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About Preservatives

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Whenever water is added to a cream, lotion or gel, moulds, fungi and bacteria begin to develop in the product after about two weeks. Indeed, these micro-organisms thrive on water and need it to multiply, and they are nourished by the oils and fats in the mix.

Unless you plan to use your product within that time, you will have to consider adding a preservative. The most commonly used today is Parabens - many people try to avoid Parabens, however it is one of the most effective preservatives available to the home cosmetic maker.

There are other, more natural preservatives available, such as grapefruit seed extract , vitamin E and rosemary oil extract. The dosage and expected shelf life of the finished product will vary in accordance with the chosen preservative.


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