Fragrances, Perfumes & Colognes
What To Do With Old Fragrances?
You have had that bottle of perfume at your
dressing table for more than three years. It was given to you
as a gift and you just can't get rid of it. You know it is
beginning to lose its zest and becoming less effective as a
perfume. However, you just can't bring yourself to toss it
in the garbage. It still smells good, just not with the same
concentration as it once did and you know it is in decline.
So what can you do? Are there other uses for the fragrance
that has expired but still has some good qualities? Of course
there are, and you consider some options that may help you
use the fragrance and remember the occasion without wearing
First you can actually use the perfume as a room freshener.
There are a couple of ways to do that. First of all, you can
add a few drops to water and simmer it either on your stove
top or in a candle warmer. The scent will infiltrate the room.
Test it alone first to make sure that the heating does not
enhance any beginning of the expired scent spoiling. The steam
helps the scent to travel throughout your home and give it
a hint of that fragrance you just couldn't bring yourself to
get rid of. Use as much or little as is necessary; you will
likely have to make adjustments as you go along.
option is to use it to revive potpourri. You know
you have had that pot of potpourri over in the corner for three
years and it no longer smells like anything. It has become
nothing more than a bowl full of wood chips and dried out scentless
flowers. Add a few drops, or more, of that expired perfume
to the mixture to reinvigorate it. The dry potpourri is naturally
made to absorb oils like the ones in your perfume. It will
then be released back out slowly over time. Again, be sure
the smell is still mostly in tact, but if it is this is a great
way to get that smell without wearing a perfume that has lost
use it as a way to add a kick to that memo. If you
add just a dab to your stationary, you will draw attention
to every work note or personal message you send. In today's
email and text message age, the hand written note is somewhat
of a dinosaur. You can make a statement by not only hand writing
notes and memos on stationary, but also by adding a dab of
scent that will immediately let everyone know who the note
is from. Scent is closely related to memory, and you can invoke
that memory easily with just a touch to the corner of a note.
If you think the scent is still pretty stable for your perfume,
you can lighten it up and still get the benefit by
putting just a drop or two in your bath. The small amount can set a
great baseline of fragrance for you before you put on a fresh
spray after you are dressed. The drops can act as a sort of
aromatherapy bath scent that will also invoke the memories
you have associated with the perfume, which is likely why you
had trouble parting with it in the first place. You can also
avoid having to buy scented bath oils as long as your older
perfume is still good enough for a light scent that you would
get by adding just those few drops to your next few baths.
Sometimes things we associate with great memories are hard
to part with, even when we know they are no longer good. Consider
fragrances. Most of them only last three years at the most
under even the best of circumstances. So what do you do when
your favorite bottle loses its olfactory luster? Well, if it
still has a good scent to it, there are a number of alternatives
to tossing the bottle. You can use it as a room scent by adding
a few drops to water and simmering over the stove or a candle
burner. You can also perk up that old bowl of potpourri that
you didn't throw out either. Or you can even add it to your
bath if it still has a solid scent to it that has not started
to move toward spoiled. No matter what you do, though, you
have to use it or you really will lose it.
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