Perfume Storage: How Do You Know When Your Fragrance Has Gone Bad?

As a perfume lover, your locker is probably full of all sorts of bottles with fragrances. Some you have had for years and you are looking into using them just now. But how do you know that a perfume hasn’t gone bad? It is true, fragrances should not come with an expiration date. But the truth of the matter is most of the perfumes you can buy today can go bad.

Fact: Expensive perfumes, made from rare essential oils tend to last for a longer time than simple drug store scents. In fact, perfumes that you purchase in department stores contain only 33% pure perfume oil (vs. 60% in niche perfumes), and the rest is alcohol, water, butane and fillers. These extra ingredients can help turn a perfume to the dark side.

Why does perfume go bad?

There are several factors contributing, but in general storage methods are to blame, temperature and environmental issues exposure. These will all affect the chemical balance of a perfume. Keep in mind that such chemical changes can cause allergic reactions, some of them severe, depending on how sensitive your skin is.

How to detect a perfume gone bad?

Usually, the first sign that a chemical reaction occurred that spoiled the perfume’s balance is the liquid changing color. If your perfume has taken on a milky appearance, or has gone darker, this means that it has expired.

The change in smell is however the most obvious sign. The less perfume essence concentration in your perfume, the more they will smell like alcohol when they have expired. A more concentrated perfume will smell spicier, with a curry like smell.

How to store perfume and avoid expiry?

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that cheap cologne will expire, no matter what. So it is best to go for more expensive, more concentrated fragrances, that will last longer. Store your perfume bottles at room temperature, make sure temperature is cooler rather than warmer. Like any liquids, perfume will contract and expand with every temperature changes, so it is highly recommended to avoid irregular temperature shifts.

Make sure you keep your perfume bottles away from direct sunlight, use a bathroom cabinet or a dark area in the house. Make sure you keep the perfume in its box, this will extend its life. A good idea would be to keep it covered with a cloth.

Another important thing to remember, especially if you use perfume quite frequently, is not to leave the fragrance in your car. The heat from sun rays exposure inside the car can cause it to explode. Don’t keep it in your purse either, make sure you remove it from it when you get back home from work.

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