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    Default How Old is to Old?

    The fragrance that is? Purchased a frag online. Checking it's batch date returns a 2014 date, so 5 years.

    The frag was boxed so no light contamination. Not an expensive buy but should I return it (if I can) or what do you think?

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    Default Re: How Old is to Old?

    No worry. 5 years is nothing in perfume time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    No worry. 5 years is nothing in perfume time.
    Cool, ty!

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    Default Re: How Old is to Old?

    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    No worry. 5 years is nothing in perfume time.
    Absolutely agree. Some of my favorite perfumes are ancient - a few of them over 50 years old.

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    I have quite a few now about 45 years in my collection and they're still fine. Five years as mentioned is nothing.
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    Default Re: How Old is to Old?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I have quite a few now about 45 years in my collection and they're still fine. Five years as mentioned is nothing.
    Appreciate that, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I have quite a few now about 45 years in my collection and they're still fine. Five years as mentioned is nothing.
    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve smelled fragrances from the 40’s that were fine! Fragrance oils, even further. I’ve smelled sandalwood over 100 years old that would bring a sandalwood lover to tears. It’s all about how they’re stored. Protection from light, and heat, is key. It’s a good start that your fragrance is sealed.
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    Welcome to Basenotes.

    Besides light, you also have to consider heat. You wouldn't want something that's been sitting around in a hot storeroom for 5 years.

    About the only time I give age much thought is when it's primarily a citrus fragrance. It's the citruses that tend to go off....or fragrances with heavy citrus in the top notes.

    If it smells good when you open it, it should be fine.
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    Default Re: How Old is to Old?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trever1t View Post
    The fragrance that is? Purchased a frag online. Checking it's batch date returns a 2014 date, so 5 years.

    The frag was boxed so no light contamination. Not an expensive buy but should I return it (if I can) or what do you think?
    Some fragrances could have been reformulated in the last 5 years, so older one might be a lot better than newer one

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    As long as you take care of your fragrances, the bottles could a very long time - years and decades to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Absolutely agree. Some of my favorite perfumes are ancient - a few of them over 50 years old.
    Same here, pretty much-currently owning and using some fragrance that can be dated back 3-4 decades ago as manufacturing date, 2014 is almost nothing in more longer term perspective of perfume storage life/lifespan

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    It’s not the age. It’s how well it’s been looked after all these years. Interestingly the same principle applies to the human body as well.
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    +1 Diamondflame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahaheeheehoooeeeeeyyyyy.......!!
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    The frustrating thing is so many sales associates and magazine articles that tell you the stuff starts to go bad after one year. Uh huh.
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    Agreed, still sealed is even better. 5yrs is nowt in perfume years lol.
    I'm often pleasantly surprised when I receive older bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    The frustrating thing is so many sales associates and magazine articles that tell you the stuff starts to go bad after one year. Uh huh.
    This was the first of so many myths about fragrances that I identified as complete jive. It didn't make any sense. If it were that big of a deal or any kind of a deal, 1) why do 95+% of all offerings you find anywhere make no mention of production dates, 2) why do prices soar when a fragrance gets discontinued - and stay high, 3) why when batch identifiers actually do matter, it's because it's an older batch that is well known and considered to be more valuable than more recent stuff (with or without "reformulation," another 85% chaff/15% wheat body of pop-knowledge in its own right).

    It's an idea that is plausible (which is why marketers exploit it into oblivion) - many things go bad with age; there is just zero evidence supporting it in the case of fragrances in the absence of any abuse or defect. These are stabilized fragrance agents suspended in alcohol in a sealed vessel. Even if air as contaminated as you might reasonably expect to find in an normal application environment entered via the sprayer, what could it contaminate?

    Sunlight and heat, of course, are entirely different; I would think that they'd adulterate fragrances to a noticeable extent in short order.

    The cool, dark closet is fine for any and all fragrances; I need the room in the fridge for beer and leftovers.

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    Just keep them in a dark cool place and they will last you a long time.
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    Default Re: How Old is to Old?

    Especially since it was stored in the box, 5 years is nothing. As long as it wasn't stored in a very hot environment.

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    Having said what I have said, I admit I have bought some fragrances for my kids that seemed to have gone bad. They were cheapies from Rue 21 and Aeropostale, and the liquid in the bottle seemed to have separated. But still, I shook them up for a few seconds and they still smelled the same and performed the same.
    Does a fine enough job for a teenager anyway.
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    Default Re: How Old is to Old?

    2014 is the new 2019.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    It’s not the age. It’s how well it’s been looked after all these years.
    Yes that's the key!
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    Good deal! Thanks all!




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