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    Default Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    I want to start collecting colognes. I like collecting the bottles. I love the journeys each new scent i smell takes me on. I want to get my nose under every cologne thats talked about. I really want to do this, but theres only one thing im scared of.. The juice going bad! I dont want to store them in my fridge bc i dont have enough room,nor do i want to buy one bc i want them to be displayed in a nice cabinet. I guess what im trying to ask is do i have to worry about the juice going bad if i just have them stored on a cabinet with normal room temperature? I just dont want to start collecting and 5-10 years from now, everything smells different or not as good as it use to.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Yes. Start now. Stored with minimal care, most fragrances will last for many years. By then you can sell many of them online at a handsome profit, if you can bear parting with them. Start your collection now, and you'll be very pleased within just a few years.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Will the juice eventually go bad in 5-10 years? Maybe -- but generally no.

    Is it worth it? Ask yourself -- IMO, most definitely yes.
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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Try to get some ideas from this thread: Post a picture of your scents -- some of the collections and storage there are impressive!

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    Ive already started and im loving it! I buy a new bottle a week. I just ordered terre dhermes today. I do nothing but blind buy based on reviews. it all got started when my gf gave me a cologne sample kit for christmas. I just want to make sure before i REALLY get in to this hobby.

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    dark, dry, cool - AC if not in a cool basement. i wonder myself if just airconditioned at around 70 is good enough?
    ......... it is a very expensive hobby. and the issues around... first you never know what you will be getting - for batch to batch differences fine, but how about constant reformulations which nobody confesses until it becomes obvious, storage conditions before the bottles reach you...

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by fragnifiscent View Post
    Ive already started and im loving it! I buy a new bottle a week. I just ordered terre dhermes today. I do nothing but blind buy based on reviews. it all got started when my gf gave me a cologne sample kit for christmas. I just want to make sure before i REALLY get in to this hobby.
    i was a blind buy maniac, but i restrained myself on time - the pricetags on amouage and the wide availability on samples made me sample first...... the bottles would look great in a collection but i saved $$$$... way over-rated, way over-priced. you must decide what is more imortant to you - collecting or wearing

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    Buy smaller bottles of the ones you like (2.5 ml or less) if you plan to collect many, in order to avoid their going bad over time. Storage in cool, dark, low humidity places will extend their life.
    I'm looking forward to hearing your takes on those you buy. I would however advise you to sample before buying...the reviews here are honestly written, but they do reflect the views of the reviewer, and you may not agree with them after having sampled on your own skin and with your own nose. Blind buying based on others' opinions is risky. With that caveat, I welcome you!

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    Duplicate post, sorry.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Rotating your worn fragrances from a big wardrobe lowers the chance of any fragrance running out on you. With reformulations going the way of consumer electronics, who knows? Your old bottles might just become some much sought-after vintage that's worth a fortune!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mspa View Post
    dark, dry, cool - AC if not in a cool basement. i wonder myself if just airconditioned at around 70 is good enough?
    ......... it is a very expensive hobby. and the issues around... first you never know what you will be getting - for batch to batch differences fine, but how about constant reformulations which nobody confesses until it becomes obvious, storage conditions before the bottles reach you...
    By dark, do you mean pitch dark? Would light from a lamp constantly on harm anything? i understand bright sunlight is bad. What if theyre constantly in dimmer lighting?

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    Pitch dark in a closet would be optimal, if you have one available.

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    i will definitely sample when i start getting into niche, As for designer fragrances, i dont mind if i buy a dud here or there. A few weeks ago i bought azzaro chrome and i didnt like it. It smelled like the inside of my moms purse lol. But i dont care. Its when i get a bottle of an amazing fragrance that makes it all worth while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragnifiscent View Post
    By dark, do you mean pitch dark? Would light from a lamp constantly on harm anything? i understand bright sunlight is bad. What if theyre constantly in dimmer lighting?
    You do not want light at all. The ideal situation is one in which the cabinet closes to complete darkness.

    I keep mine in my medicine cabinet in the bathroom. I have one beloved flacon that I may move into the wine fridge, but I think that keeping out light is 90% of the battle.

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    What sucks is that i have the perfect cabinet for my future colognes, but it doesnt have doors on it that close. I didnt want to buy a new one but if its absolutely necessary then i will

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    I keep mine in a metal filing cabinet - the type meant for folders and paperwork. The thick metal provides insulation, and it is ever dark and cool, without sudden shifts in temperature.

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    I've got splash bottles from the 50s that are fine. Just keep them out of direct sunlight.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by fragnifiscent View Post
    I want to start collecting colognes. I like collecting the bottles. I love the journeys each new scent i smell takes me on. I want to get my nose under every cologne thats talked about. I really want to do this, but theres only one thing im scared of.. The juice going bad! I dont want to store them in my fridge bc i dont have enough room,nor do i want to buy one bc i want them to be displayed in a nice cabinet. I guess what im trying to ask is do i have to worry about the juice going bad if i just have them stored on a cabinet with normal room temperature? I just dont want to start collecting and 5-10 years from now, everything smells different or not as good as it use to.
    I think it's a great idea if you are that passionate about it. Proper care and they'll last a very very long time.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Pretty simple rule for yourself is don't buy a full bottle of something your not going to be wearing on a regular basis. There's many fantastic smelling fragrances out there, but if you can't find a setting or aren't comfortable in wearing them then your just blowing your money on a pretty bottle. If your worried about the fragrances staying fresh long enough for you to go through a full bottle, then you probably have too many bottles.
    As far as storing them, just keep them at or around a fairly consistent room temperature out of direct sunlight and they should be fine. Don't bother with keeping them in a fridge as there's nothing that proves it prolongs any part of the fragrance.
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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    With reformulations and discontinuations, I'm much more concerned that scents I love will become hard or impossible to buy compared to the fear of fragrances I own going bad. Keep 'em out of light and away from extreme temps, and you should be fine.

    I sleep better knowing I have a good amount of the scents I love. Many of these will be with me for years to come.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    I have bottles I bought in the eighties that are still good. The top notes may not be what they once were, but the heart notes and base notes are still as great as they were years ago. I've always kept them from direct sunlight and heat but other than that I've never taken special measures to keep them in complete darkness. If I had the space for a nice cabinet with closing doors for my collection I would probably have one. But, to actually answer your question, yes I think it is very much worth starting a nice size collection.
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    Life is too short to not have a fragrance collection!

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I think it's a great idea if you are that passionate about it. Proper care and they'll last a very very long time.
    This advice is from an exceptional collector in his own right ^^^^^^^^

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    WELCOME FRAGNIFISCENT!

    If collecting scents makes you happy, then go for it! If you really want to use your cabinet without doors, look for some baskets or boxes with lids at a container store or discount store that are the same width or less than the cabinet shelf. Store your most precious scents (most $$$ or rare) in those to keep them away from direct sunlight.

    Good luck to you, enjoy your journey!
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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    This is kind of like asking a bunch of foxes whether it's worth it to raid henhouses.

    If you like them, then go for it. I would second those who suggest only buying bottles only after trying decants. Otherwise you wiill end up with many bottles you don't really want.
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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    What'd you expect coming here to a bunch of fragrance collectors of course it's worth it! The fact this website exists proves the fact. You're scared of losing fragrances now, but in time even they will be replaced, and the truly great will remain seated. Best not to think to much and follow your mind and nose.

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    NO! Buy three bottles of things you adore and open an IRA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Chambers View Post
    You do not want light at all. The ideal situation is one in which the cabinet closes to complete darkness.

    I keep mine in my medicine cabinet in the bathroom. I have one beloved flacon that I may move into the wine fridge, but I think that keeping out light is 90% of the battle.
    I don't want to put you off but a bathroom is one of the worst places to store fragrances due to the constant temperature difference highs and lows.

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    I keep my fragrances in a dark room environment,inside their boxes, light NEVER reaches them.
    I am not quite sure about the efficiency of a Fridge, what I know well is that fragrances can not stand:

    - Light;
    - Humidit;
    - Abrupt temperature variations;

    I agree that it will be visually more interesting to display them out of their boxes, however for the sake of their own protection, they are all obliged to remain inside their original boxes
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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kron View Post
    I don't want to put you off but a bathroom is one of the worst places to store fragrances due to the constant temperature difference highs and lows.
    I thought so too when I read his comment. Not only that, but the humidity from the shower deters me from storing my fragrances there...
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