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Old 04-23-2012, 10:24 PM
 
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I have a bottle of perfume that's gone bad--the color is dark and the smell is a bit off.

Although I've had it for over a year, I've only used it a few times. It seems like such a shame to get rid of it after wearing it just a handful of times. I tried to get an exchange at Macy's, where it was bought as a gift for me, but they won't do it without a receipt, which the person who gave it to me threw out.

Has anyone ever gotten the manufacturer to exchange a perfume that's gone bad? Any ideas?
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:23 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Never had perfume go bad...
maybe you got a bad batch.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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You definitely got a bad batch.
As for returning it....Ugh. Not very likely.

I probably don't have to tell you this, but, just in case I do......Keep your frags out of direct light and at room temperature. Exposure to light, and/or too hot, or cold temps with cause the juice to go bad quickly.

Otherwise, good quality frags can last for years. :-)
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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I have a bottle of perfume that's gone bad--the color is dark and the smell is a bit off.

Although I've had it for over a year, I've only used it a few times. It seems like such a shame to get rid of it after wearing it just a handful of times. I tried to get an exchange at Macy's, where it was bought as a gift for me, but they won't do it without a receipt, which the person who gave it to me threw out.

Has anyone ever gotten the manufacturer to exchange a perfume that's gone bad? Any ideas?
I would try contacting the manufacturer and giving the information to them making sure to include dates/batch numbers and just see what happens. I find a lot of manufacturers will replace or send a coupon if the product isn't performing as expected. Never hurts to ask.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I have a bottle of perfume that's gone bad--the color is dark and the smell is a bit off.

Although I've had it for over a year, I've only used it a few times. It seems like such a shame to get rid of it after wearing it just a handful of times. I tried to get an exchange at Macy's, where it was bought as a gift for me, but they won't do it without a receipt, which the person who gave it to me threw out.

Has anyone ever gotten the manufacturer to exchange a perfume that's gone bad? Any ideas?
Throw it out and buy a new one?
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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You definitely got a bad batch.
As for returning it....Ugh. Not very likely.

I probably don't have to tell you this, but, just in case I do......Keep your frags out of direct light and at room temperature. Exposure to light, and/or too hot, or cold temps with cause the juice to go bad quickly.

Otherwise, good quality frags can last for years. :-)
You may be correct, but I use it seldom and keep it in the fridge, where it is cold and dark. Cold often prevents chemical decomposition from taking place, or slows it down. Isn't perfume an emulsion of essential oils in alcohol? Oils go rancid at room temps often.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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You may be correct, but I use it seldom and keep it in the fridge, where it is cold and dark. Cold often prevents chemical decomposition from taking place, or slows it down. Isn't perfume an emulsion of essential oils in alcohol? Oils go rancid at room temps often.

Essential oils don't spoil like vegetable oils. But all oils will tend to turn from extreme temperature changes. It shortens the shelf life. So its why you keep it at room temperature which is 73 degrees. The fridge also exposes them to humidity which can be bad.

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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ive never had perfume go bad. i ended up getting a bottle last year and a gf of mine bought me one for Xmas. So now im stuck with 2 bottles of perfume that i wear maybe once a month. So far the bottles havent gone bad but if i only had 1 bottle and it went bad id say in retrospect i shouldve bought a smaller bottle.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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Essential oils don't spoil like vegetable oils. But all oils will tend to turn from extreme temperature changes. It shortens the shelf life. So its why you keep it at room temperature which is 73 degrees. The fridge also exposes them to humidity which can be bad.

Aromatherapy Shelf Life

Room temperature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How To Keep Perfume Fresh | LIVESTRONG.COM
Thank you.

I could not see any warning of storing oils in the fridge, only that you should not expose them to varying temperatures. I do not.

It mentions that some oils are 'cold pressed', whatever that means.

It also suggests that massage oils be stored in the fridge.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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I probably don't have to tell you this, but, just in case I do......Keep your frags out of direct light and at room temperature. Exposure to light, and/or too hot, or cold temps with cause the juice to go bad quickly.

Otherwise, good quality frags can last for years. :-)
I've been a perfume addict for a very long time, so I take good care of my fragrances. I keep them all in a drawer to ensure that they are not exposed to light or extremes in temperature. I have dozens of perfumes that were in the same place as this one and I haven't had a problem with any of them, even though I've had a few for over ten years. This is the first time a perfume has ever gone bad on me.
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