What do you do with a perfume’s container when there’s nothing left? Besides throwing them into the bin, you could choose to keep them so you can smell their scent again, trade those perfumes away on eBay, or even reuse miniature bottles for travel. If you’re fine with those options, then by all means, do go ahead. However, if you feel like those perfumes and cosmetics could be so much more, let us bring you into the world of creativity!
1. Keep old perfume bottles for decoration
Although many perfume bottles can be aesthetically pleasing by themselves, displaying an empty bottle just seems to be kind of… off. So we scoured the Internet to find ways to give life to your bottle!
If you love the shiny and sparkly, then stuffing your perfume bottle full of glitter would be right up your alley. Pinterest user Anina Tardif-Douglin achieved this effect through the use of glitter, glue and water, and we have to admit. This suits Vera Wang’s Princess to a T!
DIY Floral Perfume Bottle
If you’re looking to stun your guests with your decorative skills, why not take a look at Erica Domesek’s floral perfume bottle? This beautiful display is made with fake flowers and gold flakes. Do visit her website for more information!
If you are feeling particularly creative, you could replace the contents of the perfume bottle with the (fake) ingredients of the perfume itself! You may even uncover the reasons why you like particular types of perfumes. If you are interested, Fragrantica often lists the components that make up the perfume.
DIY Perfume Bottle Flower Arrangements
If you can’t or don’t want to have to dismantle your perfume bottle, fret not. Mary from The Cofran Home offers a step by step guide to decorating the exterior of your bottle – with just a hot glue gun and a couple of fake flowers. These perfume bottle flower arrangements add a splash of color, and would look great as table or toilet decorations.
Have you been using compact cushions and have no idea what to do with them afterwards? Why not use them as wall decorations? Although the example above uses only the mirrors of those compacts, if you collect those limited edition designs, we see no reason why they shouldn’t be up there too!
2. Make it an accessory
While DIY necklaces by themselves are a dime a dozen, DIY perfume necklaces are few and far between. If you feel up to the challenge why not show off your skills and signature perfume by wearing it around your neck? Also, if you are giving your creation away, you can always put a little something inside the bottle as well (think secret notes, glitter, decorations… etc).
3. Jewelry Holder
If you have too much jewelry and nowhere to put them, you could consider using your empty perfume container for the job. We recommend the use of clear perfume bottles like the classic Chanel No.5 EDP so that you can easily see the contents of the bottle. Naturally, you can also leave your hair ties and rubber bands around the bottle itself as well!
4. Table Decor – Candleholder
Don’t you just wish you could use your bottles for something meaningful just one last time before you dispose of them? Well, gather up all your empty perfume bottles because it would appear that they make great candleholders! Under the right circumstances they could even make great table decorations as well (with little risk of the candle tipping over during dinner!).
5. Make a diffuser
Just because your perfume ran out doesn’t mean you can’t still use its bottle for a fragrance-relevant purpose. In fact, Marie Anakee Miczak has a guide on reusing those bottles for this very purpose. Do check it out if it tickles your fancy.
6. Mini Planters
So far, we’ve dealt with mainly faux plants, but you could quite literally give life to your bottles by turning them into mini planters! Oh my, aren’t they cute? These could make for some very interesting gifts or even wedding favours. Just make sure to thoroughly clean your bottle before you begin the process.
7. Toy makeup for kids
I don’t know about you, but when I was a child, I was deeply fascinated by my mother’s makeup tools. Instead of buying a new (and fake) set of toy makeup for your child, why not pass them yours? Simply clean and replace the contents with water, and let your child have a go at the world of make-believe.
8. Pill case
Tired of digging through your bag to find your pills? If you need to take your supplements or medication outside, you could pack a few of them into your clean compact case and bring them along to work. This way, you wouldn’t have to worry losing them or having them scattered inside your bag. An empty container from the April Skin Magic Snow Cushion or Laneige BB Cushion can be for this purpose.
If you were looking for other ways to use the actual perfume (and not its bottle), fret not, for we are covering all bases with this article.
9. Make scented lotion
One thing you can do if you find it difficult to remember to use your perfume is to make your own scented lotion. All you have to do is mix three to five drops of perfume with a fragrance free lotion, mix well, and ta-dah! Livestrong has a great guide on making your own scented lotion that you should totally check out. With this, not only will your skin feel smooth to touch, it would also smell great too.
10. Make your drawers/closet smell nice
Have you ever bought an aroma sachet and thought, “I wish it smelled different”? Time to DIY! Simply soak a few cotton balls in perfume, let them dry, and put them in a small pouch. Hang the pouch in your closet or stuff it in a drawer and voilà! Now your closet or drawer, as well as whatever is stored there, will start to smell like your favourite perfume.
And there you have it! Naturally, there are plenty of other creative methods to reuse your perfume and cosmetic containers. We want to hear what other ideas you have, so feel free to share them in the comments section below!
P.S. I really shouldn’t be advertising for them, but just between you and me, you can sometimes get $20 OFF new fragrances when you trade in your old fragrance bottles at Takashimaya Singapore (but only with participating brands).