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4 Natural Preservatives to Add to DIY Recipes

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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:

Neem Oil

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.
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Rosemary Extract

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.

 Lemon Juice

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.

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Grapefruit | OrganicIsBeautiful

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?

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Simple Homemade Body Scrub

There is no better feeling than touching a freshly scrubbed skin. Scrubbing leaves the skin smooth and feels fresh as well as exfoliate the dead skin layers which give healthy glow. Some of us may have the budget and time to spend a lovely weekend in a spa. Unfortunately, not all of us have the privilege for such luxury. Even though you have no time and budget to spend time at the spa; it does not mean that you cannot get a nice scrub and spa time at home.

Making a homemade body scrub is very simple. In fact, you can even use the ingredients that usually found in the kitchen. Forget the expensive spa or commercial body scrubs which full with chemical ingredients; here is some simple homemade body scrub that you can try.

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Salt Ready For Body Scrub | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

SALT AND LEMON BODY SCRUB
Lemon, as you know, is rich in vitamin C and antioxidant which is definitely good for the skin. In addition, lemon also has skin brightening agent that can make your skin brighter and glow. To make this scrub, you are going to need:

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt or coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup oil of your choice such as olive, coconut, grape seed, sunflower seed, and much more.
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice

Mix the coarse sea salt and oil in a mixing bowl. And then add in lemon juice and continue stirring until you have the right consistency. It should not too runny or too thick, but the consistency should in between both. Store the mixture in a lidded jar and keep in the fridge. I usually use it as body scrub; I wet my body under the shower and the use the scrub to massage all over the body in circular motion and gentle. And then rinse thoroughly and pat dry. I also usually use moisturizer for smoother skin.

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Coffee | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

COFFEE SCRUB
You know my secret love affair with coffee in my am routine? Its either coffee, turmeric latte or delicious infused water! Coffee is more than just a mood booster in the morning. The next time you make morning coffee, you can use the coffee grounds for a wonderful body scrub. Coffee scrub helps prevent the appearance of cellulite as well as make the skin smoother. To make this body scrub, you will need:

  • ½ cup grounded coffee
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • One or two teaspoons of olive oil

Mix the coffee grounds and coconut oil in a mixing bowl. And then add in the olive oil until you get the right consistency. Store the mixture in a lidded jar and keep fridge.

AVOCADO AND ALMOND SCRUB
Forget about salsa for a while and use the avocado for a hearty scrub.
Avocado is rich in vitamin E which can moisture your skin. For this body scrub you will need:

  • 1 ripe avocado in medium size, peeled and mashed
  • ¾ to 1 cup grounded oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup grounded almonds.

Mix all the ingredients in mixing bowl and then use it to massage the body from head to toe. Massage in a circular motion and then rinse thoroughly. Since this scrub is rich in moisturizer, make sure to rub/clean the shower/tub afterward.

Saturday Relaxation with Ginger and Dead Sea Salt.

Experiencing body scrub should not burn a hole in your pocket. Here in OiB, you can make the natural and simple body scrub which has the same benefits as the one in the spa.

Which one would you like to try first? 🙂

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