You don’t live under a rock, or hopefully you don’t, so you’ve probably hear of DIY beauty products. They are really trendy right now and you can find A LOT of tutorials on the web and Youtube. It’s a great way to reduce chemicals in your life and excessive packaging (in fact Mousse Coco started with these 2 intentions!) Obviously, we are all in on the DIY trend and our mission is that you do more of it. BUT you also need to be careful because not all tutorials are safe for your health. Here are a few things to look out for when you make your own product.
Does the tutorial you are following include anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant ingredients? If not, this is probably not the best source to get a safe product. Any product that contains an aqueous ingredient (water, tea, hydrolat) is a huge pool for bacteria and fungus growth…yummy! So you need to add a conservative to make sure that this does not happen. Potassium sorbate is widely used and increase tremendously the shelf life of your product. Otherwise, your product would only last a few days to a few weeks in your fridge. Potassium Sorbate (and other conservative, such as Benzoate) comes from a natural source but has been modified. I do believe that the downside of using a modified ingredient (as opposed to an unmodified natural ingredient) is totally worth it to not have tons of harmful little fungus in your product.
Most DIY products are made of a mix of vegetable oils and they can become rancid over time, especially for products that you only use once in a while. Think of adding an anti-oxidant, such as Vitamin E to make your product last longer.
We will soon do another post on this topic because we cannot tell you enough: essential oils are no joke! Some tutorials out there would make you bathe in essential oils. I know that it can be very exciting once you enter the EO world but you do need to restrain yourself. Most EO are so powerful that you’ll only need a few drops in a product; find out before at what ratio you should be using a specific oil. Essential oil should never be applied directly onto the skin and never on children or pregnant women (except for a few milder oils but this would be the big rule). Any tutorial that doesn’t give you those advices should not be trusted.
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