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Does Perfume has a shelf life or go bad?

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I have some old perfume that I love and was wondering if it goes bad or has a shelf life.
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Re: Does Perfume has a shelf life or go bad?

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

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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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The darker and cooler the storage place for perfumes, the better
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You can tell when they've kind of gone bad. They don't smell the same.
post #6 of 21

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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.
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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.
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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.
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my sister is the worst - she has them out in her bathroom without their boxes. Eek!
post #10 of 21

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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

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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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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!
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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

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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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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.
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They will also evaporate
post #17 of 21

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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

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Yes most definately. If improperly stored, it smells pretty rancorous.
post #19 of 21

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gets stronger, I think.
post #20 of 21

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wow i never knew this...
maybe cuz my perfumes never last that long anyway..
hmm..
post #21 of 21

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My old perfumes have definitely gotten stronger.
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