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Don't stockpile your perfumes for a special day. Over time, the scent will alter and diminish and you won't get what you paid for. Enjoy your fragrance today, while it's in it's prime.

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what is the shelf life of opened and unopened perfume and how can you tell if you are buying "old" or "outdated" perfume? the lady at the dept. store says that they "rotate" their stock and that the old stuff is what you get at the discount places...and that exposure to heat, air, and time changes the scent! with the cost of fragrances going for $65 to $150+, i would like to not get ripped off! please help!


Hi there,

According to this website:
http://www.scentiments.com/home/perfume-shelf-life.aspx

Perfume has a shelf-life of 3-5 years.

If the box is opened then the perfume will be more exposed to sunlight which can speed up evaporation from the bottle and could cause changes to the color and scent.

Keeping your perfume in a cool dark place will help it to preserve its color and scent.

I agree with the dept store lady that exposure to heat and light will cause damage to the perfume but if it comes in a box that has not been opened then the damage should be minimal, especially if it's a popular scent that doesn't stay on the shelf for long.

Best wishes,

Chris

Jan 27, 2011 | Health & Beauty

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What type of fragrance lasts the longest when sprayed? For example: toilette, parfum, body spray (like at Bath& Body Works)... etc. Also, any advice on how to keep the fragrance from "fading" so that the scent lasts the whole day?


The concentrate always last longer....oil-based fragrances are also long lasting..this is evident with "attar", which is arabic perfume oil....very snice smelling...although tooo much of it can get to your head....about the scent lasting the whole day...i believe its not possible...although some fragrances last longer on some skin types...your best bet is to keep trying the ones you like and see which lasts longer....or you can re-sprray during the day....lighter scents for the day time and sweet scents for the night time....

Nov 23, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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How can I choose the best perfume for my wedding day?


First of all, make a list of all the perfumes you currently wear and write down how you feel wearing each scent.
Next, make a new list of how you want to feel and look on your wedding day. For example, you might write "beautiful, romantic, confident".

Next, compare your lists. Do some of the perfumes you already wear make you feel similar to the way you want to feel on your wedding day? If so, make a shortlist of those perfumes. Now put that list in your pocket.

Grab a friend and head to the perfume counter at the nearest department store. Once at the store, hand your shortlist to one of the perfume experts and tell them you're seeking a perfume similar to the ones listed. Then, explain that you're seeking a new perfume, just for your wedding day. (This back story often results in great service! Trust me.)


Allow the perfume expert to guide you to no more than four options. Select your two favorites and put one scent on each wrist. For the third and fourth options, ask for scent cards. Place one scent card in your purse and give the other to your friend. Now go shopping. Spend the rest of the day letting the perfumes grow on you. Smell your wrists. Take a break. Smell the cards. Take a break. Ask your friend for his/her opinion.


Select your Wedding Day Perfume. At the end of the day, ask yourself if you're ready to select your signature perfume. If so, you'll know. By the end of the day, you'll know if you can handle 15 hours of the perfume on one of your wrists. You'll also know if the scent works with your body chemistry. If you don't like the perfumes you tried on your wrists, the next time you go shopping, start with the options you put on the scent cards. Chances are, one of those four will be your perfect and magical wedding day perfume.

Nov 23, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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