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Vintage-Style Spice Bottles

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Vintage-style cork-topped spiced bottles lined up in a row on a shelf.

I just found some really fun spice bottles online from a natural herbal store. They have all sorts of organic herbs and spices along with different kinds of teas and essential oils and even supplies if you want to make your own herbal products. The item they sell that I love the most, though, is their glass cork-topped spice bottles.

The website calls these bottles “historically correct spice jars as they were once used over 100 years ago.” Well, as a lover of history, of course that phrase immediately peaked my interest!

The website also describes the bottles as being “convenient, classy and having all the antiquated charm so rarely found in modern containers.” After reading that and seeing the picture of the bottles, I was completely hooked, and I absolutely had to buy some. After all, how could I possibly cook any old-fashioned recipes without having vintage-looking spice bottles in the kitchen?

Vintage-style glass cork-topped spice bottle on table.

The bottles are a perfect size – not so huge that they take up too much room on the shelf but not so tiny that you can’t fit much in them either. They hold about 1-2 ounces of dry spices or 2-3 ounces of liquids if you wanted to put something like vanilla or lemon extract in them.

The corks actually work really well to keep an air-tight seal, and all of my spices have stayed really fresh in these bottles. I’ve used them for some of the herbs from my garden that I dried this past fall, and I’ve also transferred herbs and spices from the grocery store from their bottles into my glass ones because they just look so much better in the cork-topped bottles.

To make the labels, I just got some cheap stick-on labels and wrote the names of the spices on with a pen – instant old-fashioned charm!

I love the fact that these bottles look like they’re old, but they’re still just as practical and useful as modern spice bottles. They double as vintage decor and spice storage at the same time.

I use these vintage-style spice bottles every time I cook, and whenever I open the cork and smell the sage and rosemary and oregano, it really feels like I’ve stepped back in time. These spice bottles are really fun to use, and they make you feel like you’ve gone back to the “good old days.” They’re a great way to add a touch of old-fashioned charm to a modern kitchen.

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Mary Dainat

Monday 8th of February 2021

Hi, can you fit a teaspoon into the spice bottles?

Lori Elliott

Monday 8th of February 2021

Good question! These particular ones have an opening that's too narrow for a regular teaspoon to fit in. If you have a measuring spoon that's one of the longer, narrower, oval ones rather than a wider, round one then it might possibly fit. The opening is just slightly bigger than 2 1/2 centimeters wide. I have an oval-shaped half teaspoon measure that I use for mine and I just use it twice if I want a teaspoon's worth.


Saturday 6th of January 2018

Where did you purchase the bottles from?


Saturday 6th of January 2018

I found the bottles at Mountain Rose Herbs. This is the page for "spice bottles" where I got them:

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