Is it foolish to refridgerate perfumes?

    Is it foolish to refridgerate perfumes?

    post #1 of 48
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    Hey fellow Basenoters!

    I know the fridge is intended for beverages and food, but how about perfumes? My perfume collection is rapidly growing, certainly faster than I can use all of them in...let's say a span of two years. Does anyone use the fridge to preserve their aromatic juices?laugh.gif I'm presently keeping them in a dark cabinet on the main floor of the house. The hot weather is making me wonder if I should be doing something better. Also, I would greatly appreciate it if any responder would tell me what their preferred method of storage is for the perfumes. Thanks to all!dankk2.gif

    Olfactorylegend

    post #2 of 48
    I don't think you need to use fridges. It's truly horrible pulling out a freezing cold, clammy bottle like a beer or something. No one wants that, surely? Stick to your cabinet. They'll be fine.
    post #3 of 48

    Its not foolish but also not necessary. I store mine in a dark cabinet in my room, which is kept at around 72 degrees fahrenheit. The fridge will free up some room for you and wont hurt anything, but where will you keep your cold beer?

    post #4 of 48

    Theres been threads and threads on this

    http://www.basenotes.net/t/207691/perfume-storage/480

    Basic gist is many are happy and have had no issues with cool dark place, with direct sunlight being the main enemy of your juice.

    For others a wine fridge or small cooler, kept at a stable room temperature (temp people use varies but the key is stable) will do the trick.

    A smaller minority do use their main refrigerator and have had no issues with it and some even hook up devices to control the temperature of it more concisely.

    post #5 of 48
    Not foolish but unnecessary.
    post #6 of 48

    As long as the temperatures are just cooling, not freezing, thus slightly above 0 degrees centigrade/Celsius, it would certainly be useful. Then again, storing in cool but non-refrigerated, dry, aired, rather dark cabinets also did the trick so far.

    post #7 of 48

    Not foolish i don't do it myself

    post #8 of 48

    I've been doing this for 8 or so years and none have gone off in any way.

    Previously, I've lost fragrances likely from the heat because they were either in their boxes or in a cupboard.

    The bedroom where I store everything can get up to 80F during the day. If I left the A/C on all day in the Summer, I'd probably not be as concerned but we don't for multiple reason so the fridge works for me.

    As always, YMMV and probably overkill but with many bottle and much $$$ invested, why not do what works? The Osmotheque, Frederick Malle and Le Labo agree.smiley.gif

    post #9 of 48
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    Originally Posted by evogelView Post

    I've been doing this for 8 or so years and none have gone off in any way.

    Previously, I've lost fragrances likely from the heat because they were either in their boxes or in a cupboard.

    The bedroom where I store everything can get up to 80F during the day. If I left the A/C on all day in the Summer, I'd probably not be as concerned but we don't for multiple reason so the fridge works for me.

    As always, YMMV and probably overkill but with many bottle and much $$$ invested, why not do what works? The Osmotheque, Frederick Malle and Le Labo agree.smiley.gif
    I agree! It is sort of like health insurance when you are young. You really don't need it if you are careful...until you break a leg or get a serious disease. I carry insurance just in case.cool.gif
    post #10 of 48

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    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    Not foolish but unnecessary.
    post #11 of 48
    I store my full bottles in large Rubbermaid containers in my basement. Cool and dark. No refrigeration.
    I keep my atomizers of my full bottles in my bathroom closet, which is also cool (AC vent wide open in there) and dark.
    Seems to work - so far...
    post #12 of 48
    I'd say that refrigeration is a bad idea. In theory it may sound logical but I don't believe its good for them. In hot temps, molecules tend to speed up and separate. Denaturation can also occur for organic materials. In cold temps, these molecules tend to clump and form bonds. Think of the state when going from a gas, to a liquid, to a solid, to a liquid, to a gas, etc. I'm not saying that anyone would freeze their juice, but altering the how the molecules behave and form bonds with each other, to me can lead to adulteration. I've never had a frozen meat taste fresh, i.e. it was never the same again, it seems. For me, storing fragrances in a dark and cool environment is the best option. They will last a long, long time. I have fragrances from the 80's and 90's that are still wearable.
    post #13 of 48

    Mine have been kept in the fridge for many years now and all are good. Same for my husband's-- we have a mini fridge in the bedroom for the purpose.

    So many of my perfumes are ones that are discontinued or have been reformulated and not replaceable except at great trouble or cost. The fridge is insurance, as others have said.

    I have not found any of my perfumes to be altered by the refrigeration process.

    Whether or not you decide to store them in a fridge, avoid light and heat-- especially light, which does the most damage.

    post #14 of 48

    The osmotheque keeps their perfumes at 12 degrees C - so if using one should make sure that the refrigerator is not too cold.

    cacio

    post #15 of 48

    About 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

    And they keep citrus based fragrances at 10 degrees Fahrenheit lower than that, from what I read.

    post #16 of 48
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by evogelView Post

    I've been doing this for 8 or so years and none have gone off in any way.

    Previously, I've lost fragrances likely from the heat because they were either in their boxes or in a cupboard.

    The bedroom where I store everything can get up to 80F during the day. If I left the A/C on all day in the Summer, I'd probably not be as concerned but we don't for multiple reason so the fridge works for me.

    As always, YMMV and probably overkill but with many bottle and much $$$ invested, why not do what works? The Osmotheque, Frederick Malle and Le Labo agree.smiley.gif

    ^ ^ ^ This.thumbsup.gif

    post #17 of 48

    I don't do it. not foolish though if you have a lotta expensive frag's..

    post #18 of 48




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