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Does Perfume has a shelf life or go bad?


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#Post 1 of 21 OFFLINE   shrsandra

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:57 PM

I have some old perfume that I love and was wondering if it goes bad or has a shelf life.

#Post 2 of 21 OFFLINE   pinksugar

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:42 PM

yes, it certainly does. Also, light affects how long they last.

Perfumes keep longest stored inside their boxes out of direct sunlight
 

 


#Post 3 of 21 OFFLINE   Adrienne

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 05:44 PM

Also, where you store them makes a big difference. Heat, humidity, any dramatic temp changes on the perfumes change their scent. You don't want to store them in your bathroom cabinet for example.

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#Post 4 of 21 OFFLINE   Aprill

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 06:01 PM

The darker and cooler the storage place for perfumes, the better

#Post 5 of 21 OFFLINE   Kathy

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 06:06 PM

You can tell when they've kind of gone bad. They don't smell the same.

#Post 6 of 21 OFFLINE   Dianergy

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 06:25 PM

I have a bottle of patchouli oil that a friend gave me twenty four years ago, and it's still good. I keep it in a black wooden box.

#Post 7 of 21 OFFLINE   magosienne

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 07:11 PM

They definitely have a shelf life, if the color has changed or it doesn't smell the same, just toss it. I keep my bottles in their packaging inside a drawer, and never had any problem.

#Post 8 of 21 OFFLINE   Aniger86

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 08:44 AM

I've never thought of this. I keep my perfumes in the cupboard, along with the rest of my face care items, and they seem to keep well for a couple years, even when they have been opened before.

#Post 9 of 21 OFFLINE   pinksugar

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 08:57 AM

my sister is the worst - she has them out in her bathroom without their boxes. Eek!
 

 


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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:29 AM

Gosh- I don't guess I've ever really worried about this before. Hmmmm.....maybe I should move them out of my bathroom!

#Post 11 of 21 OFFLINE   afternoonchai

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 02:40 PM

The bathroom is the worst place to store your fragrances in. They´re best kept in a dark, cool place away from sunlight. They should last at least a few years, many do last much longer if stored correctly.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:44 PM

I read that perfume lasts around 3 years. Then it starts to lose it original smell slowly.

I have smelled old testers in stores and they you know they are old they stink!

#Post 13 of 21 OFFLINE   Blueeyesangel18

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:58 PM

gosh I never knew they should be kept in a dark place I may move them into a drawer, I keep mine on my vanity directly across from the window!

#Post 14 of 21 OFFLINE   HairEgo

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 08:15 PM

I've never had any of my perfumes go bad on me...and i'm a bit of a perfume whore...i have like 5 or 6 bottles going at once
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#Post 15 of 21 OFFLINE   Bec688

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:34 PM

They certainly do! It's best to store them in a cool dark place and preferrably still in their boxes, heat and light are perfumes worst enemies! I have had ONE perfume of mine go bad on me, and that was because i left it out of its box sitting on my desk and it was in sunlight all day, it completely destroyed its smell and I had to chuck it.

#Post 16 of 21 OFFLINE   corena

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 11:31 PM

They will also evaporate

#Post 17 of 21 OFFLINE   spijjen

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 09:12 PM

I think they do...
I find that my perfumes smell different after a while...not always BAD, but different. It's like they're not so fresh anymore.

#Post 18 of 21 OFFLINE   gommiebears

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 01:30 PM

Yes most definately. If improperly stored, it smells pretty rancorous.

#Post 19 of 21 OFFLINE   corena

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 12:39 AM

gets stronger, I think.

#Post 20 of 21 OFFLINE   Doya G

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:05 AM

wow i never knew this...
maybe cuz my perfumes never last that long anyway..
hmm..