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 20:14:14Christian Dior2 years 1 month 16 daysUnited States
2018-03-17 20:13:51Clinique3 years 2 months 16 daysUnited States
2018-03-17 20:13:49Mont Blanc6 years 20 daysIndia
2018-03-17 20:13:47Viktor & Rolf5 months 16 daysUnited Kingdom
2018-03-17 20:13:44Giorgio Armani1 year 1 month 24 daysItaly
2018-03-17 20:13:25Gucci1 year 1 month 29 daysTurkey
2018-03-17 20:13:23CHANEL1 year 16 daysUnited Kingdom
2018-03-17 20:13:19Viktor & Rolf6 months 16 daysUnited Kingdom
2018-03-17 20:12:36Estee Lauder4 months 16 daysTurkey
2018-03-17 20:12:09Clinique6 years 6 months 16 daysSouth Africa

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