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Do shaving soaps and creams expire?

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According to the FDA, which regulates product labeling in the U.S., "There are no regulations or requirements under current United States law that require cosmetic manufacturers to print expiration dates on the labels of cosmetic products." The European Union's Cosmetic Directive requires expiration dating only for products whose "minimum durability" is less than 30 months. Many professional organizers advise replacing shaving products every 2 years; however, high-quality wetshaving products are useable years beyond that time frame if stored properly. "All natural" shaving products may have a shorter shelf life because they have fewer preservatives, and they may have plant-derived substances conducive to microbial growth. Use common sense when evaluating your shaving soaps and cream by looking for changes in color or scent.


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