Fragrance Fans Take Note: The Secrets to Storing Your Fragrance

Posted on March 16, 2018

When you treat yourself to a new fragrance, how often do you wonder whether you are correctly storing your perfume? Because let’s face it you are probably like a kid at Christmas, who opens their gift, loves it unconditionally for some weeks and puts it away once the novelty wears off – you still need to know how to properly store your new-found love. Understanding the correct storage of perfume will provide you with long-term use of your fragrance. Here Red Scout lays down the facts on how to prolong your favourite fragrance.

Bathroom storage cupboard filled with perfume/cologne and other cosmetic items.
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Fridge, I would like you to meet Fragrance

If you are one who loves to display their perfumes alongside a windowsill, whether it’s in your bathroom or your bedroom you should definitely rethink this decision. Due to the sensitive chemical makeup of Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum, Storage Expert Vlatka Lake says you should consider storing them in the fridge. Perfumes and colognes with high oil concentrates can break down over time when exposed to light and heat, so the fridge as long (as it’s not too cold) is ideal. Very cold fridges can damage your fragrances so just ensure it’s not too cold.

An alternative to the fridge if this isn’t an option for you is to store your perfume in a cool, dark place away from any exposed light.

Range of perfumes and nail polishes inside a fridge on the door.
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It's getting hot in here?

It’s important to ensure that you avoid humid areas as humidity can have a negative effect on the quality of your perfume. Try to avoid your perfume in areas of your home that are subject to dramatic temperature changes. Avoid the kitchen and the bathroom – the kitchen gets extremely hot during cooking, and the bathroom warms up due to steam from bathing time. The best place to store your perfumes in a closest in your bedroom, living room or in a hallway.

Blonde woman spritzing perfume on her wrist.
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Think outside the box - but keep your perfume in it.

Do not disturb your perfume. Ensure that you keep the fragrance in its original bottle. Try and keep the packaging as this can be used to also protect the exterior of the fragrance. If you transfer the liquid to another bottle, it will expose it to air. This can cause the perfume to lose some of its scent.

Perfumes laid out on carpet all removed from their original packaging.
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Don't shake and always replace the cap

After applying of course! Never leave the cap off after using your perfume. The less exposure a perfume has to air the better it will keep. Also, many people believe that it’s okay to shake the perfume prior to use – but again, this can expose the fragrance to excess air which can be harmful. Unless there are specific instructions that tell you to shake the perfume before use, please avoid doing so.

Close up of woman spraying perfume onto her neck.
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To find out more information about identifying key fragrance groups, head to Red Scout Fragrance Courses where you can purchase Individual Fragrance Modules or the Fragrance Express Course.  

By Mikayla Tabone. 

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