This is an essential oil preservative, that is, a
preservative for skin care products made solely from essential oils.
Firstly, one must start with a clean lotion or cream made in the most
fastidious way with clean ingredients, clean hands, clean equipment and
secondly when the product is made it must be bottled in clean containers.
The preservative is added along with the liquid ingredients in the formula.
Your formula will preserve the product for over a year. However, it is best
not to try to keep any plant-based product too long. My suggestion is make
your products, use them up and then make more. It is always best use fresh.
Products and preservatives are taught in the Aromatherapy Seminars and
various herbal and aromatherapy classes as well as in our home-study herbal
and aromatherapy course.
The following formula should be used at 1.5%, that is, 1.5 ml to a 4 oz.
Too much Cinnamon? – Reduce the amount
Oregano CT carvacrol
Palmarosa with geraniol
Thyme [50% para-cymene and 50% Thymus vulgaris with thymol]
I used the above formula in a lotion that had no preservatives in 10/05.
I divided the lotion in half and only preserved half. At this time, two
years later, my lotion is still clean and free of mold and bacteria and
still retains a fresh Cinnamon scent.
It would have to be in the lotion at least 1%. Of
course, this might make up the entire fragrance of a mixture and would be
most useful for a lotion used in jobs that are particularly prone to
bacteria such as hospitals, plumbing, digging in the dirt, etc.
Your preservative should have the following properties:
Should be able to kill Eschericia coli and all sorts of nasty things
should be composed of essential oils that have these properties:
(See the article
Anti-Bacterial/Acne Fighting Essential Oils
by Jeanne Rose)
Rosemary verbenone (fungus)
vulgaris or Oregano (bacterial)
cubeba or anything with a high Citral count (anti-virus)
The formula is available by Special Order only from Aromatherapy Course at
Rose, Jeanne • SPA/Skin Booklet for Skin Care seminar. Jeanne Rose books and
Rose, Jeanne • Herbal Body Book at 415-564-6785.
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