My Grandmother is somewhere in Heaven, but yet whenever I open her drawer in one of our old cabinets, I feel her alive, because of her perfume.

I can still smell her; feel her presence as if she was alive. It has been more than 12 years to that date, but how does the cupboard give an aroma? Well, to reveal her secret, she used to wrap her perfume bottle in a piece of cotton. Out of her respect, we never gave off her powder and perfumes as she loved them very dearly. I am not advocating that perfumes last for decades. I am just attempting to make a point that the life of perfumes can be enhanced, by the way in which we keep it.

 We do the same with regard to our health.

 We eat right, exercise, and think positively.

Store perfume bottles in cold places for longevity.


Perfumes are accessories; we must accessorize them well. Preserve them well.  We must give them a life, to their life.  There are various studies on how to wear perfumes effectively but rarely do we come across some knowledge that talks on how perfumes must be stored.

Well, before understanding how and where perfumes should be stored, understanding the notes of perfumes is important. To know more about what are ‘notes’ of perfumes, read this.


Well, the perfumes that have a stronger base-note generally last longer than the perfumes with a stronger top-note.

Some of the base notes are woody, balsamic, spicy, melon, berry, lemon, apple and more.

Some of the top notes are citric, floral, breezy and oceanic.


Have you noticed that trash smells stronger in heat and mushy when the weather is damp?

The odorants take birth through molecular volatility. The temperature and humidity do play a role to reduce the intensity of anything that has a smell to give out. Perfumes are one of them. Hence how we store perfume is of importance.

We, humans, are blessed with an understanding of chemoreceptor. It is a smell detective who hunts down the ‘understanding’ of the sense of smell through the sensory and perception of quick smell identification. This classification of chemoreceptor is broken into three categories.

Perfumes are also categorized into three categories.

  • Aldehydic is close to tar, diesel, smoky smells.
  • Lactonic is close to creamy and fruity smell.
  • Phenolic is close to tar, curry, fusel, and a lingering smell
Perfumes stored in refrigerator has long life.



  1. Yes, my grandma’s secret works. If you have an expensive perfume that you use for a special occasion only, wrap it in a cotton cloth.
  2. Perfumes can also be kept in a refrigerator. Did you go like, ‘WHAT’? Read this.
  3. Keep the perfumes airtight at all times and off the radars of sunlight. Know it for a fact, sunlight is the enemy.
  4. The perfumes should be kept at a higher shelve in the cabinet of the washroom; away from sunlight.
  5. Perfumes if kept in a closed glass cabinet rest well and lives longer too.
  6. The interiors walls of the cupboard are best suited for the perfumes to take a hide.  They give out a boost of ‘pheromones’ effects.
  7. Avoid shaking the perfume bottle before use. Perfumes are not a correction pen. Shaking the perfume bottles gives room for oxygen to enter to bottle. The oxygen merged with the petrochemicals reduces the scent effects in the long run.
  8. Perfumes have an extended life in colder countries than the tropical and Mediterranean zones. The environmental meridian connects plays a pivotal role in the lasting of perfumes.
  9. Keep perfumes away from gadgets. Yes, you read it correctly. The electro radiations that electronic equipment silently echoes out also are a parameter to reduce the perfume essence of the fragrance.

I am sure, you also might be having some really great tips and tricks to make perfume at your home hit the decade clock. But ideally, it’s said that perfumes have a shelf life of 2-3 years. Remember the story I shared at the beginning.

Begin a new chapter of preserving perfume with perseverance.

By Zahra Shakir. Zahra Shakir is a full-time freelance content writer, and is currently interning with Mistpoffer®



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