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    I have a delivery coming tomorrow and I won't be home when it arrives. I'm worried that my fragrance *might* freeze if its left outside too long. Winter comes quick and butal in Ithaca - tomorrow is supposed to have a HIGH of 23degF(-5degC) and a low of 10degF (-12degC). I know alcohol has a lower freezing point than water, thats why vodka doesn't freeze in your freezer. So the question is - Does fragrance have enough alcohol to handle it? Vodka is 40% alcohol - do you think fragrance has more or less?

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    you're fine. fragrance has a ton of alcohol

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTony
    Vodka is 40% alcohol - do you think fragrance has more or less?
    Most of the time, more, unless we're talking attars here.

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    Well, the high here was in the 20's(F) today, and my decants and samples arrived seemingly unmolested by the cold. Granted, they were in my mailbox for less than an hour, more than likely, before I got them inside. THursday another shipment of decants is probably gonna arrive, and the high here is only supposed to be 20 that day...I'm not worried. ;D

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    Usually fragrance has about 80% of alcohol. No worries.

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    I have a problem with my naturals and aroma chemicals evaporating even though they're tightly sealed in small bottles with plumbers' tape wrapped around the top. I now keep them in the refrigerator which attenuates this somewhat, but what if I put them in the freezer? They're all 20% in 80% of alcohol so they won't actually freeze.

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    Yep, its gonna freeze !! But in the bright side "Fat Tony" you can do flavor Popsicles squares Joking ..and Of course it will be a non issue...enjoy
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Default Re: freezing fragrances

    Perhaps try it with one to see how it goes before you commit the others.
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    I think you would be ok unless it gets in the negatives in fahrenheit. Even then it would take quite awhile to freeze something with that much alcohol.

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll get back in the lab.

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    had some fragrances out in -30 degree Celsius weather last winter, youre fine

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    Default Re: freezing fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by James Peterson View Post
    I have a problem with my naturals and aroma chemicals evaporating even though they're tightly sealed in small bottles with plumbers' tape wrapped around the top. I now keep them in the refrigerator which attenuates this somewhat, but what if I put them in the freezer? They're all 20% in 80% of alcohol so they won't actually freeze.
    There are some threads on storing synthetics in DIY - here are a couple:-

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/378...als-(Freezer-)

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/374...roma-Chemicals
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    Many of my fragrances experienced several -20 F temperature winters - I've had no problems. Allow the bottle to reach room temperture before using. It's heat that destroys frags.

    I have a bottle of Givenchy Vetyver that was mistakenly delivered to my back door just before a huge snowstorm. I found it after 6 weeks of below zero F weather. It was just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foetidus View Post
    Many of my fragrances experienced several -20 F temperature winters - I've had no problems. Allow the bottle to reach room temperture before using. It's heat that destroys frags.

    I have a bottle of Givenchy Vetyver that was mistakenly delivered to my back door just before a huge snowstorm. I found it after 6 weeks of below zero F weather. It was just fine.

    That certainly answers the question.

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    Can I ask why it is always recommended that the fragrance reach room temp. before being sprayed?
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