Can Perfume Expire? Key Signs That Fragrance Has Gone Off – MAJOURI

Can Perfume Expire? Key Signs That Fragrance Has Gone Off

Does perfume expire? How long does perfume last? Are there any signs that fragrance has gone off? These questions should be taken into consideration when storing fragrances on your dresser.

We will answer all above questions within this blog post.


Does Perfume Expire?

Short answer is yes. How long perfume last depends on the chemical composition and how perfume is stored. Many perfumes don’t have a set expiry date and can last between 1-10 years.

Perfume shelf depends on how it's stored. Perfumes that are correctly stored will last much longer than those that are not.

If the perfume gets expired, applying it could result in an unpleasant smell, skin irritations or - in extreme cases - an allergic reaction. If the perfume is more than a couple of years old, it’s probably best to test it before you use it.


Three Simple Ways to Know If Perfume Is Expired

You can tell if your perfume has expired by simply checking for a number of key signs like: 
Scent: does the fragrance smell different?
Appearance: has the color changed?
Date: some perfumes may have an expiry date.

Below more details regarding each of the three factors.

  1. Test How it smells: One of the most obvious ways to tell if your perfume has gone off is to smell it. Some perfumes may contain fats such as vegetable oils and can expire over time. If your scent contains no fat, it can last longer. If you notice that the scent smells vastly different from when you bought it, you can be sure its going off, or if its develops hints of vinegar or other more chemical notes.

  2. Check how it looks: A great way to test your perfume is to look at the colour. Perfumes whose colour becomes darker or develops opacity over time is a sign that it is aging. Often perfumes with a high concentration of alcohol can evaporate becoming much more concentrated in the essential oils. If you notice less perfume in the bottle and you're sure you haven’t been using it, this is a good sign that it is expiring.
  3. Check the expiry date: Often a perfume manufacturer will print some sort of expiration date on its packaging. This can come in the form of either a batch code or a PAO (Period After Opening) number. These are typically found on the bottom of the perfume or printed on the box it comes in.


How to Store Perfume

Storing your perfume correctly can help to keep it in good condition for as long as possible.

For best results, perfume is the most suited to a cool, dry, and dark place such as a bedroom drawer or closet. It’s best to keep the perfume in its original container as exposure to air can also upset the chemical balance. It can also accelerate the evaporation of the alcohol inside, making the fragrance expire faster.

Determining whether or not your perfume has expired can be tricky. If your perfume is more than two and a half years old, you may want to test it for signs of expiration. However, if your perfume smells good and has a similar colour and consistency to when you bought it, it should be safe to apply. Some high-quality perfumes can even last years to come if stored correctly.

If you are interested in getting more details about perfumes, you can check our post on Eau de Toilette vs. Eau de Parfum

If you are interested in our fragrances, you can try our Discovery Set for fragrance samples and order it online.

You can browse our fragrance collection and order the perfume your prefer. Below section will give you a quick glance about our eau de parfum collection in Majouri.

Classic Collection encapsulates our multicultural vision of beauty. Inspired by Western and Middle Eastern cultures, our perfumers have combined their talent and creativity to create refined and unique fragrances. Each perfume reveals an emotional and sensorial universe reflecting our history, our personality, our signature.

Private Collection is Composed of the rarest and most precious ingredients, the Private collection magnifies the raw materials and embodies the exceptional art of perfuming. Developed within the tradition and high standards of French perfumery mixed with a contemporary vision of the world, the perfect harmony of these notes is the result of the qualitative olfactory know-how from our prestigious perfumers in Grasse.

Jour Collection is an ephemeral collection offering our French perfumers the unrestricted freedom to create fragrances according to their day-to-day inspiration. Giving free rein to their imagination, they use the most natural essences and rare ingredients to create authentic scents combining style and personality.