Does Body Wash Expire?

Does Body Wash Expire?

Learn whether or not body wash can expire and what you can do to prolong the shelf life of your products.

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Have you ever wondered if body wash can expire? Learn more about what contributes to its expiration, as well as what you can do to prolong the shelf life of your product.

Body Wash Expiry?

Yes. Body washes and shower gels typically have a shelf life between 24-36 months (2 to 3 years). 

It isn’t required for shampoos and soaps to list a specific expiration date on their labels. However, many products have numbers on their label, which corresponds to the amount of time you can safely use a product after opening.

How Can You Tell If Body Wash Has Expired?

Look out for these signs to tell if your  product is past its shelf life.

  • Odor

If you notice a body wash doesn't have a strong or fragrant scent any more, it may be a sign that it has expired. New products typically have a fresh, easy-to-detect scent, while older products have lost this vibrancy to their fragrances. 

  • Texture

The product should easily come out of the bottle, so if you notice clumps or other unusual textures, this could be a sign of an expired product.

  • Color

A change in color can mean the product has undergone a chemical change over time, and this can also result in the product being less effective and possibly irritating.

What Is the Shelf Life of Body Wash?

When it comes to a shelf life, whether it has been opened or not greatly affects the amount of time it can be safely used.

  • If opened: good for one year
  • If unopened: good for up to three years

What Contributes to Body Wash Expiring?

Discover some of the factors that can cause body wash to degrade or expire at a faster rate.

  • Moisture Exposure

If the product is exposed to excess moisture and air, it can lead to mold or bacteria growth. Using products that has been contaminated can irritate skin and trigger breakouts, so always check first.

  • Air Exposure

If a bottle has been left open, certain ingredients can evaporate or oxidize, rendering the product less effective than before. 

  • Individual Ingredients

A body wash's formula contains ingredients such as fragrances, preservatives, and emulsifiers. Each ingredient has its own expiration date, and some may last longer than others.

What Should I Do If I Use Expired Body Wash?

If you use an expired product, you may experience dry, irritated skin since the ingredients have broken down after a long period of time and are less effective. The formula may have lost its potency, resulting in the  product losing its ability to fully cleanse and get rid of germs and bacteria. In some cases, expired products can even trigger allergic reactions


To avoid skin irritation and an ineffective wash, throw away products once they are past their use-by date or after one year if opened.

How to Prolong Body Wash Shelf Life

Keep your body wash effective and fresh with these tips.

  • Proper Storage

Keep body wash stored at room temperature, away from constant humidity. Make sure the bottle is also dried when not in use to prevent mold or bacteria from growing. 

  • Avoid Sunlight

Keep the product away from direct sunlight as the UV rays can also degrade the product’s formula and cause ingredients to prematurely evaporate.

  • Don’t Forget to Close the Bottle

Be sure to keep containers closed when not in use to ensure that it is not exposed to excess moisture and air.

Use Body Wash with a Long Shelf Life Thanks to Natural, Plant-Powered Ingredients

Worried about products expiring? Each Puracy product has a guaranteed shelf life of at least 2 years. Best of all? Our Natural Body Wash keeps your skin clean and refreshed thanks to a formula of effective yet gentle naturally derived ingredients. That means fresh, healthy skin thanks to our team of doctors, scientists, and skin experts who work on each formula.