Every perfume lover’s worst nightmare: you go to add a spritz of your most beloved fragrance before running out the door, only to discover the scent you once loved has turned from sweet florals to a musty mess. Just like that half empty carton of milk in the back of your fridge, your perfume has reached its expiration date. While all good things must come to an end, we’ve got some steps you can take to keep your perfume in peak condition.
Perfume is alive! Every bottle of perfume is full of a combination of molecules that interact with one another. That’s why its color and scent could slowly evolve over time.
Don’t worry, it’s a natural process which won’t cause you any harm or damage the quality of your fragrance if you use it during the year after opening it.
As always, Dossier perfumes strictly adhere to the more demanding standards of the perfume industry.
If you want to preserve the quality of your favorite perfume, you need to identify the three main enemies of a fragrance: heat, humidity and light! UV rays, high temperatures and humid atmospheres could speed up natural reactions of the fragrance’s aging.
However, not all perfumes are equal in the face of aging. Fresh citrus notes are the most sensitive to oxidation, warm ambery fragrances will color more easily than others, and some combinations of raw materials will amplify and accelerate the evolution. For example, the combination of vanilla and orange flower is well known in perfumery to give a somewhat orange color to the fragrance as it ages. Fans of Floral Marshmallow, will be very familiar with this natural phenomena!
So, in order to give the longest possible life to your fragrances, follow these 3 guidelines below:
- Protect your perfume from light.
- Prevent change by keeping your perfume away from heat sources.
- Preserve your perfume by storing it in a cool, dry place.
You may be surprised to learn that the best place to keep your perfume is not on your vanity by the window or your bathroom windowsill just above the heater, but… your fridge!
At Dossier, we like to keep it clean, which means we don’t add additives to our perfumes. Don’t worry, enjoy your perfumes within 12 months of the first opening and for most perfumes these changes will be minimal and practically unnoticeable.