View Full Version : Decanting Colognes
09-28-2006, 08:30 PM
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
I've recently been reducing clutter in the bathroom by putting all of my soaps/creams/washes/scrubs/etc. in travel size bottles. It also works out wonderfully because I'm traveling a lot more.
I want to decant all of my colognes into 1 oz. atomizer bottles, and with some of the colognes that are not atomized in their original containers, all you obviously have to do is use a funnel and pour the cologne into the bottle. My question is as follows: What do you do with the spray colognes? I've tried twisting off the atomizers, but it doesn't work. Should I just spray into the 1 oz. bottles until they're full, or is there actually a way to get these atomizers off? Any and all advice would be of great help to me.
09-28-2006, 08:32 PM
I was curious about this as well.
It would be nice to have some small atomizers handy for going out of town.
09-28-2006, 08:35 PM
I believe pliers are used in this process of busting open a spray EDt for decant, hopefully somebody else will correct/confirm this.
09-28-2006, 08:45 PM
Rik, does this for the Decant club. I think he has posted on how it's done.
09-28-2006, 08:59 PM
You really want to keep a good quality perfume/cologne in a glass bottle. That being said, getting these with a decent atomizer is a pretty tough thing to do unless you want to spend some big bucks..
Don't throw your old bottles away! Keep them and recycle....... :001_smile
Decants where the atomizer has been form fitted to the lip of the bottle are destroyed using my technique.
I remove any extraneous items such as atomizer caps, decorative collars etc.
This get you down to the the nitty gritty guts of the atomizer.
I use a small channel loks and focus my attention on the metallic area housing the atomizer itself. I then get a firm grip and slowly pry up. Release and do the same from another angle. Continue to do this until the white metal becomes playable enough to split. Grab the atomizer housing twist and the entire assemble is removed and discarded.
Funnels are certainly a means to decant. I personally use very large medical syringes for two reasons. 1. accuracy. It's important to have all the decants for sale match in volume of content. 2. Less waste. Using a 60cc syringe with 6" of surgical tubing it vary rare for me to spill even a drop and I loose very little product to evaporation. I'll try to post some pics the next time I break open a bottle.
There are some excellent bottle companies out there that are very affordable.
09-28-2006, 09:40 PM
Thanks for everyone's help. As usual, delivered with kindness.
09-29-2006, 08:57 AM
I use plastic pipettes to measure out the stuff, not funnels. More accurate, as Rik noted.
My technique for form-fitted metal caps is to take a small pair of wire snips, and make vertical cuts around the perimeter. With practice, you can get good enough to cut metal without the glass underneath. You can then use small pliers to pull it off.
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