How Long Does Perfume Last?

That bottle of Chanel No. 5 is pricey, so naturally, you're not going to want to shell out for a new eau de parfum every couple of years. Thankfully, perfume can last a long time with careful storage and regular use.

Time Frame

Perfume, if properly stored, can last for three to five years. To guarantee this life span, store your bottles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.


More expensive perfumes, such as Chanel and Dior, tend to keep much longer than cheaper drugstore varieties, as fragrances with high essential oil contents last longer than oil-based scents.


Learn how to spot spoiled perfume. Fragrances that have overstayed their welcome have darkened in colour and smell of alcohol. The scent will smell rancid once applied to the skin but will fade quickly. That's when it's time to toss it in the garbage.


A natural perfume will stand the test of time with its vibrant scent, but you can also invest in perfume oils (The Body Shop sells an entire library) or shop for an organic herb-based scent such as lavender or eucalyptus.


Solid perfumes are another way to invest in a long-lasting fragrance. They typically come in sticks or pots and are a balm that is rubbed directly onto the wrists and neck. Solid fragrances are also easy to store.

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