Cosmetic calculator: minor update

October 8th, 2014

This update does not introduce any new features or brands. Its aim is ability to calculate production date for specific lot number series, which previously were not supported. In addition to that, a number of small corrections have been made to the calculation routines to reflect latest information recently received for different brands.

Thank you for visiting the website, and special thanks to all who shared information and provided the feedback.

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When to say goodbye to your makeup?

July 1st, 2014

To know when to say goodbye to your makeup, you could be interested in the date when it was opened for the first time, or makeup production date. Well, this is where the website could help you. It could extract production date information from the batch code or lot number of your makeup.

As a part of this website update, support for the following brands has been added:

  • Aveeno
  • Canmake
  • e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face)
  • Inglot
  • Jill Stuart
  • Korres
  • L’Artisan Parfumeur
  • Laura Mercier
  • Moschino
  • Rochas
  • Slava Zaitsev

Also a number of minor updates and corrections have been made.
As usually, we recommend to ask the manufacturer directly if you’re unsure of a product’s recommended shelf life.

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What you should know about cosmetics expiration dates

March 1st, 2014

Many of our visitors asking why cosmetics and perfume do not have production and expiration date printed.

According to FDA: There are no regulations or requirements under current United States law that require cosmetic manufacturers to print expiration dates on the labels of cosmetic products… The European Union’s Cosmetic Directive, as amended in 1993, requires expiration dating only for products whose “minimum durability” is less than 30 months.

As a step forward in solving this problem, our service which is able to calculate production date of cosmetics or perfume by a lot number, has been extended. This update to Cosmetic and perfume production date calculator includes ability to read batch codes of the following brands:

  • American Beauty
  • Angel Schlesser
  • Aramis
  • Armand Basi
  • Badgley Mischka
  • Bob Mackie
  • Bumble and bumble
  • Coach Fragrances
  • Custo Barcelona
  • Donald Trump Fragrances
  • Elite Models
  • Faconnable
  • Flirt!
  • Good Skin
  • Issey Miyake
  • Jacques Bogart
  • JC de Castelbajac
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Jesus Del Pozo
  • Kiton
  • Mandarina Duck
  • Michael Kors
  • Missoni
  • Narciso Rodriguez
  • Nautica
  • Ojon
  • Paloma Picasso
  • Prescriptives
  • Roberto Verino
  • Rodan and Fields
  • Sean John
  • SkinCeuticals
  • Ted Lapidus
  • Tousz

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Vintage perfumes production date

February 20th, 2014

From now, using cosmetic and perfume calculator you could identify the manufacturing date of vintage perfumes for several brands like Giorgio Armani, Guerlain, Hermes, Van Cleef & Arpels.
Unfortunately some brands having their batch codes repeated each ten years. Due to that fact, batch code could have multiple meanings. For example, the same batch code could be read as ‘manufactured in 1986’, ‘in 1996’ or ‘in 2006’. To determine exact production date, you have to look at other criteria, like presence of ingredients list on the package, production period of specific perfume, know when the brand was owned by different companies etc. You can find more detailed information in this blog.

As a part of this update, support for Lalique and Serge Lutens has been added.
Support for Kanebo has been returned back.

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Shiseido batch codes notice

February 20th, 2014

We got unverified notice saying Shiseido does not include production date information into the batch codes anymore. Instead, they generate unique character sequence for each batch, and record correlation between production date and such batch code into the databases. If this information is correct, it’s possible to identify manufacturing date of a product only having an access to the company internal databases.
As previously mentioned, this information is unconfirmed. We’re trying to clarify and verify it. Until this will happen, support for Shiseido has been removed. We’re sorry for inconvenience.
Please contact us if you have any information regarding Shiseido batch codes.

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Wondering when you should replace your cosmetics with new ones?

January 22nd, 2014

Wondering when you should replace your cosmetics with new ones? We have a tool which may be helpful, and we’re constantly improving it. You could use the cosmetic calculator to find production or expiration date of your makeup by a lot number.
And today we would like to announce a new update for this tool, which brings support for the next brands:

  • Alfred Sung
  • Aquolina
  • Azzaro
  • Balmain
  • Banana Boat
  • Bare Escentuals
  • Boucheron
  • Britney Spears
  • Caron
  • Cartier
  • Chloe
  • Cyclax
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Halston
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Juicy Couture
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lagerfeld
  • Lanvin
  • Laura Biagiotti
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Lolita Lempicka
  • MD Formulations
  • Mariah Carey
  • Mont Blanc
  • Murad
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Paul Smith
  • Peter Thomas Roth
  • Pierre Cardin
  • S.T. Dupont
  • Taylor Swift
  • Usher
  • Van Cleef & Arpels

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New brands and features

January 15th, 2014

We couldn’t be happier to announce that cosmetic calculator received a number of updates to help you keeping your cosmetics fresh.

We’re introducing new and improved support for 26 additional brands:

  • Adidas
  • Adolfo Dominguez
  • Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Beyonce
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Celine Dion
  • Cerruti
  • Chopard
  • Comme des Garcons
  • Faith Hill
  • Gianfranco Ferre
  • Guess
  • Hermes
  • Jil Sander
  • Paco Rabanne
  • Prada
  • Roberto Cavalli
  • Shakira
  • Sonia Rykiel
  • Tom Tailor
  • Valentino
  • Vera Wang
  • Victoria’s Secret

We’ve also included the production date calculation updates for the following brands:

  • Antonio Banderas Fragrances
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chanel
  • Davidoff
  • L’Oreal
  • Maybelline
  • Talika
  • Versace

Unfortunately we had to disable support for Kanebo and Shiseido (temporary); sorry for inconvenience.

Finally, since the number of supported brands increases, we added brands quick search for your convenience.

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Check your cosmetics – next website update

April 4th, 2013

Added ability to read batch codes of the following brands: Crabtree & Evelyn, Dr.Ci:Labo, It Cosmetics, Rimmel, Schwarzkopf, Smashbox, Sleek Makeup, St Ives, Stila, Styx.

Production date calculation from a lot number has been updated and extended for the following brands: Burberry, Elizabeth Arden, Make Up For Ever, The Face Shop, Missha, NARS, NYX, Sephora, Shu Uemura, Too Faced, Kanebo.

Many thanks to all people who shared the information and participated in this update.

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Important note on L’Oreal batch codes

March 5th, 2013

Please notice, that several digits prefixed with “EMB” on L’Oreal products are not batch codes, but reference numbers.

Such reference number could not be used to identify the production date.
Example of such reference number: EMB99127

Basic differences between reference number and batch code:

  • batch code identifies the batch in which the product was produced; in most cases it is based on manufacturing date & time.
  • reference number is internal product specification.

Please do not use reference numbers for calculation; this will lead to completely wrong and unexpected results.

Get a closer look at your product and find the batch code.
Most of latest L’Oreal batch codes have 6 alphanumeric characters without “EMB” prefix, for example: 44J500.

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More brands have been added

February 17th, 2013

The following brands have been added:
Amway, Anna Lotan, Chicco, Kenzoki, OPI, Tigi, Uriage

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