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    Default Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    I recently bought a 0.5 oz 'empty' bottle of vintage Mitsouko off eBay for about $20, whose insides are covered with the dried-up remnants of the fragrance. I'm tempted to add a bit of alcohol/water to dissolve the dregs so that it can be 'revived' so to speak.


    Anyone tried this before? Is it advisable to do this?

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    Default Re: Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    I did this with a few old bottles with nice results. As for advisable, I guess that depends on the alternatives and if you might find the bottle more valuable with the remnants alone. I used perfumers alcohol, not water.

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    Default Re: Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    I'm afraid perfumers alcohol is nowhere to be found in my part of the world, so I guess I'll have to be content with sniffing the dregs from the lip of the bottle.

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    Default Re: Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    If you can't find perfumer's alcohol, how about vodka or other high alcohol content spirit? That should work. Oil would work, too, preferably fractionated coconut oil or jojoba - something that won't go rancid before you can use the perfume.
    Blog: www.perfumenw.blogspot.com
    Website: Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes http://orchidscents.com.

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    Default Re: Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Elly View Post
    If you can't find perfumer's alcohol, how about vodka or other high alcohol content spirit? That should work. Oil would work, too, preferably fractionated coconut oil or jojoba - something that won't go rancid before you can use the perfume.
    But won't the vodka alter the original scent?

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    Default Re: Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    Ever Clear alcohol is more or less scentless. I used that early on.

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    Default Re: Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    Even Everclear is unavailable here.

    (oo, it rhymes!)

    I'll probably have to order that off eBay as well!

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    Default Re: Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    There may be some equivalent of everclear available where you are (wherever that is) - high % ethanol under a different name. In any case, most of the top notes will probably be gone from the sediment in the bottle so it wouldn't smell like the original even if you used pure ethanol.
    Blog: www.perfumenw.blogspot.com
    Website: Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes http://orchidscents.com.

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    Default Re: Adding alcohol/water to revive a vintage scent...advisable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Elly View Post
    There may be some equivalent of everclear available where you are (wherever that is) - high % ethanol under a different name. In any case, most of the top notes will probably be gone from the sediment in the bottle so it wouldn't smell like the original even if you used pure ethanol.
    Good point.

    The alternative(chasing down the vintage scent for a reasonable price) is HARD!

    So I settled for a 30ml EDT from the 90s.

    Better than nothing I guess.

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