When I get a bottle of perfume or cologne that I like, I tend to stick with it. I do have 3 different ones to mix and match depending on the season I am in but I find it unnecessary to have more than 3 perfumes or colognes in use at any one time. Moreover, a bottle of perfume or cologne can easily last a year or more these days. However, sometimes you’re given a new bottle of perfume as a gift, or you get sent some samples that you like. What do you do with all of the extra perfume or cologne?
Perfume or cologne is not meant to last for more than 1.5 – 2 years. Their scent tends to fade away or change and they become ineffective after an extended period of time. This leads to many wasted bottles of perfume. I try to give some away to family and friends who may take them. For scents that I like, I use them in various ways around the house so that they don’t go to waste. For example, perfume or cologne can be used to scent your linen. Use a perfume or cologne with a light, fruity or floral scent to spray on pillowcases, curtains or towels so that they make the room smell lovely.
If I want to make my wardrobes or drawers smell nice, I pop some samples inside them so that the scent is not too strong. If your drawers have liners (mine don’t) you can spray the perfume or cologne on the liners before you put them in. Another good trick is to spray some unwanted perfume or cologne on lampshades, especially the one that still uses the old-fashioned bulbs. As the bulbs heat up when switched on, the heat helps spread the scent throughout the space. This is helpful when I’m out of air freshener and want a quick freshen up of the room.
The frugal person in me found a trick to save on scented dryer sheets. Apart from re-using them to save money, I spray some of my unwanted perfume or cologne on it before I toss it in the dryer so that my laundry will come out smelling so good. The more you reuse them, the stronger it smells! I also found a way to save on car fresheners by spraying some perfume on a nice piece of cardboard and hanging them in my car. If it needs a boost from time to time, I just spray some more onto the cardboard.
Over the years, I have gone through many bottles of perfume. My top picks for perfumes are mostly best selling perfumes for women and are very pretty bottles, usually in different shapes and colors. For some bottles that I cannot bear to throw away, I keep them as decorations or paperweights. Perfume bottles that can be opened are filled with beads, glitter or decorative stones to look nicer. So if you have too many bottles of perfume and cologne, don’t fret, just follow my tips to make use of them before they fade away.