How Do I Know If a Perfume is Expired?
Perfumes are potent and can last for years, but just like any other beauty product, perfumes come with an expiration date. So if you’re curious about whether or not your beloved scent has gone bad, there are a few ways to tell.
Look for Oxidation on the Bottle
If the bottle looks cloudy and has developed a yellow or brown tinge, this is an indicator that the perfume has oxidised and is no longer safe to use. In these cases the smell will be weaker since most of the powerful fragrances have already been degraded with oxygen.
Check the Color of the Fragrance
The color of some fragrances can change over time. For example, if you have a green fragrance, keep an eye out for any yellowing. If it’s pink or red, look out for any browning and tinting.
Take a Smell Test
One of the best and most obvious ways to tell if a fragrance is expired is to just take a whiff! Overtime, perfumes become more subtle and less powerful due to their ingredients evaporating. So if your scent is too faint and doesn’t have its typical strength, chances are it’s past its expiration date.
Read The Expiration Date
Almost all brands include an expiration date on the box or bottle of the perfume. The lifespan of a scent depends on whether or not it’s made with natural (eau de toilette, eau de cologne) or synthetic ingredients (parfum). Generally speaking, eau de parfum has a shelf life of around 3-5 years while eau de toilette and cologne last around 2-3 years.
It’s important to keep in mind that if the expiration date has passed, then so has the effectiveness of the product. To ensure you get the most enjoyment out of your fragrance and to make sure you’re always safe from allergies, be sure to check for signs of expiration on all your beauty products.
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