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The Importance of a Preservative Part 1

I hear and see people refuse to use a preservative regularly. They have various reasons. If the maker omitting is also the person using it then I really don’t have a problem with it. If they are giving it to friends or family, or even plan on selling their lotions and other products, I begin to worry. 🙁 The job of a preservative is to prevent yeast, bacteria and other microbes from growing in personal care products. The last thing I want to do is rub my hands with a lotion growing all of those things and then sit down to eat lunch. Yummy. :shock:I know that some readers will not agree with me and rather than getting on my soap box and talking for pages and pages, I am going to show you a picture of a lotion I made that did not include a preservative. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Those containers of lotion are pretty disgusting right? Do you want to rub that all over your body? I know I don’t!

I ask that as you introduce and teach others the joy of this hobby, you also teach the importance of safety. The last thing you want to have occur is have loved ones, friends or customers in the hospital because of the awful microbes that decided to grow in your lotion. How awful that the hobby you so enjoy caused so much grief and worry. Let’s give the hobby of toiletries making a good name and the users safe and enjoyable products. Let’s look at how I made this lotion.

Collect Needed Items:

Sesame Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Mango Butter
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Zip Lock Bag


Recipe in Grams
11 grams Sesame Oil
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
2 grams Beeswax
2 grams Glycerin
2 grams Stearic Acid
1 gram Honey
1 gram Mango Butter
75 grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
.39 ounces Sesame Oil
.18 ounces Emulsifying Wax
.07 ounces Beeswax
.07 ounces Glycerin
.07 ounces Stearic Acid
.04 ounces Honey
.04 ounces Mango Butter
2.65 ounces Water
Recipe in Percentages
11% Sesame Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
2% Beeswax
2% Glycerin
2% Stearic Acid
1% Honey
1% Mango Butter
77% Water

Weigh all ingredients into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until the contents are fluid. Using the immersion blender, mix well. Allow the contents to cool and pour the lotion into a bag. Seal and allow to sit for several days, while monitoring the microbial growth inside of the bag. When experiment has concluded, dispose of the bag and the contents. 😉


Lotion growing in a jar

Lotion growing in Ziplock Bag

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