Surprisingly not everyone realizes that perfumes may go bad. Indeed, fragrances do expire. For that reason, it’s worth knowing how to store such beauty products and how to use them in order to enjoy their intensive aroma for long.

There is a group of beauty products that doesn’t seem to go bad, or spoil in any sense. In most cases such assumption applies to color cosmetics which many women tend to use for many long years, completely ignoring their expiration date. Perfumes belong to the same category. After all, is there anybody who checks the expiration date on perfumes to see if they can be still used safely?

Here are a few fun facts about perfumes – the answers to the most probing questions concerning the lifespan of perfumes.

Does perfume actually expire?

Of course it does, even though many people share a popular conviction that since the composition of perfumes is dominated by alcohol and the phial is tightly closed, perfumes shouldn’t expire. Sadly, this isn’t true. Fragrances are beauty products, meaning that just like any other cosmetic, they must be given a “best before” date before being delivered to a shop. No beauty product should be applied to skin if it is past its expiration date, and this applies to perfumes too.

What is the shelflife of perfumes?

The information telling you how long you can use a particular beauty product can be found on the packaging. It’s called PAO, which is an abbreviation of Period of Time After Opening, and it’s also found on the perfumes. This is this well-known image of an open jar featuring a number and the “M” letter standing next to it. Together they tell you how many months your perfumes are safe for use and preserve all its properties from the moment you open it for the first time.

The thing about perfumes is that PAO is placed on the cardboard box that we often throw away.

How to determine the expiry date of perfumes?

Obviously, there is a way to determine the expiry date of your perfumes even if you have thrown away the packaging. Actually, there are two ways.

Firstly, you can visit either the brand’s official website or the drugstore you get the perfumes from. There you should find all basic information about your product, including its expiry date. Secondly, you can check if you can safely use your fragrances by checking its batch number that in most cases is printed on the bottom of a phial. Find it and introduce the number either to or In no time will you receive information concerning the best before date of your perfumes.

How to check if the perfumes have gone bad?

Here comes some good news: It’s super easy to check whether your perfumes have gone off. Sometimes the changes that took place are easy to spot and sense. For example, spoiled perfumes may give off an unpleasant, sour aroma. Sometimes the perfumes smell like mold. It’s also typical of spoiled perfumes to become murky so it’s hard to see through the phial, provided that it’s transparent. However, in most cases you can notice that your fragrances have lost their wearability. Their aroma lasts on skin noticeably shorter, is fast to fade away and is less intensive in general. All of these signs combined signalize that your perfumes might have gone bad.

Are there any health risks of using perfumes?

The expired perfumes may cause some health hazards, that’s for sure. Once they are past their expiry date, not only are they less intensive, but also they can cause some allergic reactions and disturb your respiratory system.

How to extend the lifespan of perfumes?

Naturally, there are plenty of factors that have an influence over the lifespan of fragrances, like for example the place you store the perfumes or how you use them. If you want to enjoy your perfumes for long, you should remember a few crucial things.

It’s important to keep the perfumes:

  • away from the light (both the sunlight and artificial lightning).
  • in a dry place to prevent moisture from getting into the phial.
  • tightly closed to prevent oxygen from spoiling the perfumes.
  • in a cool place, meaning that perfumes shouldn’t stand near a source of heat, like a radiator.

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