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    Default Storage vs. humidity

    Ive read a number of posts where basenoters generally recommend dark, cool facilities for optimal storage.

    Where I live on the US Midatlantic East Coast, the summer humidity is a misery. Im wondering if anyone uses airtight vac-sealed containers to store their juices, or anything humidity controlled like this:

    https://www.siruiusa.com/index/cabin.../13/id/66.html

    Otherwise, what solutions do you use? My wife will give me hell if I store my fragrances in the main fridge, and we have a second fridge in our basement, but it tends to run cold no matter what I do (not sure of that would be a problem, but some liquids stored in there get a few ice crystals.)

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    it gets that humid in the house as well? We get quite humid here in the early parts of summer, but at that time im always running the AC in the house to keep the humidity low.

    anyway, ive heard of people using wine coolers for fragrance storage, probably fairly similar to what you posted in the link.

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    Most likely, especially if stored in a fridge, your fragrances should be alright.

    Personally keeping all the fragrances owned not even in a refrigerator, rather in a cool but not refrigerated, dry, dark, airy plain cabinet and even in a house with varying, albeit mostly low and infrequent humidity levels, did not have any problems to impact not even minimally on these scents.
    Especially not on the ones kept in their initial boxes/bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avo1811 View Post
    it gets that humid in the house as well? We get quite humid here in the early parts of summer, but at that time im always running the AC in the house to keep the humidity low.

    anyway, ive heard of people using wine coolers for fragrance storage, probably fairly similar to what you posted in the link.
    We also keep the AC running, but the top floor of my house where our bedrooms are located still seems to swell to 55-60% humidity at times in summer.

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    The entire room where I store my fragrances, my wife's art, and other valuables is dust, heat, light, and humidity controlled
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    The entire room where I store my fragrances, my wife's art, and other valuables is dust, heat, light, and humidity controlled
    I would love to do something like this in my basement, as I collect watches and antique books as well which would both benefit. But I recently bought a bottle of Aventus Cologne and can no longer afford such an endeavor.

    Seriously though, until I have the spare time and operating cash to add something like that to my home, I would like to find maybe a cooler-sized solution to keep in my bedroom or closet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avo1811 View Post

    anyway, ive heard of people using wine coolers for fragrance storage, probably fairly similar to what you posted in the link.
    Wine coolers would be a good option quite common, it's a step up from keeping bottles in room temperature conditions away from direct sun light.
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    I wouldn't be all that concerned about humidity. Unless you're leaving it on a bathroom counter, where the humidity (and temperature) levels rapidly fluctuate between ambient and 100%. Humidity is way less of a concern than light is - light is the biggest killer of fragrance. (Followed by extreme heat.) Exposing a fragrance to 55% humidity a few days a year does not concern me at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    I wouldn't be all that concerned about humidity. [...]
    I would, but then I like my fragrances crunchy.

    Har har. I actually agree with the above. I've not seen an explanation as to why high humidity is harmful to perfumes. Not good for the box and other elements of the packaging, maybe, but the juice itself? It seems like one of those bits of folk wisdom that doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

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    Hey McFly! Think, Mcfly!
    If you have a basement, keep em down there. Might be an inconvenience but humidity doesn't dare go down there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty McFly View Post
    Iwe have a second fridge in our basement, but it tends to run cold no matter what I do (not sure of that would be a problem, but some liquids stored in there get a few ice crystals.)
    Not gonna happen with perfumes because of the alcohol content.

    Quote Originally Posted by roro View Post
    Not good for the box and other elements of the packaging, maybe, but the juice itself? It seems like one of those bits of folk wisdom that doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
    Yeah, how's humidity going to bother a liquid that's encased in glass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Yeah, how's humidity going to bother a liquid that's encased in glass?
    Beats me. It's something I wonder each time the subject comes up.

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    I use a winecooler fridge for most of my frags set at about 10-12C. Highly recommended!
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    For those who have suggested that humidity is not really a problem, I hope you are correct, but numerous posts on base notes suggest not to leave fragrances in the bathroom, I would assume for that reason.

    According to the person quoted in the following article, “Sadly, excessive humidity can break the particles down in perfume, and when the bath or shower turns on, steam fills the enclosed space, which can actually damage the perfume.”

    https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/bea...ur-fragrances/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty McFly View Post
    For those who have suggested that humidity is not really a problem, I hope you are correct, but numerous posts on base notes suggest not to leave fragrances in the bathroom, I would assume for that reason.
    Right man, but again, you're talking about the BATHROOM where (during a shower) the humidity is 100% and there is (obv) a LOT of moisture in the air - enough to fog mirrors, windows, etc.

    AMBIENT humidity, such as you'd get during a sticky summer day, is not even remotely close to the humidity you get in a bathroom during a hot shower. Theres a big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty McFly View Post
    For those who have suggested that humidity is not really a problem, I hope you are correct, but numerous posts on base notes suggest not to leave fragrances in the bathroom, I would assume for that reason.

    According to the person quoted in the following article, Sadly, excessive humidity can break the particles down in perfume, and when the bath or shower turns on, steam fills the enclosed space, which can actually damage the perfume.
    Then why is it that when I take a shower, and the water hits the fragrance residue on my skin, it seems to bring the scent back to life? Seems like moisture actually enhances the, erm, "particles". Then again, that water is pretty hot, so maybe it's only with cool water that you really start to run into problems.

    I'm just playing. All I'm saying is, I'm more concerned about exposure to oxygen (unavoidable, to some degree) and light. And by light, I mean direct sunlight or close to it. In real-world conditions, I don't believe artificial lights have any effect.

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    I'm curious about how humidity can effect the contents of a liquid that is contained in a glass container. The only way any humidity could possibly get in is through the atomizer, unless we're taking about splash bottles and that's only if the cap was left off. Frankly, I'd be more concern about what the bathroom humidity could do to the label on the bottle. My bottle of GIT has the felt type finish on the label and humidity would cling to that in a heartbeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marand75 View Post
    I use a winecooler fridge for most of my frags set at about 10-12C. Highly recommended!
    I'll add that humidity is not an issue when using a wine fridge, as the temperature will not be low enough to produce condensation.
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    As others have mentioned, I would consider the wine cooler to store fragrances.
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