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Smash the bottle

My accomplishment of the weekend was to smash a 7.5 ml bottle of pure Chanel No. 5 parfum.

I needed to do this because the stopper could not be moved. I suppose it could have been, actually, with some ideal combination of actions I didn’t undertake, but what happened instead was that the stopper broke off in my hand while I was trying to open it (warming the bottle, icing the stopper, which has worked in other unopenable bottle situations).

So the thing hung around my bathroom for several weeks till I finally put it in a stainless steel bowl and hit it with a hammer.

The bottle was actually very hard to break, requiring a lot of pounding. I thought I could just crack it gently like an egg, but no. If you ever attempt to do this, wear eye protection (I did) and hand protection (I didn’t) as the glass does go higher than you think it will.

I siphoned out the juice – which smells very fresh and perfect, that seal was good for something – with an extremely small nozzled pipette, so that I wasn’t picking up any glass (examined the pipette on each go, too) and decanted into a small amber glass bottle with a plastic reducer in it.

And I labeled it.

This was my big excitement.

On the plus side, it REALLY did smell like the scent described in The Secret of Chanel No. 5; those beautiful flowers, and the scrubbed clean skin of orphans. I somehow don’t get tired of smelling different versions of the same scent, and Chanel No. 5 hasn’t bored me yet.

I’m kind of sad too. I really wanted that little perfect Chanel square parfum bottle.

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2 comments to Smash the bottle

  • Mixed feelings 🙂 I’m glad you got the juice out but I’m sad you had to smash the bottle for it. But overall, congratulations (I think) 🙂

    • Judith

      What’s killing me is that I KNOW I saw a place online to buy those small rectangular crystal/glass bottles, the kind that some of the indie perfumers sell their extracts in. And I thought “Oh good, so that’s there then, in case I need to buy some.” And I could have sworn I delicious bookmarked it, but cannot now find it. Making me crazy.

      However, I’m really very pleased with the juice. Trying not to mourn the loss of the adorable, cool little bottle too much. 🙂

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