You'll notice there are actually two areas of contamination in the product. The first is the great big green spot on the left side, but did you notice the brown-y orange streak to the right hand side of that on the side of the jug? Yep, there's a little more contamination for you!
I made this lotion without preservatives to show you how quickly things can go off. I made this sixteen days ago. (It might have gone off earlier. This was the first chance I had to check it, to be honest!) I did all the things I generally do - I heated and held both phases, I made sure all my equipment and workshop was clean - but I left out the preservatives. I covered it tightly with Press & Seal in this jug after it had cooled to room temperature. It's been cold in the workshop - below 10˚C - which is quite chilly considering a fridge should be kept at 0˚C to 4˚C, and room temperature is 18˚C to 22˚C. It is also quite damp back there as we've had a bunch of rain since Hallowe'en - just about every day - which is normal for this time of year.
I used a heavily modified version of the Natragem EW recipe I shared with you a few weeks back because I was honestly too lazy to get into the emulsifier/giant heavy ingredient box and went with that. (This should not be construed in any way as a reflection on this emulsifier. It was quite literally what was sitting on top of my workshop counter.) I didn't use the aloe vera or hydrosols. I shudder to think what it would have looked like if I did!
I have to point out that I get weary of hearing people saying they're going to leave the preservative out of their products because "it's just for me". Do you want to smear THAT on your skin? Do you want to give that to someone you love? Please don't. Products are contaminated a lot sooner than you think, and contamination is almost always there long before you see the green or orange bloom!
It's sad because I only have so much time to create, and this is what I did when I had that small window. But I really really really wanted to make the point that you need to keep your lotions well preserved.
Why do we need preservatives in our water containing products?
Preservatives: What can get into our creations?
Preservatives: How the heck do they work?
Preservatives: Water activity and sugar/salt scrubs
If you're new to lotion making (heating & holding)Why do we heat & hold?
Why do we heat and hold separately?