Perfume Storage: How to Store Your Fragrances to Keep Them at Their Fragrant Best

Published in: Fragrance, Makeup Tips/How To

Olga of Beauty on and out of MakeUpAcademia

Written by OIga

Today Olga of MakeUpAcademia shares how to store your fragrances to keep them at their fragrant best.

How to store those lovely scents


When it comes to storing perfume, the most well known guidelines are 1) keeping it out of direct light, and 2) storing it someplace cool and dry. My (and Karen’s) first guess for the best place to store perfume was the fridge, but should we really be putting our pretty perfume bottles between the veggies and cheese? Are there better options?


While heat is definitely harmful to fragrances, large fluctuations in temperature can be even worse, so moving your perfumes in and out of the fridge isn’t necessarily better than storing them on your window.

Just like makeup, perfume cannot stand humidity, so the bathroom is out. Also, you want to avoid exposing them to air as much as possible; keep your fragrances closed at all times, and give preference to sprays over splashes. One problem with splashes, as well as rollerballs, is that oils and dirt can eventually spoil the scent, so try to minimize the applicator’s contact with bare skin.

I didn’t know this for the longest time, but it turns out that one should not shake fragrance, and not just to avoid breaking a fragile bottle. If you like to reapply perfume throughout the day, try to leave the bottle at home and take an atomizer along.

The best storage places for our nice smelling friends are train cases, storage boxes, closet shelves and the like -– places away from direct light, heat and humidity, and where they won’t get moved around too much.

Although I’m sad that I shouldn’t put all the pretty bottles on display on my vanity table, with so many options for cute storage boxes, I’m sure I’ll find something I like! 🙂

Olga of Beauty on and out of MakeUpAcademia

Written by OIga

This post was written by Olga from MakeUpAcademia, originally from Russia, but currently a graduate student in Baltimore, MD. She is passionate about physics equations, beauty and skincare products, travel photography and her cat Saathi.


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  1. vonnie says:

    I never even thought about the storage! I need to move my favorite, dior addict, off of my dresser next to my window. SURELY don’t want THAT awesomeness to be tainted. thanks!
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  2. Karen says:

    Thanks for this post, Olga. When I get home I plan on finding a pretty train case for all my fragrances.

    Got any exciting plans for the weekend?

    • Olga says:

      Mine are in a train case with all my makeup right now, but I am still looking for the perfect storage box. IKEA, here I come! 🙂

      I am going to Boston tomorrow to meet with a bunch of college friends I haven’t seen for months 🙂 So excited!
      Olga recently posted … New 500 point perk at Sephora

  3. Vonvon says:

    I don’t have too many perfume bottles but it’s great tips. I store most of mine in the drawers.
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  4. Maggie says:

    I always leave my perfume bottles in the boxes they came in. That way if I drop them or knock them over it won’t be a disaster.

    • Olga says:

      That’s the best thing to do, Maggie, but I usually leave the one I use most often at the moment out of the box because I am just too lazy to take it out and put it back in again every day… I know its not that much work, but I am very lazy 🙁
      Olga recently posted … New 500 point perk at Sephora

  5. Lorna says:

    i keep mine in my upper dresser drawer. it’s out of direct light, not a lot of temperature fluctuations, and is still very accessible.

  6. Sonja says:

    Great tips! I really ought to buy some sort of case for mine. What’s the other reason why it’s a bad idea to shake a bottle besides possibly breaking it? Does it damage the fragrance?

  7. DiBonD says:

    Thanks for the post. Great tips!

  8. Maria says:

    Great tips, I also keep my bottles in my nightstand drawer but I wonder if putting them on the shelves in my wardrobe is a better idea to minimize movement… hmm
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  9. HanaBerlin says:

    I put a cheap-o nite stand i bought at ikea in the closet (wierd I know) and I keep all of my fragrances in the bottom drawer. It really is awesome! I keep my vitamins and some makeup in the top drawer. It’s small enough to fit perfectly in the closet without messing with my clothing!

  10. Dorcas says:

    Thanks for the great info on handling/storing fragrances. My husband has spent a lot on my fragrances. Can you please post a picture of a train case? I would like to find one for storing.

    Thank you.

    • Olga says:

      No problem, Dorcas 🙂 Right now I store perfumes in my Kat Von D Adora train case, available from (American) Sephora. It is tall enough that most of the bottles fit standing up, and big enough for a large collection. I dont think I can attach pictures in the comments here, but I have one on my blog in a post tagged Kat Von D. There is also one on Sephora’s website 🙂
      Olga recently posted … New 500 point perk at Sephora

  11. veronica says:

    Oops. I keep everything in the bathroom! I’d better rethink that.

  12. layla says:

    I have never actually given this much thought before. I’ve been keeping all my perfumes arranged neatly on top of my dresser. Better put them in the drawer eh? So sad I can’t display any of the pretty bottles 🙁 lol.. thanks for the article!

  13. Don’t think it really hurts to keep them on your make up table. Ok, there’s a bit of light but this won’t hurt the perfume too much. I think the pleasure of seeing those pretty bottles everyday outweighs any loss of quality. At least for me 🙂
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  14. Sam Peterson says:

    I found a bottle of DKNY in my bathroom cupboard that must me about 12 years old. Still smells fine to me! 🙂

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