How To Decant Perfume [4 Simple Ways]

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If you like to make your own perfume, or want to get every last drop out of a bottle, you will of course need to know how to decant perfume into another bottle.

You can’t exactly hand out large batches of your own perfume! Especially if you want to sell your aromatic creations, you will want to try and decant your perfume into smaller containers so that you can give them away as samples or even sell them to family and friends.

But how do you decant perfume properly?

how to decant perfume

There are so many different perfume bottles that it can often be tricky to decant from some of them. Particularly if you’ve got a spray bottle that has a crimped top which can’t be removed easily!

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to show you how to decant perfume effectively. By the end of this article you will be a master at the art of decanting perfume. So let’s take a look!

How To Decant Perfume

Learning how to decant perfume properly is essential if you want to avoid wasting any of your precious creations.

Luckily there are several methods that you can use, depending on the bottle that you need to decant from, and what you need to decant it into.

Choose Your Container

The first thing you will need to do is choose the best container for your perfume needs.

If you want to decant from a larger bottle into smaller bottles, you are likely going to be choosing vials. Other popular options include atomizers and empty bottles you have to hand.

You will also have to decide between plastic or glass bottles. Plastic bottles may be easier to decant into in some ways, but plastic may not fit your brand’s image.

Glass bottles are preferred for many perfumers, because it tends to protect the perfume well from UV light, which can of course make it last longer.

Decant Using The Spritz Method

If you are decanting your perfume from a spray bottle, it can be tricky to remove that spray top. They are often crimped onto the top of the bottle itself, making it hard to remove without a tool to prise it off (and that can send it or the bottle flying when it does finally come off…)

So, of course, one of the easiest ways to decant your perfume from bottles of this type is to spritz it directly into your container of choice.

This may take some time, depending on the size of the bottle or bottles that you are trying to fill! It can also be all too easy for perfume to escape if you don’t place the tip of the spray bottle right to the open neck of the bottle you are trying to decant it into.

Even if you perfectly position the mouth of the receiving bottle over the spray outlet, the chances are, you will lose some of the perfume to the environment.

When you should use this method: When you only have a little perfume to transpose (the last few sprays of a favorite for example) and the spray cap is hard to remove.

Decant Using The Funnel Method

Similar to the spritz method, the funnel method just requires an extra piece of kit – a funnel. By using a funnel to spritz into, you will minimize the amount of perfume that is wasted.


Obviously, you can also use this method for other types of bottles where you can remove the cap! It is an excellent way to ensure that all of your perfume gets into the bottle you are trying to decant it into.

This is by far the simplest method, but you’ll want to get a very small funnel (they’re typically just referred to as “mini funnels” if you go look on Amazon or elsewhere).

Make sure the funnel is very clean, but not recently cleaned with soap that may leech into the perfume as you pour it. Clean with warm water and scrubbing only.

When you should use this method: When you have more than a few spritzes to decant, as this method will capture a larger volume of the perfume than trying to aim into the neck of a small bottle.

Decant By The Eye Dropper Method

This method requires getting an eye dropper (or a pipette if you want to go full chemistry-lab…) and using the dropper to move a small quantity at a time.

Decanting perfume with a dropper

Note that an eye dropper is harder to clean than a funnel, but again – don’t use soaps that may leave behind a residue. Warm water only.

When you should use this method: If you can get the top off the source bottle to get access to the perfume, but the receiving bottle neck is very small (think sample size). This wouldn’t be a good way to transfer a larger quantity of perfume (that would get very tedious very quickly) but for samples it can be ideal.

Decant By Removing The Bottle Top

OK, this is pretty obvious, but just for completeness here:

The easiest method by far for decanting perfume is to simply remove the top of your perfume bottle and pour!

You can simply pour your perfume into the new bottles that you are trying to fill if their neck opening is large enough. This might be tricky depending on the type of bottle that your perfume is stored in, and the type you’re pouring into obviously.

Using this method can also avoid your perfume from becoming oxidized via the spritz method, and means you won’t lose any to the air as a fine spray.

When you should use this method: Clearly you can only use this approach if you can actually get the spray cap off! Pouring directly into the open neck of the receiving bottle is extremely simple, though there is the obvious risk of your hand shaking and losing some.

We’d recommend the investment in a funnel before doing this.

Can You Decant Spray Perfume?

Yes, you can decant spray perfume! If you are unable to remove the top of the spray bottle, it can make things a little trickier, but it can still be done.

You can either just spray the perfume directly into your bottle of choice, or use a funnel to help you. This will ensure that all of the perfume gets into the bottle without any being wasted.

It will be even more effective if you are able to remove the lid and top from your spray bottle. Let’s take a look at how to remove a sealed perfume bottle’s top below.

How Do You Open A Sealed Perfume Bottle?

With some bottles it can be well nigh impossible to find the opening where you can remove the top of the bottle to remove the liquid inside. 

In this case, you will need a set of pliers handy to help you. You can use the pliers to grip the sprayer of your perfume bottle. Next, you will need to keep a firm grip, and wiggle the bottle from side to side to try and loosen it up a bit.

That’s right – hold the pliers steady on the spray cap, and move the bottle – you are much less likely to end up tightening the spray cap on more firmly if you do it this way.

This should then help the crimping holding the sprayer in place to loosen up. If it comes right off, great! If not, try to use your pliers to get under the loosened crimping and remove it. Voila! You are now able to simply pour your perfume into your readily prepared bottles.

In Summary

So there you have it! You now know everything that there is to know about how to decant a perfume bottle.

It will all depend on the type of bottle that you are trying to decant the perfume from, as well as what type of container you have opted to decant the perfume into.

You can use four different methods to help you decant perfume. You can either spritz your perfume directly into the containers that you want to decant it into, use the funnel method to help you save as much perfume as possible, use the eye dropper method, or you can simply remove the lid of the perfume bottle and decant it as normal.

The best method is to simply remove the top of the perfume bottle so that you can retain as much liquid as possible in the decanting – so take your time, don’t get frustrated, and see if you can get that spray cap off the bottle!