How to Store Perfumes and All Other Fragrances
Arrange perfumes, mists and sprays neatly and in an easily accessible way. However, do not spread these items on your dresser, they should be left in a covered area,Eg: in dresser drawers or in segregated areas in the wardrobe, as dim covered conditions are best. Since we grab products easily if they are arranged properly and at eye level, arrangement is really important so that we actually use all the perfumes and sprays we own and just not hoard them.
(This is how I store them inside my dresser drawer-these are ones I’m using currently, new ones are stored in under the bed roller boxes.)
Keep Away from Direct Sunlight
All fragrances, wheter it be Eau de Parfums, Eau de Toilettes, sprays, mists, roll-ons or solid perfumes all of them should be stored away from direct sunlight. Light affects the chemical makeup of a fragrance and will change its colour which affects the dynamics of how it combines says Harry Slatin,fragrance expert. Any kind of direct light is bad for perfumes but the biggest culprit is sunlight.This is why products should not be kept on bedside tables or dressers in an exposed manner.They should be kept inside the dresser drawers.
(I keep these roll-ons container inside the drawer at all times, just took it out to take the picture ).
Do not Store Them in Vehicles
Even though it is easy to touch up if at least one perfume is stored in the car this also makes direct sunlight damage perfumes,especially since cars will be parked in out door areas and not inside the garage at all times.
When travelling always take travel size perfumes/mists in your carry-on bag and never in your checked baggage. This is because even if it is in a plastic bottle, in a 6-8 hour flight we don’t know in what temperature or condition our checked baggage’s are stored inside the aircraft-this is especially applicable for expensive perfumes which we cannot afford to lose. Also checked baggage is also susceptible to spillage and braking if it is a glass bottle.
Do not Store Directly Near Heat and Humidity
Especially in western countries, since there will be either centralised heating or ducted heating in all homes it is really important that perfume is not stored directly under or next to heaters.Additionally just like makeup perfumes shouldn’t be stored in bathroom cupboards even if it might seem a convenient way. This is because bathrooms have high humidity, and because hot water is used for showers and the bath temperature variations are also high which is not good for perfumes.
Should Not be Stored in the Refrigerator
Just because high heat is not good for perfumes it shouldn’t be stored in the refrigerator either. This is because storing it in the fridge and taking it out often to apply will expose the perfumes to temperature variations and will cause the perfumes to go rancid.
Test perfumes/mists/splashes regularly
Test the perfumes that you don’t use regularly. Look for change in colour and smell. If you know that the fragrance does not smell the same anymore but smells off it is time to throw them away. Also most perfumes have a use by date, that is number of months it can be used after opening it for the first time, look out for these dates but as long as the fragrance still smells good no need to through them out.
Try to keep fragrances in their original containers
It is better to keep all fragrances in their original bottles and boxes because transferring them into small bottles to take on vacation is not a good idea, this will definitely not preserve the original chemical makeup of the fragrance. So instead of transferring your perfumes into smaller contains for travel, buy a couple of travel size fragrances to take on holiday. Look out for your favourite fragrances in travel sizes during sale times. Another good option is using solid perfumes/roll-ons during travel/vacation.
Think twice and do an audit before purchasing perfumes/ sprays/ mists/ roll-ons
Check your current collection of fragrances and do a small audit before purchasing more fragrances. Since we can only use up certain amount of fragrance buying too many of the same kind/same genre of fragrances means that they get wasted. Back home ,I used to share my fragrances with my sister so they get used up soon, however nowadays I feel however much I use there is plenty left so im trying to reduce the amount of fragrances I hoard.(unless i get gifts of course ☺)
If given a choice, choose bottles with spray dispensers as opposed to ones with open tops or roller balls. Spray dispensers better protect the fragrance from exposure to dirt, dust and air, and have a longer shelf life.Always keep lids tightly closed. Perfume is more concentrated, more complex and less fragile than fragrances (such as EDP, EDT) that contain less oils and are more diluted.(Body mists/splashes/roll-ons etc) As a result, perfumes tend to last much longer. However having a varied collection is more interesting as I love to use mists and splashes as well as solid perfumes for touch ups.So it is all about looking after your beloved perfume collection carefully.
Last but not least wear your perfume with loads of attitude!!