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77 Surprising Expiration Dates

A handy keep-or-toss guide to 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods.

By Maya Kukes and Lisa Smith

Beauty Products



All dates are from the manufacture date, which is either displayed on the packaging or can be obtained by calling the manufacturer's customer-service number.


Bar soap

18 months to 3 years


Bath gel, body wash

3 years


Bath oil

1 year


Body bleaches and depilatories

Unopened: 2 years

Used: 6 months


Body lotion

3 years



2 to 3 years



Unopened: 2 years

Used: 1 to 2 years

For antiperspirants, see expiration date


Eye cream

Unopened: 3 years

Used: 1 year


Face lotion

With SPF, see expiration date. All others, at least 3 years


Foundation, oil-based

2 years


Foundation, water-based

3 years


Hair gel

2 to 3 years


Hair spray

2 to 3 years


Lip balm

Unopened: 5 years

Used: 1 to 5 years



2 years



Unopened: 2 years

Used: 3 to 4 months



Three years from manufacture date


Nail polish

1 year


Nail-polish remover

Lasts indefinitely



1 to 2 years


Rubbing alcohol

At least 3 years



2 to 3 years


Shaving cream

2 years or more


Tooth-whitening strips

13 months


Wash’n Dri moist wipes

Unopened: 2 years

Opened: Good until dried out






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