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Natural preservatives can be tricky when it comes to making your own natural products at home. You don’t want to be cutting any corners, but you also don’t want to compromise your health by using harmful ingredients and chemicals. I totally get it!
I used to make and even sell homemade natural beauty products of my own and all of my secret recipes are right here on this blog! I have found a few natural ingredients that work well in acting as a preservative to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, yeast and viruses.
Natural Preservatives for Homemade Products:
To prevent mold in homemade beauty recipes, I have learned that vinegar works great! Since Bragg apple cider vinegar is also great for balancing the skin’s pH and smells better than white vinegar, I add about 1 teaspoon to beauty recipes to help prevent mold.
I use Bragg because it is raw, unfiltered and contains the mother enzyme, making it as pure as it comes. It is antiseptic, helping combat viruses and yeast. I love using Bragg apple cider vinegar in my homemade facial toner too!
Rosemary oil extract is high in antioxidants, antimicrobial and a popular choice in many natural beauty and wellness products. I absolutely love rosemary and the scent is uplifting and refreshing.
Rosemary works well in body scrubs, lip balms, hair care products and even cleaning products.
Salt is used to preserve many meats and fish, but it may also benefit homemade products such as a salt scrub. Salt can prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast and mold.
There are many different types of salt but I like Pink Himalayan salt due to its nutrients, minerals and other health benefits.
Grapefruit seed extract is antioxidant rich, antimicrobial and antibacterial. The smell is amazing too, so it is definitely a complimentary addition to your homemade products.
Vitamin E oil might slow down the growth of bacteria, making it harder for mold to grow. It is also antioxidant rich and great for the skin.
How to Prevent Mold in Homemade Beauty Recipes:
Use The Right Water
It is also important to make sure that any recipes requiring water that you are using distilled or boiled water. Tap water is not the best water to use.
We have a reverse osmosis system on our tap, so that we have quality water on tap at all times.
Be sure to make your products in a sterile environment with proper handling tools, gloves and clean containers and surfaces. This is especially important if you sell your products. Avoid cross-contamination as much as possible.
Make Small Batches
If you make your products in smaller batches, you will likely use it up quicker, allowing less time for bacteria and mold to grow.
Store It Correctly
Make sure you do not get moisture trapped inside containers or jars of homemade or natural products, especially tap water or hard water from your shower or sink. This can definitely cause mold to grow, especially in a closed container in a warm place.
If it is a product you hardly use, it might be best to let it air out before storing it away until next time.