If so, you could be ruining their scent
Considering they don’t have expiry dates like food and other beauty products, you may be under the impression that fragrances cannot spoil. However, this mindset, alongside the common desire to proudly display beautiful bottles of perfume on your dressing table, could be ruining the smell of the scent you love wearing so much.
Fragrance Direct recently revealed that leaving your perfumes out in this manner can subject them to extreme temperatures and direct sunlight that may affect their odour and general appearance.
“Unfortunately, direct sunlight can quickly degrade fragrances,” said a spokesperson, “and heat also affects them as it breaks down the chemical bonds that give a perfume its scent. Direct heat is not only bad for the fragrance, but it can warp or melt plastic bottles, and even lower heat over the long term breaks down perfume.”
In slightly better news, “some fragrances packaged in dark or opaque bottles can be left out as the packaging will delay the light from degrading the scent”, but do keep them away from windowsills and radiators if possible.
“Generally, the darker the bottle, the better a perfume will keep. If a perfume or essential-oil blend is stored in an amber-coloured bottle, rather than a clear glass one, that will actually help keep the oil blend from direct sunlight and thus will preserve the perfume for longer.”
This information is especially important as we head towards summer, and start dreaming about hotter climes, but you could also be unknowingly creating these conditions in your own home.
“A lot of people store their perfume in the bathroom, where it is used most often and accessible,” the Fragrance Direct representative continued. “Sadly, excessive humidity can break the particles down in perfume, and when the bath or shower turns on, steam fills the enclosed space, which can actually damage the perfume. Storing perfume in the bathroom is only acceptable if there is a cabinet or corner safe from steam. When in doubt, find a space in a dry room, like the bedroom, for storage.”
As well as the advice to keep your fragrances at “room temperature and perhaps in a dark cupboard or drawer”, further guidance included “keeping the bottle upright, in the original box” and, when using it, not “shaking the bottle or opening and closing the scent excessively”.