Decant Perfumes are Just the Ticket.
If your budget doesn’t have room for expensive perfumes, you might have found yourself wandering through the perfume section and wishing you could afford a bottle of luxurious scent. Perhaps you’ve considered buying a fake, but you know deep down that there’s no replacement for the genuine article.
There is a way to smell like a million bucks without breaking the bank: decant perfumes. It’s easy to confuse these with sample or mini perfumes, but they’re not quite the same thing. Let’s dive in.
What is a decant perfume?
First and foremost, decant perfumes are the real deal. They might not be factory sealed or “official” products, but the perfume you are getting is the same stuff you’ll find in the larger, more expensive bottles.
Decant perfumes are usually poured manually into smaller bottles of varying sizes, depending on the customer’s preference. These might be rollerball bottles, splash bottles, or smaller spritz bottles. Unlike the tiny sample perfumes or mini perfumes (a part of the manufacturer’s marketing and sales strategy) decant perfumes are a reseller’s strategy.
It’s not a strategy that every seller takes advantage of, but those that do are offering you the chance to wear your favorite perfume for a fraction of the cost of the full bottle, and you know exactly what you’re getting—no fakes.
Why do resellers decant perfumes?
Think of decant perfumes like a movie trailer. The trailer is a teaser, and, if the studio has done its job right, it’s just enough for you to pay the full price of the ticket to come see the film in the theaters. The perfume reseller is hoping that you’ll be back to purchase a full bottle in the future, but that’s entirely up to you.
The strategy makes sense for sellers who want to turn a small purchaser into a big one, and for cash-strapped purchasers, they make tons of financial sense. They’re also a great way to sample a perfume that you’re not entirely sure about. If you can only afford to keep one bottle of perfume on your shelf, buying a decant perfume will mean you’ll be able to change things up more frequently.
What to expect when buying decants
A word to the wary: only purchase decant perfumes from a retailer with an established retailer with a good reputation. What I said above about it being the genuine article only holds true if the seller isn’t trying to pull a fast one on you. Street vendors and backdoor retailers are generally untrustworthy.
You can find trustworthy brick-and-mortar retailers who decant perfumes, and there are also a number of them online. If you’re searching online, remember this rule of thumb: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Decant perfumes are a good bargain, but you’re still paying roughly the same amount per drop of the stuff (you’re paying less and getting less).
The vials and prices vary from retailer to retailer. It might be only a few milliliters, or it might be half a bottle’s worth or more.
How to use decant perfumes
If you want to get the absolute most out of your decant perfume, use it sparingly. By investing just a little bit in scented shower and body products, you can make your new scent a part of a fragrance layering regime—this will ensure your little bottle goes the distance.
You can also save it for special occasions, or for when you just feel like smelling your absolute best. It’s also an ideal gift. Because the bottles are smaller, there’s less pressure to get the absolute perfect scent for the recipient. Some people even use decanting to make a little money, selling smaller bottles online or to friends.
However you purchase or use your decant perfume, you’re sure to love it. Join the conversation below or contact us directly and tell us what you think of decant perfumes.
Article by Dont Smell Bad