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How To Properly Care For Your Favorite Fragrances

How to store them, when to stop using them, and everything else there is to know about scent upkeep!

Wearing fragrance is easy—a little spritz, and you’re done! But, as we know, wearing fragrance well requires more skill and finesse. Perfumes don’t often come with instructions or care directions. We won’t even mention fragrance layering, because when it comes to perfume, you’re ultimately on your own for how to wear it and where to store it.


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Believe it or not, your perfume can go bad. Discoloration and unpleasant aromas are two tell-tale signs that something has gone awry, but you can extend the shelf life of your fragrance by simply storing it properly. So, if you want to know the best ways to store your fragrance and keep it fresh, scroll further: 


Store your perfume in a cool, dark place. 

Exposure to heat and humidity can alter the aroma and affect the physical properties of perfume ingredients such as essential oils. According to experts, the bathroom may not be the best place for storing perfumes because the bathroom can get quite humid, especially when you take a shower. The fridge, or a cabinet that’s not too dark and not too hot is ideal. 


Don’t leave the lid off or open the bottle too frequently. 

Forgetting this step can have negative consequences. It exposes the fragrance to air, which can oxidize and create disturbing off-odors. 


Transfer your fragrances with care. 

As much as possible, buy perfumes that come in airtight spray bottles. But, if you have to transfer them, do it with care. Choose an opaque glass bottle and do it quickly as exposure to air will also break down the perfume over time. 



Don’t shake the bottles. 

Your perfumes aren’t an expectorant that you shake well before use. In fact, shaking your perfume will spoil it faster. So handle the bottle with care.


Clean any applicators that you use. 

Sometimes, perfumes don’t come in a spray bottle, instead, you may have to use an applicator wand or a roll-on. In such cases, dirt can come into the liquid. So take care to clean the applicator every time you use it.



Lead photos via (perfume bottles) @intothegloss, (hand with perfume bottle) cottonbro from Pexels


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