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post #13186 of 19827
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hey guys, can perfume age and smell even better or stronger after some time on the shelves at home?

It can CHANGE, given oxidation, settling of the oils, etc. but it's not something that ages like a wine or scotch. So, no, I don't think really you could say it smells "better" if you mean an improvement upon what the parfumeur wants it to be the minute (s)he puts it in the bottle. It goes in at its peak and changes/degrades from there.

My guess as to the "better" or "stronger" you describe has more to do with climate/weather in which you are wearing it than the actual juice chemistry. Many comes alive or project differently in different weather.

For example, I had some Il Profumo Aventure that I received during the summer months and was terribly disappointed... flat, boring, no projection. I nearly sold it off or traded it, but then gave it a try again in October/November and it was like an entirely different fragrance... deep, warm, rich, lovely. So, one could say it "aged" better, but in reality it was just the change of the seasons (hot/humid vs. cool/dry).

That's a damn good question and one that warrants a discussion for sure. I've got some Chanel Cuir de Russie eau de cologne that smells a LOT more potent than the current parfum extrait. This vintage stuff came in it's original box and never, and I mean never, opened because the rubber stopper that is covered with stamped foil was intact and it's impossible to reinsert. Of all things for me to have experienced vintage, it would be something like this - perfect.

Perfumes change for sure, like Prof Fabulous stated, and I agree that most change for the worse because the top and middle notes can degrade, so "fresher" or "lighter" would probably worsen over time. But I think that, based on a personal preference, that a perfume can improve over time. This is evidenced by discussions I've read and watched about Oud oil and the fact that you must allow some tincturing/blending to macerate for several months, like ambergris, to achieve the highest quality. Of course, I'm referring to mere months of a process as opposed to years that was posed in stayhealthy's question.

All that being said, there's so many variables that occur over the decades if you're comparing vintage versus current formulations as well as the context in which you're wearing it (like the Professor stated), and so you have to have a good scent memory. Or, you can just say "Fuck, this smells good!"

This question makes me think of Madeira wines, where you essentially have oxidized and overheated wine that ends up tasting delicious.
post #13187 of 19827
Wearing a new vetiver perfume that I bought at a local maker and shop called In Fiore. It's a lovely scent, which is being phased out by them - in fact, it's no longer listed on their website (the perfume is simply called Vetiver). It's a light vetiver with plumeria that is bound to the vetiver by a hint of saffron.
post #13188 of 19827
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today :

comme des garcons - incense quarzazate ( series 3 ).  i really really like comme des garcons fragrances.  very unique and not that many around.  this one is very peppery.  comes in a black bottle with a chrome cap. 


yesterday :

comme des garcons - red sequoia ( series 2 ).  one of my favourite.  a one of a kind smell.  it comes in a see though red bottle and a silver cap.

Totally agree with Comme Des Garcons. They are modern while being totally different from the the multitudes of new fragrances released every year - "avant garde" and cerebral without making you uncomfortable.
post #13189 of 19827
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Totally agree with Comme Des Garcons. They are modern while being totally different from the the multitudes of new fragrances released every year - "avant garde" and cerebral without making you uncomfortable.

Eh, Avignon makes me think I'm getting it from a priest in a rectory. So in that sense, yes, its a bit uncomfortable.
post #13190 of 19827
Switched into Rose Oud for the evening. It's one of those fragrances I can't imagine anyone disliking.
post #13191 of 19827
Must de Cartier II for me today. This one is a weird one, with a weirder history. Originally, Must de Cartier (the dark, green, smokey one) in the 1980's was just a parfum, for which the EdT was a completely different fragrance. This confused the hell out of buyers, so they changed the name to "II" in the 1990's, while releasing an EdT concentration of the original parfum as "Must." "II" was then discontinued not too terribly long thereafter. It's an equally odd scent, fresh, clean, yet darkly weird... as confusing as the original Must, but without the civet explosion.
post #13192 of 19827
Timbuktu today. Dry, woody, without any one note in particular jumping out.
post #13193 of 19827
Today I am wearing a newish fragrance called Portrait of a Lady. I think some of you would really enjoy it if you tried it. (It's not much talked about in the fragrance community, so you may not have heard of it until just now.)
post #13194 of 19827
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Totally agree with Comme Des Garcons. They are modern while being totally different from the the multitudes of new fragrances released every year - "avant garde" and cerebral without making you uncomfortable.

Eh, Avignon makes me think I'm getting it from a priest in a rectory. So in that sense, yes, its a bit uncomfortable.

I'm sorry about your butt hymen.
post #13195 of 19827
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Today I am wearing a newish fragrance called Portrait of a Lady. I think some of you would really enjoy it if you tried it. (It's not much talked about in the fragrance community, so you may not have heard of it until just now.)

One of the most decadent openings, huh?
post #13196 of 19827
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One of the most decadent openings, huh?

Yeah, the opening is really outrageous.
post #13197 of 19827
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thought we were gonna split some of that. i haz too much perfumes nao :sadpanda:

I'm working off a decant. Did you wind up getting a bottle after all?
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hey guys, can perfume age and smell even better or stronger after some time on the shelves at home?

Sometimes, yes, sometimes no. As HORNS noted, sometimes a scent needs time to macerate - in some cases it's weeks or even months. That said, I've heard from people who picked up an old bottle of Angel which they couldn't stand at first, and all of a sudden it's perfect. More likely it's a matter of shifting tastes, seasons, and circumstances, but it's not all that odd to have the rough edges of a scent become smoothed over as the years pass.

Today: Guerlain L'Instant. Not sure why other than the weather is uncertain.
post #13198 of 19827
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I'm working off a decant. Did you wind up getting a bottle after all?

Si! Its waiting for me back at casa de Rambo.
post #13199 of 19827
Anyone have thoughts about 'vintage' perfumes from ebay? I've been looking for a non-concentree version on Chanel PM and this is about all I've found.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHANEL-POUR-MONSIEUR-EDT-SPLASH-3-4-OZ-100-ML-VINTAGE-/120667390921?pt=fragrance&hash=item1c185643c9
post #13200 of 19827
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Anyone have thoughts about 'vintage' perfumes from ebay? I've been looking for a non-concentree version on Chanel PM and this is about all I've found.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHANEL-POUR-MONSIEUR-EDT-SPLASH-3-4-OZ-100-ML-VINTAGE-/120667390921?pt=fragrance&hash=item1c185643c9


I don't think that's vintage. I have a bottle of the new stuff and the bottle of vintage. The new stuff is pale green like the juice in that bottle, and the vintage stuff is a rich golden color. Resident Pour Monsieur expert Thomas can chime in with his thoughts.
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