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Old 11-23-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
 
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Smile Preserving Aloe Vera Juice

How do you make sure that aloe vera juice does not go bad when you add them to a homemade mixture. For a hair spritz that contains aloe vera juice, I've used rosemary and tea tree to preserve it. Will this work the same for oil that contains aloe vera juice? Is it a good idea to add aloe vera juice to an oil for moisture? Would I have to refrigerate it?

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Old 11-25-2011, 12:09 PM   #2
 
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Rosemary and tea tree are not preservatives, nor is GSE. If you add aloe vera juice to anything it will need to be kept in the fridge or use a real preservative.

You can mix aloe vera juice and oil, but you will need to shake it really well each time because it will separate.

Liquid germall plus is a easy to use and paraban free preservative. It is relatively cheep product and only needs to be .5% of your formula.

The main thing to know about using any type of preservative is you need to formulate your creations by weight and percentages. Measuring in grams is easiest. No 1 cup of this, 2 tsp of that and a squirt of the other. I don't think there's anything wrong with mixing up stuff like that, I cook that way all of the time, but when it comes to making B&B stuff that I want to leave on my bathroom counter, I get very precise.

If you don't want to go through the trouble of using a proper scale and weighing ingredients out, then just stick everything in the fridge. Much easier when you're still experimenting with new ingredients on your hair.
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:25 PM   #3
 
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Okay... I've read multiple documents naming tea tree oil and rosemary oil among others as natural preservatives to extend the shelf life of homemade products. They both have antimicrobial properties. Are all these sources wrong? I will check out the preservative you mentioned. TFYH
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Okay... I've read multiple documents naming tea tree oil and rosemary oil among others as natural preservatives to extend the shelf life of homemade products. They both have antimicrobial properties. Are all these sources wrong? I will check out the preservative you mentioned. TFYH
In a nutshell, yes. LOL I personally would not touch a product made with those as the only preservatives with a ten foot pole!

Some EOs do have natural antimicrobial properties, but they just aren't strong enough to really preserve something with water. I love using natural ingredients and my own products that I make, but it takes a lot of research and sorting through all of the well-meaning, but wrong info on the web. A lot of sites try and scare people about "evil" preservatives, but like I've said in other posts, bacteria, mold & fungus are all natural too and I'll pass on those. When I see sites that proudly state that they don't uses any nasty preservatives, I run away.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:32 AM   #5
 
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I just want to join my voice to Ceri's and say that from my recent (still modest) research, I've come to learn that things with "some anti-microbial" properties only render solutions LESS HOSPITABLE to bacteria and fungus/molds but they should NEVER be considered sufficient to protect your solution.

There are MANY strains of bacteria and fungus (and other microbes) in the world. Over the years, strains that are RESISTANT to certain anti-microbial "drugs" (for lack of a better word) have developed and do develop all the time. Even the word preservative (manufactured and all) does not necessarily mean putting it in at the recommended percentage will protect your aqueous solution. Once you decide to put water based products outside the fridge you really have to learn a lot about what you are putting in your product and how you could protect it from things growing in it.

Why is it bad when things grow in your solutions? Do you want colonies of bacteria making their way into your blood stream through a potential open cut?

I know I don't!

This intense hype of "natural is good" is silly. I am vaccinated, when I get sick I take medicine, when I have kids I will vaccinate them, everyday we are subjected to a multitude of manufactured substances that are intended to PROTECT us, not harm us. Read up on various preservatives, choose wisely, make sure your product remains microbe-free when using it, and save yourself a lot of possible grief and regret in the future!
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