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December 17, 2009


Rita Long

Wow!!! Boy-- they thought of a way to automate everything!! I love the idea that you could buy some RANDOM lip color that would somehow be flattering on everyone.... Sheesh...

Well, your site certainly has a new look!! Thank you so much for putting me up on your new blog roll-- tip o' the hat! And thanks, too, for listing your many fine articles-- I'm a newbie to old scent-- I need to start out slooooowly with stuff I've heard of, before I get to the truly lost-in-the-sands-of-time stuff.
-Rita @ leftcoastnose

Hy Kisin

A great find....I own the same machine with a different sign on top..Do you have any idea were I can find some of those vintage vials for the machine???...Many Thanks.....


Hi! Lucky you. You can find those vials quite regularly on eBay, although if you want them in those unopened tubes, I think they're pricey. What perfumes are in your vending machine?


I want one of these for my house!

I have no idea why I had not seen your site before but I will be coming back frequently!


Are you still selling this perfume vending machine? I have been going crazy looking for one and of course the "nips" to put in it. I can remember my sisters having these when I was very young. I did go on ebay and saw it but it says you do not ship internationally and I am in Canada. So my question is do you still have it and would you concider shipping it to Canada?


Hi, Condeet, I am sorry I am not selling this! I would contact the seller, though, and see if she will reconsider shipping it there. I linked to her store on eBay. Good luck!

Wild Violets

This is so weird to see these little perfume niplets. I remember them , but I don't know how!!! I mean I am old enough that my Mom or Aunts or Grandmother probably had some. But it's just strange to see something that you had no conscious memory of and then have it all come back in a flash. Thanks for sharing this awesome perfume history moment !! :)


So glad you got a blast from the past, Wild Violets. Finding this reminded me of vintage lipstick vending machines I'd seen in my youth (vending machines that were no longer used and the store just didn't bother to get rid of, mind you).


Hi, just found your site while I was trying to find info on a coin operated perfume vending machine called Vend-A-Scent. My husband just bought out a storage bin and one of these was in there.

We are currently trying to find a vending machine key to open it and see what it looks like inside.

I have googled Vend-A-Scent, and am not coming up with much. I have searched coin operated perfume, scent and fragrace machines, but am finding very little about the Vend-A-Scent.

Nothing like it anywhere on ebay, that I can find.

thanks for any help.


Hi Brenda, I'll check around and see what I can find. An eBay seller sent me that auction and that was the first I'd heard of a cosmetics vending machine, outside of the vintage lipstick vending machine I'd seen once as a kid. I'll let you know if I find anything!


I am reaching vintage lipstick vending machine and found you.
I have 2 of these exact machines but for lipsticks (both still have product)labels with color choice in excelent condition. each end of manchine hold tissue to blot lips.
I am selling both and was looking for worth.


I thought this is only available in museums. I like the idea of buying a perfume in a dispenser, its unique. And to think that this item is older than my mom this definitely cost some bucks.

vending machines

Thanks for sharing information. Really interesting idea of taking perfume through vending machine. I would definitely try it out.


I remember seeing these- my mom (a 1956 HS Grad) had some of these tiny glass "bottlettes" when I was a child. Wow- what a blast from the past!


I flipped when I got this email from the seller, Diane. It's such a great idea...

Matthew H.

I have a similar Perfume vending machine made in 1939 by A.B.T. Corp in Chicago. It works perfectly and has 4 different selection compartments but no vials of perfume. It also takes quarters. I am looking to sell it. My name is Matthew you can email me at [email protected] as I will be listing it on eBay soon.

glamour kitty

The first time I ever experienced Chanel 5 was in Apache Jct Az. I was traveling to LA, Ca, and I pulled over to have coffee in a small town in AZ in 1982 very late at night. In the restroom, there was a perfume dispencer. For a quarter you could get a spritz of Chanel 5 or a small selection of other perfumes. Needless to say, I spritzed Chanel 5. That and a cup of the best coffee I ever experienced gave me the strength to travel on to California.
This gave a spritz of perfume, not a nib. It said to stand in front of the machine or put your hankie in front of it!!

Charles Mooney

I have what I believe is an antique perfume vending machine. It has no markings except on the bottle inside, which is marked "United States Automatic Perfuming Co. Chicago, Ills. 1890". This is a wall mounted unit, wooden box, with a large cast iron horn or bell (looks like a flower). I have searched this and found only one machine and it is not like the one I have. Can you give me any information on how to research this further? How do I send you pictures?

wendie ludwig

i have one of these perfume 25 cent perfume/napkin holders i am wondering if anyone knows the value of it it has 3 different types of perfume in it. chanel no. 5 , jealousy and arpege.

carla itkin

I remember purchasing my first lipstick from a vending machine in the ladies room of the Pix Theatre in Hollywood Cal. That was in 1968. My mom said the color made me look dead.it had a small slit and you used the nub as a lever, no roll-up device. Thanks for the memory!


this is great - I was just trying to describe a machine like this (not seeing it above) to my husband yesterday. for some reason the memory came back to me of the machine in the bathroom of the dairy queen that my paternal grandparents had in southern oklahoma in the sixties. I have no idea why the machine was in the bathroom, as it was not a public restroom. I was fascinated by the machine. it took coins, I don't remember what denomination or cost. the perfumes were Evening in Paris and the like. they were dispensed as individual "nips" as I recall, which even then I thought was a weird and dangerous way to sell things. I was a tomboy but the little nips were irresistable. later my grandfather committed suicide in the bathroom. I always wondared what became of the little perfume machine. weird, huh?

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