When it comes to perfumes, two rules are universally understood and accepted: Fragrances should be applied to pulse points (such as behind the neck and on the inside of your wrists), and they need to be stored out of direct sunlight.
But when it comes to the latter, most of us are doing it wrong. In an exclusive interview, CEO and co-founder of Commodity Fragrances, Ash Huzenlaub revealed to us that the best place to keep your perfumes or colognes is actually in the fridge.
We know, it took us by surprise, too!
“What people don’t know is that fragrance should be refrigerated, as it’s the best way to prolong its life and avoid any discolouration from sunlight exposure,” he explains.
While your fragrance wardrobe might look great on your dresser or on your bathroom shelf, you should keep your favourite scents in the fridge where they will be away from direct sunlight, as heat causes a perfume’s chemical bonds (the things that give a fragrance its scent) to break down over time. This break down subsequently results in a fragrance going ‘off.’
Additionally, Huzenlaub reminds us that “many of the ingredients [in your fragrances] are harvested and natural”. As such, “the best way to extend their shelf-life is to keep them refrigerated”.
With that being said, it’s time your favourite fragrances migrated to the vegetable crisper!
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This article originally appeared on Beauty Crew.