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
2018-03-17 20:16:38Clinique3 years 8 months 16 daysUnited States
2018-03-17 20:16:20Estee Lauder8 years 8 months 16 daysUnited Kingdom
2018-03-17 20:16:18The Balm2 years 1 month 16 daysLebanon
2018-03-17 20:16:10Clinique6 months 16 daysUnited States
2018-03-17 20:15:54L'Oreal2 years 8 months 16 daysUnited States
2018-03-17 20:15:43CHANEL5 years 5 months 16 daysRussia
2018-03-17 20:15:39Estee Lauder1 year 10 months 16 daysUnited Kingdom
2018-03-17 20:15:31Estee Lauder5 years 3 months 16 daysLebanon
2018-03-17 20:15:14CHANEL1 year 5 months 16 daysBrazil
2018-03-17 20:15:12Burberry3 years 7 months 10 daysRomania

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