A Step-by-Step Guide to Decanting Perfume for Travel or Gifting

Welcome perfume lovers! You’ve stumbled upon a gem of a guide that’s going to enlighten you about a fabulous little trick of the fragrance world; one that’s going to revolutionize the way you use, share, and travel with your beloved scents. Yes, we’re talking about the art of decanting perfume

Now, you might be asking, “What on Earth is decanting perfume?” Well, decanting perfume is the enchanting process of transferring your favorite scents from their original, often bulky, containers into smaller, more travel-friendly vessels. It’s like moving your perfume from a grand château to a chic, little city apartment – just as charming, but oh-so-convenient. 

And why, you might wonder, would you want to go through the trouble? Believe us, the benefits are manifold: 

“Decanting perfume can help you save space and weight when traveling, share or swap your fragrances with others, try new scents without buying full bottles, and even preserve the quality and longevity of your perfumes.”

So, stick around as we dive deep into this fragrant journey of decanting your perfumes. It’s going to be a delightful trip!

Decanting Perfume for Travel or Gifting

What You Need to Decant Perfume

Let’s kick-start this perfume decanting adventure, shall we? But first things first, we need to gather our trusty tools. It’s just like going on a treasure hunt, you wouldn’t start without your map and compass, right?

Essential Tools and Materials for Decanting Perfume 

Decanting perfume is an art and like every artist, we need our brushes and canvases – or in this case, our tools and materials. Here’s what we’re going to need: 

Spray Bottles or Roller BottlesThis is our canvas where we’ll pour our beautiful scents.
A funnel or a pipetteThis acts as our brush, delicately transferring the perfume from the original bottle to the new one.
A pair of scissors or a knifeSometimes, we need to shape our tools to suit our needs, and this is where these cutting tools come in handy.
A pair of pliers or tweezersThey are like our hands, strong and precise, capable of prying open the most stubborn of caps.
A label makerThis is the finishing touch, a signature on our masterpiece.
Optional: a kitchen scalePerfection is in the details, and this is how we ensure that we get just the right amount of perfume.

We have our tools, we have our materials. Now, let’s turn to the ever-important question: Which bottle do we choose for our decanting?

Choosing the Best Bottles for Decanting Perfume 

Choosing the right bottle is no less important than choosing the right perfume. It’s a delicate balance between style and functionality, but don’t worry, we’ve got some tips for you: 

  • Choose dark-colored or opaque bottles to shield your perfume from the damaging effects of light exposure.
  • Choose bottles with a tight seal and a good spray mechanism. This ensures that your perfume stays fresh and fragrant, not to mention avoiding any unfortunate leaks or evaporation.
  • Opt for bottles that are easy to fill, clean, and reuse. After all, who wants to struggle with a bottle when you could be basking in your favorite scent?
  • Select bottles that match your personal preference and style. Your perfume is an extension of you, and so is the bottle it’s in.
  • If you’re a jet-setter, remember: perfume is considered a liquid and is subject to TSA regulations. Your perfume must be in a container that holds no more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), and should be tucked away in a clear, plastic, quart-sized bag for screening.

How to Decant Perfume Step by Step

Let’s embark on a fragrant journey where we’ll explore two intriguing methods to decant perfume: using the humble yet effective funnel or pipette, and the modern marvel that is the spray tube. Think of it as a tale of two techniques, each with its own charm and efficiency!


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Method 1: With a Funnel or Pipette

Here, we are about to embark on a fragrant journey. We’re going to understand the art of decanting perfume, a lot like a sommelier decanting a fine wine. This process involves transferring perfume from its original bottle to a new one. It’s straightforward, yet requires a touch of finesse. Ready? Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Step 1: Remove the spray cap of the original bottle using pliers or tweezers
  2. Step 2: Insert the funnel or pipette into the opening of the original bottle
  3. Step 3: Transfer the desired amount of perfume into the new bottle
  4. Step 4: Replace the spray cap of the original bottle and secure it tightly
  5. Step 5: Wipe off any excess perfume from the new bottle and cap it with a spray nozzle or a rollerball cap

Decanting the perfume is like capturing the essence of a beautiful garden in a smaller, portable bottle.

Like most things in life, decanting perfume has its fair share of advantages and pitfalls. Let’s explore these in detail: 

Easy, fast, and accurateMay cause some spillage or wastage
 May contaminate the perfume with air or dust
 May damage the spray cap of the original bottle

However, we find that the benefits often outweigh the drawbacks. After all, the more we practice, the more proficient we become, and the chances of spillage or contamination decrease significantly.

Method 2: With a Spray Tube

With a sly smile, we step into the intriguing world of perfume decanting, a world filled with fragrance and the whispering essence of allure. Let’s dive in, shall we? 

  1. Cutting the spray tube: Gently, we’ll sever the spray tube of the original bottle, using either scissors or a knife, so that it just skims the surface of the perfume, like a skater gliding on a frozen lake.
  2. Measure and Cut: Next, we’ll guide the spray tube of the new bottle, trimming it until it nestles perfectly within the opening of the original bottle.
  3. The Connection: With grace, we’ll bind the two spray tubes together, using tape or rubber bands, creating unity from their separation.
  4. The Inversion: Then, like a magician revealing a trick, we’ll flip the original bottle over the new one, pressing down on the spray nozzle repeatedly until the desired amount of perfume has transferred, like a river flowing into a new basin.
  5. Disconnect and Reconnect: After the transfer, we’ll disconnect the two spray tubes, returning each to their respective bottles as smoothly as a ballroom dance.
  6. The Finishing Touch: Finally, we’ll wipe off any excess perfume from the new bottle and crown it with a spray nozzle or a rollerball cap.

Imagine this: You’ve just created a brand new perfume bottle, with all the charm of the original but customized to your needs. It’s a beautiful dance, isn’t it?

No spillage or wastage – we hate to see a single drop of these precious essences wasted.It can be time-consuming and tedious, like a puzzle that fights back as you’re solving it.
No contamination of the perfume – keeps the fragrance as pure as the first spring bloom.May require some trial and error to achieve the right fit of the spray tubes, a bit like fitting a round peg into a square hole.
No damage to the spray cap of the original bottle – preserving the integrity of our beloved bottle. 

How to Store and Label Your Decants

Do not underestimate the sheer importance of storing and labeling your decants. It’s akin to curating your own personalized museum of olfactory delights. Each decant, a miniature masterpiece, deserves to be treated with utmost respect. This, my friend, is the essence of the perfume decanting journey.

Storing Your Decants the Right Way 

Let’s dive headfirst into the world of perfume decanting and unveil some well-kept secrets about preserving the quality and longevity of your decants. It’s not just about the decanting process itself, but the aftercare matters just as much! 

  1. Store your decants in a cool, dry, and dark place: Picture a quiet, secluded vault, hidden from the harmful effects of heat, light, and humidity. That’s the kind of sanctuary your decants need. Find a similar setting in your home to ensure their long life.
  2. Protect your decants from dust and air: Think of your decants as precious artifacts. You wouldn’t leave them out in the open, would you? Therefore, storing them in a closed container or a drawer is the best course of action to shield them from dust and air.
  3. Keep your decants upright: Just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, your decants need to maintain an upright position too. Make sure to avoid shaking or tilting them, as if they were tiny glass skyscrapers standing tall against the test of time.

Labeling Your Decants with Precision 

Now that we’ve sealed the deal on storage, let’s discuss labeling. It’s as essential as a dazzling cover to a book. With clear and accurate labels, you can quickly identify your decants in a jiffy. Here’s how to do it right: 

  1. Provide all the necessary information: In the world of decanting, knowledge is power. Hence, label your decants with the perfume’s name, the brand, the concentration, the decanting date, and any other relevant tidbit that might prove useful later.
  2. Use the right tools: Arm yourself with a label maker or a waterproof and smudge-proof marker. Make your label as durable as the fragrance within your decant. No element should be powerful enough to erase or fade it.
  3. Label both the bottle and the cap: This is a safety net against confusion or mix-ups. It’s like having a backup key to your house; you might not need it, but it’s good to have it just in case.

By following these practices, you can ensure that your decants remain as vibrant and aromatic as the day you first decanted them. Remember, the joy of a fragrance is in its preservation and identification. If done right, your decants can take you on an unforgettable olfactory journey time and time again.

Why Decanting Perfume is Important for Travel

Traveling with your favorite perfume can be a hassle. Decanting, or transferring perfume into smaller, travel-friendly containers, can simplify this task. Let’s explore why decanting perfume is beneficial for travel.  

The main reasons to decant are to comply with travel restrictions and to reduce luggage weight. Airlines impose a 100ml liquid limit for carry-on luggage, which a standard 200ml perfume bottle surpasses. Decanting solves this issue. Also, large perfume bottles can add unnecessary weight to your luggage. Decanting lets you bring only what you need, lightening the load. 

Decanting – The fragrance traveler’s essential.

Decanting also offers protection and variety. Fragile perfume bottles can break or leak during travel. Decanting into durable, leak-proof containers can prevent this. Plus, decanting lets you bring a variety of scents without the burden of multiple bottles. 

  • Travel Restrictions: Decanting lets you comply with the 100ml liquid limit for carry-on luggage.
  • Weight: Decanting reduces the weight of luggage by enabling you to bring only what you need.
  • Protection: Decanting into durable containers prevents perfume from breaking or leaking during travel.
  • Variety: Decanting allows you to bring a variety of scents without carrying multiple bottles.

With careful decanting, we can easily travel with our favorite fragrances, alleviating worries associated with traveling with perfume!

Traveling with Your Decanted Perfume: Dos and Don’ts

Let’s dive into the dos and don’ts of traveling with your decanted perfume: 


  • Decant the perfume into a travel-sized container: This not only ensures you adhere to transport regulations but also saves space in your luggage.
  • Seal it properly: To avoid any potential spillage, make sure you’re sealing the decant securely. A little extra care here can save a lot of perfume and clothes later.


  • Overfill your decant: Leave some space at the top as pressure changes during flights can cause the decant to leak.
  • Forget about the 3-1-1 liquids rule: In your carry-on bag, liquids must be in a container that’s 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or smaller.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. But your perfume? It should fill every room.”

Remember, perfume is a personal statement, a whisper of your essence that lingers even when you’re not there. So, don’t leave it behind when you travel. Decant wisely and take your signature scent with you, wherever in the world you go.


Decanting perfume isn’t just a hobby, it’s a delightful activity that enhances your experience with your beloved fragrances. We’ve gone through the importance of decanting, the simplicity of the required tools, the two main methods of funnel or pipette and spray tube transfer, and the significance of proper storage and labeling. We’ve also explored the multi-faceted enjoyment of your scents that decanting offers. 

One last thing, If you enjoyed reading this article as much as we enjoyed crafting it for you, why not share it with your friends? Spread the joy of fragrance decanting. It’s not just about fragrance—it’s about sharing experiences and creating memories.


Hello and welcome to Fragrance Advice! My name is Grace Young, and I’ve been drawn to fragrances since I was a little girl. There's just something about scent that brings me so much joy! 

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