How countries note their makeup's shelf life
The shelf life of a product is divided into two categories: the expiration date and the time period during which the product can be used after its lid is opened.In addition, there are phrases you should know:
- Expiration date (EXP): For cosmetic products with a shelf life of less than 30 months, the manufactures must indicate the shelf life of the cosmetics on their package. You will see the words "Used by", "Best by" or Exp. With these phrases, you only need to use the product during the noted time.
- Manufacture date (MFG): Date, month and year of manufacture. For with cosmetic products with shelf life of more than 30 months, the manufactures must indicate the shelf life of the cosmetics on their package. Therefore, it is best to check the production time (batch code) to calculate the time you can use these products.
- Batch code: The code to identify the manufacturer's batch or lot.
- Period After Opening (PAO): The shelf life of the product after you open its lid. Skin care products such as foundations, lotions, mascara... will have this information on the package. This period is indicated by the letter "M", which stands for "months". If you cannot see any information about PAO, the normal shelf life will be 3 years.
Depending on the area and the regulations, the way they note cosmetic information varies from country to country. In this article, we will mention some of the most famous nations when it comes to makeup.
Proper labeling is an important aspect of putting a cosmetic on the market. Current US law does not have any regulation requiring manufacturers to inform the shelf life of a product on its package. However, manufacturers will be responsible for their makeup's level of safety.
About certain functional foods or cosmetic treatments, stability and expiration dates on the label must be checked.
As you know, Japanese cosmetic companies change the packaging and formulation of the product frequently. So, how to know the production information and shelf life of Japanese cosmetics?
According to cosmetic experts and current law in Japan, makeup products do not need expiration date and shelf life on package. If you use products that do not smell strange, its color and texture do not change, you can still use these cosmetics normally. Therefore, makeup products with shelf life of less than 3 years do not have any information on their package.
Moreover, Japanese cosmetic manufacturers often refine the appearance of their products, so the production information and shelf life are actually not necessary.
If you are a fan of Korean cosmetics, there must be times when you are confused because the information on the product is written in only Korean. Typically, Korean makeup manufactures will note production information instead of shelf life.
There are 3 words you should pay attention when using Korean cosmetics, including:
- 제조 (Jae-jo): Manufactured date
- 까지 (Kka-ji): Expiration date
- 사용기한 (Sa-yong Ki-han): Best before date
French cosmetic packages will have information about period after opening (PAO) and date of minimum durability.
If the shelf life of the cosmetic is less than or equal to 30 months, the package will be marked with the expiration date. Typically, this text will be in the form of Month/Year or Day/Month/Year. If the product can be used after more than 30 months, the package will have expiration date after you open its lid. Look for the symbol M (months) or Y (years) on the package.
By: Lily Haney