In the Fridge?

What kind of fragrances do you prefer?
Post Reply

In the Fridge?

Post by daniel051 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:59 pm


Does anyone keep cologne and aftershave in the fridge? I don't, but I wonder if I should seeing as the temperature does climb high in these parts during the summer.

The idea first came to me last August. As I prepared to move, I found some forgotten bottles of skin food. They must have been six or seven years old. The colour had changed as had the consistency. The smell was off, too. Now, skin food doesn't contain alcohol and Trumper's comes in a plastic bottle. Perhaps that changes everything, but I was curious as to what you all thought.


User avatar
Posts: 2607
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:57 pm
Location: California, just above L.A. between the Reagan Library and Barbra Streisand's beach house

Post by KAV » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:29 pm

I treat my alcohol based scents like my meager, but cherished single malt scotch collection; a cool dark place in the closet. In extreme heat a fridge will be o.k. You may see clouding in some formulae

User avatar
Squadron Leader
Posts: 18970
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:41 pm
Location: North East, MS

Post by Squire » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:24 pm

Daniel I might if I got some from an estate that were, say, 50 years old, but for recent stock, no.

User avatar
Posts: 3090
Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:13 am
Location: Central Maine

Post by ShadowsDad » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:56 pm

I don't think it'll hurt anything as long as it doesn't freeze. But is it required? Totally clueless here. If it makes you feel better, it's definitely cool, and it's dark, nothing bad there, so what's the harm?

Maker of Kramperts Finest Bay Rum and Frostbite
Or find it here: Italian Barber, West Coast Shaving, Barclay Crocker, The Old Town Shaving Company at Stats, Maggard Razors; Leavitt & Peirce, Harvard Square

Duke of Silvertip!
Posts: 27408
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2005 1:02 pm

Post by bernards66 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:23 pm

Well, I don't know. Our esteemed collegue, Mr. Bargepole, recommends the fridge for century old bottles, but not personally having any over around 45 years old, I haven't bothered. I did have one bottle of Creed Bois du Portugal go 'off' on me, but other than that I've never had any problems with scent stored at room temperature ( which means with A/C here most of the year just to be clear ).


User avatar
Posts: 201
Joined: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:00 pm

Post by franz » Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:36 pm

I keep a bottle of witch hazel in the fridge. I love the cold water rinse in the postshave routine and this is just a continuation of that, I guess.

User avatar
Bill Extraordinaire
Posts: 2899
Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:17 pm
Location: Charlotte, NC

Post by Trumperman » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:03 pm

Skin Food can change colors but it will be ok.


Don't think......shave.

User avatar
Beam me up Scotty
Posts: 2355
Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:07 pm
Location: Cambridge, England

Post by Bargepole » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:11 pm

Light is the real enemy - those photons break down chemical bonds very fast. A day or two in the sunlight can ruin some aromachemicals for ever.

I use the fridge for ancient or very delicate things, a dark cupboard for most. Occasionally, as KAV says, some oils will go cloudy <10°C. An hour at room temp. will solve that.

Applying the stuff straight from cold storage isn't necessarily a great idea, though. Like eggs for an omelette, let it become chambré before squirting. Not that one squirts eggs around. Or if one does, one is on the wrong forum here. 8)

People say it's never too late. How wrong they are. --Felix Dennis

User avatar
Posts: 1241
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:45 pm
Location: Florida

Post by slantman » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:18 am

I don't see how it would hurt. In particular I think a menthol loaded splash on a hot summer day would be fantastic.

User avatar
Posts: 330
Joined: Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:38 pm
Location: Los Angeles

Post by cjc15153 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:56 am

I keep them in my closet. Luca Turin keeps them on a shelf in the living room

So I think this is in "relax, don't worry" territory, though with a solution as viscus as Skin Food I'd be afraid it would separate or something.

EDIT:Sorry, I can't fix the URL!

Admin Edit: I can! (Chris #1, no relation to Nikki either)
I am Chris #6. No relation to Nikki.

User avatar
Posts: 1170
Joined: Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:50 am
Location: Central Maryland

Post by m3m0ryleak » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:30 am

Her name escapes me at the moment but the soap mistress of the now defunct "Gentlemens Quarter" suggested keeping her branded A/S in the frig especially in the summer months.

"They say that dreams are growing wild just this side of Burma Shave" - Tom Waits

User avatar
Posts: 934
Joined: Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:02 pm
Location: Japan

Post by Araner » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:43 pm

My bottles of Aqua Velva and Skin Bracer reside in my medicine cabinet and seem to survive quite nicely there.


Posts: 839
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:05 pm

Post by Ken » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:22 pm

As far as light is concerned, just keep them in their boxes.


Posts: 20414
Joined: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:18 am
Location: Oklahoma City USA

Post by brothers » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:54 am

I've got a 45 year old bottle of English Leather that's been sitting in a dark cabinet the entire time. :lol: Still stinks, though!

SOTD 99%: soaps & creams, synthetic & badger brushes, General V2 by Colonial, Kai & Schick blades, Superior 70 aftershave splash + menthol + 444

User avatar
Posts: 125
Joined: Thu May 26, 2011 6:06 pm
Location: North Carolina

Post by cryhavoc » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:47 pm

I keep mine in my medicine cabinet and under the sink. No problems so far
"Hello Floyd, this is Barney Fife. Who's in the chair...well
get rid of 'em. I'm coming over and I'm ready for action!
That's right, I want the works...shave, haircut, witch hazel,
O.D. cologne, toilet water...If it smells I want it!"

User avatar
Silky Glide
Posts: 14
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:01 pm
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Post by Silky Glide » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:58 pm

I keep my Castle Forbes Lime and Lavender balms in the refrigerator as well as Trumpers Extract of Limes, Superior 70 Bay Rum and Booster Iced Limes and Mandarin Splashes. It keeps them nice, cool and out of the sunlight, especially on a hot day in the summertime.

Post Reply