Originally Posted by wxman
I recently had the opportunity to purchase my favorite, Mugler cologne, at bargain basement price -- $9 for 2.6oz tester. Anyway, after reviewing a number of threads on cologne storage, I thought I might try out one of the bottles I purchased in a mini fridge set to its highest temp, about 45-50 degrees. Left it in overnight to see if it would change in consistency etc. To my complete shock, this treatment almost totally inactivated the scent! The other bottles (stored at room temp) are perfect. Now, I've seen warnings about "perfume" storage in refrigerators due to the delicate oil balance, and Mugler is almost a perfume at 10%, but this scent inactivation is unbeleivable. I will be storing my stuff at room temp. from now on, that's for sure. Anyone else have a similar experience? Thoughts?
what has happened to your cologne is not so strange and uncommon as it may sound; but, nevertheless, it is a thing that should not happen to a mass-market fragrance that has been tested on stability throughout! When evaluating a fragrance it is an old and approved perfumer's trick to keep a newly made frag alternately in the fridge and at room temperature for several days. this is done to age a perfume artificially for better judging the final result. so, my advice to you is to give your frag a rest at a dark, dry, cool (16-18celsius) place for at least a week, and your perfume should be restored to its original splendour!
AGAINST COMMON OPINION my advise here is to never store fragrances at very low temperatures, but to store them rather AS YOU WOULD STORE YOUR BEST RED WINES!!! when you're sure not to use them in a couple of months and rather keep them for reference purposes, STORE THEM UNDER A "NITROGEN-BLANKET"!!! nitrogen in aerosol-form should be sprayed (never hold the spray-bottle in a way that you'll get it on your perfume in its liquid form!) onto your frag in its bottle, then close the bottle imediately. this will prevent oxygen from reacting with your fragrance. by that it would also be possible to keep perfume fresh in half-emty containers for a much longer time!!!