for Lotions and Water-Based Items
This is an
essential oil preservative, that
is, a preservative for skin care products made solely from essential
oils. Firstly, one must start with a clean lotion or cream made in
the most fastidious way with clean ingredients, clean hands, clean
equipment and secondly when the product is made it must be bottled
in clean containers. The preservative is added along with the liquid
ingredients in the formula. Your formula will preserve the product
for over a year. However, it is best not to try to keep any
plant-based product too long. My suggestion is make your products,
use them up and then make more. It is always best use fresh.
Products and preservatives are taught in the
Seminars and various herbal and aromatherapy classes as
well as in our
home-study herbal and aromatherapy course.
The following formula should be used
at 1.5%, that is, 1.5 ml to a 4 oz. jar:
Too much Cinnamon? – Reduce the amount
2 ml Oregano CT carvacrol
2 ml Palmarosa with geraniol
1.5 ml Cinnamon leaf
2 ml Thyme [50% para-cymene and 50% Thymus
vulgaris with thymol]
I used the above formula in a lotion that had no preservatives in
10/05. I divided the lotion in half and only preserved half. At this
time, two years later, my lotion is still clean and free of mold and
bacteria and still retains a fresh Cinnamon scent.
It would have to be in the lotion at least 1%. Of course, this might
make up the entire fragrance of a mixture and would be most useful
for a lotion used in jobs that are particularly prone to bacteria
such as hospitals, plumbing, digging in the dirt, etc.
should have the following properties:
Should be able to kill Eschericia coli and all sorts of
It should be composed of essential oils that have these
article Anti-Bacterial/Acne Fighting Essential Oils — Top 5 or so
Rosemary verbenone (fungus)
Thymus vulgaris or Oregano (bacterial)
Litsea cubeba or anything with a high Citral
the formula is available by Special Order only from
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SPA/Skin Booklet for Skin Care seminar.
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