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« on: August 06, 2014 08:41:27 AM »

I tend to make my own hair products but they don't have a long shelf life. I have naturally 3a curly hair. What kind should I put in them to make them last? How long will it extend the shelf life to?  I mainly need it for a flax seed gel and  cream based product.
Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014 12:29:26 AM »

Hi mpanda!

Good question! I've mostly only worked with Germaben and Phenopip in lotions.

I would think that you would want an antioxidant in your flax seed gel to help prolong shelf life since flaxseed oil is notoriously short lived. Vitamin E oil is my usual go-to antioxidant.

You would only need a preservative if these are water based products (remember antioxidants help oils from going rancid as quickly, preservatives help delay the growth of mold and bacteria and ickies). But, which one to use I am not the best one to tell you.

I hate to just throw links at you, but whenever I can't figure out something preservative-wise, I head on over to Lotion Crafter. Perhaps digging around on there will give you some ideas on what might work best. And/or if you list some of the formula in your products someone else on Craftster might be able to help.

http://www.lotioncrafter.com/lotioncrafter-premium-ingredients-preservatives/
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2014 07:30:43 PM »

Thanks for responding I'll check out the link. The gel is water based. The ingredients are:
Water
Marshmallow root
Flax seed
Coconut oil
Honey or agave nectar
Aloe

It does wonders for my hair I just can't get it to last for longer then 2 weeks.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2014 11:46:19 PM »

What happens after two weeks? Is it moldy, or does it separate, or are the oils going rancid? It sounds like a nice formula!
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2014 04:55:34 AM »

It starts to get moldy
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2014 12:34:39 PM »

Oh ok. When you make it are you starting with all sterilized items? All the bowls, mixing spoons, containers should be boiled or ran through the dishwasher on hot/hot dry first? If you do that and then use a preservative you should be golden. Also, keeping the final product in the refrigerator can help prohibit mold growth. With your ingredients I think Germaben II would probably work well.

http://www.lotioncrafter.com/germaben-ii.html
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2014 04:00:41 AM »

Are you always worried about the hair product or want a preservation such a product.without using such a hair product you want  for long hair? so we have a some healthy and beauty tips for your hair.
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