If you’re like most people, you’ve probably noticed that the potency of your perfume has lessened over time, or maybe it started to smell different. These are signs that your fragrance is approaching its expiration date.
Other people will say they can’t tell if their perfume has gone bad. But there are a few ways for you to test it yourself. Here’s how:
1. Test How the Perfume Smells
First, you want to give the perfume a quick whiff to see how it smells. Then, walk around for about an hour, putting your nose close to your skin. After that, give the perfume one last smell.
If you notice that the smell has changed from when you first sprayed it on, or if it doesn’t smell like it used to, it’s likely expired, and you should throw it out.
2. Look at the Color
Perfume tends to darken over time. So, you should check the color of the liquid inside your bottle. If it’s darker than before, or if it looks murky, like it went bad, it’s time to toss it.
The liquid in the bottle may start out clear or translucent, but then it can become more amber in color or opaque over time. This may be a sign that the perfume has expired. As perfume ages, the chemicals that produce scents with high alcohol concentrations evaporate over time. An expired perfume will often have less perfume in the bottle than it did the last time you checked it.
3. Check the Expiration Date
Another way to tell if your fragrance is expired is to check the expiration date on the bottle. Most perfume bottles have the expiration date printed right on the bottle, on the bottom. But, you may not have noticed it before.
Some perfume bottles don’t even have expiration dates. But, most of them should have them, and you should check for one every time you purchase a new bottle. Even if it’s only been a few months since you bought your perfume, you should still check the expiration date on the bottle.
How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Perfume
Perfume doesn’t last forever. It can go bad, it can evaporate, or it can simply lose its potency. So, you should know some ways to make your perfume last longer.
Here are a few ways to get more out of your perfume bottle.
Store It in a Cool, Dry Place
One of the best ways to keep your perfume from going bad is to store it in a cool, dry place. Many people store their perfumes in their bathroom, but it’s not the best place.
Don’t Expose It to Direct Sunlight
The sun actually has a way of speeding up the evaporation of perfumes and other liquids. So, you should try to keep the bottle out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
Don’t Keep It in a Humid Place
Perfume contains chemicals that evaporate quickly. So, you should keep it away from places that produce a lot of humidity, like the bathroom or in a room where you have a humidifier on.
There will come a time when you’ll need to replace your perfume. It’s inevitable. But this shouldn’t make you want to throw it out. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t throw out your perfume, even if it’s expired.
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