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Shelf life: Oud oil vs Perfume vs other essential oils



The Shelf Life of Oud Oil vs. Other Perfumes: A Collector's Insight

If you are an avid perfume collector, the sight of a table overflowing with bottles, as illustrated above, is likely a familiar scene. However, it is important to remember that perfumes do have a shelf life, and the longevity of each scent can vary significantly. This blog explores the shelf life of oud oil in comparison to other perfumes and highlights the advantages of investing in oud oil.

The Shelf Life of Perfume

Perfume longevity can depend on several factors, including the ingredients used. Perfumes containing synthetic agents tend to depreciate after a year or two. Essential oil-based perfumes, on the other hand, last much longer. According to Scentiments.com, proper storage—such as keeping perfume in the fridge, avoiding sunlight, and storing it in a dark, dry, and cool place—can help prolong its shelf life.

The Challenge of a Large Perfume Collection

Have you ever used up a bottle of perfume before purchasing a new one? If you have a substantial collection that outgrows your wardrobe, you might consider selling your perfumes at a lower price on platforms like eBay or Gumtree, or even swapping them in Facebook groups dedicated to perfume enthusiasts.

Essential Oils and Their Shelf Life

Generally, essential oils have an estimated shelf life ranging from one to eight years (Mary Sweeney) . However, there is a remarkable exception: agarwood (oud or oudh) oil. When stored correctly and free from contamination, oud oil boasts a virtually permanent expiry date. In fact, its scent often improves with age, a characteristic that sets it apart from other essential oils.

The Unique Aging Process of Oud Oil

From personal experience, a bottle of 2009 Evergreen oud oil has transformed over the years. While those who appreciate the barnyard note might miss its initial aroma, the 2009 version has evolved into something much sweeter and smoother over time.

An industry partner with a batch of 2002 "Super Animalic" oud oil, currently retailing in Dubai at $85,000 per litre, reports that the animalic notes remain as strong as ever. The intensity of the scent is such that it invites repeated sniffs, showcasing oud oil's unique ability to retain its potency.

The Advantages of Oud Oil

If you are seeking a unique fragrance with a near-permanent shelf life, oud oil is an exceptional choice. It is an investment that matures gracefully, much like fine wine. As you grow older, your palate may change, but the scent of oud oil can evoke powerful memories, creating a timeless connection to your past.

Practical Uses and Benefits

A small dab of oud oil on your sleeve can keep you enveloped in its delightful aroma throughout the day. Feeling tired? Take a sniff. Feeling stressed? Another sniff can help calm you down. The enduring and evolving nature of oud oil makes it a valuable addition to any perfume collection.

In conclusion, while many perfumes have a limited shelf life, oud oil stands out for its longevity and the way it improves with age. It is a worthwhile investment for those who appreciate fine fragrances and seek a scent that can last a lifetime.



(Credit: photo by Kiet Vuong: Evergreen Forest Director)

For part 2 which explains why there is no expiration period or shelf life of Oud oil


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Kareem Ashraff
Kareem Ashraff

May 04, 2020

I collect Agar Wood

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