Sunday, October 10, 2010


When we consider purchasing the best makeup, we often take into account several different factors like price, ingredients, whether or not the product is tested on animals, packaging, and skin type designation. However, once the purchase has been made, just as with other products, we have a tendency to think that the decision-making is over. What many do not consider is that taking care of our products is just as important in maximizing their effectiveness as is purchasing the right kind of products.
When it comes to makeup, proper care is absolutely critical. This is especially true of organic makeup. Why? Simply because organic products do not contain the fillers and preservatives that synthetic makeup products do. As a result, organic makeup products do not have a very long shelf life, and since most manufacturers do not print expiration dates, we must be ever-vigilant about the product’s state on our own.
Perhaps because of the lack of an expiration date on makeup, it is very common for women to store cosmetic products for years and years. And of course, makeup, whether or not it’s organic, is expensive. As such tossing products away unnecessarily can hit our pocketbooks pretty hard. But the dangers posed by expired makeup are far more damaging than the economic cost of keeping cosmetics products up-to-date.
According to various articles, old makeup can harbor dangerous bacteria. With foundations, expired makeup can cause what is called peri-oral dermatitis, which is manifested by little red bumps that look like acne. Expired mascara can cause conjunctivitis, an eye infection that is also known as pink eye. What’s more, women should be particular vigilant when it comes to lipsticks and lip balms, especially if there’s the possibility that it could have been used by others. In many cases, women can get cold sores through a herpes virus that can easily be absorbed by lip products.

Experts say that when it comes to cosmetics products, go with the smell test. Even if it has only been three months since purchasing, if the product smells strange, then it probably contains bacteria and should be thrown out. It’s also very important to consistently change makeup applicators, which are also breeding grounds for bacteria. While it may be difficult to justify throwing out expensive cosmetics products, the cost will be significantly less than having to deal with a potential infection.

Info- Organic make up and skin care

-lip pencil
-eye pencil

3 yrs
-shower gels

2-3 yrs
-body lotion

2 yrs

1 yr
-bath oil

3-12 months
-acne treatment
-anti-aging treatment

3-4 months
-liquid eyeliner


  1. This is a great post, I'm currently creating a product line and I meet a lot of people at workshops who have no idea that cosmetics or bath and body products have a shelf life!

  2. Take the guess work out and use Once Opened Beauty Expiration Kit. Labels are self laminating and are in a pretty pink pouch along with mini permanent marker and cosmetic life expectancy guide - all in a nice keepsake box. I found out that common permanent markers smudge off because of the oils in creams and makeup -the kit's self laminating labels solves this problem.