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Are Homemade Cosmetics Safe? Yes, If You Preserve Them Properly!

If you’ve been following my blog or my youtube tutorials for a while, well, you know that I am deeply convinced that our skin is the one and only measure of our health. But in order to keep our skin looking healthy we have to make sure that our homemade cosmetics are safe for our skin and in order to be sure they are safe for our skin, we have to make sure to preserve them properly.

Every single day we have at hand so many vegetables, fruit, herbs, oils and many other foods that not only may nourish our insides, but also may hydrate, moisturize and beautify us on the outside.

There are still so many people out there not realizing the benefits of natural skin care ingredients, ingredients that one has in his own kitchen or may find at the nearest market.

Our ancestors used natural remedies for skin care for centuries to effectively treat and cure so many skin problems and to slow down the aging process. Unfortunately, year after year we entrusted ourselves to the cosmetic industry which doesn’t always have our best interest at heart.

clean eating If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you probably already know that I always promote in my posts a healthy lifestyle and a daily nutrition that includes mainly fresh vegetables in order to always attain youthful, radiant skin.

But what if we’re having the healthier lifestyle and then we’re applying on our skin only commercial beauty products full of chemicals, silicons and parabens? Just pay attention, listen to your skin…our skin says everything about us. Whether it’s glowing or pale, oily or dry, our skin says a lot about our physical and emotional state.

I’m not saying we all should prepare our own natural beauty products, but to, at least pay attention and be fully aware of what we are applying onto our skin.

Make smart choices, go for 100% natural products, if organic and certified, even better. If you have the time, the passion, the will…start creating your own cosmetic products! It will not only help you save money, it will also help you avoid all the toxic chemicals and fragrances that can be found in conventional commercial beauty products.

Ok, so we decide to give it a go and make our own cosmetics…but before starting this amazing journey, there are some RULES each person that decides to take this step should know.

Take a look at my below video tutorial on how to make sure that our homemade cosmetics are safe and how to preserve them properly! If you would like to find out in which products you need to use an antioxidant and in which products you have to use a preservative, what you should know when choosing a preservative and other useful information, well this quick video-tutorial will surely be of help:

1. Sterilize your tools and hands

Whether you’re preparing a mask to use immediately or an ointment or balm that should last for months, you have to sterilize your hands and tools to make sure that no bacteria will end up in your products and contaminate them. Therefore wash your hands accurately & sterilize your work surface, your cosmetic tools, bowls and anything else you’re gonna use using pure alcohol (the one with 95% alcohol content will do).

2. Store your beauty homemade products properly

how to preserve your homemade cosmetics Make sure to always store the products in dark, cool places as products will oxidize and lose their effectiveness, will even go rancid (if made up with a high percentage of oils) when exposed to light and air, so the ideal would be for you to use an opaque and air tight container to store your products. I always prefer using airless containers for my creams and when not using airless containers I make sure to collect the cream with a spatula or a spoon instead of my fingers 😉 ..this, in case I did not use a dispensing bottle which is always better than a jar.

3. Decide whether you go for a small or a big batch 

HOMEMADE COSMETICS Masks, cleansers or anything else you may prepare which contain fresh ingredients won’t last more than 2-3 days even if stored in your fridge. Therefore if it’s a product made up of perishable ingredients I recommend you to make a single small batch to use it as soon as possible, immediately it’s better, and to avoid storing it for too many days as bacteria, molds are ALIVE, therefore they will grow and develop in all preparations containing water.

When preparing creams, cleansers, toners, it’s better to always consider using a preservative which will prevent the developing of bacteria. I do not think you’ll make a cream or cleanser weekly and even so..it would not be safe not to use a preservative. I, personally always consider when prepping a new “potion” which its usage would be: body, face, eye contour, etc. and if it’s only for me or also for some friends and only afterwards I decide the final quantity. But the preservative is never an option, it’s a MUST.

4. Choose the most appropriate preservative or antioxidant for your product

creamy fluffy whipped butter bft low When deciding which preservative is the most appropriate for your product, there is 1 question you should ask yourself: is there water in my formula? If there is not, then an antioxidant will be enough to preserve your product from going rancid. Usually lip balms, whipped butters, stick balms are made up only of vegetable oils, butters and eventually waxes. No water involved :D. The most used antioxidants are vitamin E and rosemary extract (which will impart its own aroma into your products and will make them smell of rosemary). Adding them to your products  will slow down the oxidation process, but don’t forget they are as useful for your skin too. 😉 Remember that antioxidants can’t kill bacteria and molds, should you consider adding them (erroneously) as a preservative in water based cosmetic.

As for the preservatives, I warmly invite you to watch my above video tutorial (should you have not seen it yet ) to see which criteria you should follow when choosing one and what it’s important to consider when using specific preservatives.

conservanti Preservatives do extend the shelf life of homemade products and keep them free of bacteria, but remember that preservatives themselves are often unhealthy. Many may cause or promote skin problems, therefore it’s very important to choose them being fully aware of what they are made up of, if they are parabens free and if you care, if they are ecological or not.

Natural preservatives, among which essential oils (such as tea tree, thyme, neem) are considered too, don’t cover a broad spectrum of bacteria and the amounts needed to make them act as a preservative are usually too high and not safe to use in skin care products. If you decide to anyway use them, consider a short shelf life for your products.

4. Label your products

Last but not least, remember to label your products with the date it was prepared and keep at hand the formula you used to make it,  with all the ingredients from the highest concentration to the lowest.

What about you? Which preservatives do you use in your cosmetics?

As always, don’t forget to thumb up/ LIKE the above video-tutorial if you found it helpful and informative.

Remember to subscribe my youtube channel for more beauty tips & tricks and let me know with a comment if you enjoyed the video or if you have any doubts!

I’m looking forward to reading your feedbacks and suggestions!! Can’t wait to see you next week with a new beauty food tip! ;)

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25 Responses to Are Homemade Cosmetics Safe? Yes, If You Preserve Them Properly!

  1. Carmen p says:

    I am one that asked for this tutorial, so glad you did it! Very useful information 🙂

  2. BeautyFoodTips says:

    Hi Carmen..see?? :)) keep asking & I’ll keep replying 😉 If you enjoyed it, I’ll keep doing some more vids similar to this one, like where and how I store my ingredients (another question of yours :)) ), which are the ingredients I always have at hand..the pH thing I don’t think everyone is aware of..what do you think?

  3. Carmen p says:

    Hahaha such a good memory you have and a lovely cat! 🙂 I would love to know more about the pH thing. I never get tired of your videos, you explain yourself wonderfully and learning with a good teacher is always fun!

  4. BeautyFoodTips says:

    :)) Thanks for all the support!! it means a lot!! when in search for motivation, I’ll get back to all of the encouraging words I receive 😉 Have a GREAT weekend!!!

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  6. UrbangirlFabulous says:

    How do I determine how much preservatives to use in my butters? Thanks.

  7. Arun S says:

    Please Can u tell me which preservative is safe to use

  8. Aminah Fonseca says:

    I do a lot if deep conditioners using avocado eggs honey bananas and yogurt. What are good preservatives for those things ?

  9. Donna Hearn says:

    I like all the liitle quotes you add at the end of each episode, todaysquote from buddha is very good. I am going to write it down and share it on facebook, hope u don’t mind.Thanks for the great tip about sticking hands or fingers into the creams and things,although i keep my hands very clean you are so right, i can still contaminate it.My grandparents on both sides (mother and father) are from Italy, just thought i would share that.chow

  10. Donna Hearn says:

    my vitamin e says “pure vitamine oil” made by holista28,000 iu/ui-28ml but the spelling on bottle is “tocopheryl” acetate is not the same as you spelled it “tocopherol”, so is this the same stuff? can i use it as a perservative?

  11. Farah Surooprajally says:

    Hello, I found your video incredibly useful. I would just like to know whether there are any other natural preservatives that give off a longer shelf life or whether there are any other preservatives that contribute well to the skin.Many thanks.

  12. kisha f says:

    You video was very informative but how long will homemade lipstick take to
    expire if you add a natural preservatice? Also, which preservatives work

  13. sara abdelnaby says:

    I really enjoyed your tutorial, but quick question… I need your help.
    Like pronto man. I’m trying to create a natural facial cleanser using rose
    water and something else that is great for the face (all skin types) and
    will create like some type of foam… and the consistency is pretty good
    too. If I’m using rose water and some other type of oil… do I need a
    preservative? I honestly don’t know where I’m going with these ideas… can
    you create a tutorial on a facial cleanser made out of rose water and
    another magical ingredient… I would love it if the consistency of the
    cleanser was somewhat like a lotion… or a foaming one would work! If you
    can’t make the tutorial, can you explain what I should do exactly to create
    this rose water + other amazing ingredient in the facial cleanser. I’m not
    sure what to put in the cleanser that will make it foam naturally and also
    a good natural preservative that will extend the shelf life for at least a
    year. Thank you. Hope you reply soon =.=

  14. Sonu K says:

    hi Rozalia i am wanted to make my own anti wrinkle face area and dark
    circle under eye creams so what kind of preservative do i need i have
    checked your videos but there is no video about skin creams.also what kind
    of preservative for toners and makeup setting sup rays and face serums
    please do reply me back

  15. Sonu K says:

    can u give me the names of preservatives for water soluble and oil soluble

  16. myersljennifer says:

    Thank you, you’re so beautiful and smart. I’m struggling very hard to make
    a mixture of natural preservatives that will be safe!! Do you have a
    specific mixture that you know is NATURAL and safe (from essential oils)?
    Maybe I could test this over 6 months to 1 year and see if bacteria grows.
    It’s very important to me that I do NOT use synthetic preservatives. Thank
    you so much for reading! <3

  17. TETYANA says:

    Hi, it is great information, thank you.

  18. SeanBalm Bath &Body says:

    Awesome video! You explained everything so well. I am a new subscriber and
    this was the first video that came about when I searched for “How to
    preserve handmade cosmetics.” I make all natural clay face masks and want
    to prolong the shelf life, so I need to use preservatives that will work
    well with oils (liposolubles). By the way, I do not use any water in the
    masks, so which preservatives would you recommend?

  19. Norma says:

    Hello Rozalia, thank you so much for sharing all this with the world, i was wondering i’m aboot to start making this products but i wanna give some colour to them, in the case of moisturizing or solid perfume, can i use food colorant? I’m really happy i came acroos your blog it’s beautiful and interesting, thank you again, best regards from México.

    • beautyfoodtipslya says:

      Hi Norma,
      thank you for your comment. You have to make sure you use an oil-based food colorant and not an water-based food colorant if you intend to use it for a solid perfume. If you use a hydrosoluble food colorant it will not mix with your oils and butters 🙂 Hope this helps. Hugs :*

  20. William Phillips says:

    I mean I guess it’s helpful in a way , I would have liked to know maybe
    what preservatives to use or which ones you prefer or what are the natural
    ones that let you avoid Parabens .

  21. jseeutube says:

    Hi, I was wondering, my base oil is sesame oil which has natural vitamin E
    – do I still need to add vitamin E to my base and essential oils? Essential
    oils have a natural anti bacterial properties – is this classed as a
    preservative? Thanks, Jason 🙂

  22. Tina Fay says:

    Check out this video on YouTube:

  23. Zoe Tzen says:

    Hello, I am wondering how do you know how much preservation to use in your
    recipe? I would like to make a lotion but I didn’t want it to be too oily
    so I am thinking of using water to thinner the solution. Thanks and hope to
    hear form you soon.

  24. Marquita McCoy says:

    How can I extend the shelf life of green tea infused eye masks packaged in dark packaging and refrigerated? It has sweet almond oil.

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