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Making Handmade All-Natural Organic Skin Care That Lasts

When making DIY all natural organic skin care, you must be aware of the shelf life for safety...especially if you're making to sell or give to loved ones. If you don't, your creations may start to smell, change color, change consistency, or grow harmful mold and bacteria.

Shelf Life of Preservative Free Skin care and Cosmetics

Oil Only Ingredients:

Because they do not contain water, oil only ingredients like lip balms, lotion bars, salves, and body butters don’t grow mold or bacteriaUnfortunately, oils are vulnerable to oxidation and go rancid over time and lose their effectiveness.

The shelf life of a recipe consisting of only oils is only as much as the oil with the shortest shelf life. You calculate the shelf life of a oil from the moment you first open it. 

Water Based Ingredients:

Refrigerated water based recipes without preservatives will grow mold and bacteria in less than 5-7 days. Non refrigerated, non preserved recipes will grow mold and mildew in as little as 3 days. This is why water based homemade cosmetics and skin care need preservatives.

Preserved Ingredients:

Using a preservative will forestall mold and bacteria growth in water based ingredients. Oils will still go rancid even with a preservative present, however. This is why the shelf life of ingredients with a preservative is whatever the ingredient with the shortest shelf life is. 

An antioxidant such as vitamin E can be used to prolong the shelf life of oils. It is just hard to say for how long. Once the shelf life of the ingredient with the shortest shelf life passes and it still seems fine, it's most likely thanks to your antioxidant of choice doing a good job. It is still healthier and safer to not use it too long past the shortest shelf life. 

An example to further explain:

If your creating a recipe that consists of:

rose water
grapeseed oil with a shelf life of 4 months
a preservative

This recipe has a shelf life of 4 months because of the grapeseed oil. With a antioxidant, you could increase that to 5 or 6 months, however, keeping a eye on the product is a good idea. 

When making large batches or not planning to use any time soon use a preservative and opt for the ingredients with a longer shelf life.

Preservatives can only extend the shelf life so much. They do have a limit. Different preservatives are made with different shelf lives by different companies. 

Some natural preservatives last a year or more and some last only six months. Make sure you know how long the preservative you use will last. 

For example:

Your creating a recipe that contains:

rose hydrosol
olive oil with a shelf life of 3 years
a preservative that has a shelf life of year

This facial moisturizer will have a shelf life of 1 year due to the preservative.

How do you tell if your product has gone bad? 

The most obvious sign is spots caused by mold and bacteria. This will not happen if you use a preservative.

Has the color changed?

If your product isn't the same color as it was after you first created it, it has likely been contaminated.

Change of smell? 

Another sign of contamination may be the change of smell.

It changes in consistency:

If the merchandise is more sparse than it had been after you first created it, it may be contaminated.

Do not keep the product if you notice any of these changes.


  • Store product in a cool, dark, place to help shelf life last as long as possible.
  • Write shelf life on the product to prevent it being used after it has expired. 
  • Make sure the ingredients you use are not expired or close to expiring. The fresher the better.
  • Use preservative in water containing ingredients unless you plan on using within a couple days.
  • Refrigerator helps oils last longer.
  • Use antioxidant to prevent oils from going rancid sooner.
  • Use clean containers for products to prevent contamination.
What DIY All-Natural  Organic Recipes Do You Like? Please Share With Everyone Below!

What You SHOULD Know About Green and Natural Products

In recent years, the trend towards eco-friendly, organic, and safe beauty has transitioned from “super crunchy” to “majorly common,” with large retailers such as Target and Nordstrom increasing their natural beauty sections to stay up with demand.  However, how do you know the product is as good for you as the label indicates? Does “organic, natural, eco-friendly, green” actually mean healthy, and WHO even ensures that each one the claims are accurate? The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t implement very strict regulation concerning what harmful ingredients can’t be utilized in cosmetics, therefore, it’s up to shoppers to sift through the thousands of product on the market to work out what’s really sensible for us.

Sadly, we're are on our own when it involves finding beauty, personal care, home, and food products that are actually safe. From dozens of various promoting terms to ingredients you most likely can’t pronounce, it can feel overwhelming to shop for a  product you could feel good about. Therefore, I sifted through the muddle, I did a little analysis on what a number of these green terms really mean.
For the USDA seal, you've got to include 95% or more organic ingredients, and that additional 5% can’t be any ingredient that's listed as not allowed beneath the National Organic Program . So what about all those different products claiming to be organic? Keep cautious – what you see might not be precisely what you think that you’re obtaining. The USDA doesn’t have jurisdiction over labeling claims on personal care merchandise (they only do on the agricultural ingredients), therefore, you actually need to search for those marks to grant you confidence of what you’re obtaining. That is really key for shoppers to know.

What How about all-natural beauty?
Although there's no official government organization that oversees the natural beauty market or pinpoints a particular definition for it, several brands go to third parties to get certified certification. For me, natural means selecting the purest and best types of the most effective, nature-derived ingredients obtainable.

The term “natural” in beauty means that the entire formula is 100% synthetic ingredient or chemical free. I thought consumer products were all tested and strictly regulated, and it absolutely was extremely shocking to find out that wasn’t the case.

Since there isn’t a particular regulating body for natural merchandise, I do my on analysis on the ingredients. I continually turn to the Environmental Working Group at EWG.org for help with that.
So what’s the difference between “clean” and “natural,” then? I like to think of poisonous plans – that is something that is naturally occurring and sometimes beautiful in nature, but you’re not going to rub that on your body. Or other things that are natural can still cause allergic reactions in a lot of people, so that isn’t considered clean.

What ingredients should I be cautious of if I see them on an ingredient list?
First, if anything on an ingredient list includes the words sulfates and parabens, it’s not green, natural, or non toxic. They have potential links to cancer and reproductive problems, and albeit the link isn’t totally established, there is enough doubt that i'm not comfortable using it.

Another massive one to look out for: fragrance. Plenty of individuals use the word fragrance to mask unhealthy ingredients within the product. Fragrance is a huge red flag because you can hide plenty of things in it. Corporations are allowed to use this term to cover the mixture of other chemicals utilized in the fragrance.

Mineral oil feels moisturizing on the skin, however in reality, accelerates aging. It doesn’t penetrate the skin therefore it seals it and creates a barrier. This doesn’t enable the skin to breathe (which is a vital function of that organ) thus it slows down the process of normal cell development leading to premature aging.

What’s an honest place to get started if i want to go green?
Don’t feel pressure to throw out all the beauty product you own and go all in immediately. I believe the best place to begin is with products you employ daily – whichever they are. Say you use moisturizer daily however you don’t wash your hair daily. begin with moisturizer. Make a personal commitment and take it slow finding the most effective things for you.

Are you going green in your beauty routine? What are your favorite products so far? Tell me in the comments below.

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