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Shelf life of Cream 
4th-Apr-2009 10:58 am
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Hello,

My customer was disappointed to learn that AVON is discontinuing her favorite Botanisource Cream. She wants to order 4 jars, but she's concerned about the shelf life. Does anyone know an average for how long such a cream might last unopened?

I will call AVON support on Monday, but I'd like to give her an estimate now, if I can.

Thanks!

Carrie

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Comments 
4th-Apr-2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I did some googling and found this interesting list which looks like a good rule of thumb for a lot of beauty products:

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

I would suggest to your friend that the cream could last for up to three years unopened (and 4 jars over a 3 year time span seems reasonable that she would use it all) - and that she keep the unopened cream in a cool, dark place like her bedroom dresser or closet and NOT in the bathroom.
4th-Apr-2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Wow. You're amazing! Thank you!

Would you mind sending me the link?
4th-Apr-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, wait. Here it is?

http://www.organizeyourlife.org/Expiration.htm

Taken from Real Simple, my favorite magazine!
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