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Offline enksmom

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Natural Preservatives
« on: July 18, 2007, 08:59:13 AM »
Hi Everyone!

My friend recommended I join this community ... and I am so pleased to have read about many issues I am interested in for my family!  Thanks for being here!   ::)

I am trying to make some natural face cleanser and need to know what kind of natural preserative I can add so it won't go moldy within weeks.

I tried an oatmeal, water, olive oil, peppermint oil recipe, and I love it, but it goes bad within a couple of weeks.

If anyone can help, I would be grateful!

Offline Mrs. B

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Re: Natural Preservatives
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2007, 09:37:05 AM »
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I would consider adding essential oils (which it sounds like you are already doing), vitamin E oil, GSC/GSE, myrhh or try refrigeration.  Sage and rosemary are also supposed to have preserving properties.  Tincture of benzoin can also be used, but I'm not sure I would want it in a facial cleanser.

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2007, 02:20:11 PM »
Alcohol is a possibility but may be drying to your face.  Citric acid is often used for this purpose as well.

Personally, I've been wondering if you couldn't throw some tummy tune-up powder in there and wouldn't that be so good for your skin.   ;D
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Re: Natural Preservatives
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007, 04:12:13 PM »
Vitamin E is frequently used as a preservative.

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Re: Natural Preservatives
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2007, 08:25:06 AM »
What is  GSC/GSE? 

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2007, 08:31:20 AM »
What is  GSC/GSE? 
Grapefruit seed crush/extract

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Re: Natural Preservatives
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2007, 12:42:52 PM »
Thanks!   ;D

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2007, 02:15:52 PM »
I would agree with Vitamin E as well.  It is a preservative in many things that usually reads:  mixed tocopherols.  ;)

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2007, 05:42:06 PM »
Vitamin E is not technically a preservative- it is an anti-oxidant that helps keep oils from going rancid. It will not mix with, or preserve a mixture with water in it (unless it is an actual lotion with some form of wax in it, or a cream soap). Grapefruit seed extract helps inhibit some bacteria, but does not preserve against mold. Ask me how I know  ;)  :o  ::). Essential oils like the ones mentioned, or Lavender EO will help, though like food, it will go bad before long. Your best bet is to make only what you will use at a time. Perhaps you can put dry ingredients premixed in a jar, and mix up what you need for the moment in a custard cup, or something like that? Oatmeal, in particular, is high in protein, which makes it hard to preserve without chemicals.
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Re: Natural Preservatives
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2007, 06:07:17 PM »
Thanks, Dara ...

I did try the Vit. E oil and it made the mixture much smoother.  But, it lost some of its refreshing feeling that comes with the peppermint oil.  So, I add a drop more ... I love the cool feeling it gives!

I like the idea of dry ingredients and then mix as needed.  I probably will try that next time.

I'd like to know about your natural care products.

God bless!

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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2007, 07:12:58 AM »
Does anyone know what ratio to use GSE (grapefruit seed extract) as a preservative when making a salve? 

Thanks!

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Re: Natural Preservatives
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2007, 07:19:52 AM »
When I do salves I put 4-5 drops of GSE in a 2 oz container.

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« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2007, 11:24:07 AM »
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Does anyone know what ratio to use GSE (grapefruit seed extract) as a preservative when making a salve? 


Anything without water, or water based additives (like aloe vera juice, for instance) does not need a preservative, per se. You can add GSE if you want, or an antioxitant like vitamin E, if you wish.
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