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.
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.
Make your perfume last longer with these simple tips
- Put some perfume on your clothes. The fibers can keep the scent for a long time.
- Perfume directly on your clothes. Many people spray the perfume to the air and then go to catch it. This is not the best option.
- Apply perfume on oily areas, behind your ears for example. Oily skin can keep the fragrances.
- Store the perfumes in dry and dark places. Perfumes are usually kept in the bathroom, which is a humid place and this leads to a loss of intensity and quality of the perfumes.
- Apply an unscented lotion first. Moisturizers will help to keep the fragrance because they make the skin oily.
- Apply the perfume immediately after showering. As your skin is moisturized, the fragrance will be locked. As a result, it will last longer.
- Do not rub your wrists. One of the most popular habits is to rub the wrists together. This helps the fragrance to disappear faster.
- Spray the perfume on your hairbrush. Instead of spraying it directly to your hair, it is better to spray it to the brush. In this way, you won’t damage your hair and also have the scent of it.
- Cotton? An ally. In case you need to power up the scent during the day, you can previously spray some perfume on cotton balls and keep them in a bag.