What to do with old perfumes?

Every morning when I get ready for work, I stand in front of my beauty table, wonder which perfume to use and always go for the same one, no matter how long I think about it. Is it just me, or do you also have lots of bottles of old perfumes that you don’t use anymore? Apparently, there are lots of ways to give a new life to the fragrances you have fallen out of love with.

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Give it away

This is the obvious thing to do. Donate your old perfumes to a charity store or re-gift in any way possible – friends, family, women’s shelters, Good Will, nursing homes, students… There will be someone out there who will appreciate your no-longer-desired perfume more than you do.

Use it when carpet cleaning

Douse a small cotton ball/pad on the carpet when you want to vacuum. When you suck it up, it will give a faint smell of perfume. You can also douse some baking soda, sprinkle it all over your carpet, and vacuum that up the next day. (the soda will suck up the exchange the bad smells on your carpet in exchange for your perfume. You could also spray clean carpets or rugs directly. And do try it on your bathmat.

Use it as a room spray

A more direct approach to freshening up the air. Particularly useful in the bathroom if you would like to freshen up the air or spray toilet paper rolls. If you would like to spritz your pillows, sheets, covers – go for it!  Try the actual mattress when changing the bedding – that’s my personal favourite!

You can also steam the air with scent. Putting perfume into boiling water with infusing the air with fragrance when the steam comes off. The smell will infiltrate far and wide in your home. Just know that you probably won’t be able to use the same pot for cooking… Perhaps scenting a humidifier could work for better.

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Spray the bases of clothing drawers

OR recycle any kind of porous bag by filling it with perfume-doused cotton balls and chucking them in your drawers, and also linen closets, on clothes hangers, etc.

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Scent up your car

Yes, you can spray the fabric of car seats and car flooring. How about spraying some old cardboard, business cards, maps, documents, etc. with scent and keeping them in the car’s side pockets? You can awaken old hanging cardboard car fragrance decorations (like the infamous pine tree) by spraying on your perfume (or just make your own from scratch). You can also make use of your car’s ventilation system. There are plenty of gadgets made for this purpose, and you can replenish them with your perfume once depleted. There are many options for coming up with your own, too. If you have a lot of perfume samples you’d like to properly suss out, you can open them slightly and stick them in the car’s aircon fan. This will allow you more time to get to know the perfume without having to spray it on yourself.

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A little DYI never hurt nobody

Fragrance sets including creams, shower gels, or creams in addition to a bottle of scent are very popular. If you like these companion products, you probably find that the perfume outlasts the scented creams. Save money and layer your scent the DYI way by adding perfume to scent-free creams and gels. You can also re-purpose fragrance to make powder or solid perfume to use as gifts.

Scent your fans

If you live in Asia you may use handheld fans in the summer (uchiwa or sensu here in Japan). Try spraying these with your perfume. When wiping the dust off the ceiling or standing electric fans, spritz perfume onto the tissue or cloth you are using when cleaning the blades. It will gently fragrance the air when in use. Speaking of blades, try this as well if you have plastic or wooden blinds instead of curtains.

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What do you do with your old perfumes? Do you maybe have some other ideas on how to reuse it? Share them with us in the comment section below!


Text: Irina Gorskaia

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