Decant Take It With You

(Please note that the surprisingly morbid post title has almost nothing to do with the actual post. I just can’t resist a good perfume pun. Or a bad perfume pun. Any pun, really.)

I’ll be the first to admit it: the internet totally didn’t need another perfume storage post. There are already dozens of satisfactory solutions floating around online, ranging from Ikea to ammo boxes. But as practical as those ammo boxes are, I find that the old saying rings pretty true: out of sight, out of mind. (Sorry, various long-distance boyfriends.) If I don’t see it, I don’t spray it!

Thanks to the recent addition of a particularly tall Tom Ford decant, my decants have officially outgrown the gorgeous box I’ve kept them in for the past three years.


It probably goes without saying that you can find empty, unlabeled glass jars at Michaels or Target for about $4. But like many fragonerds, my perfume habit easily snowballed into a perfume-and-scented-candles habit. (And scented teas. And aromatic cocktails. It’s really kind of a miracle I’m not living under a bridge, furiously huffing Shalimar.) So I had plenty of empty candle jars lying around, just waiting to fulfill their decant-holding destiny.


The mini Diptyque (2.4 oz) comfortably holds about five thin decants (there’s a Cedrat Envirant hiding behind the Narciso Rodriguez), or three thicker ones.


It’s still not a perfect solution; I have five minis (old-school Lush solids, a Le Labo Patchouli 24) that are both too thick for the smallest jar and too short for the medium jar. If you happen to know of any particularly short, thick candles, please point me in their direction!

What’s your current decant storage method? (Ammo box ladies, it’s your time to shine.)

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links. All products featured are my own purchases (gulp) or gifts from friends who are not affiliated with any brands.

Disclaimer 2: A moment of silence for the Feu de Bois candle that was cracked in the making of this post. RIP, Feu de Bois- you were as beautiful as you were breakable. 

12 thoughts on “Decant Take It With You

  1. Boyfriends and perfumes also both verify this French aphorism that should be to your taste: loin de la main, loin du cœur…

  2. I was JUST thinking the other day how I needed some empty candle jars to store my makeup brushes/eyeliner/lip pencils in, but alas, I finish candles even less frequently than I finish bottles of perfume. I love the look of the candle jars, though! Makes me want to trade in my boring, unlabeled glass jars for a fancier candle habit.

    1. I have a second empty Atelier Cologne candle that you’re completely welcome to! It’s the tallest, so it’s probably the best size for brushes, too! I empathize- candles are a dangerous game with cats around.

  3. The only thing more out of control than my perfume habit is my candle habit (diptyque, byredo and nest) and my tea habit ( always mariage freres.) 🙂

    1. Oh, Mariage Freres gets me every time. I also have a major Kusmi weakness. But the $3 Trader Joe’s holiday teas actually end up being what I brew the most!

  4. That Mitsouko box is gorgeous! Where does it come from?

    I like the candle jars solution. I bought a short thick one a few months back in Anthropology. I think the brand is Capri Blue.

    1. Thank you, VanieB! The box was painted by a wonderful perfume blogger, Parfumieren. She hasn’t blogged for a few years now, but I still treasure the box!

      I see quite a few candles on the Anthropologie website that look perfect, actually. A trip is clearly in order!

  5. I have been saving up everything I finished in the last 6 months to do a FINISHED! post. There are quite a few dead candle containers in my FINISHED! box. Come January I will repurpose them. Thanks Princess.
    Portia xx

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