Does witch hazel expire?

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Does witch hazel expire?

Post by TRBeck » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:49 am

In a local grocery, I stumbled on several bottles of deeeeeeply discounted Humphrey's witch hazel. They are all expired by two years (04/06 is the expiration date on the bottle).

Now, I know that with many shaving products, there is a real expiration date (usually a couple of years after the product is open) and an official expiration date, but I'm having trouble deciding if witch hazel would expire at all. Any opinions?

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Tim

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Post by notthesharpest » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:57 am

I'm no expert, but I would put this stuff in the category of "if it looks good and smells good then it probably is good".

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Post by Aztecface » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:05 pm

Only problem with Humprey's is that it smells like burnt almonds. Other then that it works just great. I always mix it up with some lavender water or rose water.
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Post by TRBeck » Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:48 am

Jani, yeah, Humphrey's smell ain't all that lovely, but like you, I correct it. I have orange blossom water, rose water, and assorted EOs on hand, so I can come up with a nice range of scents with Humphrey's.

When I went back to the store, there were about 20 new bottles on the shelf and only two of the old ones. All were the same price, and I checked with the manager, who said they have a large quantity in the storeroom. I only bought two bottles. I'm sure it'll still be there when I need it next. And anyway, God help me the day I get Witch Hazel Acquisition Disorder (WHAD?) FWIW, I also bought one of the old ones and smelled it. Smells fine. Used it today, too. No problems so far.

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Re: Does witch hazel expire?

Post by 1605martha » Thu May 03, 2018 4:28 am

I found a bottle of witch hazel in the bathroom that had expired for over 2 years. it smelt right looked right and did a good job on my flared up hemorrhoids . It was in a cabinet and I say if it smells alright, looks alright and still works it is still good ! :)

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Re: Does witch hazel expire?

Post by brothers » Thu May 03, 2018 11:29 am

i recently cleaned out my cabinet where I had two or three bottles of witch hazel, among a bunch of stinky and cheap aftershaves and such. I didn't go by the printed date of expiration, which I presume were on there somewhere. The fact is that the witch hazel I might have had definitely expired when I happily poured them all down the drain. So the answer is yes, it expires. :D
Gary

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