Monday Beauty Tip #30: Use Sense With Your Scents

Expensive perfume is a luxury – it creates an atmosphere of beauty and can be a delight to those around you. Stored properly, your pricey perfume can retain the enchanting qualities that first attracted you to it.

The average shelf life of perfume is usually two years, but if you’re careful it can last longer. Remember to always keep your perfumes in a cool, dry place (like a drawer or closet) since sunlight can cause the scent to sour. You should never keep your perfume in the bathroom because the heat from the shower warms the room and can trigger your perfume to oxidize and change color. Since alcohols in the fragrance dissolve when exposed to air you should always seal your bottle after each use. Finally, buy a small bottle instead of a large one – a large perfume bottle may take a long time to use up, giving it more time to turn. Smaller bottles may not last as long, but at least the fragrance won’t go bad.

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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