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Why is my face and body butter grainy?
Butters (Shea, Mango, Cocoa) can have a grainy texture. As the butter is exposed to temperature fluctuations, some of the fats melt and then re-crystalize at different rates that result in a grainy texture. The product is still safe to use. Just rub the butter between your hands to warm it and it will feel smooth again. You can also place the glass jar in a double boiler and melt it all the way and then do a rapid cool in the fridge for a couple minutes and try to keep it in a cool dry place.
Why don't butters/oils need a preservative?
Non-aqueous products (don't contain water) do not provide conditions which bacteria, yeast, and fungus will breed and therefore in most circumstances, do not need a preservative. To prolong the shelf-life of your body butter, keep it in a cool, dry place, out of direct light. Use clean, dry hands or a spatula to apply the butter.
Why should I avoid using wet hands to apply my face and body butter?
When water is introduced to the jar, it is now providing conditions for growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungus.
When should I dispose of my all natural product?
When stored properly, away from moisture and light, face and body butter should last 6 months and possibly longer, but I recommend use within 6 months from opening your butter. If it smells rancid or sour, color changes, or if any moisture was introduced, throw it away. If there is any question or unsure, be safe and toss it.
Why use an all natural deodorant?
Natural deodorant won't block pores. Aluminum-based deodorants essentially block sweat glands, that can prevent toxins from being expelled by the body.
Do aluminum free, all natural deodorants work?
Yes, but you have to allow time for your body to adjust. Aluminum-based antiperspirants are designed to clog your pores. If you stop using it, the pores eventually open and the bacteria can be expelled that cause odor. Give it time and then you can enjoy using an all natural deodorant and know you are not building up bacteria. It can take up to 3 months for your body to adjust. It took me about 3 weeks, but varies with each person.
All natural deodorant doesn't need a preservative?
No, it is made of oils and butters and no water-based ingredients.
Why no preservative in the soap?
The all natural soap does not need a preservative because there is no water content after the saponification process.
What is proper storage for my all natural products?
Keep all products in a cool, dry place, away from direct light.
How long will my all natural products last?
Lip butter, face and body butter and deodorant should last up to 6 months when stored properly. Soap should last up to 6 months when stored properly, but can start to dry out if not used before this time. All natural lotion should last 2-3 months when stored properly. This lotion has a natural preservative in it. If you want it to last longer, you can store in the fridge up to 4 months.
Safe preservatives versus Toxic preservatives:
Is Leucidal Liquid Sf a safe preservative for all natural lotion?
"Leucidal Liquid SF is approved for use as an ingredient in ECOcert certified organic products. It is a natural antimicrobial considered self-preserving cosmetic actives. A probiotic-based ingredient created by the fermentation of Lactobacillus in a defined growth medium. Lactobacillus is capable of restricting the growth of other micro organisms by acidifying it's environment. It is capable of providing broad spectrum antimicrobial protection."
Leucidal Liquid SF is my first choice for a preservative in the lotion. Suggested to store properly in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Use within 2-3 months. I make lotion when it is ordered, so it is fresh!
I offer another preservative Germall Plus, that is also a broad-spectrum preservative. It has been around longer than Leucidal Liquid SF. Though it may make your lotion last a bit longer, it does contain a formaldehyde releaser. It is still considered safe for use, since it is used in such a small amount, 0.5% of total product weight.
How much of the product should I use?
All of the butters, lotion and deodorant, a little goes a long way. I use the butter at night on my face and body. I use a clean, dry spatula to apply a small dime size amount for the body and a small pencil eraser size for the face and hands. I apply the lotion to my hands and face in the morning after using witch hazel to cleanse my face. A dime size amount is plenty. The deodorant can be rubbed in or a couple swipes will do.
How much essential oil goes into the product?
Essential oils are highly concentrated and should only be used in low dilutions of usually 1% or less combined total in a product and 0.5% in lip balm. I use 1% essential oil in butters, lotion, soap, and deodorant. I use 0.5% in the lip butters.
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