Glam Tip: Don’t Cry Over Spilled Perfume

Okay, so technically we aren’t talking about spilled perfume, per se, but when the nozzle accidentally comes off, it renders your fragrance just as useless.   Au contraire; there is a way to salvage the scent.

First, you’ll need a new container for your fragrance.    There are tons of gorgeous antique bottles avaible online, at vintage and antique stores, or, if you’d rather a new one, Anthropologie always has some beautiful selections. Once you’ve made your selection, follow these steps to remove the top of your bottle:

1. Firmly pull up and out to remove the nozzle trigger (the metal or plastic tube protruding from the bottle that gets pushed down to dispense the scent).

2. Cut off any plastic casing around the neck of the bottle with sturdy scissors (read: not your cute mini scissors).

3. You should see a metal section adjoined to the neck of the bottle.  Using a flathead screwdriver, insert the tip under a section of the metal piece, and start gently prying upward.  Don’t expect to get it all in one shot; prying too hard will break the bottle.   Work your way around the bottle, prying a little at a time.  The goal here is not to remove it, but to loosen and lift upwards to prepare for the next step.

4. With a pair of pliers, grasp the metal piece and gently pull up, freeing the bottle completely.  It’s a good idea to do this over a large bowl or pot, in case of any spills.

5. Finally, pour your fragrance into it’s new bottle, and spray (carefully) away!

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