Preserving Your Recipes

Here are some tips and tricks for preserving your homemade cream, scrubs and oils using mostly natural ingredients.

by craftbits (shellie wilson)

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Anti microbial preservatives reduce the growth of bacteria and fungi in your recipes.

You can purchase preservatives that are used in commercial products from good soap supply stockists however we recommend trying something more natural such as grapfruit seed extract or vitamin E oil. When selling your products I always reccomend doing intense research on your ingredients and using a more commerical quality preservative.

Add 2 tsp of vitamin E oil to 5 tbs of base oil to act as a preservative for oil recipes.

Always use sterile bottles and utensils when making and storing your recipes.

Airtight containers should be used at all times and recipes should be in a stable environment.

Emulsion creams: Usually last up to 9 months especially when stored in the fridge.

Dry Scrubs: If kept dry will last 6 months in the fridge.

Alcohol recipes: Anything containing an alcohol will last up to 12 months.

Treatment oils: Will last up to 6 months when stored correctly.

Balms: Lips and skin balms will last up to 5 months in the fridge.

Herbal infusions: Will last around 7 days in the fridge if they do no contain any citrus seed extract, longer if they do.

Fresh masks: Masks using food products will last 1-2 days in the fridge.

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