Perfume is a must-have accessory for a lot of women. It doesn’t just make us smell nice but it is also a way to express our personality and our mood. But fragrances are also expensive and finding the perfect one for us is not an easy task so when we find a perfume we fall deeply in love with, we want to make it last as long as possible (especially if it’s been discounted. Grrr, don’t you hate when that happens?). The good news is that perfume can last for many years, IF they are properly stored. Here’s how:
1. Keep perfumes away from sunlight and heat
Beautiful perfume bottles can look so pretty on your dresser but as tempting as it is to keep them there, it’s not really a good idea. Keeping them in the open like that means the fragrance will be exposed to sunlight and heat, which can change the color and the scent of a perfume, spoiling it. If you really want to have your bottles on your vanity table, then make sure you keep them in their original boxes, which will also protect them from air (but more on that below).
2. Don’t store perfumes in the fridge or in the bathroom
Just like heat, storing perfume in a too cool a place like a fridge can be detrimental. Both the cold and having to take it out of the fridge and then put it back in there again, exposing it to a sudden change in temperature often can, in the long run, change the color and formula and spoil a fragrance. For the same reason, fragrances shouldn’t be kept in the bathroom. The heat and humidity every time you take a bath or shower also cause fluctuations in temperature and thus, make the fragrance go bad.
3. Avoid exposure to air and rollerball perfumes
Rollerball scents can be pretty handy. They are easy to apply, you won’t risk spraying the wrong part of your body, are travel-friendly and usually cheaper. But they also have a much shorter shelf-life. That’s because the fragrance is more easily exposed to air, which overtime can cause the scent to go bad. And it’s not just air you have to protect your rollerballs from, but from dirt too. Everytime the applicator gets in contact with the skin, you can transfer dirt and other impurities onto the fragrance, causing it to go bad. Always opt for spray bottles whenever possible and remember to close the cap tightly after every use to avoid the scent from evaporating overtime. Store perfumes in the boxes they came in if you can.
4. Where should I store my fragrances then?
We’ve already established that we can’t keep our fragrances on our dresser because sunlight will damage them, we ruled out the fridge and bathroom too because of the frequent sudden changes in temperature and we have to be careful not to expose the scent to air. So, we need to look for a place away from heat, sunlight that is cool and dark. A drawer, a dark closet shelf, storage boxes and even medical cabinets (as long as they are not in the bathroom) all fit the bill and are perfect places to house your beloved scents.
How do you store your fragrances?
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