This is how you can make your perfumes last longer

This is how you can make your perfumes last longer

How long do perfumes last? Do they expire? If so, when exactly? So many questions, it's about time we get some answers.

We usually think that perfumes and fragrances do last forever, but they do not. They can quickly lose their aroma.

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.

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.

Perfumes that are most likely to last longer are the ones that present a more intense aroma.

The place where perfumes are kept defines how much time they will keep their good condition. High temperature and light are two factors that contribute to a quicker deterioration of perfumes. So, in the first place, perfumes should be sheltered from heat and direct light because their compounds can rust and even evaporate. Even if the bottle is closed, the perfume can oxygenate. 

However, if you want to contribute to a higher life cycle of your perfumes, you can do something. Avoid placing them near a window or in the bathroom. The best option is always a cool and dry place. A good idea is to keep them either in the original box or in the refrigerator.

The ones that are most likely to last longer are the ones that present a more intense aroma. Besides, the perfumes with floral smells expire faster. You can detect the state of your perfumes by smelling them and looking at their color. If you have had the perfumes for a long time, you may notice a more present smell of alcohol and less intensity of the original fragrance. 

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.

Make your perfume last longer with these simple tips

 

Tina Reese

Tina is an award-winning columnist and beauty editor. Passionate about all aspects of makeup and skincare, she spends her days trying out new launches and researching the ever-changing world of beauty trends. Follow Tina’s articles and you’ll always stay updated on who’s who and what’s what of the beauty industry.+ info

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