A simple, fast, cheap, and effective way, to PROTECT your old perfumes.

Andrè Moreau

Well-known member
Sep 26, 2012
(don't know where to post this thread, anyway, please excuse me. Andre)


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HOW TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE OLD PERFUMES in "SPLASH" BOTTLES (tutorial with pictures)

Okay my friends, I'd want to share with you a secret. Well, not a secret since it's well-known by many people, but seldom used!

A small secret for "preserving" perfumes for years and years...
I use it since 1997 , and this trick (or a similar one) *should* be used, now and in the immediate future....

(a foreword: I'm a Biologist with chemical background, and I worked many years in scientific labs. So I think to have a little experience in chemical stuff....
...and it could be useful when applied to perfumes, huh ? )


You have two methods:
1- the small caps
2- the "Parafilm":
it's a very cheap "paraffin tape", we used in our labs to *PERFECTLY* isolate any substance.

Let's go with some explanation!

Here we have tre great perfumes from the past, all splash bottles.
- An extraordinary KOUROS by Yves Saint Laurent, year 1981 (one of the first bottles ever produced). It needs no further explanations....
- An invaluable "TIFFANY for Men", vintage 1st edition, the Jacques Polge's masterpiece, reported as "...a Chanel better than Chanel", year 1989, maybe one of the last ones to -reportedly only for vintage bottles- contain real "amber gris" from whales.
- A bottle of rare "Vivara" pour femme by Emilio Pucci, in poor conditions, mid Seventies.



THE SMALL CAPS:
basically you have to buy small caps of different diameter, and use it to "close" bottles.





Firstly, you must check if the perfume cap is "flat" inside, as in this case. (Vivara by Pucci)





Now, you can "insert" gently the cap with its appropriate diameter.





And here's the bottle with the small cap finally inserted



It's perfect! There is no leaking!



Now you can put the classic cap over the small one



That's all! Splash bottle is protected, and you should only store in an a dark, cool place.



But what happen when the cap is NOT flat? (TIFFANY)



There are lot of problems for using small caps! and unfortunately, these classical perfume caps don't preserve from evaporation.



Now you have to use the "PARAFILM", a common laboratory tool used for preserve and isolate any substance.



Basically it's a VERY extensible and adhesive paraffin film



with lot of other properties, it's very useful.





To prepare a "sheet", simply separe from protective paper and use scissors



Here you can see its incredible extensive properties



You can extense it quite a lot without breaking it



an example with a cup full with water.



Since PARAFILM is very ADHESIVE it's easy to cover the entire cup.



Et voila! no leaking!



Seen from bottom



not a single drop of water (or gas, vapor etc.) is missing



So, cut a small sheet of PARAFILM....



and completely isolate the UPPER part your precious bottle of TIFFANY for MEN



REMEMBER to leave the film edge non-aderhent: it will be more easy remove the film in the future.



Similarly you will do with your priceless bottle of KOUROS. since there is a flat cap you should use the small caps; otherwise you can use the PARAFILM if you don't find a cap with identical diameter.









ET VOILA !!

But...Hurry up! last splash bottles were produced in 1999-2000, and so many perfumes from the past are still evaporating and losting some marvelous note!
And remember to store perfumes in a dark, cool place.

But now, your precious splash bottles are preserved for decades to come.
You will be able to open these bottles in front of your sons, daughter, nephews...
...and you will be able to tell them: smell it, my darling, these are the ancient perfumes from our past days..."
 

Andrè Moreau

Well-known member
Sep 26, 2012
We purchased it in USA, precisely at a Chicago factory as you can read in the pictures :laugh:

but it's very common, you can buy online everywhere..... just find "parafilm sealing film", "parafilm sealing tape"
very cheap too.
 

Renato

Well-known member
Oct 21, 2002
My bottles are 96% spray.

Perfume guru Michael Edwards stores his spray bottles upside down - claiming that it stops the sprayer seals from drying out and the bottle going off.
Some bottles are made with upside down sprayers (like Rochas Man), some can be easily stored upside down if they have a wide flat top, but most can't easily be stored upside down. However, while the bottle is more than half full, the same result can be achieved by laying the bottle on its side.
Regards,
Renato
 
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OctaVariuM

Well-known member
Jul 28, 2012
Very nicely done! I don't have any bottles like this, but I'm sure this will come in handy for many of us (probably eventually me)!

Thank you for taking the time to help us out and let me learn something new.
 

CX827

Well-known member
Dec 15, 2007
Appreciated your efforts very much Andre.
i like the step by step photos, kinda feel like ifixit for perfumes.
 

Himalayan odyssey

Well-known member
Jul 5, 2015
Good bump, this might help others out, :).

+1 this....in fact I should suggest to the moderators that there should be some sub-forum where in information related to vintage preservation should be easily accessible....so that I and many other newbiees like me who will join in future can benefit....this is the first time I am reading this ...clear and easy to execute information ....thanks a ton !
 

Derbyman

Well-known member
Jan 26, 2010
I bought some parafilm after reading the original post and it's a must have. I use it to seal lesser used splash bottles, my spray decants and also use it to seal liquids prior to packing them in my suitcase when going on holiday. Works like a dream and cheap as chips - brilliant stuff...!
 

rum

Moderator
Moderator
Basenotes Plus
Mar 17, 2011
+1 this....in fact I should suggest to the moderators that there should be some sub-forum where in information related to vintage preservation should be easily accessible....so that I and many other newbiees like me who will join in future can benefit....this is the first time I am reading this ...clear and easy to execute information ....thanks a ton !

Quite right, we have brought this up with Grant and are waiting on a decision.

- - - Updated - - -

All, hopefully you've now all seen the new sub-forum/board is now up and running?

Please let the mods know if any threads ought to be moved in to the new sub-forum. Thanks!
 

UncleBuck

Well-known member
Oct 23, 2009
The only one I worry about is my bell jar of Chene. I have had it for over a year now. Only opened it once to decant 10ml. Hopefully the 65 ml remaining in the bell jar is still ok. I think I might just order an empty spray bottle for the remainder of the liquid.

I think I only have two other splash bottles but they have screw caps so I don't worry about them.
 

Roky

Well-known member
Jun 1, 2015
I'm also using parafilm with many of my bottles. But I think a dark, dry (& cool) place is most important.
I have some rare italian splash aftershaves & musks of the 70s and early 80s that are in rotation since years. I do not use Parafilm for most of them but normally they are kept in dark & cool climate if not in use and they're still smelling devine. At times when I'm wearing and using them I don't care too much, keep them in the bathroom, take them to gym and things like that. Same with my 100+ miniature collection.
But there are months, even years when they rest dark and downstairs.
Can't help but I think it's also a bit of a psychological thing: Some nice extra care for the babies. Nothing wrong with this. Time will tell.
 

greenjean

Active member
Sep 29, 2010
i have bought the parafilm also.

but i have a question: where do i buy the small caps in various diameters? what should i call them to search on google?

thanks for the tutorial.
 

SuzanneS

Member
Jun 11, 2016
where do you find the small plastic caps?

the vintage bottles I have purchased with these caps have been very well preserved and want to do that to all my bottles. thanks
 

alfapet

Well-known member
Jan 3, 2018
Perhaps a silly question but I want to be 100% sure. Regarding light.... storing a fragrance in its cardboard box, the box the fragrance came in - that should be sufficient right? I don't -- for example -- have to store them in a dark cupboard if they are already stored in cardboard boxes (I keep mines in their boxes on a book shelf).
 

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