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November 22nd, 2010

Check your cosmetics!

Cosmetic products which shelf life is less than 30 months must be marked with “Best before” date according to common regulations in the most of the countries. Such products can no longer meet safety requirements as soon as expiry date has been passed. It’s not mandatory to have such labeling for the cosmetic products which shelf life exceeds 30 months. Most of such products should not be harmful even after the expiration; but they can change smell, color, texture or simply become useless. Purchasing such product could mean wasted money.

How can this be avoided? It looks so easy: you just need to find the expiration date or “Period After Opening” sign on the cosmetic product packaging. Unfortunately, cosmetics manufacturers eventually do not indicate the production or expiration date in the clear, human-readable form. Instead, a product is marked with a batch code or a lot number, which is convenient to the manufacturer, but does not provide any information to product consumer. Even worse, some online shops remove any additional labels which contain information about the country where the product was manufactured as well as expiration date.

Cosmetic calculator

Cosmetic calculator helps you to determine the manufacture date of cosmetics or perfume by the batch code or lot number, and provides general information about product shelf life.

Please notice that the given shelf life period is common and not applicable for all of the products. You should carefully read the recommendations for each particular product (provided directly on the container, printed on the packaging, or published on company’s web site) and follow them.

Warning: occasionally calculation results can be incorrect.
Algorithms used for production date calculation are partially based on the information published on official websites, and partially on the information privately provided by consultants and resellers. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee and do not guarantee that such information and algorithms based on it will always be actual, complete and error free.
That’s why we recommend contacting the company or its authorized agents directly to get the complete and exact information on your product.

What is batch code?

The batch code allows manufacturers or suppliers identifying the batch in which the product was manufactured. If the product is not made in a batch, then the code should enable the date and place of manufacture to be identified.

Where can I find the code?

The code is usually printed directly on the bottom of the container or somewhere near it; you can also try to find it on the product packaging.
A couple of examples, Bourjois and Guerlain batch codes:
Bourjois batch code Guerlain batch code

Which brands are supported?

Currently the following brands are supported:
Adidas, Adolfo Dominguez, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Alfred Sung, American Beauty, Amway, Angel Schlesser, Anna Lotan, Anna Sui, Antonio Banderas Fragrances, Aquolina, Aramis, Argital, Armand Basi, Arnaud, Artistry, Aura Cacia, Aussie, Avalon Organics, Aveda, Aveeno, Avon, Axe, Azzaro, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Badgley Mischka, Balmain, Banana Boat, Bare Escentuals, Bath & Body Works, Beautycycle, Benefit Cosmetics, Beyonce, Bioderma, Biotherm, Bob Mackie, Bobbi Brown, Borghese, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Bourjois, Brelil, Britney Spears, Bruno Banani, Brylcreem, Bumble and bumble, Burberry, Burt’s bees, Bvlgari, CAC, Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Camay, Canmake, Carolina Herrera, Caron, Cartier, Caudalie, Celine Dion, Cerruti, Cetaphil, Chanel, Charmzone, Chicco, Chloe, Chopard, Christian Dior, Christina, Christina Aguilera, Clairol Professional, Clarins, Clean & Clear, Clinique, Coach Fragrances, Collistar, Comme des Garcons, Coppertone, Covergirl, Crabtree & Evelyn, Custo Barcelona, Cyclax, DDF, DHC, DSQUARED2, Darphin, Davidoff, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Donald Trump Fragrances, Donna Karan, Dove, Dr.Ci:Labo, Dr.Hauschka, Dr.Jart+, Dunhill, e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face), Elite Models, Elizabeth Arden, Elizabeth Taylor, Emilio Pucci, Escada, Estee Lauder, Faconnable, Faith Hill, Fekkai, Fendi, Ferragamo, Fissan, Flirt!, Fresh, Gai Mattiolo, Garnier, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Giovanni Cosmetics, Givenchy, Good Skin, Gucci, Guerlain, Guess, Guinot, H2O+, Halle Berry, Halston, Head & Shoulders, Helena Rubinstein, Herbacin, Herbal Essences, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Inglot, IsaDora, Issey Miyake, It Cosmetics, JC de Castelbajac, Jacques Bogart, Jane Iredale, Janssen Cosmeceutical, Jason, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jesus Del Pozo, Jil Sander, Jill Stuart, Jimmy Choo, Jo Malone, Joe Blasco, John Masters Organics, Juicy Couture, Justin Bieber, Juvena, Kanebo, Kenzo, Kenzoki, Kerastase, Kiehl’s, Kiton, Korff, Korres, Kose, L’Artisan Parfumeur, L’Oreal, La Colline, La Mer, La Prairie, La Roche-Posay, Lab Series, Lacoste, Lagerfeld, Lalique, Lancaster, Lancome, Laneige, Lanvin, Laura Biagiotti, Laura Mercier, Lierac, Liz Claiborne, Lolita Lempicka, Lux, MAC, MD Formulations, Make Up Factory, Make Up For Ever, Mandarina Duck, Mariah Carey, Mary Cohr, Mary Kay, Matis, Matrix, Mavala, Max Factor, Maybelline, Mentholatum, Michael Kors, Missha, Missoni, Mont Blanc, Moschino, Murad, NARS, NYX, NailTek, Naomi Campbell, Narciso Rodriguez, Natural Instincts, Nautica, Neutrogena, Nice ‘n Easy, Nicki Minaj, Nina Ricci, Nioxin, Nivea, Nu Skin, Nutrilite, Nuxe, OPI, Ojon, Olay, Oriflame, Origins, Orlane, Paco Rabanne, Paloma Picasso, Pantene, Paul Mitchell, Paul Smith, Payot, Pert, Peter Thomas Roth, Phyto, Pierre Cardin, Pond’s, Prada, Prescriptives, Puma, Pupa, Radox, Ralph Lauren, Redken, Rejoice, Revlon, Rexona, Rimmel, RoC, Roberto Cavalli, Roberto Verino, Rochas, Rodan and Fields, Rossmann, S.T. Dupont, SK-II, Safeguard, Sans Soucis, Schwarzkopf, Sean John, Sebastian Professional, Sephora, Serge Lutens, Shakira, Shu Uemura, Simple, Sisley, Skin79, SkinCeuticals, Skinfood, Slava Zaitsev, Sleek MakeUP, Smashbox, Sofina, Sonia Rykiel, St Ives, Stila, Styx, Sunsilk, TRESemme, Talika, Taylor Swift, Ted Lapidus, Thalgo, The Face Shop, Thierry Mugler, Tigi, Tom Ford Beauty, Tom Tailor, Tommy Hilfiger, Tony Moly, Too Faced, Tous, Ungaro, Uriage, Usher, VO5, Valentino, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vaseline, Venus, Vera Wang, Versace, Vichy, Victoria’s Secret, Victorio & Lucchino, Vidal Sassoon, Viktor & Rolf, Wella, Yves Rocher, Yves Saint Laurent.

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