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partyrock's avatar

How long does perfume usually last ?

Asked by partyrock (3870points) January 26th, 2012

I have a Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb perfume that I’ve had for almost 4 years…. I didn’t wear much of it so I still have a lot of it left in the bottle. My question is does the scent stay the same? Does the scent change?

It smells pretty good, and about the same as when I purchased it. I can’t really tell though the difference.Does anyone know?

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HungryGuy's avatar

A chemical usually changes odor either because bacteria consume it, or it oxidizes (combines with oxygen) to become a different chemical. Perfume probably doesn’t appeal to most bacteria so it won’t change that way. And if it’s kept in a sealed container, it will take a very long time to oxidize or won’t oxidize at all. I imagine your perfume will remain sweet-smelling for quite a long time :-)

WestRiverrat's avatar

As long as you and anyone you are wearing it for like it, it doesn’t matter what the rest of us think about how it smells.

saint's avatar

It’s oils and alcohol. The oils stay the same, and if you keep the cap on tight, the alcohol stays in the bottle. Like Scotch or vodka.

flo's avatar

I don’t think they change, you can have them for years and they seem to stay the same. How many things ordinary everyday things can you say that about?

SpatzieLover's avatar

Oils spoil, especially if not stored properly (exposed to light, air-etc). Perfume can last years if it’s mostly alcohol based. If it’s mainly oil based, not as long.

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