Preservatives in commercial products are typically one of the most toxic ingredients. Although they are used in minuscule amounts, over time they accumulate in your body. Many of these are parabens, that have been linked to everything from Cancer to Hormone disorders.
One of the biggest hurdles in creating my line has been finding an effective, clean, and natural preservative for my products containing water. Water is necessary for almost all life on Earth, and this is true of things like Bacteria + Mold, as well as for us. Anywhere where there is water, there is the possibility of Bacteria + Mold growth.
Our skin is a delicate balance of Oil (Moisture) and Water (Hydration.) Without both parts, our skin will show signs of stress. Many of my creams are formulated with Organic Aloe Vera Juice or Water for Hydration. The mixture of oil + water + wax = Hydration that is then sealed in by the wax + moisturized by the oils.
This also means that we need some kind of preservative, to fend off bacteria + mold.
Radish Root Ferment Filtrate alone is a great preservative, and does wonders to prevent mold + fungus. This 100% natural product is made from fermented radishes, and then an enzyme is filtered out that prevents mold. When I discovered this, I was beyond happy. There was still the issue of possible bacteria growth.
I use very stringent methods to sanitize bottles, tools, and gloves to prevent contamination, but once you get your product home ... it lives your life with you. If you are in a rush, you may stick your finger into the cream jar instead of the small tool. For this reason, I make sure to preserve against bacteria as well. My products are not meant to last more than about three months, because they are made with fresh ingredients.
Lactobacillus Ferment was the answer to my preservation needs. Probiotics in my Probiotic Deodorant prevent bad bacteria from growing by taking up the space on your skin. In much the same way, Lactobacillus prevents bacteria growth in formulations with water.
These two extracts work together to make sure that your product is safe and effective.
The best part? Both are beneficial to your skin! Radish Root + Lactobacillus both encourage hydration and nourish your skin.
Any of my products can be made without these preservatives, and will work just as well. The only difference will be a shelf life of two months instead of the preserved version which can be as much as 6 months.