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Is it true that perfums/eau de toilette go bad if you dont keep them in a dark place?


I keep hearing in YT that perfumes go bad ( don't know in which sense though) if you keep them where light hits them. Now, I'm not sure which type of light, sunlight or artificial? And how do they go bad, the smell changes or what happens exactly? I have many perfumes and I always keep them showing off on a shelf (come on they do make nice bottles why would I hide them, right?). And one of them did go bad, but bad nasty, the odour and the texture changed. But I never found out what caused this, the rest of my perfumes seem ok. Please help!
Dec 11, 2009 @ 01:20 am

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same here

I have several bottles, your high end perfume, like Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, etc. I keep them all in the original box in my bedroom, away from moisture and light. My Green Tea from EA went back... I love the smell of green tea but my perfume smelled foul. I haven't used it in a long time and thought it'd be nice to wear it for a X'mas party. Sprayed it on and almost gagged. It was disgusting.

But my other perfume was ok. My Miracle was as lovely as ever...even my cheap stuff from TBS were good!!

Not sure what happened to my Green Tea. :(
Dec 11, 2009 @ 11:12 am
Ali de Bold


Keep them in a dark cool place and like BB said, in it's original box if possible. Perfume is perishable and really isn't meant to last much more than a couple of years. I'm not sure what the official expiry period is, but I find that keeping my perfumes this way makes them last longer. I have a couple that are 5 years plus and still seem to be ok... though you may tell me otherwise ;)

I wouldn't store them in the bathroom unless you have multiple bathrooms and that one doesn't often get hot and steamy from showers.

I always purchase the smaller size of perfume (30-50ml), never the bigger ones because of shelf life. It may be cheaper to get the big bottle but if it goes bad you really didn't save any money after all.
Dec 14, 2009 @ 04:10 pm

In the closet

I never store my perfume in the bathroom, but sometimes I will stick them in the closet (what? it's dark and cool enough in there! :p). I do this especially in the summer time, when the sun is much stronger and shines through the windows. It's also much warmer in the summer months and I don't want the temperature with the light to alter the smell of them. Throughout the winter months I will still try to keep them away from windows, but I try to keep most of them in the box it came in.

The only issue with putting perfume in the closet is sometimes I will forget about them...

Good tip Ali about buying the smaller bottles. I find I never end up finishing the bigger ones anyway!
Dec 14, 2009 @ 07:15 pm


Well, thanks girls! I guess I just will have to keep them in the dark, which annoys me already because I like to even look at them on my vanity table (weird I know,lol). I think the suggestion about keeping them in the closet makes a lot of sense since it is cooler and dark. And I'm loving the idea about the original boxes but that will only be possible for the upcoming ones because I threw away all of the old boxes :(. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ADVICE. Now my perfumes will have a longer life :)
Dec 17, 2009 @ 03:14 pm

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