preservatives in homemade products

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EOs are NOT preservatives. They may have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, but usage rates in products are so low, that they CANNOT exhibit any of these properties enough to actually be preservatives.

GSE is also not a preservative. It is an anti-oxidant. And unless you can get a guarantee from your supplier that there are no synthetic ingredients, most GSE contains a synthetic preservative (to preserve it) and this is not enough to preserve your formulation if it has water in it

Aspen and Willow bark extracts are emerging preservatives, but not much is known about their efficacy. If you do use them, make sure to get your stuff tested to know the right amount to use for your products
Ok, I did not say that EO's are preservatives, what I said was that EO's have preserving factors, there is a difference. Now there are ways to naturally preserve homemade hair products, but that cause for a lot of experimenting and testing. Most homemade products that are water-based do not preserve well, so if you don't want to waste time trying to figure out what will and what wont preserve your product, buy synthetic preservatives. Even though your product will not be 100% natural as you hoped, it will be nicely preserved and you will not have to worry about microorganisms, fungas, bacteria etc. Like I said before do your own research, readings, and studies on natural preservative or preservatives in general. There's tones of books and websites that can inform you on preservatives. I understand that most people want to go as natural as possible, sometimes it can be done and sometimes it cannot. But know your material! You will feel a lot better if you find out what works for you own your own. Maybe you may find a way to preserve your products the "ALL NATURAL WAY"! Thanks for listening! YEP!






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Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

EOs are NOT preservatives. They may have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, but usage rates in products are so low, that they CANNOT exhibit any of these properties enough to actually be preservatives.

GSE is also not a preservative. It is an anti-oxidant. And unless you can get a guarantee from your supplier that there are no synthetic ingredients, most GSE contains a synthetic preservative (to preserve it) and this is not enough to preserve your formulation if it has water in it

Aspen and Willow bark extracts are emerging preservatives, but not much is known about their efficacy. If you do use them, make sure to get your stuff tested to know the right amount to use for your products
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Thanks for the insight! I'm going to definitely continue to experiment and see what works for me. BTW what preservatives do you use in your products? Do you blend your preservative or only use one particular preservative? This is something that I am very interested in so let me know, THANKS!






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Products I love:
Ion Dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis Tar Shampoo
Suave Shea Butter Conditioner
Biolage Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Biolage Fortify Therapy Shampoo
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
Trying to have at least a mostly accurate info for people on here. There are websites that do say EOs are preservatives. In fact even some sellers of EOs purport their effectiveness as preservatives. So when someone reads something like preservative factors on here and then looks for "EOs as preservatives" and finds that they may think they can use them as preservatives. The truth is that EOs don't have preservative factors at all, but antifungal, antibacterial properties and for these to be effective in a product, you will have to use them at dangerous levels, which will cause skin irritation and even then, they will be mildly effective in water based products

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Any other options for buying preservatives (ie., Optiphen)? I need to get some asap. thanks!
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This is a very interesting thread. I learned a lot. Thanks ladies!

I'm trying to make a recipe that calls for glycerin, oils and meal (almond seed), flour (oat kernel) and powders (orange peel, pecan shell, nutmeg fruit, clove floweer). I will be making all of these with organics products. Except for the glycerin, I don't want to mess around with lye so I'll buy that already made.

The recipe calls for GSE, rosemary extract and tocopherol, which are all, I'm assuming, to keep the oil from getting rancid. I'm concerned about the tocopherol. I know Vitamin E has to be made in a lab so I was wondering if I could replace the Vit. E with something that has a high content of it like Avocado oil?

Also, since there is no water in the recipe, do I really need the tocopherol as a preservative? I will be making small batches and keeping only a little bit of it out which I'll replenish with what I'll be putting in the freezer.

Any feedback, comments, suggestions, etc would be greatly appreciated!
Are Ascorbic Acid (Pure Vitamin C) and Citric Acid preservatives?

Also, I bought some Unflavored Gelatin (Pork) for doing a Gelatin Treatment, which I've never done and could use a link for a "Good" recipe and instructions how to do the treatment.

When I bought the Unflavored Gelatin (Pork), they also had Unflavored Gelatin (Beef). The pork was cheaper at $11.05/lb. Did it matter if I bought the Pork or the Beef?

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Are Ascorbic Acid (Pure Vitamin C) and Citric Acid preservatives?

Also, I bought some Unflavored Gelatin (Pork) for doing a Gelatin Treatment, which I've never done and could use a link for a "Good" recipe and instructions how to do the treatment.

When I bought the Unflavored Gelatin (Pork), they also had Unflavored Gelatin (Beef). The pork was cheaper at $11.05/lb. Did it matter if I bought the Pork or the Beef?
Originally Posted by curlygoinggray
Ascorbic acid is an antioxidant and is unstable in solution (degrades quickly), it doesn't really protect from microbial attack unless it's pretty concentrated (so pretty acidic). Citric acid can be used as a weak preservative in combination with other compounds with preservative properties for broad spectrum coverage.

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