Check date of manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics

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L'oreal batch code

Batch codes (eg 40H900, 1N03) are usually printed or stamped on the bottom of the product packaging.

Dior batch code

How long cosmetics are fresh?

A shelf life of cosmetics depends on a period after opening and production date.

period after openingPeriod after opening (PAO). Some cosmetics should be used within a specified period of time after opening due to oxidation and microbiological factors. Their packaging has a drawing of an open jar, inside it, there is a number representing the number of months. In this example, it is 6 months of use after opening.

Production date. Unused cosmetics also lose their freshness and become dry. According to EU law, the manufacturer has to put the expiration date only on cosmetics whose shelf life is less than 30 months. The most common periods of suitability for use from the date of manufacture:

Perfumes with alcohol - about 5 years
Skin care- minimum 3 years
Makeup- from 3 years (mascara) to more than 5 years (powders)

Expiration dates may vary depending on the manufacturer.

Last checked batch codes

Date/Time UTCBrandAgeCountry
2018-04-23 13:25:48Yves Saint Laurent9 months 22 daysBelarus
2018-04-23 13:25:46Pantene6 months 8 daysIndia
2018-04-23 13:25:42Nivea2 years 4 months 13 daysSlovenia
2018-04-23 13:25:38Pantene8 years 11 months 15 daysIran
2018-04-23 13:25:31Hugo Boss1 year 7 months 18 daysHungary
2018-04-23 13:24:58Smashbox4 years 4 months 22 daysUnited States
2018-04-23 13:24:56CHANEL2 years 6 months 22 daysUnited States
2018-04-23 13:24:43Nivea3 years 1 month 4 daysEthiopia
2018-04-23 13:24:32L'Oreal2 years 11 months 22 daysAlbania
2018-04-23 13:24:24Estee Lauder5 months 22 daysThailand

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