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Decant-What Is It?

Perfume Decants

A perfume decant is essentially a smaller sized vial or bottle of perfume that is not a manufacturer's bottle, nor is it factory sealed. All of our perfume decants are hand poured from the original manufacturer's bottle into bottles liked the ones displayed below.  We also often secure the bottles with electrical tape to help prevent minor leakage if the spray did not screw on or fit quite as tightly as it should.

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These are the size representations for all perfume decants sold in the store with the fill line indicated in the photo.

  • 1 ml sample vial - enough to test a fragrance two or three times depending on how much you use
  • 1.5 ml sample vial - perfect for oils, vintage or more expensive fragrances you don't want to trust to a spray that may leak or won't spray properly (oils)
  • 2 ml glass spray (does not have a cap) - great for testing if you prefer a spray, and we do recommend spraying perfume as a part of the sampling process since dabbing or spraying often produces different results.  You get approximately 30 sprays from this bottle, so it's enough for a few trials, depending on how heavy your spritz finger is, but this is not a long-term storage solution for a beloved perfume.  Please don't count on this little bottle to keep Vintage Mitsouko intact, without evaporation for months/years.  It is not designed as a permenant storage solution, only as a way to test/sample perfume.
  • 3 ml glass spray - a little less than 1/8 oz (which is 3.75mls) - you get approximately 43 sprays from this bottle.  Again, as with the 2 ml bottle, this is not a permanent storage solution for your perfume, the bottle is not designed to be leak-proof and evaporation proof for months or years. It is only designed to keep perfume long enough for you to try it a few times to see if you like it.
  • 5 ml glass spray (1/6 oz) - you get approximately 73 sprays from this bottle
  • 8 ml glass spray (actually 10 ml bottle, we just fill it to 8 mls) - just a little over 1/4 oz. and  you get approximately 115 sprays from this bottle
  • 15 ml glass spray - 1/2 oz.  We didn't measure the sprays from this, but this is a great size for a perfume decant of a scent you like but you may not love or it is too expensive to love properly with a full bottle
  • 30 ml - 1 oz.  This size is perfect for those mondo-size bottle releases like Chanel, Creed or Tom Ford does. Because we do buy the large bottles and have different pricing, we can often provide you with a 30 ml spray for less than you can buy a 30 ml bottle for, if one is available.  For example, Creed Aventus 30 ml at Neiman Marcus is $155, and we charge $112.74.