I normally toss my glosses after a year or so. I vaguely recall there being an icon on a shrink wrapped tube indicating that the glosses are good for 12 months after opening (I think this is by European standards), but I was really curious what the official channels thought. Especially since Leslie says that these taste like glazed doughnuts, but only one of mine tastes like that. The others taste.....off.
So I wrote BE's customer service specifically about the shelf life of the glosses after they've been opened. Here's the meat of the response:
After further research, our preservative free products such as the 100% Natural Lipgloss has a shelf life of approximately 2-3 years, while stored in a cool dry place.
Two-three years! Can you believe it? I bet that's if you don't open it. I doubt my glosses have been sitting around for more than 2 years anywhere since the 100% natural glosses are so new, so I don't think the weird taste of some of my glosses is because they've gone bad, when I've only used them for a few months.
I can't imagine keeping a used lip gloss for 2-3 years though. My buxoms lasted for a year and a half before they started tasting bad. The 100% natural lip glosses are all natural and preservative free. Usually products that are all natural don't last as long as other non-natural products. I imagine that something "all natural" has more goodies germs love to eat. Think of the germs that could live there after 2-3 years!! Am I over reacting?
How long do you keep glosses for?