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    Default Re: Reusing sample atomizers

    Get some perfumers alcohol , refill them & spritz ! , they clean up quite well .
    I clean in multiples ...
    >> Fill one then spritz into another , close then spritz it all using a funnel into another , close it up & repeat .
    Do this then discard the used alcohol after the last one , I then redo this begining with the last one that got the least cleanest alcohol first .
    The other way is to pull the atomisers apart & soak them , but a rinse out with alcohol as above is wise to clean the veins .
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    Reusing atomizers is a mission destined to fail. I would never risk to ruin a precious juice for a $1 bottle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrios View Post
    Get some perfumers alcohol , refill them & spritz ! , they clean up quite well .
    I clean in multiples ...
    >> Fill one then spritz into another , close then spritz it all using a funnel into another , close it up & repeat .
    Do this then discard the used alcohol after the last one , I then redo this begining with the last one that got the least cleanest alcohol first .
    The other way is to pull the atomisers apart & soak them , but a rinse out with alcohol as above is wise to clean the veins .
    cheers
    I actually use rubbing alcohol and then rinse with water.

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    You can find good 5ml or 10ml spray atomizers online pretty cheap. They come in handy. I do think that you can probably wash some fragrances completely out of the sample atomizers, but some fragrances seem to stick around no matter what abuse you throw at them, especially in the plastic parts. I find it totally worth the money, just in effort saved, to buy new ones. I forget where I got mine online, I've tried a couple places over the years, but search B'Notes and there is a thread with many options posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jathanas View Post
    I didn't clean an atomiser of C&S 88 before filling it with AdP Colonia Assoluta, the result was amazing!
    What an inspiration! I just layered the two and love the combination. Both are great fragrances but I would have never thought to combine them.
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    Default Re: Reusing sample atomizers

    You can use either rubbing alcohol or 100 proof vodka, but just to be sure don't ever let the used atomizer touch the bottle contents, always use a pipette or funnel for the transfer.

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    I think its better to buy them and have a spray for each fragrance you will be using
    here is a link to the best priced 5ml atomizer (reusable) that I have found on ebay
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    just buy one for each fragrance and keep it with you throughout the day to reapply

    that way you can safely store the main bottles in a cool and dark place while having easy and quick accessibility to the fragrances you love
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    I cleaned them out, it worked fine. In such hard economic times why waste what you have? If you have a bunch already, use dish soap to wash them out and then rinse them with rubbing alcohol, then water. Let them dry out completely and then sniff them to make sure they're clean of fragrance. Mine were. It worked fine and didn't waste packing material, money, or the new fragrance I put in them.

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    I reuse sample atomizers all the time and it has not failed me. So 2 fragrances mix ? No big deal. I want to get into layering anyways and this could help me focus on that. Although I find hand cleaning the atomizers and letting them air out for a few weeks works fine.

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    I've found success with either denatured alcohol or Everclear 190 Proof (If you can find it)

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    Default Getting rid of scents from used bottles

    The last time i went to Annick Goutal's boutique the SA hooked me up with a couple of 25ml decants which i found very useful. Since I have many testers of Chanel Gardenia, Bois Des Iles, Hermes Paprika, and Samarcande (each of these testers are about 4 ml) and many more, I use these bottles to fill with my testers. Anyways, does anyone know the best way to clean the decants to get rid of previous scents that may remain after finishing the frag? I heard that cleaning it with alcohol gets rid of the scent compeltely. Does anyone reccomend any other way?

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    don't think this can be fully done. unless of course you don't mind a bit of a scent from the previous fragrance.

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    I think someone recommended the dishwasher on a previous thread about reusing decants. That sounds like a shot.
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    I've found that soaking them for a few days in ethanol gets rid of the scent pretty well. you may notice a slight scent to the bottle still, but it's undetectable once filled with another frag and applied to skin.

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    Anything glass or metal does not absorb fragrance. Plastic bottles, the hose of the spray system and other plastic parts however do. It isn't possible to really make them 100% odorless. I ignore the remnants after I have let the container
    1) soak in hot water* to which a drop of dish cleaner has been added.
    2) After that: rinse in a mix of clear water, alcohol and vinegar.
    3) Let dry in the sun if possible.

    *: Watch out - plastic parts can get deformed at higher temperature.
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    I'll second Narcus' suggestion -- Vinegar, Alcohol, Detergeant are the key ingredient's I've found -- for washing GLASSWARE. If your decants are plastic I suggest discarding them and replacing them. There are plenty of cheap options and "good" options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zr0e View Post
    I'll second Narcus' suggestion -- Vinegar, Alcohol, Detergeant are the key ingredient's I've found -- for washing GLASSWARE. If your decants are plastic I suggest discarding them and replacing them. There are plenty of cheap options and "good" options.
    This is an excellent method. I would add a final rinse with a pinch of baking soda,
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    Default cleaning a small atomiser

    Hi. I have a 15 ml atomiser that I had been using for rose water, and was wondering about cleaning it and using it for an EDT instead. What method do you think I should use to clean it to make sure that all of the rose water (which it still smells of at the moment) is gone?

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    If it were a glass one, do you think soaking it in hot water may help?

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    Rosewater usu. contains glycerine, and that is a fatty substance. This is what I do...only my method, mind you...

    First, clean all parts with hot, soapy water; you may use a dish detergent. (Not boiling, mind you.) Thoroughly wash all parts and flush the piston and pump until you think all the oils/scents are gone. Then flush/rinse with hot, clean water, continuing to pump the piston.

    Next, use rubbing alcohol to soak the parks. Again, depress the piston and pump until the entire unit is clean. Get as much alcohol out as you can. Let air-dry thoroughly.

    You may not be able to remove all scent, so keep this in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Rosewater usu. contains glycerine, and that is a fatty substance. This is what I do...only my method, mind you...

    First, clean all parts with hot, soapy water; you may use a dish detergent. (Not boiling, mind you.) Thoroughly wash all parts and flush the piston and pump until you think all the oils/scents are gone. Then flush/rinse with hot, clean water, continuing to pump the piston.

    Next, use rubbing alcohol to soak the parks. Again, depress the piston and pump until the entire unit is clean. Get as much alcohol out as you can. Let air-dry thoroughly.

    You may not be able to remove all scent, so keep this in mind.
    +1 to all of that, however I would add a further hot water (not soapy this time) rinse in between getting out the alcohol and the final air dry, just to get rid of any alcohol left in the tube or pump itself.

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    Acetone will do the trick.

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    ^^ Actually, acetone may damage the plastic parts of the atomizer. I recommend against acetone!!

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    I'm bumping this thread as I was searching for this information. I have some nice decant glass bottles that I think it's a shame to throw out after only using once. For the plastic components in the sprayer and the thread, I am experimenting with soaking them in very hot water and then letting them dry in sunlight, hoping that the sun will break down the remnant scent molecules.

    I hope other members can chime in with (practical and realistic) tips!

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    I let mine soak in denatured alcohol over night,
    spray the alcohol some 50 times to clean the
    spritzer too ... this works for me!

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    I would think that if you had some perfumers alcohol you could put that in a bottle and "clear out" the scent in the plastic atomizer... then do the soapy water thing to remove the rest. (it would at least dilute the scent molecules left in the atomizer, in theory)
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    Yes it seems to a shame to throw away a used decant spray bottle. Frankly, I 'recycle' mine ( in the recycle trash it goes )because I rather not re- use unless the same perfume is going in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    I let mine soak in denatured alcohol over night,
    spray the alcohol some 50 times to clean the
    spritzer too ... this works for me!
    We thought the same thing at the same time... spooky!
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    I try to use cheap decant bottles like the $10 sprayers and rollerballs at Sephora so I have a bottle for each scent.

    Cleaning glass can be tricky, but Brielle told me to use dish soap and water to clean the oil out. I also use rubbing alcohol after to rinse out any other residue. I also do this for my funnels.
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    Tetra Clorid Carbon. I mean CCL4. It can clear most of the oily, greasy things.
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    I have had good success with a variety of methods, one being a long soak in Dawn water, with a subsequent alcohol soak.
    Using each solution to spray through the sprayer component lots of times.

    But my favorite remedy for really tenacious scents is an acetone soak, followed by a wash and alcohol rinse. Works like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamid View Post
    Tetra Clorid Carbon. I mean CCL4. It can clear most of the oily, greasy things.
    I personally wouldn't use Carbon TetraChloride CCL4 because of its known toxicity to humans. Hot water and dishwashing liquid wash with 1/4 volume left in to empty by spritzing followed by thorough rinsing/spritzing with clear hot water and then perfumer's alcohol (or non-denatured alcohol) 1/4 fill, shake vigorously and many spritzes till cleared, then removing the top and allowing the vial and spray mechanism to air dry works for me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    I personally wouldn't use Carbon TetraChloride CCL4 because of its known toxicity to humans. Hot water and dishwashing liquid wash with 1/4 volume left in to empty by spritzing followed by thorough rinsing/spritzing with clear hot water and then perfumer's alcohol (or non-denatured alcohol) 1/4 fill, shake vigorously and many spritzes till cleared, then removing the top and allowing the vial and spray mechanism to air dry works for me.



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    I would also not recommend acetone. Toxic and may damage plastic parts of the actuator or casing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    I would also not recommend acetone. Toxic and may damage plastic parts of the actuator or casing.
    Yup. Test how quickly the bottom of a styrofoam cup disappears if you put just a little acetone in it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by actiasluna View Post
    We thought the same thing at the same time... spooky!
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    Yummy yummy acetone.... Sluurrrp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    Yummy yummy acetone.... Sluurrrp.
    LOL, it will evapurate within minutes,
    then the bottle is dry and clean!

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    I suppose that this is a good reason to have a pint flask of Everclear in the cabinet for emergencies such as a clogged-with-another-scent atomizer!
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    Default Reusing sample bottles

    Is there anyway to get the scent out of a sample bottle so that I can reuse it? I have 5 empty ones.. but they still smell like the colognes that they held. Is there any remedy or will I just have to keep buying more?
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    Default Re: Reusing sample bottles

    People have suggested spraying alcohol through them or running them through the dishwasher. I tried these methods but my vials still smelled. I gave up trying.

    Small consolation: they are cheaper if you buy in bulk.

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    I've re-used, with different scents, but i'm careful of what i'm mixing. For example, I went on vacation to the Caribbean recently and desperately wanted to bring Eau d'Orange Verte. As it happened I was out of empty sample spray vials so I used up a nearly empty sample of Eau Sauvage, cleaned it thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol, then filled it with EdOV. After the first spray I could not smell the Eau Sauvage except in the cap.

    I wouldn't refill a previously used Serge Lutens spray vial with a cologne, but with careful planning they can certainty be reused.
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    Glass can usually be cleaned with soap and water followed by alcohol, then acetone. Most plastic will absorb aroma molecules like crazy, so can never be cleaned properly. Buying new sample vials is more cost-effective in the end if you consider your time and materials for cleaning. Never swap samples or decants in used vials or bottles!
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    Never tried it. Maybe soak in hot soapy water.

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    Default How would you clean out an atomizer?

    I ordered a bunch of sample vials, and was planning on pouring them into atomizers to test them out. Unfortunately, I have done this in the past, and the atomizers still smell of the previous fragrance that were inside of them.

    Any tips on how to clean them out? I've already tried soaking them in hot water, which worked decently, but wasn't 100% effective.

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    This should be in the Just Starting Out forum. Anyway, I put vodka in them, let them sit a few days, and also spray them a couple times each day. Then after it's all sprayed out, open it up and use a hair dryer on it (just don't melt the plastic). Come back to it in a couple days and if you can smell anything that might be the best you'll ever do. However, for my purposes I'd still use it at that point for a strong frag, though for swaps and sales I use new ones. Glass vials are different because you can boil them.

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    Try soaking them in cleaning alcohol or use zinc ricinoleate.

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    You can get 90-99% isopropyl alcohol from your local pharmacy, its stronger than the normal 70% variety, if not in the pharmacy, you can get it online. As was stated any overproof white vodka should do the trick. There is a place online stuff for fragrances or some name like that, that sell small atomisers pretty cheap, I'm sure someone will come along that knows the name of the outfit.

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    All of the above suggestions will work.....I have never thought of the Vodka but that sounds pretty cool.....Gary

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    I use methylated spirits then rinse with warm water and leave to dry. Occasionally it doesn't get 100% of the previous fragrance out but it seems to work most of the time.

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    Hot water with a little alcohol.

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    I never re-use atomizers with a different fragrance as I would be too worried about cross-contamination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morrison74 View Post
    I never re-use atomizers with a different fragrance as I would be too worried about cross-contamination.
    I do not re-use, I agree you, but there was a time I used to and My washing-method was wash them carefully with dishwasher liquid soap and rinse with boiling water. After that I fill them medium capacity with alcohol and shake it. I keep the acohol there a couple on days and repit the operation. Finally I put them on the dishwasher machine...

    Now I find more effective in order to prevent contamination do not reuse them. I have a labelled syringe for every different fragrance and ii is with no doubt safer. A perfume going bad for contamination is a waste of money. Much better to pay some cents for a new decanter / vial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morrison74 View Post
    I never re-use atomizers with a different fragrance as I would be too worried about cross-contamination.
    I agree - I've always viewed the prospect of someone doing this with a fragrance of mine with some horror - for that reason I supply my samples in atomisers. Why not buy yourself some? Nemat (aka Best Bottles) sell them cheaply as do a number of other suppliers.

    That said there are several good suggestions above and I've found that glass cleans up perfectly in a dishwasher. The problem is the plastic bits of the atomiser and for those a combination of strong isopropyl alcohol sprayed through the spray and followed by some ethanol (high-proof vodka is fine if you don't have access to pure ethanol) will clear most of the scent. Whatever you do don't leave any trace of the isopropyl alcohol in the sprayer though: it will badly contaminate your scent.

    Having done all that you'll have spent more on isopropyl alcohol and vodka than it would cost you to buy some small atomisers. Then you could drink the vodka (but not the isopropyl alcohol) and enjoy the new scents with no chance of contamination. ;-)
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    Default Re: How would you clean out an atomizer?

    I do not re-use atomizers.
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    Get new atomizers IMO.
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    The very big problem comes when you do not have at your country any online shop to offer decants, atomizers, vials... and you have to buy to USA ... and shipping rates are as high as actual goods net price...
    But even is much better to acdquire new expensive decants, since contamined scents are the worst to happen.

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    Default Re: How would you clean out an atomizer?

    I tried and tried and tried. It's impossible to completely clean an atomizer no matter what. The plastic tubing in there is most likely the problem.

    It seems wasteful to toss the empties so I try and refill, for my personal use only, with either the same scent or something it's handy to have in a little spray bottle. My sinks have lightly-scented little sprays of alcohol nearby, to quickly wipe water spots off the faucet for example.

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    Default Re: How would you clean out an atomizer?

    I've never found that the original scent is removed entirely so I prefer to buy more atomizers.


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    Default Re: How would you clean out an atomizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
    It seems wasteful to toss the empties so I try and refill, for my personal use only, with either the same scent or something it's handy to have in a little spray bottle. My sinks have lightly-scented little sprays of alcohol nearby, to quickly wipe water spots off the faucet for example.
    It does seem terribly wasteful and that is a good suggestion. Linen-sprays might be usefully put into them too - I use them when travelling especially to take the creases out of clothes that need dry-cleaning.
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    Default Re: How would you clean out an atomizer?

    Just put them in some chlorine water for an hour or two..

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