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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
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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

 

Conditioner

2 to 3 years

 

Deodorant

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

 

Lipstick

2 years

 

Mascara

Unopened: 2 years

Used: 3 to 4 months

 

Mouthwash

Three years from manufacture date

 

Nail polish

1 year

 

Nail-polish remover

Lasts indefinitely

 

Perfume

1 to 2 years

 

Rubbing alcohol

At least 3 years

 

Shampoo

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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