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Preserving Homemade Beauty Products

Preserving Homemade Beauty Products

My sister is wondering about how to preserve beauty products, including
creams for your face, hands and babies bottoms, so that they can last more
than a couple of weeks. Thanks.

Good question, especially these days, given that paraben preservatives commonly found in personal care products are hormone disrupters and it is in our interest to find healthy alternatives!

I think that the easiest way to preserve kitchen cosmetics is to use
grapefruit seed extract, easily found in health food stores and used by some
personal care product manufacturers such as Aubrey Organics. This choice
would be expensive for producing gallons of creams and lotions, but for
small batches it is by far the most convenient. Use 6 drops per ounce of
cream of oil, or 1/3 teaspoon per cup. You can also use antiseptic essential
oils such as rose, clove, rosemary or lavender. Only use small amounts. Per
ounce of cream or oil, use 3 drops or less (eye area), 5 drops or less
(face), or 25 drops or less (body).

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6:14PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Susanna E.: vitamin e oil in replace of grapeseed oil would be the same, they are both liquid, as for making them in larger batches, if you double the other ingredients you should be able to double the oil too.

6:11PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

I make my own and only make as much as I can use in a week. It took a while to figure it out, one week too much, finished it and started next week after it. Next week too little. This went on until i got it just right for me.

5:57PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

This is a great article, thanks so much! One question: I've been making my own products for a couple of months but only in small batches just for what I needed. I wanted to add vitamin e oil instead of grape seed extract to try and make larger batches. Would the ratio be the same?

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10:55AM PDT on May 11, 2011

Wow. I learned a lot from this article and the commets. Thanks for all the info.

1:27PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

I too have made the move to natural products and they are brilliant. My skin has really cleared up and feels great

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