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Space is definitely at a premium in my suitcase, so I like to make every tiny bit of room count when packing my bags. My favorite perfume bottles never make it on the plane, since they're pretty big (and breakable, too).

Instead of resorting to stock perfume samples on your next trip, try this tip from the latest issue of Every Day With Rachael Ray: Pack cotton balls instead. Before you go, soak a few cotton balls with your favorite fragrance and stash them in a snack-sized Ziploc bag, making sure to get as much air out as possible when sealing. That way, you've got your trademark scent ready when you are, and the little sack just may act as a subtle fragrance pouch when packed.

The same thing can work with any other liquids you apply with cotton balls or swabs (like toner or makeup remover). Just give each its own labeled baggie so the right liquid ends up on the right body part, mmmkay?

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SandySue210 SandySue210 7 years
For vacuums that zip up and down and you have to change the bag, I spray 2 cotton balls also with cologne, and drop them in the new vacuum bag. As you clean the floor, your whole room smells delicious! SS.
mrsyuen mrsyuen 7 years
This is a pretty good idea.
mrsyuen mrsyuen 7 years
This is a pretty good idea.
NaijaLove NaijaLove 7 years
Sound like it makes sense...
NaijaLove NaijaLove 7 years
Sound like it makes sense...
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
Rachel Rae irritates me beyond belief but this is a an ok idea. I like those mini spray bottles though - I don;t fly at all so no worries.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I just buy mini 2oz (or was it 3oz) plastic bottles for cosmetics then just use samples for perfume. I would be afraid of a hole getting poked through the plastic and having the liquid seep out onto my clothes.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Not a bad tip, but how does this work when flying? Seems to me this would have to go into the quart-sized Ziploc because it has a liquid on the cottonball. Meh. Good thing I don't fly that often.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I wonder how well this works.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I wonder how well this works.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 7 years
Hmmm this could be a good tip..... I'll have to try it out!
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