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    Hi basenoters,

    Just bought a tester of Versace PH for a great price of 40$SGD. However upon further inspection, I noticed that the fragrance was 4yrs and 7months old after checking the batchcode with checkfresh.com

    So I'm wondering if I should start selling decants of this 100ml bottle as I'm unsure if I can finish it in time of its expiry. Or are fragrances okay to be kept long? How long? I store my bottles in a dark cupboard away from the elements.

    Thank you.

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    I wouldn’t worry if I were you. These designer fragrances comprise mainly of stable aromachemicals. They should last a good long time. I have bottles of fragrances > 10 years old - they still smell the same today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s.rzl View Post
    I store my bottles in a dark cupboard away from the elements.

    Thank you.
    Then you should be fine for a long long time.
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    Man oh man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so glad this thread came up. I’m tempted this morning by a listing I saw for a sealed vintage Guerlain VDN extrait!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read ages ago on an old forum that VDN is known to have a short shelf life. (I found this was true with each and every bottle of Chanel Coco, but that didn’t bother me since I used it up in a snap.) Am I wrong?? Should I take the plunge?? I’m hesitant because of what I’ve read. Last purchase for a long while after this. I’m going for broke, so to speak.
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    As long as you keep your bottles stored properly they should last a lifetime.

    hednic would be a good example of an individual with successful long term storage of fragrances.
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    I bought some used Creeds from 2005 - still smell like they should, so don't worry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zizzy View Post
    I bought some used Creeds from 2005 - still smell like they should, so don't worry
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Which ones?
    Original Santal, Himalaya and Selection Verte, but I don't know it's year

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    You should be fine.
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    Expiration dates on fragrances are meaningless, they're only listed in order to satisfy regulatory requirements within the general cosmetic category. A well stored perfume can smell wonderful for decades. I have bottles from the 20s and 30s that are sublime - and they were made without the preservatives and stabilizers of today's fragrances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Expiration dates on fragrances are meaningless, they're only listed in order to satisfy regulatory requirements within the general cosmetic category. A well stored perfume can smell wonderful for decades. I have bottles from the 20s and 30s that are sublime - and they were made without the preservatives and stabilizers of today's fragrances.
    I had the opportunity to smell Godet fragrances dating to the 1920s. I was able to smell Chypre, Cuir de Russie, and Petite Fleur Bleue. They still smelly really good after nearly 100 years. Fragrances can last a very long time if taken care and stored properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s.rzl View Post
    Hi basenoters,

    Just bought a tester of Versace PH for a great price of 40$SGD. However upon further inspection, I noticed that the fragrance was 4yrs and 7months old after checking the batchcode with checkfresh.com

    So I'm wondering if I should start selling decants of this 100ml bottle as I'm unsure if I can finish it in time of its expiry. Or are fragrances okay to be kept long? How long? I store my bottles in a dark cupboard away from the elements.

    Thank you.
    You could use it for about 20-30 next years and enjoy it!
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    It's all about storage. I have vintage Avons from the 40's and 50's that smell good. Sometimes top notes fade, but you smell those only for a few moments even when a scent is new (usually).
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