Perfumes are an essential part of every outfit. And now that we spend more and more time indoors, you might have a look at your perfume shelf and wonder: how long do they last? Will they be alright by the time we go back to normal?
Once you find an essence that truly represents you, you can't go back. That perfume will be your signature and everyone will associate you with it, just the same way you associate others with their fragrances. But how long do perfumes last? Do they expire? If so, when exactly? So many questions, it's about time we get some answers.
Average shelf life
Though your label should say it, most manufacturers will tell you to throw away the bottle somewhere between 1 and 3 years. However, this is customary. Fragrances do not behave the same way food does, so for perfumes, expiration dates are, sometimes, relative and a bottle can last in perfectly good conditions for maybe 4 or 5 years. So, how can you tell if your fragrance has expired? Oxidation.
What is oxidation?
When it comes to fragrances, what happens to them over time is that instead of becoming softer or lasting way less, they oxidize. This means that it changes the smell, it turns sour, sometimes acidic or metallic. When you think of it, is kind of what happens to wine when it goes bad. So if you smell your perfume and you notice any of these changes, then it is probably time to let it go and get a new bottle.
Which one lasts longer?
According to experts, those perfumes that have chemical stability are the ones that last longer. Now, you are probably wondering what that means (we did, too). Fragrances with wooden notes, amber, or leather are usually chemically stable, so they tend to last way past its expiration date.
On the other hand, perfumes that are oil-based or alcohol-free tend to last a lot less. The same happens to those perfumes with citrus notes.
So, check if your perfume still has the same fragrance as before, of it hasn't changed color or been exposed to harsh temperatures and light. Remember, if in doubt, it's better to get a new one!