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Whether you like them floral or woody, Oriental or fresh, or something in between, perfumes have been part of the human experience for thousands of years.

Even considering all that history, the 1990s was a huge decade for perfume, eau de toilette, cologne and other types of fragrances for women (and men, too, but that’s a different article).

In 1994 alone, there were 64 new varieties added to the market — compared to 55 in 1993, and 27 in 1992, according to a vintage news story in the Austin American-Statesman.

They were pitched by supermodels and actresses, came from all the top fashion designers, along with many more bottled scents from well-known drugstore beauty brands like Revlon and Coty.

Among them were many brands launched solely to capitalize on the success of movies or TV shows, which is how the world somehow ended up with short-lived perfumes tied into everything from Beverly Hills 90210 to Bridges of Madison County.

You’ll also see that actresses Elizabeth Taylor, Jaclyn Smith and Mariel Hemingway all had their own scents on the market. Men, too, had joined in — like ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and musician Herb Alpert.

Then there were aromas created for established brands in other markets, such as Benetton, Talbots, Tiffany and Laura Ashley.

In 1994, Leonard Lauder, then the president of the Estee Lauder company, thought of these newcomers to the market as little more than impulse purchases. He sniffed, “if you get enough people buying The Gap perfume and Victoria’s Secret, that means there are fewer people buying ‘fine fragrances.'”

Now, see how many of these popular vintage perfumes from the ’90s that you remember! They’re listed alphabetically by the name of the fragrance.

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No. 1 fragrance from Laura Ashley (1992)

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360 vintage fragrance from Perry Ellis (1993)

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Acqua di Gio from Giorgio Armani (1998)

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Allure from Chanel (1998)

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Amarige by Givenchy (1998)

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Amber Musk for women, from Shiara (1997)

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Aspen cologne for women (1993)

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Baryshnikov Pour Femme perfume, by ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov (1995)

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Beverly Hills 90210 perfume (1992)

This ad for a fragrance inspired by the teen TV show is “signed” by Dylan McKay and Brenda Walsh (rather than their real-world counterparts Perry Luke and Shannen Doherty).

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Beverly Hills fragrance from Gale Hayman (1991)

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Black Pearls vintage fragrance from Elizabeth Taylor (1995)

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Boucheron parfums (1992)

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Bridges, the fragrance (1995)

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Caesars Woman and Caesars Man fragrances (1993)

These two colognes from Caesars (as in the famous Las Vegas hotel) apparently had some promotional tie-ins to ENUF Internationale and to the football movie “Rudy” — although the photo used in this ad doesn’t include any of the film’s stars.

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Caliente fragrance (1993)

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California from Jaclyn Smith, by Max Factor (1990)

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Carolina Herrera perfume (1994)

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Casmir perfume from Parfums Chopard (1994)

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Catalyst by Halston (1993)

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Chakra perfumes from Aveda (1997)

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Chanel No. 5 (1994)

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22. Charlie vintage perfume from Revlon (1995)

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Charlie Express fragrance from Revlon (1991

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Chloe Narcisse fragrances (1993)

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Ciara Femme Fatale fragrance from Revlon (1995)

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Clinique Wrappings fragrance (1991)

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Coco from Chanel – with singer/actress Vanessa Paradis (1992)

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Colors perfume from Benetton (1991)

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Cool Water woman from Davidoff (1997)

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Curve for men and for women from Liz Claiborne (1995)

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Dazzling by Estee Lauder, with actress/model Elizabeth Hurley (1999)

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Deci Dela from Nina Ricci (1995)

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Downtown Girl perfume from Revlon (1991)

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Dream eau de toilette from Gap (1995)

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Ellen Tracy fragrance (1992)

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Emeraude cologne (1991)

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Escape from Calvin Klein (1991)

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Exclamation Blush perfume (1998)
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Exclamation Noir perfume (1998)

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Exclamation original fragrance (1993)

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Extravagance by Givenchy (1998)

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Fetish scent, by Dana for Women (1997)

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Fire and Ice fragrance from Revlon (1994)

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Fleur d’interdit eau de parfum from Givenchy (1994)

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French Vanilla fragrance (1995)

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Gap Blue No. 655 fragrance for her (1995)

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Ghost Myst fragrance from Coty (1995)

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Gio by Giorgio Armani (1993)

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Giorgio Beverly Hills (1992)

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Gossip fragrance by Cindy Adams, from Coty (1998)

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Guess parfum, with supermodel Claudia Schiffer (1991)

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Hana fragrance from Aveda: Pure-fume spirit (1997)

Practice safe scents. And scents of pleasure. Inspiritu aromas (like all our Pure-Fume aromas) are pure flower and plant essences, not synthetic duplicates. Inspired by cultures that — like us — applied the active, therapeutic benefits of plant aromas.

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Happy fragrance by Clinique (1998)

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Head Over Heels fragrance from Ultima II (1994)

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Ici fragrance for women (1995)

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Incognito perfume from Cover Girl (1993)

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Jaipur perfume by Boucheron (1995)

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Jean Paul Gaultier parfums – with an unusual bottle (1995)

The unusual bottle is a play on fashion designer Gaultier’s iconic look — as worn by Madonna on her 1990 concert tour.

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Joop for women (1993)

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Jovan Musk for men and women from Coty (1994)

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Jungle Gardenia fragrance (1995)

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L’Air du Temps from Nina Ricci (1992)

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L’Eau de Monteil parfum (1995)

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L’Effleur fragrance collection (1993)

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Lady Stetson perfume (1993)

Vintage ad with actress Natasha Henstridge

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Lauren for Her from Ralph Lauren (1993)

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Listen parfum from Herb Alpert (1991)

(Yes, that Herb Alpert — the famous jazz musician — had his own fragrance line for a while.)

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Longing vintage perfume from Coty (1994)

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Mariel eau de parfum by H20 Plus (1993)

By actress/model Mariel Hemingway

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Musk by Alyssa Ashley (1995)

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Navy perfume from Cover Girl (1992)

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Nokomis fragrance (1995)

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Obsession from Calvin Klein eau de parfum (1997)

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Ocean Dream perfume from Giorgio Beverly Hills (1995)

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One by Calvin Klein – eau de toilette for men and women (1994)

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Opium eau de parfum from Yves Saint Laurent (1993)

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Organza from Givenchy (1998)

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Oscar by Oscar de la Renta (1992)

Experience the power of femininity.

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Paris by Yves Saint Laurent (1991)

Paris je t’aime. I love you… with all of me.

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Passion from Elizabeth Taylor (1992)

A passionate moment… a passionate fragrance. The girl who had everything.

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Pleasures from Estee Lauder (1998)

A sheer flowering to delight all the senses. All the time.

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Poison esprit de parfum by Christian Dior (1990)

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Presence perfume (1990)

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Realities vintage fragrance from Liz Claiborne (1993)

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Red from Giorgio Beverly Hills (1991)

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Rive Gauche perfume by Yves Saint Laurent (1990)

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Safari women’s fragrance from Ralph Lauren (1993)

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Samsara parfum from Guerlain Paris (1992)

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Sand and Sable perfume from Coty (1993)

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Santa Fe colognes for men and women (1991)

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Shalimar from Guerlain Paris (1991)

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So perfume by Oscar de la Renta (1998)

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Spellbound perfume from Estee Lauder (1991)

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Sunflowers vintage fragrance from Elizabeth Arden (1993)

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Sunset Cafe fragrances (1995)

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Tabu perfume by Dana (1994)

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Tiffany brand eau de toilette (1990)

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Tommy Girl fragrance from Tommy Hilfiger (1998)

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Tresor from Lancome (1993)

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Tribe fragrance from Coty (1993)

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Tribu from Benetton (1993)

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Truly Lace perfume (1993)

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Tuscany Per Donna from Estee Lauder (1994)

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Vanderbilt eau de toilette by Gloria Vanderbilt (1994)

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Vanilla Fields vintage fragrance (1993)

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Vanilla Musk by Coty (1994)

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Venezia eau de toilette by Laura Biagotti (1993)

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Vivid by Liz Claiborne (1995)

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Volupte by Oscar de la Renta (1992)

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White Diamonds from Elizabeth Taylor (1991)

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White Linen Perfume by Estee Lauder (1992)

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White Musk by Jovan (1998)

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Wind Song perfume from Prince Matchabelli (1990)

Your Wind Song stays on his mind…

Contest from 1990: “Write from the heart, and tell me why the one you love stays on your mind. I’ll read the four most romantic love letters on my American Top 40 radio program in February.

“These four winners will also win trips for two to the Wind Song Villa in Jamaica. Look for official entry blanks at Wind Song displays that feature specially priced purse-size spray colognes.

“Now you can enjoy Wind Song any time, any place…” – SHADOE STEVENS

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Wings perfume from Giorgio Beverly Hills (1993)

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FAQs

Are old perfumes worth anything? ›

Old perfume bottles are very valuable bottle. Depending on the artist, detailing, age, rarity, and condition, an antique perfume bottle can cost anything between from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

Is 20 year old perfume still good? ›

Some will begin to expire in less than a year and others will last upwards of 10 years. However, three to five years is the average shelf life of a fragrance. According to experts, perfumes with heavier base notes will last the longest. Some people compare these perfumes to a fine wine—they get better with age.

What was Audrey Hepburn's signature perfume? ›

14 iconic women and the fragrances they loved: Created specially for Audrey Hepburn by Hubert de Givenchy, L'Interdit—which means "forbidden" in French—was created in 1957. Rumors spread that Audrey didn't want Givenchy to release the scent, but it was ultimately made available for wide purchase in the 1960s.

What perfumes are considered old lady perfume? ›

Guerlain Shalimar, Yves Saint Laurent Opium, and Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps have similar profiles; Shalimar and Opium emit a powdery amber essence, while L'Air du Temps has a carnation note that smells soapy. They, too, are often referred to as Old Lady Perfumes.

What are old lady perfumes? ›

The term is generally applied to perfumes launched between the 1920s to the 1980s. And though the fragrances that fall under the Old Lady Perfume umbrella aren't a monolith, there are some common threads. The best known Old Lady Perfume is probably the classic Chanel No. 5, which launched a century ago.

Does perfume go bad if unopened? ›

Most fragrance manufacturers will recommend tossing your bottle after anywhere from one to three years (check your label), but since fragrance doesn't expire in the same sense that food does, it's sometimes okay to keep using a bottle for four, even five years.

Does perfume last longer on skin or clothes? ›

Perfume will stay longer on textile than on your skin. If you want your perfume to last longer, praying some on your clothes or scarf is a good idea. But be careful: some perfumes can cause stains on your clothes, especially the more concentrated perfumes with a darker, ambery color.

When should you throw out perfume? ›

Most fragrance manufacturers recommend throwing away your bottle after anywhere from one to three years, but fragrance doesn't behave in the same way as food, so it can be okay to keep it for longer, most fragrance experts recommend around three to five years.

What was Marilyn Monroe's favorite perfume? ›

Marilyn Monroe famously told interviewers that she wore Chanel No. 5 to bed (and nothing else), but it wasn't her only favorite. Like millions of other women, Monroe was a fan of Chanel No 5. However, in 2002, it was revealed that she also had a secret penchant for Floris Rose Geranium.

What was Princess Diana's favorite perfume? ›

Princess Diana's favourite perfume was Penhaligon's Bluebell - and you can still buy it today | HELLO!

What was Lucille Ball's signature perfume? ›

This famous fragrance was commissioned for Grace Kelly's wedding day to Prince Rainier of Monaco. The notes of Creed Fleurisimo include bergamot, tuberose, violet, and ambergris. Lucille Ball's Fragrance was also a Talisman of a sort... Lucille Ball's favorite perfume smells of fresh oranges.

What perfume was popular in 1989? ›

1989 - Red Door by Elizabeth Arden

This scent rounded out the 1980s and began the trend towards more elegant perfumes to come in the 1990s. Red Door featured a similar sweet and powdery scent like Exclamation, but was mostly floral, and woody with a base of sandalwood and honey.

What perfume was popular in 1984? ›

1984: Coco by Chanel

Perhaps one of the most iconic scents of all time, Coco by Chanel follows the same spicy-Oriental notes that Opium found popularity in. This is a very balsamic fragrance, with top notes of coriander, mandarin orange, and peach.

What perfumes were popular in the 1970s? ›

Popular Women's Fragrances From the 1970s
  • Revlon Charlie.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium.
  • Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps.
  • Cacharel Anais Anais.
  • Avon Sweet Honesty.
  • Love's Baby Soft.
  • Faberge Babe.
  • Goya Aqua Manda.

What is the oldest perfume still being made? ›

Acqua di Colonia Santa Maria Novella

The oldest of their perfumes still in production is their Acqua di Colognia which was first bottled in 1533 by the Dominican friars that ran the apothecary. This perfume was created for Catherine de' Medici and the main notes are rose and citrus.

What is the most famous perfume of all time? ›

Chanel No.

Chanel N°5 is, without a doubt, the most iconic fragrance of all time. It's been a staple within many a glamorous woman's fragrance wardrobes since its creation back in 1921.

Is White Diamonds old lady perfume? ›

White Diamonds is one of those "grown-up" scents that doesn't have any "old lady" qualities. It makes you smell like a woman who owns good shoes, well-made purses, and well-made clothing.

What perfumes smell like Shalimar? ›

If you like Guerlain's Shalimar, try Tom Ford's Black Orchid

It's bold and assertive, and it's still a classic, but if you want something that evokes the same kind of power and drama, try Tom Ford's Black Orchid, which goes heavy on the florals, but dries down to the same powdery finish as Shalimar.

What is a vintage scent? ›

WHAT IS A VINTAGE PERFUME? Vintage scents are older formulations of perfumes that had gone under reformulations through the years. Generally, a perfume that is older than 10 years is considered vintage. This applies both to discontinued and currently in production perfumes.

Can you use 10 year old perfume? ›

If your perfume is more than two and a half years old, you may want to test it for signs of expiration. However, if your perfume smells good and has a similar colour and consistency to when you bought it, it should be safe to apply. Some high-quality perfumes can even last years to come if stored correctly.

How many perfumes should you own? ›

In general, you need to own at least two perfumes. With two perfumes, you can have cold and warm weather perfumes to ensure a matching scent all year round. More perfumes are recommended, especially if you want to be able to change things. The answer to the question of how many scents you need depends on who you ask.

Where should you spray perfume? ›

Wondering exactly where to spray perfume? Focus on your pulse points. These are areas where your veins sit closest to your skin, so you can (literally) feel your pulse. It's places like the inside of your wrists, inner elbows, below your belly button, behind your ear lobes, and the back of your knees.

Does Vaseline make perfume last longer? ›

Apply a little Vaseline on your pulse point before you spritz your perfume. The ointment in petroleum jelly helps hold the fragrance for longer. You can also use an unscented moisturizer to lock the scent in and keep it lingering around longer.

Why does my perfume not smell on me? ›

Why doesn't fragrance last on me? Unfortunately for some people, your body chemistry causes perfumes to evaporate more quickly from your skin. Perfumers would say that your skin throws off fragrance. Instead of lasting for some 3 to 4 hours, it disappears within an hour, sometimes shorter.

Can I pour perfume down the toilet? ›

Perfume, cologne, and aftershave are considered hazardous

If disposed of improperly (e.g. poured down the drain or into the toilet), this deadly combination of ingredients has the potential to bypass the water treatment process and end up in our surface and groundwater.

How do I get rid of old perfumes? ›

Disposing of the Liquid. Place your bottles in the trash if your town recommends it. Collect all of your unwanted perfume bottles in one place. Place these bottles in a garbage bin or cart so they can be collected later on.

Does anyone buy old perfume bottles? ›

If your empty perfume bottles are rare, old or from an iconic brand, you can sell them to discerning collectors. Some major retailers offer to return your bottles in exchange for a discount on the purchase of a new perfume.

How can you tell if perfume is vintage? ›

Vintage scents are older formulations of perfumes that had gone under reformulations through the years. Generally, a perfume that is older than 10 years is considered vintage.

How do I find the value of my perfume bottles? ›

4 Tips to Value Perfume bottles, Purses, & Clothes by Dr. Lori

Can perfume go bad? ›

DOES PERFUME EXPIRE? Yes, perfume and also after shave do go off. However, how long they last depend on the scent's chemical composition. Many perfumes don't have a set expiry date and can last anywhere between 1-10 years.

Does unopened perfume go off? ›

Bottom line: An unopened bottle of fragrance is good for 12 to 18 months, though a light scent—such as a citrus, one with fresh green notes, or a delicate floral—will most likely begin to turn sooner.

When should you throw out perfume? ›

Most fragrance manufacturers recommend throwing away your bottle after anywhere from one to three years, but fragrance doesn't behave in the same way as food, so it can be okay to keep it for longer, most fragrance experts recommend around three to five years.

Why do people buy empty perfume bottles? ›

Bloggers are buying empty bottles to make it look like they own expensive beauty hauls, MailOnline can reveal. Dozens of eBay users are flogging used perfume and soap containers from luxury brands to bloggers seemingly desperate to keep up appearances by posting pictures of their 'high-end' beauty collections on.

What are old perfume bottles called? ›

What Are Vintage Perfume Bottles Called? Scent bottles, vials, alabastrons, decanters—there're many names the perfume bottle was and still is known by today. Antique and vintage perfume bottles come from all over the world, and all throughout history.

What perfume was popular in the 70s? ›

Popular Women's Fragrances From the 1970s
  • Revlon Charlie.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium.
  • Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps.
  • Cacharel Anais Anais.
  • Avon Sweet Honesty.
  • Love's Baby Soft.
  • Faberge Babe.
  • Goya Aqua Manda.

What does the number on the bottom of a perfume bottle mean? ›

Old glass bottles might have etched matching numbers on the base of the perfume bottle and on the bottom of the stopper. This was done at the factory when the stopper would have been ground to fit the bottle, the numbers are to show which bottle goes with the right stopper.

Can you still use vintage perfume? ›

The short answer is yes, it is safe to wear vintage perfumes. Now for the long answer: it is safe, but only in as much as it is safe to wear any perfume. Skin can definitely become irritated by many different perfumes and other scented products, like soaps and creams, but that is regardless of the age of the product.

Are perfume bottles collectible? ›

Perfume bottles offer a range of collecting possibilities. Some collectors choose to base their collections on specific designers, while others prefer a specific type or color of glass. Collections can also be based on decades of creation, certain styles, or even particular shapes.

Do old Avon bottles have value? ›

While the value of Avon bottles has not risen as high as most people will want, these bottles are valuable today. A single vintage Avon bottle from many decades ago that is in good condition can be worth anything between $50 to over $200.

How do you clean a vintage perfume bottle? ›

  1. Empty all contents from the perfume bottle.
  2. Leave the water and vinegar mixture inside the perfume bottle for an hour before pouring it out.
  3. Put a teaspoon of a mild liquid dish soap and a teaspoon of uncooked rice inside the perfume bottle. ...
  4. Leave the ingredients in the perfume bottle for an hour.

How do you use vintage perfume bottles? ›

11 Brilliant Ways to Reuse Empty Perfume Bottles
  1. Turn them into a Flower Vase. ...
  2. Turn them into a gorgeous Perfume Display. ...
  3. Turn them into an Oil Burner. ...
  4. Turn them into Art. ...
  5. Turn them into Candle Holders. ...
  6. Turn them into Wedding Party Favours. ...
  7. Turn them into a Glitter Globe. ...
  8. Turn it into a Reed Diffuser.
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