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
2018-03-23 12:45:47Benefit5 months 22 daysUnited States
2018-03-23 12:45:46The Balm7 months 22 daysAustralia
2018-03-23 12:45:38Paco Rabanne1 year 17 daysRomania
2018-03-23 12:45:22Elizabeth Arden2 years 9 months 22 daysSingapore
2018-03-23 12:45:20Bobbi Brown1 year 11 months 22 daysUnited States
2018-03-23 12:44:46Nivea7 months 24 daysMalaysia
2018-03-23 12:44:43Giorgio Armani10 years 9 months 27 daysPhilippines
2018-03-23 12:44:34Guerlain5 years 5 months 22 daysUnited Kingdom
2018-03-23 12:44:24Clinique8 years 2 months 22 daysAustralia
2018-03-23 12:44:24L'Oreal1 year 5 months 22 daysTurkey

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