We’ve blogged before about expiration dates for cosmetics and how most well formulated products are good for many years. However, that doesn’t mean everything you find on store shelves is still usable.
Clean & Clear Catastrophe
Case in point – I was in one of the popular discount “dollar stores” this weekend and happened to find this bottle of Revlon Clean & Clear conditioner.
Clean & Clear, for those of you not old enough to remember, was one of the many products to cash in on the “clear” product craze of the 90′s. At that time “clear” was thought to by synonymous with “pure” so EVERYBODY was trying to make their products transparent whether it made sense or not. Do we really need a clear hair conditioner? I’d say not. (I recall a rumor at the time that some company was even working on a clear catsup but thankfully that never came to pass.)
Anyway the reason this product caught my eye is that while it’s still relatively clear the product certainly doesn’t look “clean.” While it started out as white as water it’s now a dingy yellow. That made me wonder how old this product could be. I checked the lot code on the back of the bottle and made a quick call to Revlon which revealed that they have not made this product since at LEAST 2001! That means this bottle was over 12 years old and it’s still for sale! Unbelievable. The moral of the story is that some dollar store deals are too good to be true so always check the product date code before you buy.
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