The last case of half oz bottles (17 ml) that I purchased has a bigger problem with slightly leaning necks than usual; the necks on some of the bottles must lean just a little off vertical, even though it is hard to notice by naked eye, because the sprayers do not sit quite vertical when you screw them on. You’ve probably seen photos of indie perfume bottles on the web where the sprayer is not quite vertical but leans to one side slightly. The reason is usually not the sprayer but the neck of the bottle itself. No sprayer will sit quite vertical if the bottle neck is not quite perfectly straight. It could be a combination of the orientation of the neck and the threads on the neck that makes the sprayers sit slightly off kilter.
I’ve found that my one oz bottles are much better than the half oz; the half oz are always more crooked but this last batch was worse and I am having to not use a significant number of these because they just look too funny to me even though they still function just fine. They do look normal when you screw on the shorter splash caps; it’s just the taller spray caps that emphasize the tilt. I’m talking with my supplier about the issue to see if switching to another style bottle would help, but I like this kind because they have a nice large area for the label and they fit my boxes. It’s normal for these to not be totally perfect, but usually I don’t have to throw out very many bottles per case and this time I have quite a pile of rejects stacking up.
These bottles are from a wholesale source that is willing to sell by the case instead of by the 10,000. The bottles are nice in that they have no seams on the sides like some cheaper bottles, but they still have this slight tilt problem. I’ve researched other bottles numerous times over the years, but the prettiest ones I’ve seen are crimp style or parfum style. Crimp pumps are the kind that are permanently crimped on rather than removable via screw threads. I’ve heard customers say they prefer screw cap to crimp because of ease of decanting and the option to use a splash cap if desired. And as beautiful as some parfum stopper style bottles can be, most people say they prefer spray bottles.
For now, I’m thinking of keeping the one oz spray bottles that I have but replacing the half oz spray bottles with 10 ml purse sprays that are identical to my new 5 ml black purse sprays but a tad taller and larger in diameter. The purse sprays are so attractive and convenient that I think this would be a nice way to go, and I’d love to be through with the leaning sprayer issue on those half oz bottles. One of the 10 ml purse sprays fits my black perfume boxes if I use a little tissue paper for padding, and two of the 10 ml purse sprays exactly fit the box with no padding.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts and it seemed like an appropriate end-of-year topic (since it is a planning for the future issue). I know this is a busy week when people are often out of town, but if you catch this post and have some opinions I’d love to hear from you. Would a 10 ml purse spray be ok with people instead of the 17 ml bottle? If I change bottles some day, do you prefer a plainer screw cap bottle or a higher-end crimp style or a very nice parfum stopper style? My ideal would be a screw cap with perfectly straight neck/sprayer, no seams, a good spot for a label, and less than 10,000 minimum; my one oz bottles come pretty close to this ideal, though the sprayers aren’t always perfectly straight on those either. Maybe some entrepreneur out there will want to fill this need for the growing indie perfume market and will come up with more offerings of this type.