Those extra perfumes

Friday, 2 November 2012

Those extra perfumesTo say we get our fair share of products at BeautySA is an understatement. Which is why when I came across this article on Now Smell This, I just had to share it with you!

It’s such a conundrum. I have more than enough perfume for life, yet the occasional bottle still finds its way into my crowded perfume cabinet. While I return to my favourites and exciting, newer bottles, perfectly good perfume sits and risks turning. What’s a girl to do? Find more ways to use perfume, that’s what. Here are a few uses for perfume you like enough to keep, but fear you won’t use before it spoils:

Scent your curtains

Russian choreography Sergei Diaghilev reportedly sprayed his curtains with Guerlain Mitsouko so when the wind ruffled the fabric, his rooms were filled with Mitsouko’s sepia peach and moss. Such a romantic idea. A few years ago I followed his lead and spritzed the cotton velvet curtains in my living room with Mitsouko EDP. I nearly threw up. For about a week I couldn’t spend time on the couch without occasional forays to the kitchen for air. Fragrant curtains are a terrific idea, but I recommend something with less presence than Mitsouko.

Freshen up the mattress

Whenever I strip the bed, I give the mattress about three spritzes of fragrance. I used up a bottle of Stella McCartney Stella this way, then moved on to Prince Matchabelli Wind Song, and now am partway through a bottle of Thierry Mugler Cologne. Once fresh bedding is on, the scent is present but mild. Every once in a while I spray my pillows, too. You can buy special linen spray, but why not use what you already have?

Spray on your lampshades

Most of my lampshades are made of old fabric, and none are pristine white, so I don’t worry about staining them. I like to spray my lampshades with Molinard Habanita and Laura Mercier Minuit Enchanté. As the lampshades heat up (this obviously doesn’t work well with compact fluorescent bulbs) the fragrance dissipates. I find it doesn’t last longer than an evening.

Scent your room

A few years ago a Now Smell This reader suggested dumping sample vials of perfume into a few tablespoons of uncooked rice. It works, but it needs to be stirred daily to reawaken the fragrance, and its throw isn’t very far. Still, a pretty teacup of rice infused with a sample of Christian Dior Dune in the bathroom would be very nice.

Perfume your laundry

I’ve saved the best tip for last. When I proposed doing this post, my colleague mentioned she’d always wondered about spraying perfume on unscented dryer sheets. Even though I wasn’t quite ready to do laundry today, in the interest of science I washed a half load of underwear and towels. About halfway through the dryer’s cycle, I tossed in a cotton handkerchief sprayed generously with Mugler Cologne. My laundry came out gorgeously, gently scented – and the handkerchief smelled so good I tucked it in my purse right away. This is a tip I’ll be putting to use regularly.

What about you? Do have any extracurricular uses for perfume you’d like to share?

Written by Angela Sanders, this article originally appeared on Now Smell This.


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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Henke

    I can almost not get it over my heart to spray perfume on anything else except myself…. lol… and I can most definately afford to.

    7 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    How splendid, i like the last tip, because i dont like fabric softner so this will work for me. The curtains idea is also fab, the winds forever blowing my curtains in CT. :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I love fragrances. im a sucker for perfumes.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Wow great ideas! I am obsessed with collecting perfumes and that just end up becoming decorations lol

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I once won a bottle of perfume that I didn’t like but worked very well as air freshener

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Great ideas, but not sure if i would ever use an expensive bottle of perfume on anything but myself!

    7 years ago •

  1. mahomed

    I especially love the last tip. Whenever i go away for a stayover at my mum, i spray the pillows with my fave perfume hoping he’ll miss me more ;)

    7 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Love the last tip… Will give it a try today itself even if I have to load the machine with already washed ones…

    7 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    Great tips!! Love the last one :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    I’m McDonalding it (I’m loving it!) :)

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    something to think about, thanks for the good tips.

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Awesome tips! The laundry tip is the bomb! Normally good designer perfumes manages to absorb into the threads of your clothing and even after washing the scent still lingers….i love that feature about designer perfumes.

    7 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I never thought of the last tip. I will try it next time I do laundry.

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I love the last tip. Sounds like Great idea. I will be trying that one straight away.

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Nice! I like the sound of scenting different parts of the home. Nothing better then a clean, pretty smelling home. :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Love all the tips. But sometimes i keep a perfume for ages and go back to it after a year or two its such a different experience to wear it again.

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Now this is Cool… Clever ideas! Will Surely implement them around the house!

    7 years ago •

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