Preservatives for Beauty Formulas

It is important to preserve homemade beauty products, such as creams for your face and hands, so that the products last more than a couple of weeks, and bacteria doesn’t grow.

I think that the easiest way to preserve kitchen cosmetics is to use grapefruit seed extract, 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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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

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K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Amd Vk
Amd Vk5 years ago

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Amd Vk
Amd Vk5 years ago

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Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman5 years ago

These suggestions will be useful.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Pete C.
Pete C.5 years ago


Pete C.
Pete C.5 years ago


Stephanie K.
Stephanie K.6 years ago

Actually I've heard some pretty scary things about grapefruit seed extract! It is extracted and processed using petrochemicals and in the process becomes a quaternary ammonium compound, not such a nice ingredient! A few other natural preservatives are Tea Tree Essential Oil, Thyme Essential Oil, Bitter Orange Extract, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Rosemary essential oil and vitamin E. And a cool new blend called Suprapein contains Extracts of Oregano leaf extract, Thyme extract, Cinnamon bark extract, rosemary leaf extract, Lavender Flower extract, Lemon peel extract, peppermint leaf extract, Golden Seal Root extract and Olive leaf extract. For anyone truely interested in natural preservatives, I suggest some quick googling or even browsing though natural soapmakers forums!