it is so fabulously precious (some of them are beautiful!) try completing the following steps:
    1) fill it with hot water until full, spray out the contents, repeat 3 times, you might want to use the mixture of water and rubbing alchohol, or just alchohol;
    2) unscrew the spraying mechanism, shake out what is left there and dry the bottle and the mechanism completely with a Q-tip and let sit for a day or two to air-dry;
    3) sniff it, and if it still smells of the fragrance, repeat steps 1 and 2.

    I heard that people boil glass bottles in a pot of water but I would not know how they manage doing it without damaging the spraying mechanism.

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: How do I *clean a glass atomizer?

    I simply wash 'em well with dish detergent. then I let 'em dry well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberwolf
    Not a good idea, sorry. *
    Agreed.

    I fill a new 'disposable' or an expensive previously-used atomizer with warm, soapy water (preferably a heavily-diluted *unscented dish detergent or shampoo) and spray until empty. Hot water can damage glass by an abrupt temperature change. I repeat three times and work towards progressively clear water to ensure the mechanism is clean.

    Avoid rubbing alcohol. Although rubbing alcohol is isopropol alcohol, it has been denatured with chemicals that can be detrimental to fragrance. If you choose to use alcohol, I recommend 180º (or higher) vodka, *Everclear, perfumer’s alcohol or formulator’s alcohol. http://www.snowdriftfarm.com/perfume.html *Fill the bottle with alcohol, reattach mechanism, spray until empty.

    Remove the spray mechanism, dry with a clean cotton towel and allow to completely air dry. *Use a clean cotton towel to dry the bottle by hand to avoid water spots or streaks.

    Let me guess.

    You just purchased The Different Company’s 250ml Divine Bergamot ‘refill’ from [email protected] for $100 but don’t like the aluminum bottle so you decided to decant?

    You have a vanity set? http://www.auntjudysattic.com/Antique_Vanity_Items.htm *

    You broke your Creed? http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...1139380587/1#0

    Your significant other threatened to leave if you purchased another fragrance and you are ‘recycling’ existing bottles to avoid detection; the Samsara is actually Mahora and the Metalys is Mitsouko? http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...1144592335/4#0

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    Default Re: How do I  clean a glass atomizer?

    ;D LOL at the last paragraph! ;D Way to go!


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    I had a scent in the decant bottle and would like to clean and neutralize it in order to fill it with other scent but I found that I cannot remove traces of the scent that was there. Do you have any recommendations what should I do to avoid mixing scents?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Decant bottles

    Glass itself can be cleaned by heat. I've set my glass items on our woodstove in winter, but you could probably bake them in an oven or simmer them in water on the stove (treating them like eggs and putting them in the water while it's still cold). When a friend needed a sample on the spot, I performed an instant sterilization with a handheld hairdryer, holding the vial in a towel in my hand and blowing it until it no longer smelled (the glass does get hot!). I hesitate to recommend reusing a spray mechanism or roller ball, because they can't be heat-cleaned. But I've reused them for myself when the new scent is very similar to the last scent they carried (La Chasse replacing Orange Blossom, for example). Some scents, I'm thinking of something like amber, can be nearly impossible to neutralize, however.
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    Default Re: Decant bottles

    What about the plastic lids with the applicator sticks? Do they ever come clean enough to re-use?

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    Default Re: Decant bottles

    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7
    What about the plastic lids with the applicator sticks? Do they ever come clean enough to re-use?
    Maybe if you treat them to a bath of hot, sudsy water, rinse and let dry in the sun on a window ledge for a few days. Again, something with a heavy amber or patchouli scent may be hard to erase.
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    Default Re-using decant bottles?

    Hey all - I recent made a sale to a local basenoter and he gave me a ton of decants for free, which was a really great surprise. I ended up having a perfume spraying/sniffing orgy with a friend, where we made ourselves sick and sniffed all kinds of coffee, and choked all over the place.

    Anyhow, the question is that there were a couple of decants in nice glass spray bottles where I really didn't like the scent, and so I poured it out, thinking I'd use the sprayers to carry decants of a one or two of my favourite scents for long days away from home. But the trouble is I can't get the smell of the old cologne out of the bottles. I tried alcohol, soap, water etc.

    Is it just a lost cause? Are decant bottle monogamous, or is there a proper way to clean them up for a new fragrance? Thanks!
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    Not an expert, but have read that the plastic parts will never lose the smell. Sorry if that's bad news.

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    Default Re: Re-using decant bottles?

    Have seen the question asked before and the consensus was - NO! :bounce: (I scatter them in amongst my frillies or let them snooze under pillows during the daytime.) Jazztweety has an apothecary-quality bottle that can be dishwashered (it has a ground glass stopper) but that's it!!
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    Default Re: Re-using decant bottles?

    I have tried also with alcohol, soap, all purpose cleaners - nothing worked. Toss 'em.

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    Default Re: Re-using decant bottles?

    Yipes - oh well, thanks all for your experience. Don't know if I'll put them under pillows...

    Have any of you tried putting a new perfume in an old bottle with the lingering smell of it's previous inhabitant? I suspect it'd be a gross combination, but it never hurts to ask!

    At least the original decant vial of fumerie turque is still good to put more fumerie turque in!
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    Default Re: Re-using decant bottles?

    I beg to differ with my esteemed colleagues ...

    Glass can be sterilized by heat. It "burns off" any scent molecules on the surface.

    I happen to have a wood stove, so, after a thorough wash and rinse, I place glass vials and bottles on the hot surface of the stove and leave them for an hour or more. They are truly fragrance free (and scorching hot!) after that. You might try boiling, baking or microwaving with the same caution you'd use in sterilizing something like jelly jars.

    Now, if the bottles you have are a fairly standard size, you can order replacement sprayers from http://www.essentialsupplies.com/ for just 41¢ each.
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    Default Re: Re-using decant bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by quos View Post
    Not an expert, but have read that the plastic parts***will never lose the smell. Sorry if that's bad news.
    ...***which is the problem, not the glass. So new replacement sprayers could be a solution!!
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    Yes, the trouble are the sprayers, not the glass! I have already tossed very valuable full size bottles that I used for experimental stages because the smell would never get out of the sprayers (which are mostly the more expensive part of the whole thing) again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Now, if the bottles you have are a fairly standard size, you can order replacement sprayers from http://www.essentialsupplies.com/ for just 41¢ each.

    Ah thanks - 41 cents ain't so bad! I was hiping I could just use what I had, but that's the next best thing - thanks to all!
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    Hi Go to hardware store, paint section, buy a can of denatured alcohol. It works wonders cleaning out the old smell and is cheap. Some one at a perfume store told me. Can in not expensive and lasts a long time. Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Re-using decant bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by perfumegirl View Post
    Hi Go to hardware store, paint section, buy a can of denatured alcohol. It works wonders cleaning out the old smell and is cheap. Some one at a perfume store told me. Can in not expensive and lasts a long time. Hope this helps.
    For the sprayers?
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    Default What is the best way to clean a used atomiser?

    I have a 5ml atomiser that is currently filled with something I don't use much anymore, and already have in another spray bottle. It's not a heavy scent but I want to clean the bottle thoroughly so that it is completely scent free to be refilled with something I only have in a small splash bottle. Would something like ordinary dish soap be thorough enough? Is it possible to totally remove the scent from a used bottle like this?

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    Default Re: What is the best way to clean a used atomiser?

    Tide

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    Default Re: What is the best way to clean a used atomiser?

    I had to look that up, do you mean the laundry detergent? Would any laundry detergent work? Does it have to soak?

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