This is a bit of an age old question. The truth is, nobody really knows the answer to it. This is because each and every perfume that you pick up is going to be different. Some will last you for six months, others will last eighteen months, and a few long lasting cologne’s out there will last up to five years.
In fact, there are some people out there who find that their perfume lasts indefinitely. On this page, we are going to talk a little bit about how long a perfume could potentially last and how you can extend the lifespan of it.
Generally speaking, cheaper perfumes do not tend to keep their fragrance for all that long. They last a couple of months at the most. This is, in part, down to the fact that they tend to use cheaper ingredients. When you purchase a bottle of perfume or the best cologne you can buy, you will find an expiration date somewhere on the box. You should use this as a guideline. It is not going to hit that date and magically smell repulsive. In fact, it is pretty unlikely that a perfume is ever going to start smelling hideous. Instead, the smell of the perfume will just dwindle over time. This means that you may need to use more of it in order to get the same fragrance that it boasted before.
There are actually some perfume connoisseurs out there who believe that a perfume never actually stops smelling fragrant. Many liken perfume to a wine. It gets better with age. This is something which is, of course, going to be very subjective. It is also going to be dependent on the ingredients used in the perfume, both on a quality level and the type of ingredient used. So, you will have to check for yourself.
The majority of people who search for information on ‘how long does a perfume last’ tend to be focused on ensuring that the perfume that they have purchased, no doubt an expensive one, lasts as long as possible. After all, if you pick up a bottle of perfume for special events, then there is a good chance that it is going to be hanging around for years. This means you want to ensure that you get the most ‘bang for your buck’ and make sure it lasts as long as possible.
The wonderful thing is that you do not actually need to do all that much here. You just need to keep it out of direct sunlight and away from the heat. If you stick your perfume in a bedroom drawer, then you are doing everything you can to extend the lifespan of the perfume! Of course, you should always make sure that the cap on the perfume is firmly sealed in place. This will have a minor impact, but every little helps!
Bottom-line – As long as your perfume doesn’t smell ‘off’ or hasn’t changed color, then you should be fine using that perfume for a long time to come.