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How Long Should You Keep Your Body Sprays and Perfumes?

When it comes to our favorite scents, it’s good to know when it’s time to let them go.



There’s a bottle in your bag, a bottle on your office desk, and a bottle on your dressing table. At one point or another, we’ve all been addicted to body sprays and perfumes—and why not? After all, it’s been said that a spritz of cologne or perfume is the last and final step to getting dressed.


With the many bottles we tend to accumulate, how would you know when it’s time to throw a fragrance out? Unlike food or makeup, or credit cards for that matter, body sprays and perfumes don’t have exact expiration dates. These things tend to vary according to what they’re made of or how they’re stored, which makes it vital to know how to tell if your fragrance has gone bad.


How it looks: You can tell if your fragrance has expired if the color of the liquid changes as compared to when you first purchased it. For some, the color goes darker, almost the color of honey. For some body sprays, the color tends to fade.


How it smells: If you can’t take a look at the color of the liquid, check the way it smells. If it’s completely different from the scent when you first bought it, it’s definitely expired. How the smell changes differs from one perfume to another, depending on its notes. Muskier scents tend to become stronger, almost spicy, while lighter scents tend to fade into a smell that resembles alcohol– they type you drink on a night out.


Of course, there are a few ways you can prolong their shelf life, especially for your favorite scents:


1. Alcohol content

Fragrances with a lot of synthetic ingredients tend to last longer, for obvious reasons. If you’re looking for a bottle you want to save and keep for long, look for one with a higher alcohol content. Keep your natural ingredients to body sprays you use on the daily, as these tend to go bad much faster.


2. Storage

You’ve probably already known to keep your fragrances away from direct sunlight. However, another thing to take note of is that you should store them in a place that has a consistently cool temperature, with absolutely no humidity. Yup, that means not keeping them on your bathroom counter.


3. Usage

After every use, make sure that the cap is placed back tightly before storing. This will prevent the alcohol from evaporating.


With these tips, you can be sure to enjoy your favorite fragrances for a longer period of time.


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