How to Store Perfume – Are You Making This #1 Mistake?

Are you wondering how to store perfume? Think cool, dark, and dry!

Many people make a common mistake when it comes to storing perfume. It is a habit that many of us have, but one that is worth rethinking – keeping your fragrances in the bathroom.

I’ve compiled advice from experts online to bring you these top tips on how to best store your fragrances. By following these guidelines, you can extend the lifespan of your fragrances, enjoying them for years to come.

Read on to find out why you should take your fragrances out of the bathroom and move them to a cool, dark, and dry location!

Store Perfume at a Consistent Temperature

It is best to avoid both heat and temperature fluctuations when you store perfume. These factors speed up the aging process of your fragrances. 

Avoid areas with heat sources or temperature fluctuations such as bathrooms, kitchens, HVAC vents, windowsills, anywhere in direct sunlight, and vehicles.

The ideal temperature to store perfume is around 55 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Opt for the coolest and most consistently temperature-maintained room in your house.

In most houses, the bedroom, away from sunlight, or a hallway closet is best suited for storing perfumes, or a cool dry basement.

What About the Fridge?

Mini fridge to store perfume.

Debate exists among experts on the use of your fridge to store perfume. Some recommend it as a consistently cool and dark location. But others caution against its potential to be excessively cold, which could lead to fragrance damage.

If you like the idea of storing your perfume in the fridge, another option is to dedicate a mini fridge to this purpose. This allows you to maintain a precise and consistent temperature ideal for your fragrances.

Choose a Dark Location – Avoid Sunlight

Elegantly designed perfume bottles may look beautiful basking in the sunlight. However, if you want to maximize the shelf life of your perfume, it is crucial to avoid direct sunlight, and ideally all light.

Both natural and artificial light can break down the delicate composition of fragrances and compromise their potency and lifespan, with the UV rays in sunlight causing far more damage.

At a minimum, store perfume in an area that is never exposed to direct sunlight. If you want to take precautions even further, you can store your fragrance bottles in their original boxes, within a decorative box, or inside of a dark closet, cabinet, or drawer.

Choose a Dry Location – Avoid Bathrooms

Humidity can also contribute to the degradation of the oils in your fragrances. It is important to store perfume in a dry area.

One of the most common mistakes people make is to store perfume in the bathroom. Although the bathroom can be a convenient location, the humidity and temperature fluctuations make it one of the worst places to choose. Makeup and skin care products also break down faster when stored in the bathroom.

Instead of the bathroom, choose a dry location, such as a closet or a bedroom. If you live in a humid area, choosing a room with a dehumidifier is also a great choice.

Minimize Exposure to Air – Store Perfume With The Cap On

Perfume bottle with cap on.

In order to extend the lifespan of your fragrance, it is best to replace the cap securely after every use to minimize oxygen exposure.

Oxidation, which is the combination of chemicals and oxygen, begins to happen when you spray the first spritz from a perfume bottle. This leads to the slow breakdown of the oils in the fragrance as oxygen interacts with their chemical structure.

It is also best to leave your fragrances in their original bottles, minimizing exposure to air as much as possible.

Avoid Shaking

While it might be tempting to shake your perfume bottle before use, it is important to avoid doing so. The act of shaking introduces even more air and oxygen into your fragrances.

Your fragrances have been crafted with delicate ingredients to create a precise blend that remains consistent throughout the whole bottle. There is no need to shake them before using.

Store Perfume in a Low-Level Area

Along the same lines, it is the safest option to store perfume in a low-level location, or in a secure location where they can’t be knocked over or fall. If a bottle were to fall from a high shelf, it could break, spill, and at the very least, it will be shaken vigorously.

So What is The Best Location to Store Perfume?

When deciding on how to store perfume, it is important to take into consideration how much risk you are willing to take and how you personally want to enjoy your fragrances.

I personally store my fragrances in my bedroom, with bottles on display, but in an area that never receives direct sunlight. Yes, my fragrances would experience less deterioration if I kept them in their original boxes, or in a drawer, but I enjoy seeing them and smelling them often. 

Some ideal locations are in a dresser drawer, in a dark closet, or in a dedicated mini fridge.

The main things to keep in mind are cool, dark, and dry, and find a space that works for you!

Travel size perfume bottle.

Use Travel Size Perfumes While Traveling (And in Your Purse)

It is well worth the investment to buy smaller travel sizes of your favorite perfumes for both travel and to carry in your purse on a daily basis. 

Smaller bottles are easier to pack and carry around, and you won’t risk breaking your full bottle, shaking it, or exposing it to heat and light.

How Long Does Perfume Last?

Once opened and exposed to the air, most perfumes have an average shelf life of 3 to 5 years. However, if stored carefully, many perfumes can last much longer than this. Vintage perfume enthusiasts collect and own fragrances that can be 20 years old or older. The top notes in these may be a bit off, but for the most part, these fragrances retain most of their original character. 

The composition of your fragrance also affects its shelf life. In general, fragrances with a higher concentration of heavy base notes such as amber and musk are less sensitive to oxidation, so they will have a longer shelf life. In contrast, fragrances with a higher concentration of lighter top notes such as citrus and florals are less resistant to oxidation, so they will have a shorter shelf life. 

Read more about top, middle, and base notes!

Signs of Perfume Aging

It is common to notice a change in color as a fragrance ages. This doesn’t necessarily mean it is expired, as some ingredients will naturally change and get darker with increased oxygen exposure. 

The best way to check if your perfume has expired is by visually inspecting it and smelling it. 

If your perfume has changed in texture or smells unpleasant, it has probably expired. Another possible sign is the perfume causing a rash or allergic reaction.

The most common result of perfume aging is simply a gradual decrease in the intensity of the scent. This change is typically nothing to worry about, and you can continue to enjoy and use the perfume for as long as you’d like.

If you are wondering how old your fragrances are, you can check the date of production at CheckFresh. CheckFresh shows you how to find the batch code on your fragrances and then reads the date of production from these codes.

What Next?

Now that you know how to store perfume and are ready to find the perfect location for your fragrances, check out our guide on how to apply perfume!

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