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 00:56:24Prada5 years 4 months 11 daysBrazil
2017-12-18 00:55:14Christian Dior1 year 3 months 17 daysThailand
2017-12-18 00:54:58Christian Dior5 months 17 daysUnited States
2017-12-18 00:53:31Smashbox6 years 3 months 17 daysUnited States
2017-12-18 00:53:18L'Oreal8 months 17 daysSuriname
2017-12-18 00:52:57Smashbox4 years 7 months 17 daysUnited States
2017-12-18 00:52:29L'Oreal5 months 17 daysSuriname
2017-12-18 00:51:39Body Shop2 years 1 month 17 daysUnited States
2017-12-18 00:50:48Tom Ford10 months 17 daysHong Kong
2017-12-18 00:50:42Elizabeth Arden11 months 17 daysCosta Rica

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