The ups and downs of preservative-free products

At Envisage Aromatics, every ingredient matters. To date, all products have been made without preservatives. There is an upside and a downside to this, however. The upside is that you are not getting the high amount of parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde that are in many products to keep them fresh. These are allergens to many people. I say high amount because manufacturers must stabilize their products for unseen conditions, like high temps in a warehouse or delivery truck, which kill many preservatives. It also may sit for a long time on a shelf before being sold. They add preservatives for worst case scenarios.

Soaps and products made with only vegetable oils are not as prone to rapid spoiling. Water is the key to life. It is the doorway to microbes that you don’t want in your products. Products like soaps, salves, butters, and scrubs should last a long time, but microbes are introduced if you use your fingers to scoop them out. It is best to use a clean spoon to get the product out of the jar. I am going to be exploring scrubs that are cubed for single use. There is less possibility of contamination that way.The bad news is that – like fresh fruit or vegetables – products with no preservatives will spoil. Generally it is weeks, not months that you have to use them up. Keep this in mind as you make your purchases. Buying smaller quantities is smart, because they will be used up more quickly. Refrigeration will help too.

I am going to explore the use of organically friendly preservatives in the future for my products that contain water, like lotions and creams. There are a few good ones out there that can be used in moderation to be sure you have the safest product. Stay tuned!

Published by Gwendolyn Christopher Rodriguez

I am a certified aromatherapist and PraiseMoves instructor.

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