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Do body lotions expire?


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#Post 1 of 23 OFFLINE   yummerz

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 02:50 AM

I have all these body lotions that I purchased yrs ago and never finished using. They all still smell like they did and look fine when poured. My question is, are they safe to use? I see no experiation date on 'em so I'm a little confused here. Btw, they're Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works.
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#Post 2 of 23 OFFLINE   Aquilah

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 11:15 AM

Good question! They in fact do expire, and homemade lotions don't tend to last as long as commercial lotions. If it's more than 1-2 years old, I'd toss it to be safe...
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#Post 3 of 23 OFFLINE   monniej

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 01:53 PM

if the product changes smell or you notice separation of the ingredients you should probably toss it out!

#Post 4 of 23 OFFLINE   magosienne

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 03:24 PM

i tend to toss those things out, even if it smells good, just in case.

#Post 5 of 23 OFFLINE   yummerz

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 04:16 PM

Damn, =( will do so then. Just to be safe. But how about body sprays?
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#Post 6 of 23 OFFLINE   ahyee

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 05:47 PM

interesting

#Post 7 of 23 OFFLINE   sheil2009

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 07:12 PM

on most products they have a little icon (a little jar) with the time you should keep it for written inside. My mascara has it on the bottom i dunno about my other stuff though

#Post 8 of 23 OFFLINE   ivette

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 07:25 PM

i always go by what it looks like. if there is a change in color, smell, or consistency- then by all means toss it in the garbage moisturizers with spf usually remain good for only a year or two- thats what i read. but if you see that a product is turning rancid, then definitly toss it hope this helps

#Post 9 of 23 OFFLINE   Retro-Violet

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 08:11 PM

i tend to go by this: if it looks weird and/or smells funny, then toss it out.

#Post 10 of 23 OFFLINE   yummerz

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 09:03 PM

Hmmm, see that makes it hard for me because I have some lotions that are over like 3 yrs old and they still look and smell good!! Except for one that I threw out. Now Idk if I should throw out the ones that look perfect just because it's a couple yrs old. What would you guys do? This is expensive stuff, ya know?
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#Post 11 of 23 OFFLINE   Jennifer

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 07:33 PM

i agree.
 

 


#Post 12 of 23 OFFLINE   firesign

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 08:30 PM

Yeah I'd toss em too!
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#Post 13 of 23 OFFLINE   Marisol

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 09:20 PM

I think that it if smells good and the consistency is still the same, then I would think that it is ok.

#Post 14 of 23 OFFLINE   lovesboxers

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 05:27 PM

I would toss it out after 1-2 years. I am sure the chemical makeup of it alters after a while.
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#Post 15 of 23 OFFLINE   emily_3383

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 02:45 AM

me too, if it smells weird then toss it.

#Post 16 of 23 OFFLINE   LilDee

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 04:29 PM

yep, ditto

#Post 17 of 23 OFFLINE   anjanasadil

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 11:51 PM

i think it smells good, feels good, looks good, then keep it. regardless of how old it is. i mean heck, if all of the preceding things are good, AND it doens't give you itchy rashy skin, then WHY toss it. i know what an investment such a collection of lotions can be!!!

#Post 18 of 23 OFFLINE   FeverDream

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 01:23 AM

Here's something gross. We have a kind of wierd system of storing products in my house, mainly that we never use bathroom cabinets, so anything that's put in there never really leaves. There's a body lotion from Limited Too that I must have gotten 9 or 10 years ago, and it's still there. Pretty gross. Yeah I guess I could throw it out, but it's doing fine sitting there in its mirrored graveyard, and it's not like anyone looks in there anyway. I wonder if eventually it'll start eating through the plastic. I guess the moral of the story is that it's not a good idea to use lotions after 10 years.
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#Post 19 of 23 OFFLINE   rejectstar

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 01:39 AM

If it was me, and the product still looked and smelled fine, I'd keep it. Maybe put a little on the inside of your arm and leave it for 24 hours to test if you really want to be safe. But if it's not giving you any irritations and it hasn't seperated or started to smell funky, then I personally wouldn't worry.

#Post 20 of 23 OFFLINE   dime

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 01:55 AM

Off the subject and on to MaMa Lotion, will be using it tonite after reading your comments and checking out the before & after pictures thanks a lot