Cologne on the Rocks: Eau Contraire by Thirdman
Milk, pickles, ketchup, beer, champagne…cologne? You read that right – Thirdman’s Eau de Colognes are best served chilled. Straight from the fridge.
Before we explore the idea of Eau Contraire, “fragrance on the rocks”,please note that eau de parfum and all the fragrances with high concentration of parfum oil are not to be kept at the fridge.
This is what Elizabeth Barrial, perfume nose associated with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and a scent-connoisseur has to say on the subject:
“Light and extreme temperature may degrade essential oils and synthetic fragrance chemicals even in such small concentrations,” she explains. “Some essential oils can be refrigerated, but unless you know exactly which oils are in your , you won’t have a good idea of what the possible outcome may be. My two cents: Unless you live somewhere that experiences extreme heat, keep your fragrances out of the fridge!”
As a rule, extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum will alter a fragrance. “Top notes are notoriously fragile,” adds Barrial.
The original concept of eau de cologne was to nurture the skin and refresh it at the same time. It was genderless, mellow and uplifting. Due to the high contrast between high quality natural ingredients and a low concentration of essential oils, it could be applied liberally, or even used as room air freshener.