Can Cologne Go Bad? How Long Before it Eventually Spoils?
Cologne is something we use every day, and for some people, the best cologne brands are must-haves. But if you are one of those who likes to save their cologne for special occasions, this article will be for you.
We have set out and researched cologne and most of the ingredients, to find out just how long a shelf life cologne has. Depending on the ingredients, it will vary from brand to brand, but cologne is, unfortunately, something that spoils over time.
Top cologne brands have tried to slow down the breakdown process of their ingredients, but eventually, time will catch up and the scent will start fading, leaving you with an expensive bottle of cologne without any smell. The average shelf life of cologne is generally set at two to two-and-a-half years, with a few brands even pushing it up to three. Let’s look a little deeper at the ingredients
Cologne is generally comprised of water, alcohol, chemical compounds, essential and mineral oils, but this is not all; there are preservatives and other ingredients added to make the cologne have a longer shelf life. Unfortunately, these ingredients cannot stop the smell from eventually fading away, and depending on the type of preservatives, the cologne you have might last a little longer.
Signs of spoiled cologne
Many people would simply throw out their cologne once they notice the change in color, but depending on the ingredients, cologne might go darker as time goes on. One of the first ways to tell if your cologne has gone off is to smell it. If the smell is off or if it has changed, chances are good that your cologne is starting to spoil.
Another way to tell if the cologne is spoiled is to check if the liquid has thickened; it has thickened, the cologne will not be as easy to use, and it is a sign that it is off.
The last way we recommend you check your cologne is to watch when it breaks down into layers. Once this happens, the cologne will have a different smell, and also look disgusting. If you notice this happening, you will, unfortunately, have to discard the cologne as it might be bad for your skin.
Keep your cologne from spoiling
Luckily, you will be able to slow down your cologne from spoiling by using a few preventative measures. These measures will not keep the cologne right forever, but you might be able to get a longer life out of each bottle, when you only use the cologne for those special occasions.
- Keep it in a cool, dry, and dark place—With the added preservatives, cologne should not be left in the sun. Heat also evaporates liquid and you might even see the bottle getting emptier if it is left out in the sun. But light, in general, does not bode well for the ingredients and could lead to the cologne spoiling much faster
- Always keep the lid on the bottle—Since dry air does contain some levels of heat, it is essential that you keep the lid on the bottle to prevent anything from getting inside or outside of the bottle. The air is also full of bacteria and contaminants, and these could all lead to spoiling your expensive cologne
- Consider the refrigerator—Refrigerated items sometimes have longer shelf lives, but in general, they should be kept in a cooler area. The refrigerator might be the ideal place for you to store your cologne, and it is always dark and cool inside. Inside the refrigerator, the preservatives will help the cologne last longer; beware of leaving it in the refrigerator and taking it out, as that is not good for the cologne
- Use it—Lastly, we recommend that you use your cologne to ensure that it does not spoil and cost you extra to buy a new bottle. If you know that you might not need it now, consider waiting before you buy it to be sure that your expensive bottle of cologne doesn’t go bad
A word of advice
Cologne is generally described as a must-have, but if you are not a frequent cologne user, you do not need to buy the biggest bottle you find just because you are getting a good deal. Try buying a smaller bottle that will be used before it expires and, in the long run, you will not need to throw out your expensive cologne.
We also highly recommend that you keep the cologne stored in a cool, dark place to ensure that you lengthen its shelf life. Many people have also claimed that cologne can last indefinitely when it has been sealed completely and stored in the refrigerator, but beware of taking it out of the refrigerator and having it sit at room temperature as temperature changes are not ideal.
We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to keep your cologne. We would like to encourage you to let us know if you have any more ways to spot cologne that is spoiling, and if you have more tips or advice on preserving expensive cologne for special occasions.