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
2017-12-18 01:04:01Nivea4 years 2 months 3 daysMalaysia
2017-12-18 01:03:46Yves Saint Laurent4 years 8 months 17 daysUnited States
2017-12-18 01:03:37Giorgio Armani2 years 11 months 17 daysSouth Korea
2017-12-18 01:02:57Nivea6 months 7 daysVietnam
2017-12-18 01:02:51Garnier4 years 7 months 17 daysUnited States
2017-12-18 01:02:46Nivea9 months 6 daysVietnam
2017-12-18 01:01:42Guerlain3 months 17 daysPoland
2017-12-18 01:01:33MAC4 years 5 months 17 daysUnited States
2017-12-18 00:59:23MAC6 months 17 daysUnited States
2017-12-18 00:59:12Calvin Klein2 years 3 months 17 daysBrazil

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