Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Decanting and Rebottling in the name of Beauty and Decadence

One day I decided to indulge in body oil and picked up the least decadent kind available: this Neutrogena. It's not terrible but it is FAR from the best. My body isn't very dry, but this oil definitely fails to deliver on the moisturizing front. It's best used in conjunction with a moisturizer on top.

I've been trying to finish this bottle as it's starting to reach that point when you just get sick of seeing it take up room in the bathroom cabinet. But combined with the unattractive packaging and less than stellar quality, I often ignore it and reach for a body butter instead.

I could toss it, yes, but you know that it's a last resort option for me and I am determined to see a product to the very end where possible. So, with that resolve, I decided to psychologically trick myself into finishing this. I can't do anything about the quality of the content, but I can give it better packaging.


I mean, it's an oil. It always make me feel decadent to slowly warm the oil in hand and massage it into the skin. I'm sorry if this makes me a snob, but seeing NEUTROGENA kind of kills the buzz.



Now, doesn't that look much better? It's a small change that will aid my perception to better live with the consequence of a bad decision. Not everyone's up for this sort of thing but I can't bear to toss a perfectly good subpar product and so I carry on.

Have you decanted or rebottled products? How did it turn out?

P.S. My netbook keyboard is destroyed after I spilled brandy all over it the other night. I'm blogging via an iTouch and it's a huge hassle. I'll try to push out posts as much as possible but it will be rather spare for a while. Also, sorry but I won't be able to comment on any blogs either, as it will take a zillion years on this device. If you want to chat, the best place is Twitter! I am still reading and keeping up with everyone's posts, though. It's still such a joy whenever I see a new post pop up on the blog feed. :)

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  1. I use a good number of Neutrogena products but their packaging can be less than inspired. I like the idea of decanting but I'm just too lazy to do it lol. I killed my keyboard a few months ago with tea so I feel for ya.

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    1. I've been lazy for months. I had this idea a long time ago but it took a while also to find the right bottle.

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  2. Boooo to broken netbooks :P

    That is a good idea, decanting. Except I always make a mess trying to pour stuff, and I don't like cleaning bottles, so I just keep things in their original containers.

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    1. Oh damn - I didnt't think about cleaning the bottle. Hrm. Will cross that bridge when I get there. :)

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  3. Yey! I was happy when I saw you in my feed. For a while I thought I won't be hearing from this blog.

    Good job on decanting. Now it looks spa-ish.

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    1. Oh, I wouldn't do that. I could have gone to a campus library to keep blogging but it's been a busy week. :)

      I waver between wanting desperately for everything to be pretty but being too lazy to make them so. Here's a tiny step forward, I guess!

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  4. What a great idea---- it does look so much better in the bottle (and presumably on your countertop too).

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    1. Thanks, Dovey! I'm already using it up now that I don't have to wrinkle my nose in disgust at the packaging. ;)

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  5. Omgosh this is pure genius! I never would have thought to do something like this! Plus it makes my vanity look all the more appealing!

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    1. I saw it in a magazine or something a LONG time ago and have been meaning to do similar for a while. Hope it worked for you, Ari!

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  6. Ooh, how pretty! And I'm so sorry about your keyboard - what a pain :(

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    1. I can't decide if it's more painful to type on the iTouch or on an additional lopsided keyboard. :/

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  7. Never tried this idea but I like it. I have some body and hand lotions in craptastic pump dispensers which leave a good few inches/centimetres of product in the bottom. I should try decanting these somehow.

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    1. I like to save jars to decant remainders from pump bottles. Someone also needs to invent a long, bendy spoon with a tiny spatula!

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  8. Oooh, what a great idea Liz! I have had this thought a few times, but with current bottles of product (not a lovely container like yours - how smart!) - for example, I put cheap polish (mixed with glycerine) in my old Zoya Remove+ bottle, which makes me feel a lot better about it even though it's still cheap remover! I'm going to go hunting to see what else I've been putting off using, and see if I can pull a switcheroo like you did :)

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    1. Thank you, my dear! I've been doing this with little jars and uglier packages not worth showing but it's the first time I went out specifically to hunt for an oil bottle. Anthropologie and Winners is a good place, as well as dollar stores and any place that sells kitchenware and bath/body stuff. Good luck!

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  9. This is such a great way to trick yourself AND enjoy the tricking...as long as you don't end up mistaking this for a très chi-chi salad oil, lol! Love the bottle, by the way! Ok as to the brandy incident....I won't even ask! But I feel for you!!

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    1. Ohhh, you guessed it. I got this from the kitchenware section, lol!

      I wish there was a story to tell. I was simply moving the netbook from the desk to the bed to be more comfortable and decided to do so with the glass of brandy in my other hand. I tripped over the battery cable and SPLASH! I wasn't even drunk - just clumsy. ;(

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  10. I love the decant--I have definitely tarted up uninspired packaging before! Brandy in the keyboard .... no coming back from that! Condensation from a glass of iced tea once killed my keyboard. Touchy things.

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    1. Thanks, Zuzu! And yes, horrible things about netbooks and laptops. I wanted a fancy upgrade but now I'm afraid that I'll keep destroying keyboards due to my love of coffee and alcoholic beverages. :/

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  11. omg i <33 that bottle! it's sooo cute and i totally know wat you mean abt packagin deterring you from using a product >,< and aww sorry abt ur netbook :'( i was wondering where you weree and i'm glad it's just a computer accident xD hopefullyy you can b bak full force soon :D

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    1. I think I'm kind of back but it's a busy week on top of destroyed keyboard. Hi! Thanks for the bottle support, lol. :)

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  12. You got me there Liz, I've never decanted a liquid. I do transfer my conditioner from those big bottles to little travel bottles. They're just too big in the shower. It looks so cute in those little bottles on my shower's shelf.

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    1. Speaking of, I have one of those giant conditioners that I can't lift in the shower, so I've been meaning to decant that one as well. Haven't found a suitable jar for it, though. Thanks for the reminder!

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  13. Eek! Sorry to hear about your keyboard :(

    And I'm with you on packaging. Your version looks about 100 times more tempting than Neutrogena's bottle, snobbery be darned.

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  14. I rebottle facial oils all the time. I must have them in small pump bottles. I hate big bottles with slow dripping mouths(?) The bottle you use for the Neutrogena oil reminds me of the new Benefit skincare though, so much more appealing!

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    1. It's the cork that mimics the Benefit skincare. My sister collects corks so I have like a 100 of them in storage. But I should have gotten a bottle with a spout of some sort. This spills out heavily when I try to use it. Where do you get your little bottles from?

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    2. I bought the bottles in a set by some brand called MyTagalongs. Found it at Winners but I've seen it at London Drugs too.

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    3. I usually go to Winners for this sort of stuff but haven't seen anything like them. Will keep an eye out, thanks!

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  15. Oh my goodness what a fab idea! Making a note of this for the next time I'm at the craft store!

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! Now make sure to get one with a nice spout or curve at the time. Mine sort of gushes out all at once. :/

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  16. I think this is such a smart idea, although I'd have to spend money to not waste money (buy the container so I don't throw the bottle out). Computer problems are the worst, hope you get it resolved!

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! And that is true, but my focus isn't about money. If it were, I'd instantly have a heart attack about all the $$$ sent down the drain in building my makeup colleciton!

      Now I have to think of a way to recycle the bottle to make it worthwhile after I finish the oil. :)

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