I recently found an unopened bottle of perfume that had been sitting in a suitcase for the last five years. When I opened it, I was surprised to find that the scent remained the same and it was practically good as new.
I looked at my other perfume bottles and none of them had an expiry date. I remembered that my mother had some beautiful fragrances and the scent remained fresh for quite a while. When I did some research I found some great tips to help your perfume last.
Old isn't gold:
Fragrances made with quality ingredients and those that come in dark or opaque bottles will usually last longer. Some perfumes gradually fade in intensity as time goes by. Others thicken and become cloudy in appearance. When this happens, you should discard the bottle.
Store your perfumes in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight or heat. In addition, the light can affect the delicate balance of oils and alcohol in each perfume. Perfume is also very sensitive to heat. Sunlight will quickly degrade it.
Never store it in the glove compartment of the car or by a window. It can be tempting to display those pretty bottles on your windowsill or dressing table. Fight this temptation. Instead, store them in a dark drawer, in a decorative box or inside a cupboard.
Should you store perfume in the bathroom? This seems like a good idea because the bathroom is where you will use it most often. However, the humidity from hot water in the shower or bath will destroy the fragrances in the perfume.
Another factor to consider is the height of the closet or shelf where you store your perfume. Perfume manufacturers spend much time creating delicate, artistic bottles. These are susceptible to breaking if they fall. Even those that do not break will be jarred by a fall, which will also disrupt the fragrance.
Unlike cough mixture, which says, “Shake well before use,” you should never shake perfume. This incorporates air bubbles into the perfume, accelerating its expiration.
Lastly, if you travel a lot and like to carry your perfume with you, invest in small travel-size bottles. You can also keep these tiny bottles in your purse and refresh the fragrance daily. This way, your large original bottle at home will not be at risk of breakage, spills or even theft.