Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Cosmetic Calculator

Check your cosmetics!

It is well known that using expired cosmetics can result in quite sad consequences: skin irritation, dermatitis, allergic reactions and infection. This can be caused by microorganisms and dirt which can get into the cosmetic product once it has been opened, or due to using the product after specified “Use by” date.
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 expired 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 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 information about product shelf life.
This can be useful not only for checking the contents of your own cosmetics bag; both online and offline stores eventually try to sale expired (or almost expired) cosmetics with various discounts.
Please notice that the given shelf life is general and not applicable for all of the products. You should carefully read the recommendations for each particular product (provided directly on the container or printed on the packaging) 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 production date information.

What is batch code?

The code which enables manufacturers or suppliers to identify the batch in which the product was manufactured must be marked on both the primary container and outer packaging. 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

What brands are supported?

Currently the following brands are supported:
Anna Sui, Arnaud, Aura Cacia, Avalon Organics, Aussie, Aveda, Avon, Axe, Benefit Cosmetics, Bioderma, Biotherm, Bobbi Brown, Borghese, Bourjois, Brelil, Bruno Banani, Brylcreem, Burberry, Burt’s bees, Bvlgari, CAC, Cacharel, Camay, Caudalie, Calvin Klein, Cetaphil, Chanel, Charmzone, Christian Dior, Christina, Christina Aguilera, Clairol Professional, Clarins, Clean & Clear, Clinique, Collistar, Coppertone, Covergirl, Davidoff, DDF, DHC, Darphin, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dove, Dr.Jart+, Dunhill, Elizabeth Arden, Emilio Pucci, Escada, Estee Lauder, Fekkai, Ferragamo, Fissan, Fresh, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Giovanni Cosmetics, Givenchy, Gucci, Guerlain, Guinot, H2O+, Head & Shoulders, Helena Rubinstein, Herbacin, Herbal Essences, Hugo Boss, IsaDora, Jane Iredale, Janson, Janssen Cosmeceutical, Jo Malone, Joe Blasco, John Masters Organics, Kanebo, Kenzo, Kerastase, Kiehl’s, Korff, Kose, L’Occitane, L’Oreal, La Colline, La Mer, La Prairie, La Roche-Posay, Lab Series, Lacoste, Lancaster, Lancome, Laneige, Lierac, Lux, MAC, Make Up Factory, Make Up For Ever, Mary Kay, Matis, Matrix, Mavala, Max Factor, Maybelline, Mentholatum, Missha, NARS, NYX, NailTek, Naomi Campbell, Natural Instincts, Neutrogena, Nice ‘n Easy, Nina Ricci, Nioxin, Nivea, Nu Skin, Nuxe, Olay, Oriflame, Origins, Orlane, Pantene, Paul Mitchell, Payot, Pert, Phyto, Pond’s, Puma, Pupa, Radox, Ralph Lauren, Redken, Rejoice, Revlon, Rexona, RoC, SK-II, Safeguard, Sans Soucis, Sebastian Professional, Sephora, Shiseido, Shu Uemura, Simple, Sisley, Skin79, Skinfood, Sofina, Sunsilk, St Ives, Talika, Thalgo, The Face Shop, Tom Ford Beauty, Tommy Hilfiger, Tony Moly, Too Faced, TRESemme, Ungaro, Vaseline, Vichy, Vidal Sassoon, Viktor & Rolf, Versace, VO5, Wella, Yves Rocher, Yves Saint Laurent.

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