Wed 1 Jul, 2009 02:14 pm
Does anyone know how long perfumes last? How about shampoo or hair conditioners?
I don't know. Do they taste alright?
I've heard if you squirt it directly into your eyes and it stings terribly, it's still good.
Welcome A2K Muwahaha... I will give you one serious answer (in hopes you will stay around our little community for a while-- there really are good folks here.).
For perfumes, if they smell good (after all that's all perfumes are good for) I would use them now matter how old they were. For that matter, I am not really worried about shampoo or hair conditioners either... what is the risk?
I guess I only would worry for things I am ingesting... or if there is some safety issue.
I know that make-up can spoil but not sure about perfumes or conditioner Mostly I wanted to say that I like your username-- it made me laugh!
Makeup can definitely spoil; you can end up with dust mites or the like and you don't want them near your eyes or mouth if you can avoid them (yes I know dust mites are everywhere, but there's no sense in deliberately ingesting them).
As for shampoo, etc. I'd be wary if it smelled off, separated or became discolored. Of course any visible mold or mildew is a cause for tossing it, too. Common sense should prevail.
Perfume, I agree, seems to last a lot longer but again the same rules would apply: off coloring (they do sometimes have bits of dye in them, so a change in color would mean the chemicals are breaking down), off smell, visible mold, and out it goes.
For a lot of inedible liquids, the expiration date is less about the contents than about the package, e. g. the idea behind a shampoo bottle is to not just hold shampoo but also keep contaminants out. If the bottle is compromised (cracked, broken), then unless you can transfer to a better container, I'd say you should toss that as well.
I read the first 2 answers and my first impression was this site is useless. I wasn't going to come back. Then I saw that other posters did give an actual answer. I never thought about the packaging concept.
We are a community here-- a mix of serious and fun... don't take us too seriously (unless we are being serious).
I can understand that this site is a mixture of fun & serious. What I don't understand is the conceopt of this site was being able to ask a question and get an answer. Especially when the answer is not relevant to the topic.