Like those who collect and enjoy fine wines there are those who similarly collect and enjoy vintages of fragrance. The fact that you are reading this thread is a good indicator that you are as hooked as I am on fragrance. One soon learns that the archival of fine perfumes is much the same as wine. Temperature, a lack of light and the prevention of oxidation are key. This is fine, of course, for those who pay premium prices for now vintage perfumes and wish to maximize their safe storage, but what of collecting current fragrances that will become classic vintage items in the future. The best advise I ever heard from art collectors is to buy what you like because you have to live with it. Increased value, both monetary and otherwise depend on how in touch you are with what constitutes a future classic fragrance. It is at this point that I have to admit that I have been collecting current or recently discontinued fragrances that I find most appealing personally in order to posses them when all sources are no longer available. Not for monetary gain, mind you, but like collectors of objects extraordinaire, to appreciate them in their beauty and rarity. To that end I catalog acquisitions and refrigerate them at 53 degrees F. Perhaps this is a peculiar idiosyncrasy, but I find doing so very rewarding. There you have it, my confession is complete. I wonder if there are others of you so compelled by fragrance? Are you poised on the event horizon of fifty three degree time travel?
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8/16/10 at 8:07pm