Perfumes are decadent, an authentic luxury item in a world where luxury has taken a back seat to convenience. If you’re like me, you’re always looking for the newest way to shop the highest quality perfumes on the market. Personally, I hate shopping at department stores. It can be challenging to find somewhere you trust to buy these expensive products online.
Unfortunately, there are companies and con artists out there making what are known as dupes in the luxury item categories, from makeup to perfumes. These forgeries don’t come close to the real thing. There is nothing worse than waiting a week or more for that new scent to show up and realizing it’s fake. Worse, these rip-offs at best smell like something you could have purchased at a dollar store.
There is also the problem of not knowing what the scent is when ordering online. I know I don’t want to pay almost three hundred dollars for a bottle of high-end perfume that I’m not sure I’ll love. But there’s a solution for this problem as well.
I was fortunate enough to find The Fragrance Decant Boutique. This store is an absolute gold mine. They are an online sales company that sells smaller sizes of the same perfumes you know and love, known as decants. So, stick around, and I’ll let you in on the secret that is the world of decanting perfumes and colognes.
Sometimes Less Really is More
So, if I were brave enough to count the number of perfume bottles that I have sitting on my vanity right now, I’d likely be embarrassed. The real kicker is that though I love them and wear perfume like it’s my own personal form of religion, these bottles are still mostly two-thirds of the way full. I honestly can’t remember the last time that I emptied an entire bottle of perfume. It’s one of the downfalls of loving a variety of scents.
- When I first heard about decanting, I was blown away. I can get the same perfumes I love in smaller bottles for so much less? Yeah, that’s actually how this works. Decant Boutique sells travel and sample or purse size bottles of the same designer perfumes and colognes that you have always adored. More than that, you can save yourself the disappointment that comes with buying a new full-sized bottle of perfume and having it be something you hate.
- It can be challenging to tell just how a scent smells on you in a department store perfume section. Sure, you can spray those little paper cards and get an idea of what the fragrances smell like in the bottle. However, perfumes smell differently on different people. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s purchased a perfume that smelled remarkable on a friend, and then after getting it and putting it on, it doesn’t even seem like the same perfume.
- There’s a scientific reason for this, and it has everything to do with our body chemistry. We all know that the best deals these days for pretty much every purchase we can make will be found online. Without walking into the store and testing it, buying smaller sample sizes is a wallet-saving way to ensure that the scent works for you.
What Exactly Is Decanting
- Decanting is the process of bottling fundamentally. In this case, it just means that you are buying the same authentic perfume or cologne but bottled by a different company, in this case by hand. This ends up being less expensive because you aren’t paying for all the fancy packaging.
- Instead, they use lab-quality bottles to be sanitary and safe. Still, each fragrance doesn’t get a uniquely designed and manufactured bottle. They work inside of a perfume lab with all the proper tools and equipment. They use measuring and decanting time-honored techniques.
- As a result, their lab is just as clean and sterile an environment as you would expect from the original companies.
Decant Boutique Bottles Size
Decant Boutique has a range of smaller-sized bottles available.
First, there are 1ml glass spray bottles in both their standard glass bottle and their premium bottle for your sample needs. If you a slightly larger sample to ensure you love the scent before you buy more, you can go for either the 3ml or 5ml in a glass roller ball, the standard glass spray bottle, premium glass spray bottles, their twist and spray bottle with the logo, or even the glass spray ultra-premium bottle.
Then we get into the more purse size or travel size options which start at 8ml or 10ml, with the premium glass spray bottle and the glass spray bottle with a metal top, and for the 8ml, the glass spray ultra-premium.
The more midsized and larger bottles come in 20ml and 30ml and are available in the glass spray metal top option and the glass spray ultra-premium choice.
Now that you know what sizes and styles of bottles are available let’s get to the good part, the brands and scents.
So Many Scents To Choose From
Decant Boutique offers over 90 assorted brands, offering over three hundred and fifty individual scents altogether. The brands are everything you would expect to find at your high-end stores.
Here is a small sample of their brands and fragrances to give you an idea of the range.
- Tiffany & Co.
- True Religion
- The Merchant of Venice
- Ariana Grande
- Giorgio Armani
- Testament London
- Green Irish Tweed by Creed
- Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male
- Christian Dior Feve Delicieuse
- Kilian Black Phantom
- Parfumes de Marly Delina
- Tom Ford Lost Cherry
- Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Homme
- Le Labo Santal 33
- Azzaro Wanted by Night
- Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace for Him
Four Ways to Save Even More
So now you know the magical secret to getting the luxury brand perfumes you want at a seriously discounted price. Let’s see if I can’t save you a little bit more on those purchases.
- First up on their site, The Fragrance Decant Boutique offers a subscription program. Now at first glance, these look just like gift cards, but if you’re paying attention, it’s a way to save even more on their already low prices.
- They have multiple options ranging from 4.99 a month which will get you a $6.00 credit, up to $24.99, which gains you $32.00 credit to shop within their online store. Of course, the more you spend, the more you can save.
- Next, you can find discount codes scattered around the internet that will save even more when you go to checkout.
- For example, I was able to find a YouTuber doing a review of the website that provided a 7% discount code with just a cursory search. If you’re willing to dig a bit, you may be able to find something even better.
- Just shopping with them comes with a 5% back reward spray offer that means the more you shop, the more you can save—kind of like building up reward points at your favorite grocery store but much better.
- You can also get extra sprays by doing things like signing up for the website and making your first purchase, sending a referral to a friend, or being referred by someone.
- Last but not least is to make sure you take advantage of their free shipping options. Sometimes saving money means spending a little more at first. At Fragrance Decant Boutique, you will find that there is free shipping on orders over specific amounts. You may even be able to find coupon codes for an even bigger discount on their shipping.
- In general, their standard shipping is free, starting at orders above 35.00. If you’re like me and can’t handle the wait, you may want to take advantage of their priority shipping option, which is free for orders that total over 150.00.
Postage Options And Details
Standard delivery $3.8 Priority delivery $8.89 Orders $34.99 and below
Standard delivery FREE Priority delivery $8.89 Orders $35.00 to $59.99
Standard delivery FREE Priority delivery $10.97 From $60.00 to $79.99
Standard delivery FREE Priority delivery $12.97 Orders $80.00 to$149.99
Standard delivery FREE Priority delivery FREE Orders more than $150
Overall, if you love using name brand luxury perfumes but have noticed your bottles piling up still full or want to try that perfume but don’t want to buy a full-sized or even travel-sized bottle because you aren’t sure that it’s going to work with your body chemistry, this is the place to go. They provide excellent customer service and information on their products and prices that you really can’t beat.
Shipping rates are all available on their website. Orders below $34.99 are $3.89 for standard shipping and $8.89 for priority delivery for the US. The more you spend, the more discount you can get on your shipping rates, all the way up to free priority delivery in the US for orders that are more than $150.00.
They do ship to other countries, including Canada, but they have different rates for those shipments. They are certified by the international air transport association.
No, though you may find more than one discount code or promotion simultaneously, they only allow one per order.
Subscription services are already discounted steeply, and you also earn a 5% reward back on those purchases, so no, you can’t also use a discount code at the same time.
All the fragrances are authentic. Unfortunately, there is no exact thing to be done about it. However, you may be suffering from oversaturation of the scent you love so much. It may be stronger than your nose realizes.
- The first thing you may want to do before contacting us to report an issue is to double-check with a coworker or relative or even a stranger who hasn’t been around that scent to see if it’s just that you’ve become accustomed to it.
- These are the same reasons that sometimes strangers will smell like they swam in perfume. They don’t know they’ve put on too much because they are used to it and become nose blind to the scent.
There’s a neat trick for this one. If you put on unscented moisturizer or lotion before you apply your perfume. You may also want to put the scent in a different location than usual. This can help prevent it from seeming like it’s wearing off when it’s more likely you’re accustomed to the smell.
The subscriptions are on a month-to-month basis, and they can be canceled whenever you want for any reason you deem.
The TFDB subscription includes a store credit at a discounted price. You pay a set amount, and your credit available is more than what you spent. That balance can be spent the same as cash in the store. It will also count for your spray rewards.
Each subscription has to be approved individually and manually because the discount is high. It may take them a little bit to get your subscription processed, but typically they will be done within the first 48 hours.
Your subscription credit will show up on your account page, and if you are logged in, it will appear in your cart. You can also copy and paste the code into the discount field.
You must choose the size before the final price shows. Select the size you are interested in and wait just a moment, and you’ll see the last price show up.
The first thing you need to do is remove any coupon or discount codes from your order, then apply your reward sprays. Unfortunately, this feature seems to have a minor glitch, even though it almost always works just fine. If you have a problem and you know you’re logged in and have removed any other discount codes, please add a message in the notes about the number of rewards sprays you want to use when you place your order. From there, they can do it manually and issue you a refund for the difference.
The best-selling perfumes will always be listed in the bigger sizes unless there is an excess of a particular scent. However, suppose you want a larger amount. In that case, you can email and ask it to be created for you specifically, which usually takes about two days. Or you can place the order by purchasing multiples of the 5ml bottles and in the notes, say what size and bottle type you want it to be combined into.
First, all the bottles are made of high-quality glass because it helps keep the fragrance fresh and stable. You can check out all the options available right on their main site. The premium bottles are for those who aren’t buying for just a sample but plan to use them sparingly over time. Or those purchasing a more expensive fragrance and want the extra comfort of a little more quality. The premium bottles are made with more expensive parts than the standard. The standard is best for scents you plan to use up reasonably quickly like you would a sample.
The ultra-premium bottles have a metal top designed just like the ones they use on the very high-end fragrances. It can store perfumes without them degrading for up to fourteen months. The components for these bottles are significantly more expensive than the standard or premium bottles.
Metal top bottles are more expensive to put together and should be used for those that plan on saving their perfumes. Those who don’t like the metal top can go with the standard 10ml bottles.
The ultra-premium larger sizes in 20 and 30ml are for those who plan to hang on to their fragrances for a long time. The bottle is designed to help protect the scent, and they also have an atomizer that will hold up to more repetitive use.
The largest bottles sold are 30ml. They are reserved for the best sellers or when there is quite a lot of one scent. They do custom listings. You can email them and see if you can get the fragrance you love in the size you want, even if it’s not listed.
If, by some slight chance, your bottle arrives and is leaking or stops working after a few sprays, go to the help section. You’ll find all the information you need to get a replacement or credit. They are happy to stand behind their products but proud that their defect rate is only about .5 percent.
If your bottle isn’t full to the amount you ordered, make sure that you contact them, as mistakes happen. They are more than happy to work with you to make sure you are satisfied with your order. Because they also order from distributors and have gotten bottles that have defects or problems, they understand that it’s a problem throughout the industry; however, they strive to do their best to keep these problems to the absolute minimum.
Decant Boutique price matches any qualifying item you find identical to what you purchased on a different site. All you need to do is email proof of the price match at the time of purchase or within ten days of making that purchase. However, there are limitations.
They accept returns that are made within the 14-day window under their satisfaction guarantee. If they are not used or tampered with, you can exchange or get a full refund. All the details for the returns can be found on their site. You can make returns for defective or damaged items, but they must be reported within 72 hours of receiving the order.