Perfume longevity

Perfume longevity. How long should your perfume last ? Well, there are a few factors to consider.

Shelf life of perfume

Perfume longevity
It can be a costly process if your favourite fragrance sits on the shelf waiting to be used.



All fragrances will have a shelf life and we can usually get away with a couple of years before our favourite perfume starts to smell ‘off’ and turn a different colour.

This is due to the fragrance becoming oxidised and the molecules in the bottle will break down and this eventually affects the scent.


Exposing a bottle of perfume to direct sunlight and not keeping it in a dark place or in its own box, can have an impact.

It might look elegant showing off your designer bottles but you will accelerate the molecules breaking down and you won’t get a long shelf life for your favourites. Painful if you’re spending £80-£100 on a bottle.

Perfume notes for longevity

There are some notes within the fragrance family that are less likely to oxidise and those are ones with a high alcohol content like amber, leather and woody notes.

Fragrances that lose their longevity the quickest tend to be perfumes with citrus or patchouli notes. Perfumes contain alcohol in order to preserve their shelf life.

Perfume longevity
How we look after our perfume will determine how long it could last for

Perfume Longevity

Whilst leaving your perfume in direct sunlight is a definite no no, heat in general will have the same effect so don’t leave them close to any radiators.

The best place to store your perfume is inside a wardrobe or cupboard

Away from places like the bathroom where you will have hot water pipes, heat and humidity.

Another way of making sure your perfume holds its longevity is covered in my topic here Using perfume correctly

Perfume longevity
It’s important to store your bottles correctly
Perfume longevity
Bottles look pretty on display but you will preserve them longer in a cupboard









Remember also that perfume longevity is different to perfume sillage.

What is perfume Sillage?


So get into the habit of storing your perfumes correctly and you will notice that they will last much longer.

If you love designer fragrances but not their price tag, then take a look at our online shop for better savings and longer lasting fragrances.

If you have any questions then please feel free to get in touch


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