Save Your Scent Stockpile

Your fragrance collection looks pretty sitting on the counter—that is, until the liquids start evaporating and the scents expire. Prevent those things from happening by properly storing and caring for your fragrances. Here's how!

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Founder of the natural-based fragrance brand Sigil Scent, Patrick Kelly, tells us his tips for maintaining fresh-smelling scents in your collection.

1. Keep Bottles in Cool, Dark Places

While those clear and amber liquids twinkle beautifully under natural sunlight, the star's rays can do more damage than good. "To help ensure optimal shelf life, aim to keep your perfumes out of direct sunlight and in a room-temperature or cool environment," Kelly says. 

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Heat can accelerate the expiration process of a perfume—that's why Kelly suggests a habitat that's room temperature or below for your bottles. Yes, that means you can keep them in the refrigerator, but be wary. "Keep in mind that once your scents have acclimated to a cold temperature, you shouldn't switch them in and out of the fridge," he says. "This is particularly true of natural scents, though be careful to ensure the constituents don't solidify in the cold!"

"To help ensure optimal shelf life, aim to keep your perfumes out of direct sunlight and in a room-temperature or cool environment." — Patrick Kelly, founder of Sigil Scents

2. Double-Check the Bottle's Strength

If you noticed that your fragrance is evaporating overtime, evaluate the product. "This could be a result of a packaging defect—a good perfume bottle is airtight to prevent the volatile alcohol and fragrant compounds from evaporation," Kelly says. 

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There could also be another culprit that's letting product go to waste. "Make sure your lid is screwed on tight and any overcaps are on and secure," Kelly suggests.

3. Pick the Right Formula

"Though fragrances tend to have a much longer shelf life than other beauty care products...[they] can turn when exposed to prolonged heat or fluctuating temperatures," Kelly says. OK, noted. But if you want to keep track of which ones will expire first, take heed of the formula. "Natural fragrances, and those high in citrus and top notes are more susceptible," Kelly says, adding that "oil-based perfumes will typically expire faster than alcohol-based fragrances." 

4. Go Dark

There are tinted bottles out there that protect fragrances. Take Sigil Scent's products, for example. "Our perfumes are packaged in durable, dark violet glass," Kelly says, adding that the packaging "helps to minimize light and UV exposure, protecting the delicate plant-based fragrances inside."

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