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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
    http://cgi.ebay.com/PLASTIC-PERFUME-...2em118Q2el1247
    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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    Default Re: Getting rid of scents from used bottles

    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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    Default Re: Getting rid of scents from used bottles

    I think someone recommended the dishwasher on a previous thread about reusing decants. That sounds like a shot.
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    Default Re: Getting rid of scents from used bottles

    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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    Default Re: Getting rid of scents from used bottles

    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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    Default Re: Getting rid of scents from used bottles

    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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    Default Re: cleaning a small atomiser

    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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    Default Re: Decant bottles

    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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    Default Re: Decant bottles

    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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