If you have been reading recently, you may have seen the list about toxic substances found in your skincare and beauty products (like parabens, phthalates, and artificial coloring). One of the best way to avoid these harmful chemicals is to make your own skincare home remedies. But the main issue with is how you keep your all natural DIY deodorant from getting funky. Allow me to introduce you to 4 natural preservatives that will save your DIY home remedies.
First, remember that whenever you aim to make an organic DIY alternative to your favorite store-bought beauty products, they will never last as long as commercial products do. That is why I recommend opting to make smaller batches, because even with added organic preservatives, the shelf life is still short.
Here are my favorite natural preservatives:
This is a magical vegetable oil used in India. It is made from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree. Despite the strong smell, neem is not used for cooking but in Indian cosmetics, such as soap, hair products, creams, and lotions, as well as in Ayurveda medicine. In Ayurvedic applications, neem oil works as a diuretic, contraceptive, antiseptic, and pesticide. It is pretty amazing for the skin too, so add a bit of neem oil to DIY skincare products.
The only warning I have to give is if you are trying to conceive. Neem oil, neem leaves, and neem tea all affect fertility in men and women.
Beautiful rosemary not only smells pleasant, the extractives are fantastic for warding off premature decay. Rosemary extract and essential oil has two antimicrobial components—carnosic and rosmaranic acids. Plus, rosemary has 24 active antioxidants that have a longer activity span than other popular natural preservatives, like sugar or tocopherols. Add it to your food stores, natural toothpaste, mouthwash, and facewash.
Containing high vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and some citric acid, lemon juice behaves as a powerful antioxidant, disinfectant, and preservative. Like salt, lemon juice balances the pH factor and acids found in many natural ingredients. As for the citric acid, you many already see that used in beverages, food, cosmetics, and even pharmaceuticals for maintaining flavor and taste of such products. Pair with vinegar (ascetic acid) for advanced protection from spoilage.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit is such a miraculous superfood, so it is no wonder the seeds are fantastic as well. The extractives act as antibiotics, antiseptics, disinfectants, and preservatives. Many “skin-clearing” commercial products utilize grapefruit seed oil; but these oils are also effective against more than 800 bacterial and viral organisms and fungal strains.
For OiB readers that like to make their own acne or eczema skincare, I cannot recommend grapefruit seed extract enough.
In short, if you though adding shelf life to your DIY recipes would be troublesome, think again! There are many natural preservatives out there—not just the ones I listed. These 4, though, can be found almost anywhere and have many wonderful uses! Did you knew these techniques?