How to Store Your Fragrances

Do you have a favorite personalized fragrance? But have no idea to store it properly? Keep reading to discover how to get the most out of your signature scent.

There’s nothing quite like spritzing on your favorite perfume before stepping out of the house. It’s the quickest way to feel ready to take on the world. But what happens if you spray your go-to scent and something smells, well, off?

If the worst happens and your cologne isn’t sniffing right, it could be how you store it. Because did you know that there are best practices when it comes to looking after your perfume? And by keeping it correctly, you can prolong the life of your quality fragrance dramatically.

The Importance of Proper Fragrance Storage

Have you ever spritzed a perfume bottle, and it smelt old? Well, it shouldn’t. And that can happen to your fragrances if they’re not stored correctly.

Improper storage leads to the degradation of your favorite perfumes and, eventually, a complete loss of smell. It can transform a once beautiful fragrance into a husk of its former self.

Best Practices for Storing Fragrances

Here are our best practices to keep your perfumes in tip-top condition.


We all love having our best bottles out on display. But this could actually be doing more harm than good. Direct sunlight degrades the liquid’s structure.

Best Practice: Avoid degradation by storing your quality fragrance in a dark space. Try a dark box, or a dim cabinet, or even slip it back into the original cardboard container.


Hands up if you store your perfume in the bathroom? Well, you’re not alone. But the humidity isn’t great. Excessive amounts will break down particles in the scent, damaging the fragrance.

Best Practice: The best places are dry rooms like your bedroom. And if you live somewhere very humid, consider investing in a dehumidifier.


We need oxygen to survive. But your perfume doesn’t. Leaving the bottle open and the aroma will start to change because of oxidation.

Best Practice: Once done, put the cap back on and seal it up tight. If it’s sealed, the fragrance will stay good as new for a long time.


Don’t underestimate the power of temperature. Extreme temps and fluctuations will have an impact on the chemical formula.

Best Practice: Store your fragrances at a consistent and medium room temperature.

The Impact of Temperature and Light on Fragrance Quality

Sure, fragrance bottles look beautiful, picking up the sun’s rays, but it’s only damaging the liquid inside.

Sunlight deteriorates perfumes, and excess heat breaks down the chemical bonds that provide its smell. That’s why dry, dark, and temperate rooms are the best storage places. Sometimes, manufacturers have given you a helping hand with darker bottles to help put off light degradation.

How to Preserve Fragrance Longevity?

We all want our best fragrances to last as long as possible. But they’re going to need a helping hand.

1. Follow Best Practices

Following our best practices for storing fragrances will help keep your scents fighting fit.

2. Don’t Shake It

Shaking your perfumes is a big no-no because it introduces oxygen.

3. Box It Up

Supercharge your storage with airtight containers to make smells last much longer.

But fragrance longevity isn’t just about storage tips that make it last. Can you make it last longer on your body?

  • Spritz straight out of the shower for boosted scent life.
  • Moisturize your skin with unscented lotion, then apply (or reapply) your fragrance.
  • Spray on pulse points; the wrists, nape of your neck, inside elbows, behind knees, and behind your ears.
  • Spritz a little on your hair for staying power.

Fragrance Storage Tips for Traveling

You can’t travel without your favorite fragrance. But, depending on where you’re traveling, your destination might not be great for your perfume.

First, invest in travel bottles. Traveling with an entire bottle will end in an accident. Small bottles mean you can keep them safe. Once you’ve transferred some, seal it up tightly to avoid oxidation.

Next up, if you’re adventuring in cooler climates, don’t worry. But if you’re expecting wall-to-wall sunshine, find the room’s mini bar. It’s going to be your perfume home for the next week.

Not sure what fragrance is right for you? Take this perfume quiz to discover which scent you’ll take on your next adventure. And lastly, keep following best practices. The same applies on the road as at home, just on a small scale.

In conclusion

We’ve all got our go-to perfume. The smell that defines who we are. But whether you’ve stuck to the same scent for years or constantly trying something new, you’ll need to look after them. Proper storage ensures fragrance longevity to keep loving your signature scent for years. Got any top tips we missed? Let us know in the comments below, and keep the conversation going!