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Is it possible for perfume to go bad?

I have some perfume that I bought from DEB shops around this time last year. I went to put some on this weekend and it didnt smell like it should, almost smelled like medicine mixed with alcohol. Is it possible for perfume to go bad, especially cheap store brand stuff?

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Asked by momdee86 at 8:14 AM on Feb. 1, 2010 in Beauty & Style

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  • Oh, definitely!!! Even the GOOD stuff can get that sour alcohol mediciney smell after over a year! If you haven't used all your perfume in a year, I think a rule of thumb is to ditch it and replace it...perhaps with a smaller bottle.

    Answer by WatermelonNerd at 8:15 AM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • yes

    Answer by thehairnazi at 8:16 AM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • yup you betcha. they sure can go bad. and DEFINITELY cheap stuff.

    Answer by sati769leigh at 8:16 AM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • yes, it is.

    Answer by IzzeAddy at 8:26 AM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • yes, i have always heard that you should use it within a year. also, if your hormones or diet have changed, so can a scent on you. ever notice how the same scent can smell different on different people?

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 10:20 AM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • most perfume has a shelf life of about 6 months. x

    Answer by Loopylaura at 2:50 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

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