Does perfume expire and how to preserve the perfume?
Unlike your milk, your sunscreen, and your driver’s license, your fragrances do not have a hard and fast expiration date. Ascent could have passed its best in six months. Another one could still smell amazing after ten years. The perfumer Linda Sivrican of Capsule Parfums gave us four freshness rules to follow.
4 tips to preserve the perfume
1.Perfumes with heavier base notes last longer
perfumes with heavier base notes last longer and can even get richer (in the best way) over time. Oriental smells, such as Yves Saint Laurent Opium and Calvin Klein Obsession, are prime examples. “It contains strong wood notes, such as patchouli and vetiver, that improve with age,” says Sivrican. Citrus, green and floral aromas do not last as long because they are lighter and tend to evaporate more quickly: consider buying them in smaller bottles.
2. Direct sunlight and heat decompose a fragrance
Direct sunlight and heat decompose perfume. And any configuration that fluctuates in temperatures, such as the interior of your car or bathroom, is a death sentence. The best place to hide the perfume is far from the light in a dry and cool place. “Storing a fragrance in a linen drawer, a closet or even in the fridge will preserve the ingredients and the precious oils,” says Sivrican. (If you choose the refrigerator option, simply remember to keep the perfume away from foods that easily absorb odors, such as butter).
3. Another enemy of the perfume is Air
“It makes the fixings become sullied and the aroma to rust,” says Sivrican. Make sure the caps are tight and, if you want a friendly travel option, choose a solid perfume on a rollerball. “The wax in a solid joins the ingredients and the perfume oil, significantly extending the shelf life,” says Sivrican.
4. choose those that have a higher alcohol content
They will last longer (both in the bottle and on the skin). Look for Eaux de parfum and avoid essential oils, which are diluted with a lower amount of alcohol (or none).
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