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    Default Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    From what I know about basic chemistry is that the chemistry involved in making fragrances begins, essentially, with mixtures of notes and alcohol...with some thermodynamic changes to process the raw materials. That said, I'm sure there are still some chemical interactions that occur while the final product sits, but how significant are those changes? What have you noticed in a new bottle of a fragrance you are buying as a replacement for an empty bottle?

    The motivation from this post comes from having purchased a bottle of YSL La Nuit de L'homme about mid-year 2018 and I just now sprayed it on and it last at least 2 hours longer than usual. I am getting about 3 hours of projection with at least 6 hours of performance. In fact, I can still smell it the next day. I remember it only giving me about 1 hour of projection and 3-4 hours of performance when I first bought it.

    I have also noticed this with Prada L'homme and Bleu de Chanel EDP. Do you guys buy bottles and let them sit around before you start using them. I feel like I should buy a second bottle of Bleu and LNdL for when my current bottle runs out, I have an aged bottle to replace the empty one with.

    Have any of you experienced this? Is this something old? Am I fooling myself?
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    I’ve heard this in regard to Aventus in particular but yeah, I think after a few uses and then time to sit I’ve experienced similar results on a few fragrances. Could be just my nose though!
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    Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?
    Yes, but rather than state this as a general rule, there are a few in particular that I am absolutely certain have gotten stronger with passing time.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    I usually notice as the bottle gets down to about 3/4 and less, it seems to be stronger. Seems to be that way across the board for all I own.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    Quote Originally Posted by QuantumEnd View Post
    Have any of you experienced this?
    I have personally not experienced this although have read where others have.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    It might surprise you, but fragrances go to the gym as well, modern fragrances often skip leg day, though, so they are all show on the top, only to collapse due to their lack of building a solid base to stand on.

    You could say, that many modern fragrances are the Captain Upper-bodies of the perfume world.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    I have noticed this with some but not all of my fragrances. In particular with fragrances using higher quantity of naturals.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Norstrøm View Post
    It might surprise you, but fragrances go to the gym as well, modern fragrances often skip leg day, though, so they are all show on the top, only to collapse due to their lack of building a solid base to stand on.

    You could say, that many modern fragrances are the Captain Upper-bodies of the perfume world.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    In my experience, no.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    I’m yet to experience it.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    Yeah, I've experienced this with several different fragrances. The one that comes to mind is the current formulation of Azzaro Pour Homme. When I bought it 2 or 3 years ago, it smelled good but was fleeting (gone within 90 minutes). Since then, it's gotten steadily stronger and now lasts several hours.

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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    No, I haven't noticed this.
    Seems to me it's a difficult thing to judge objectively. A scent could seem better performing if we try it again in warmer weather, with a more discerning sense of smell after more experience in the hobby, without the affects of anosmia, after giving up smoking etc .

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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    I have noticed this with some but not all of my fragrances. In particular with fragrances using higher quantity of naturals.
    Exactly. For me same.

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    Not most, yet perhaps at least some in the scent lineup so far, especially (but not limited to) in no particular order:

    Knize Ten, most if not all of the Lancetti fragrances owned including Uomo and Concentree, Cerruti 1881 Amber, vintage Heritage EDT splash, most of the Bogart fragrances, irrespective if the latter are current or vintage

    to name only a few.


    As much as the impression (s) of these and/or others may seem subjective, did at least somehow notice an increase in fragrance performance, though if so, neither knowing which factor (s) might have contributed to this nor exactly which precise time interval was actually needed for and contributing to such improvement

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    It's always hard to tell. Factors like humidity and temperature can have a big effect on how a fragrance performs or wears, to say nothing about how it's applied, etc.

    But, yes, I have found some fragrances that do seem to have increased in strength over the course of ownership, particularly as I've made a good dent in the bottle. Not all of them, though.

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    Have never experienced a fragrance getting stronger with age. I've hoped that many would, but they don't.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    I’ve experienced thus many times, but as noted by others it doesn’t work with every fragrance.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    If the bottle isn't well-sealed, the alcohol evaporates and ends up concentrating the remaining oils and aromachemicals. I've seen this happen to the older Serge Lutens screw-cap bottles. The only other instance I'd expect a concentrating effect is when a bottle is nearing empty with a lot of air space, but that can also cause the liquid to oxidize, depending on composition.

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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    I bought a package of a couple dozen of Baldessarini samples that had obviously evaporated a bit, confirmed by measurement to be about 15-20 percent.

    They make for a nice concentrated version of the original, perfect for travel since a little goes a long way. I just dump a couple vials into a 2-3ml sprayer and I'm on my way - a week's worth easy.
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    I've noticed this also, but my nose got more sensitive since I've started this hobby, so this might be the reason - change of perception

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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Not most, yet perhaps at least some in the scent lineup so far, especially (but not limited to) in no particular order:

    Knize Ten, most if not all of the Lancetti fragrances owned including Uomo and Concentree, Cerruti 1881 Amber, vintage Heritage EDT splash, most of the Bogart fragrances, irrespective if the latter are current or vintage

    to name only a few.


    As much as the impression (s) of these and/or others may seem subjective, did at least somehow notice an increase in fragrance performance, though if so, neither knowing which factor (s) might have contributed to this nor exactly which precise time interval was actually needed for and contributing to such improvement
    Absolutely true. Have experienced this with Knize Ten, 1881, Bogart pour Homme, Lush Breath of God, Kouros and some vintages. I also think this has something to do with the ingredient quality.

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    I totally agree about some perfumes smelling better & lasting longer with age. I love Glossier but the samples always smelled better than the full-size. I bought one of the compact wax fragrances and it was so weak that I complained. They refunded my money & I tossed the compact in a drawer & forgot about it. That was about a year ago. Recently, I learned that the compact was discontinued. I pulled mine out and took a sniff and... I cannot believe how good it smells. It's so potent that I only need to touch my finger to it and dab my neck to get a beautiful & lasting effect for hours. Because of this, I ordered a bottle of the fragrance and... it doesn't smell as potent as the sample. I have now put the bottle away in a drawer and plan to test it every few months to see if it gets stronger. I do wonder if I should seal it up in an airtight bag or put it in the fridge or something. Anyone have any ideas about this?

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    I have noticed several frags get stronger with age.

    When I first busted out my (new) bottle of Cedrat Boise, the performance was nowhere near the beast that people claimed it to be. After a few months and letting some air into it, yup. Beast.

    Same thing with my bottle of La Nuit De L'Homme - but this one required some air get into an already 10 year old bottle. I searched out and found a fair price on a 2010 (original formula) bottle, brand new. But when I first used it, I was devastated - the performance was no better than the decant of current juice I had (Despite a much darker color). But after a few (disappointing) uses, and another month or so it REALLY opened up and now is the deep, dark, beautiful (and STRONG) scent I thought it would be when I bought it.

    My bottle of Au Coeur Du Desert needed some use and time to bloom too. It was very very weak - nothing like my official sample from Tauer when I first got it. Fast forward a year and letting some air in the bottle, and it is powerfully strong now. House of Matriarch tells you up front that their creations will improve with time and proper storage, and I noticed that happen with the bottle of Black #1 that I bought last winter.

    Those are just the few in my wardrobe off the top of my head that I can say, without a doubt, got stronger with age and/or the introduction of air into the bottle.

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    Frequently I notice scents get stronger after you've used them and had them awhile. A lot of my CREEDS especially.

    I don't think it's given for every single frag, but there is enough anecdotal evidence in here to know there is some validity to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    When I first busted out my (new) bottle of Cedrat Boise, the performance was nowhere near the beast that people claimed it to be. After a few months and letting some air into it, yup. Beast.
    Good to hear this. Just got it and seems a bit weak (though I know it's there from outside feedback).
    Between Covid and retirement I don't get out much. But when I do, I smell real good.

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    Rarely, yes. Encre Noire A L'Extreme is one I remember that changed drastically a year or two after I opened it. I opened it it was way weaker than Wonderwood, I went through Wonderwood, decided I'd replace it with my old L'Extreme and suddenly it was a big loud animal. To be honest that's the only one I remember this happening to.

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    I notice sometimes when new, fragrances don't perform well, then they do once you've had a few spritzes here and there. Not sure why.
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    Interestingly enough I wonder if fragrances growing stronger with age (like a fine wine or whiskey) is often what makes people prefer vintage to current formulations without even realizing
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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    I've noticed with Dior Homme Intense/Parfum, and Fahrenheit EDT the aroma seems to get much stronger/thicker around the first 3 months after spraying, then they taper off and only slowly change.

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    Default Re: Do you notice your fragrances get stronger as they age?

    It’s called “maceration.”
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