Beauty diy: How to prolong beauty products with Natural preservatives

Beauty products such as soaps, lotions, creams and lip balms can be prolong up to 12 months long using the right natural preservatives. 

Why do we use Natural  Preservatives for our product?

1. To diminish the growth of mold, yeast, fungi and bacteria in the finished products.
2. To act as anti-oxidant. Continuous exposure of creams to sun and air can cause ingredients to react with the atmospheric oxygen causing it to change color, for example from white to brown . 
3. They are bio degradable and not harmful to the environment.

4. They have nicer smells than chemical preservatives.
5. Readily metabolized and eliminated from the body
6. Stabilizes the ingredients, color and flavor of a product
7. Adjusts pH,Astringency and Acidity
8. Prevents rancidity , bad toxicity and bad odor. 

Naturally preserving additives are:
  1. Benzoin Powder. (Insoluble in water )
  2. Citric acid powder
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Potassium Sorbate
  5. Goldenseal root
  6. Grapefruit Seed Extract
  7. Green tea extract
  8. Green tea leaf powder
  9. Rosemary oil extract 
  10.  Rosemary extract powder.
  11. Geranium Essential Oil (Readily soluble in oil)
  12. Aloe Vera 
  13.  Honey

Safety tips when handling natural preservatives.
1. Handle with care at all times
2. Do not inhale directly.
3. In case of Accidental discharge on skin or yes, rinse with clear water causing skin reaction. If there is prolonged irritation, visit a dermatologist or go to the nearest clinic. 
4. Use the prescribed amounts. Never put too much preservative in a product.
5. Do not use citrus fruits in Sunscreen products. 
6. Always mix with distilled water and allow to cool before adding to the main product. 
7. Get the best and quality preservatives from a reliable supplier.

Ten Extra tips to prolong the shelf life of your Natural products

1. Always make them in  clean conditions. Avoid too many hands or unnecessary touching.
2. Use the right ingredients  and the proper mixes (quantities).
3. Let your products be all natural.
4.Keep your product ( Raw and finished) refrigerated or store in a cool, dry, dim or dark place 
5. Always use sterile tools, containers, working areas and keep hands clean, even when using your finished products.
6. Store everything in a clean, air tight container- use dark or tinted containers.
7. Keep your products separated. Dry or Wet 
Wet ingredients include: - oils, butters, bees wax , lotions (fragrance and essential oils), extracts, aloe Vera gel and juice.
Dry ingredients on the other hand include- herbs, spices, powders, emulsifying wax beads, solvents, oatmeal and barley, powdered milk and teas.
8. Use your raw materials while they are fresh. Don't let your herbs get stale or your oils go rancid. Use your raw materials within 3 months and give each bottle of lotion no longer than a 3 month shelf life. Dried herbs and cold-pressed, refrigerated oils may last longer. Expeller oils will stay active and fresh no longer than 6 months, even when refrigerated. It's not just about whether the lotion spoils or not. we need the fatty acids and vitamins in the lotion to nourish our skin. If a lotion loses it's freshness, it will be useless or even cause free radical damage and age our skin prematurely.
9. Always use distilled water and bring it to a quick boil before adding anything to it.
10. Products made without water last longer. The least amount of water, the better.
Use a base that includes Vitamin E oils, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, olive oil, red raspberry seed oil, green tea, Aloe Vera or honey.

The proper time frame for a natural product is between 3 and 6 months. With the right preservation, it can last longer up to a year.