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Do fragrances "Mature" in the bottle? Royal

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I have experienced fragrances becoming richer and smoother with age many times over. I assume this happens for countless reasons, but perhaps I can speculate that:

1). The mixing process creates a lot of chemical reactions that produce volatile, unstable long chain molecules that breakdown with time into simpler molecules that no longer accent the fragrance with chemical resonance

2) The perfumer will need to overload the volatile topnotes to ensure they are present in some quantity throughout much of the fragrance's life, but with time these breakdown and cease to have a smell. As the bright topnotes fade, they cease to "lift" the mid, making the fragrance smell denser and richer.

I have experienced the amazing citrus topnotes in Chanel Pour Monsieur take leave after 12 months, leaving only the mellow, smooth mid and base.

I also believe the reformulation debate needs to better address the effects of bottle aging. Because it seems no fragrance escapes the accusation of reformulation after a few years, around about the time that the original edition has reached its full maturity.
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