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What’s inside your favorite perfume? A look at how perfume filling machines work.

At a glance, you may consider the process of filling perfume into its different bottle as a simple way; all you have to do is pour in the liquid and cap it off, right? However, there’s much more to this task than meets conception you have, including how perfume bottles are made, how perfume vials are filled with their fragrant contents, and what happens when things go wrong (like when perfume breaks inside the bottle!). If you’ve ever wondered exactly how perfume does working its magic or how it gets into your bottles, read on to learn all about this fascinating process.

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Equipment

To keep costs down, perfume companies have produced and invested in cheaper machinery and equipment over time to fulfill their orders, allowing them to produce a product at a much lower price. For example, it’s not uncommon for perfumers to use machinery that pumps out many more bottles per hour than an experienced human could fill by hand, ensuring that they will be able to complete more orders and bring in revenue while keeping prices low.

Ingredients

Every bottle of fragrance has a base of alcohol and water, both of which are highly flammable when exposed to high temperatures. Also in perfumes are commonly used organic solvents, like limonene (made from citrus rinds), ethyl acetate (derived from fruit or grain fermentations) and linalool (from flowers and spices). All these chemicals together would make great Molotov cocktails! So what makes them safe?

Compressing

Compression is all about applying pressure to squeeze out as much air as possible, ensuring a maximum-sized bottle of perfume while keeping shipping costs down. The perfume filling machine uses air pistons to slowly apply pressure to the perfume, which forces it into smaller and smaller containers until there’s no more room for air bubbles or empty space within each individual bottle.

Packaging

Perfume is contained in a bottle, usually made of glass or plastic. The perfume is then topped off with a lid, which can be finished off with an attractive bow for a decorative touch. While there are no specific regulations on what materials can be used for packaging, it is known that those used should be skin-safe and not contain any harmful chemicals that could leach into your fragrance when you spray it onto your skin.

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