Wow, Laura! Same story here (except for the cremation part... I'm very sorry for your loss!).

I'm REALLY interested in preservatives, also. My FSG is my holy grail, but it's been so hot around here and the gel is going bad much too quickly for my liking. Any suggestions, wonderful community?!
3A/2C | fine | high-po length, low-po roots | medium density | shoulder-length

Shower Time!
Treat: EVCO
Co-Wash: DE Unscented Condish with added lavender and tea tree EOs
Condish: DE Coconut Condish with added local honey

After Shower: Homemade FSG with added gelatine

+ bi-weekly protein DIY treatments (gelatin and egg yolk)
+ mindful nutrition