Great info! Thanks. Where can this Parafilm be purchased?
(don't know where to post this thread, anyway, please excuse me. Andre)
HOW TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE OLD PERFUMES in "SPLASH" BOTTLES (tutorial with pictures)
Okay my friends, I'd want to share with you a secret. Well, not a secret since it's well-known by many people, but seldom used!
A small secret for "preserving" perfumes for years and years...
I use it since 1997 , and this trick (or a similar one) *should* be used, now and in the immediate future....
(a foreword: I'm a Biologist with chemical background, and I worked many years in scientific labs. So I think to have a little experience in chemical stuff....
...and it could be useful when applied to perfumes, huh ? )
You have two methods:
1- the small caps
2- the "Parafilm": it's a very cheap "paraffin tape", we used in our labs to *PERFECTLY* isolate any substance.
Let's go with some explanation!
Here we have tre great perfumes from the past, all splash bottles.
- An extraordinary KOUROS by Yves Saint Laurent, year 1981 (one of the first bottles ever produced). It needs no further explanations....
- An invaluable "TIFFANY for Men", vintage 1st edition, the Jacques Polge's masterpiece, reported as "...a Chanel better than Chanel", year 1989, maybe one of the last ones to -reportedly only for vintage bottles- contain real "amber gris" from whales.
- A bottle of rare "Vivara" pour femme by Emilio Pucci, in poor conditions, mid Seventies.
THE SMALL CAPS:
basically you have to buy small caps of different diameter, and use it to "close" bottles.
Firstly, you must check if the perfume cap is "flat" inside, as in this case. (Vivara by Pucci)
Now, you can "insert" gently the cap with its appropriate diameter.
And here's the bottle with the small cap finally inserted
It's perfect! There is no leaking!
Now you can put the classic cap over the small one
That's all! Splash bottle is protected, and you should only store in an a dark, cool place.
But what happen when the cap is NOT flat? (TIFFANY)
There are lot of problems for using small caps! and unfortunately, these classical perfume caps don't preserve from evaporation.
Now you have to use the "PARAFILM", a common laboratory tool used for preserve and isolate any substance.
Basically it's a VERY extensible and adhesive paraffin film
with lot of other properties, it's very useful.
To prepare a "sheet", simply separe from protective paper and use scissors
Here you can see its incredible extensive properties
You can extense it quite a lot without breaking it
an example with a cup full with water.
Since PARAFILM is very ADHESIVE it's easy to cover the entire cup.
Et voila! no leaking!
Seen from bottom
not a single drop of water (or gas, vapor etc.) is missing
So, cut a small sheet of PARAFILM....
and completely isolate the UPPER part your precious bottle of TIFFANY for MEN
REMEMBER to leave the film edge non-aderhent: it will be more easy remove the film in the future.
Similarly you will do with your priceless bottle of KOUROS. since there is a flat cap you should use the small caps; otherwise you can use the PARAFILM if you don't find a cap with identical diameter.
ET VOILA !!
But...Hurry up! last splash bottles were produced in 1999-2000, and so many perfumes from the past are still evaporating and losting some marvelous note!
And remember to store perfumes in a dark, cool place.
But now, your precious splash bottles are preserved for decades to come.
You will be able to open these bottles in front of your sons, daughter, nephews...
...and you will be able to tell them: smell it, my darling, these are the ancient perfumes from our past days..."
Great info! Thanks. Where can this Parafilm be purchased?
We purchased it in USA, precisely at a Chicago factory as you can read in the pictures
but it's very common, you can buy online everywhere..... just find "parafilm sealing film", "parafilm sealing tape"
very cheap too.
My bottles are 96% spray.
Thank god for sprays!
Great Info, thanks for share.
Impressive, thanks for sharing
Seeking: Bottles/decants : of Midnight in Paris EDP, Feeling Man, Essence of John Galliano, Azzaro pour Homme (vintage),...etc.
Seeking decant/sample of PdE Ambre Russe, Jil Sander Feeling Man, Comme des Garcons 2 Man, Giorgio VIP, ....etc. I have samples to swap.
Please PM me !
Some bottles are made with upside down sprayers (like Rochas Man), some can be easily stored upside down if they have a wide flat top, but most can't easily be stored upside down. However, while the bottle is more than half full, the same result can be achieved by laying the bottle on its side.
Last edited by Renato; 26th April 2013 at 12:08 AM.
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So nice of you to share this information,
May god bless you in all your endeavours.
Thanks for the very useful information
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
Thank you! Very useful !
It is similar to condom-physics.
Very nicely done! I don't have any bottles like this, but I'm sure this will come in handy for many of us (probably eventually me)!
Thank you for taking the time to help us out and let me learn something new.
Appreciated your efforts very much Andre.
i like the step by step photos, kinda feel like ifixit for perfumes.
Very interesting. I keep my 'specials' in a cool dark place slightly tilted
Another excellent post! You are fast becoming a vintage fragrance guru!
Thanks for letting us know. Very useful on non-sprayer bottles.
Good to know!
Good bump, this might help others out, .
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Great information. Thank you!
This is great, thanks for posting!
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Practical approach in fact. Most of my collection part is sprays.
I bought some parafilm after reading the original post and it's a must have. I use it to seal lesser used splash bottles, my spray decants and also use it to seal liquids prior to packing them in my suitcase when going on holiday. Works like a dream and cheap as chips - brilliant stuff...!
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