Does perfume go bad?


Quick Answer

Perfume does not spoil like food, but it does age over time, and this can affect the color and original scent of it. Perfume is a complex mixture, and some ingredients may evaporate or oxidize with time. This changes the original chemistry of the scent.

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Generally, perfume has a shelf life of three to five years, if kept tightly closed, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Heat and humidity are the two factors that cause the fastest aging of a perfume. Heat can evaporate key ingredients, while humidity can break down the chemical composition. Both environmental factors will alter the perfume.

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