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    Default Shelf Life of Fine Fragrances

    Hello, all.

    Have been floating around here for a few days as a guest and love this site! My name is Gary and I reside in Garden City, Kansas.

    I humbly have a question:

    I have GIT, among others from Creed on the Way and as my collection grows, have to wonder of the shelve life of quality men's colognes. Are they like wine and actually improve with age given that they are stored properly?

    I've read where some of you have literally dozens or a hundred or more scents.

    Thanks, in advance.

    Gary G.

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    Default Re: Shelf Life of Fine Fragrances

    Thanks,

    found a wealth from the thread you provided. Funny, I entered shelf life on the search and found no results.
    I always try searching before posting.

    Thanks, again.

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    if stored properly, they'll last for years. actually, even stored improperly, most will last for years. but yes, frags do slowly degrade. unlike wine, they don't get better with age. in some cases you may like the degraded product better (loss of some top notes is common), but that's not the same as saying they get better with age.

    here are some various how-long-do-they-last/storage threads:

    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1117957872
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1133454592
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1133953840
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1133219355
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1122920177
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1133904188
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1132861634
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1118342889
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1106306462
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1134234043

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    Welcome to basenotes Gary!
    The links that are being posted provide a great overview of the subject.
    I've had "mainstream" fragrances last for years and years....while I've had bottle from smaller houses turn in under 6 months. I'm sure others could tell you of the exact opposite.
    Sometimes I think it is the luck of the draw as to whether a bottle turn.
    Whatever the case, keep them out of sunlight and don't store them in your unventilated attic in summer. ;D
    "Ca sent les pieds!"

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    ...another for you if you're really serious about your frags:

    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...num=1125952488

    Thought I'd add this after you mentioned your trouble with the search.

    ~Mad

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    Thanks for the hospitality and help, all. What if you decant; say 1.5ml or so. That's a different story, right? Shelf life is reduced because of the temporary exposure to the air? Little or no difference?

    Appreciate it.

    Gary

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    I've heard that Old Spice gets better with age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrliberfarb
    I've heard that Old Spice gets better with age.
    it's the ppl who wear old spice that get better with age.
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    My friend told me that when he first purchased it, it smelled like a watered down version of the real stuff, but after a year, it smelled great.

    But maybe he's just a dope.

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    Welcome goldslinger !

    In general terms, with frags, the fresher the better...

    But I have a couple of bottles that are at least 5 years old (3 of them stored in medium-to-poor conditions) and the juice is still good.

    Nothing then to worry about if you keep them well stored.
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    I've got some GIT from Creed coming any time now. I read on this forum that they use only natural ingredients that perhaps don't have the shelf life. But from I read, so far, we're still talking years and years if stored in a cool, dark and probably most importantly, stable temperature environment.

    I don't think I will refrigerate. I wish I kept the original boxes.

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    Well, this has been debated on here for ages, but I will say BE CAREFUL WITH CREEDS! Especially low-priced, good deal Creeds, because some of them have gone off. Alot of people who buy Creeds blind don't experience this so much, because they don't have a reference point of what the ideal Creed is supposed to smell like. I once had a sample of Himalaya that I got from someone, and had it for about a year, and was like "Damn, I HAVE to get a bottle of this". Well, I spent $120 on a bottle over the internet (but still saved about a hundred bucks off of what Neiman Marcus charges). Well, when my bottle arrived, i was very dissatisfied. It was NOT the piece of art that my sample was. It smelled similar, but it was flatter, soapier, and just not very nuanced. It had gone off, but I received several other samples of Himalaya from other sources, and they smelled like my "gone off" bottle. Also I even tried a bottle at Neiman Marcus, and I believe THEIR Creeds were pretty old stock. And Himalaya is a pretty recent release for it to already have old stock!

    I should have returned the Himalaya, but I didn't. Oh, yeah- sometimes my friends will pick it up and spray it on before going out. And they like it. I'll wear it on occasion. It doesn't smell bad, but it pisses me off in my heart that it doesn't smell like its supposed to. No evolution at all. the original "good" sample that I had, man that stuff had the most spectacular drydown- going from the crunch of boots on mountain snow, to a peppery warm incense ending. Superb. My bottle just sort of gives you the Cliffs Notes of this.

    I think people that aren't impressed with Creed fragrances are maybe just getting old samples. But I gave up on ever getting a perfect bottle of Himalaya, because its too much work, and how do i know it won't go bad in six months. I have a bottle of Creed Original Vetiver though that I bought from a Basenoter who got it at one of these discount e-tailers. As far as i can tell, its perfect. No problem with it whatsoever. But some Creeds (Himalaya, Silver Mountain Water) seem to be very volatile. So be cautious!

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    Thanks for the interesting post *Indi-Guy!

    I guess one would have to be careful with any natural oil scents. *I have also heard that if you bought, for example, a bottle off of an auction site or something, they could be the original emptied bottles filled with a simulant product. *That would probably be easier to detect, though.

    Could you possibly recommend a site that you have had the best luck with. . . anybody?

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