Expiration date on lubricants

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Expiration date on lubricants

magicmac magicmac
I have some sample packets of lubricants with flavor added and the expiration date on the back says 2014. None of them are opened but I want to know if they're still safe to use.
12/31/2015
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OH&W, Lovebears OH&W, Lovebears
Perhaps open and smell them. If off smell or rancid toss them. We have some also. Most exp dates usually mean "best use by ". However I am not an authority on this. If SexScienceandFood was still here, he could tell us.
12/31/2015
Lioncub Lioncub
I could be wrong but I believe that it is the flavoring additives that go bad. As with anything "edible" the FDA requires an expiration date. I cannot find the article I read this in at this time, if I do I'll link it back here.
Jan 1, 12:01 pm
Cherry21 Cherry21
I wouldn't use it, but that just me.
Feb 10, 7:18 pm
surreptitious surreptitious
It's funny, I was actually just talking about this with a friend last week, and I hadn't noticed this thread until now.

I'm pretty flexible with my "use by" dates on food and go more based on smell/consistency/simi lar indicators, but (slightly off-topic, but this is why we were talking about it) I would /never/ take the risk of using an expired condom, and I don't even know what happens to them that would make them 'expire.' If it's the lube that means that they have to be marked with an expiration date, then I would probably care a lot less, for example.

I'd probably use lube packets based on smell/consistency/etc as well, but I have no idea if there's a reason it might be unsafe to do so, so I don't want to recommend it. I mean, things like vinegar and soy sauce have expiration dates on them, and I can tell you that from a microbiological standpoint, there is verrrrry little reason to respect that as long as you're not like, contaminating your source. Meaning that the single-serving packets that you get at restaurants (or single-serving lube samples) would be pretty safe by my assumption. Though you know what they say about assumptions.

OH - if they're oil-based lubes, though, I wouldn't use them. Oil can go rancid even just sitting there all sealed up. But water- or silicone-based lubes are safe bet imo.

I'm interested to hear if anyone knows for sure. Google isn't yielding anything that I'd consider to be an authoritative enough source (like a lube website, haha). But I mean, expiration dates help move product, so I can see why they wouldn't have info like that on their site. Or like, if a company said that it was safe and then someone used an old lubricant and had a reaction, they could probably try to say it came from the age of the product and kick up some shit. Doubly not worth it for the company.
Feb 10, 10:15 pm
OH&W, Lovebears OH&W, Lovebears
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
It's funny, I was actually just talking about this with a friend last week, and I hadn't noticed this thread until now.

I'm pretty flexible with my "use by" dates on food and go more based on smell/consistency/simi lar ...
surrrp,

do you know anything about bad dragon lube ? I heard it is good but has a stringy consistency. Yes agreed, when oil goes bad it will be rancid and will have an off odor.
Feb 11, 3:03 pm
unfulfilled unfulfilled
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
It's funny, I was actually just talking about this with a friend last week, and I hadn't noticed this thread until now.

I'm pretty flexible with my "use by" dates on food and go more based on smell/consistency/simi lar ...
Girl, I love your replies.

I agree with what you said. I think it is probably a "it's best by this date", but would go by more actual means of determining for myself if it was still usable or not. Smell, discoloring, consistency etc. would be my determining factors.

Yes, please don't use any oil after the date RANCID much? YIKES!
Feb 11, 3:23 pm
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by OH&W, Lovebears
surrrp,

do you know anything about bad dragon lube ? I heard it is good but has a stringy consistency. Yes agreed, when oil goes bad it will be rancid and will have an off odor.
OH -
Unfortunately, I do not! I love trying different lubricants, but I don't think that I've gone for anything new since Eden last sent me a bottle of lube as a mystery gift in 2013. I go through the stuff slowly enough that it's not something that I have a lot of money to invest in, honestly. But I would be interested to hear about it if you ever get the chance to try it! Is it specially formulated for use with their toys?

unfulfilled -
You're the sweetest. Thank you! Sometimes I wonder if I seriously just talk too much.
Feb 11, 7:52 pm
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