How to Store Your Perfume

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Published: Jan 20, 2024 • Last Updated: Feb 27, 2024

1. Keep the Bottle Sealed for as Long as Possible

The moment you crack open the seal on a new bottle of perfume, its exposure to air begins. While this is inevitable, you can prolong the life of your fragrance by keeping the bottle sealed for as long as possible. If you are not planning on putting on your new perfume right away, leave it sealed for now.

2. Keep Away from Sunlight

Light, particularly sunlight, can have a detrimental impact on the chemical composition of fragrances. Exposure to UV rays can alter the scent and accelerate the deterioration of the delicate aromatic compounds in the perfume. To shield your precious scents, store them in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. A cabinet or drawer is an ideal spot, ensuring that your fragrances remain protected by external elements. Its a shame 'cause some of those bottles are gorgeous, isn't it?

3. Keep Away from High Humidity

Humidity can be another culprit in diminishing the quality of your perfume. Moisture in the air can infiltrate the bottle and affect the stability of the fragrance. To combat this, store your perfumes in a dry environment. Avoid keeping them in bathrooms, where the humidity levels are typically higher due to showers. Instead, choose a cool and dry space to maintain the integrity of your perfumes. A refrigerator is a good choice to keep your perfume in, just make sure you always keep it in as temperature fluctuations are just as bad.

4. Don't Forget to Put the Cap Back On

Might sound a bit pedantic but it is important. The cap on the bottle makes a difference. After applying your favorite scent, it's crucial to put the cap back on immediately. Leaving the bottle uncapped exposes the fragrance to more air, hastening oxidation and potentially altering the scent.

5. Avoid Excessive Shaking

Pay attention to how you handle the bottle. Excessive shaking exposes more juice to the air in the bottle, accelerating the oxidation process. Try to carefully just pick the bottle, spray it on and put it back down. Don't be talking to your friend with the bottle in your hand and waving around your arms in the air.

6. Decant Perfumes When Traveling

Speaking of shaking, travelling would be a big no no for a perfume bottle that has been used. All that movement is not only going to expose the juice to the air in the bottle but it will also be a physical assault on the delicated compounds of the perfume.

Consider decanting a small amount of your fragrance into a travel-sized vial. This not only prevents the risk of damage to your full-sized bottle but also adheres to airline regulations on liquid quantities. A travel atomizer allows you to carry your signature scent wherever you go safely and while packing light. ScentGod makes this a thoughtless step as you already get travel sized vials each month.

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7. Don't Leave the Last Drops for Later

It's a common habit to save the last few drops of a cherished perfume for special occasions. However, this practice may lead to disappointment as the fragrance can degrade over time due to prolonged exposure to air. The empty space in the bottle isn't vaccuum, its air that will oxidize your perfume. And less perfume and more air means the perfume oxidizes faster and faster as you reach the end of the bottle. Finish it up, or decant it into a trave size vial.

8. Keep the Original Box and Use It

The original box that houses your perfume is not just for aesthetic purposes; it serves a practical function as well. The box is designed to impart some protection to the bottle from light exposure and air circulation, acting as a shield against external factors. When not in use for a long period, place your perfume back in its original box to provide an extra layer of defense against potential damage.

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Olivia Beaufort

Hi I'm Olivia Beaufort, a blend of French elegance and Australian charm! I love fragrances! I have an impeccable nose for identifying notes on other people. I have been using ScentGod for years and built quite a collection for myself. Now, I share my experiences and my knowledge in the world of perfumes.

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