The 4 factors that affect how long your perfume lasts

The 4 factors that affect how long your perfume lasts

So you've found a new favorite scent... and you want it to last as long as possible.

There are several factors which can affect your new perfume. To make it last longer, and perform better, you need to find a storage place which holds all these factors in balance. Here's what you need to know...

#1 Light

First of all, your fragrances should be stored away from direct light. Too much light could alter the fragrance, and potentially even damage or melt the packaging. And trust us: you don't want to clear up after a melted perfume bottle.

#2 Heat

Humidity refers to the amount of moisture in your air. This can fluctuate depending on where you live, the daily weather, and how you use your space. For example, if you've just taken a shower, then your bathroom will have very high humidity levels.

When you pick a place to store your perfume, you'll want to avoid any humidity, which could dilute the perfume or cause chemical reactions.

#3 Heat

You'll also need to keep an eye on temperature. If perfume gets too hot, it can lose its scent, or transform to something much less pleasant. Some people recommend keeping your perfume in the fridge, but this is also a risk because it could get too cold.

So the key is to find somewhere with a consistent room temperature, light level and humidity level. Your bedroom or dressing room will do just fine. Don't be tempted to store fragrances in your bathroom, however convenient it might seem.

#4 Oxygen

Yes, even oxygen makes a different to your perfume!

When your fragrance comes into contact with the air, it starts to evaporate. That's a good thing when you're wearing the fragrance... but less good if it's evaporating out of the bottle.

Always keep the cap on your perfume bottle tight. Don't shake the bottle before applying perfume, because this can cause more oxygen exposure. Finally, if you have a choice, take spray bottles over roll-on bottles or perfume applicators. Spray bottles are the best design for keeping oxygen out.

Keep the original packaging

Here's one more tip for you. Perfume bottles aren't just for decoration. The packaging is designed to keep your new scent in top condition, protecting it from oxygen, light and heat. So whenever possible, store your fragrances in their original packaging. If you have to switch bottles - for example, decanting a small amount into a travel bottle - try to keep most of the scent in its original package.

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