In the What do you want to know post, Nicole asks: 1) I'm interested in making teas to put in lotions for the water portion but i'm not sure if there are things to watch out for with this replacement or if you have to do anything different with preservatives. 2) Have you ever made or thought about making hair sprays?
this recipe for hair gel without the carbomer or lye and see if it holds the way you like. Put it in a mister bottle and you've got yourself a hair spray! (And if you let us know how it turns out, I'll send you a free e-book!)
Conditioners and detanglers using Amaze XT
Gels (revised for 2013)
Gels: Making a hair styling gel
in this post, but I'll recap it here.) Botanical ingredients, like powdered extracts or hydrosols, are hard to preserve because they're botanical in nature, but these have been treated and preserved by the manufacturers of the products. Tea that we make in our own homes is botanical in nature, and will contain loads of little bits of botanical material that is a huge invitation to bacteria and mould to create a home in our products.
I'm sure you've seen other people making teas and adding them to their products instead of the water phase, and those people are either experienced formulators who know how to make these products safely or they're foolhardy individuals who know not the risks of their behaviour. Either way, most of us shouldn't be using infusions we've made at home to make products.
Infusions, teas, and vinegar as a preservative
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