Q. I received a bottle of perfume for Mother's Day. I was planning to wear it only for special occasions, but my daughter says I should use it daily. She says it will spoil if I don't use it fast enough. I've never had a scent spoil before. Does this happen?
Your perfume won't spoil, exactly, but it may lose some of its potency, and the top notes – the scent you smell when you first spritz the perfume – may fade or change slightly. If you store your perfume in a cool, dark place (the refrigerator is ideal), it should last a year or two.
And it's not true that a change in color signals a change in the scent. Some fragrances just naturally darken over time.