Can perfumes go bad?

posted 6 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1313 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

valencia247 :  Yes perfumes go bad but it should usually take about a year, minimum, before that happens. Perhaps your eBay bargain was already old? I wouldn’t worry too much about the big bottle, if it goes off quickly you can take it back to the shop and hopefully they’ll replace it.

Post # 3
1762 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Yes absolutely. Sounds like the eBay product is expired. Or are you sure it’s genuine?

Post # 4
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017 - France

Yes, after about a year the perfume loses its potency and the notes tend to smell all wrong. I really shouldn’t have kept it but I have a 5+ year bottle of perfume I don’t wear just because of sentimental reasons. Some perfume age better than others though. 

Post # 5
1368 posts
Bumble bee

Yes, perfume goes bad. Certain things can accelerate the process such as not storing in a cool, dark place. 

I’d also caution anyone buying perfume from ebay/3rd party sellers. It was probably expired, might even be counterfeit.

Post # 7
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Backyard

Do you leave it in your car? That could be why it went bad.

Post # 8
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2020

Leaving perfumes in direct sunlight or hot places (like you car) can also spead up the process and make them go bad quicker.

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