How to Mail Perfume: 9 Steps

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How to Mail Perfume: 9 Steps
How to Mail Perfume: 9 Steps

Whether you're selling perfume or giving one as a gift, shipping requires some extra precautions to ensure the recipient doesn't receive it in the form of a broken, scented mess.


Ship Perfume Step 1

Step 1. Check if there are any restrictions in your country (or the country you are shipping the order to) regarding perfumes

The US Postal Service, for example, considers perfume a hazardous material and has some restrictions on shipping it. While you're unlikely to get caught, make sure you fully understand the legal repercussions before deciding to ship your order. Alternatively, it is generally legal to send scented body powder. If you plan to ship a perfume internationally, you should know that:

  • There is a possibility that the package will be opened by customs and if the country you are sending it to does not allow the shipment of perfumes, it will be sent back to you.
  • Depending on the destination, it is possible that you MUST ship it by air and your vials could be damaged in a depressurized cargo transporter. The perfume will probably look good, but there's this risk.
Ship Perfume Step 2

Step 2. Gather your materials, described in the "Things You'll Need" list below

Ship Perfume Step 3

Step 3. Keep all vials in the packaging they came from, if possible

Ship Perfume Step 4

Step 4. Decide how much perfume you would like to send

Don't send too many in one box! No more than 20 individual vials or six gift sets must be shipped at one time.

Ship Perfume Step 5

Step 5. Select an appropriately sized shipping box

It should be able to accommodate the perfume you want to send and have some extra space for the proper protective padding for each bottle or gift set.

Ship Perfume Step 6

Step 6. Use plenty of packing material

If you're only shipping a few vials, make sure they're surrounded by enough packing material so they can't bump into each other on the way. If you are shipping a large number of jars or gift sets, it is okay to place them together in a corner of the shipping box. Fill any remaining space with packing material as much as possible without crushing or pressing.

Ship Perfume Step 7

Step 7. Apply adhesive tape to securely close the package

You don't need to overdo it, but use enough tape so the box is tightly sealed and won't open if the delivery driver has a collision. It should be possible to shake it (slightly) and not hear anything swaying inside. It is helpful to write "Handle With Care" on the packaging with a black marker.

Ship Perfume Step 8

Step 8. You are ready to submit

Take the package to the nearest post office. Select ground transport only. There is a possibility that if you use air transport, the bottle will crack or break in the depressurized cargo hold. Or, if it doesn't break, the spray tip or tube inside can be damaged by the change in air pressure so that it doesn't spray properly or stop working.

Ship Perfume Step 9

Step 9. Inform the employee that the box contains glass and must be handled with care


  • If possible, keep the vials inside their original boxes as they will provide extra protection for the delicate glass and usually have cardboard inserts that hold the vial in place. If you need to ship them without the boxes, wrap each individually in bubble wrap or a thick layer of newspaper. If you are shipping more than one unpackaged bottle, do not put them together inside the box. Separate them with the fill material so they cannot bump into each other and break.
  • When shipping gift sets, it's helpful to tape each item-perfume bottle, body lotion, shower gel, travel-size bottle, etc.-to the tray that holds them so that nothing gets out of place and rolls over. Only do this, however, for sets sent to friends and family as a form of added protection. It would be unprofessional to do so if you're shipping something from your business - just make sure there's plenty of cover to keep the set cap securely fastened!
  • When selecting a shipping box, there shouldn't be large amounts of extra space after your perfume is inside, or very little space that doesn't allow for a sufficient amount of packing filling material.
  • Insure your package to cover costs if something happens and your vials break.
  • When sending to a customer, always include a business card, a thanking note for the purchase, and a few vials of samples of something new to encourage them to come back!

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