Alcohol is a Natural Preservative in Cosmetics
Alcohol has been used for a long time as a natural preservative. High proof food-grade alcohol is used in natural cosmetics in the preservative system to preserve cosmetics from creams, lotions, serums, shampoos and hair conditioners.
Is Alcohol Drying to the Skin?
Clients, students and customers are always asking me, isn’t alcohol drying to the skin? Pure food-grade alcohol applied directly to the skin is drying on the skin but not when it is combined with nutrient rich ingredients. Synthetic alcohol is confused with food-grade alcohol and performs differently on the skin. Synthetic alcohol also known as isopropyl alcohol is drying to the skin. I have used organic food-grade alcohol for over 10 years to effectively preserve natural cosmetic formulations. In my test groups, they always favored facial creams and moisturizers preserved with alcohol over the facial creams and moisturizers using a different preservative system. The comments were similar stating the product went into their skin quickly with no oil residue and the skin immediately felt soft, moisturized and hydrated.
Alcohol is Beneficial to the Skin
Pure food-grade alcohol combined with nutrient rich plant oils, herbs and plant emulsifiers acts as a carrier and delivers these skin beautifying nutrients immediately into the skin. It works as a wonderful delivery system for the natural cosmetic product.
Attention and care is imperative to preserve natural cosmetic formulations with high proof food-grade alcohol. A high proof alcohol must be used. I’ve used organic grain, sugar and grape alcohol. During the manufacturing process it is imperative to prevent evaporation of the alcohol and the container must be one that is minimally exposed to air.
I formulated the Organic Facial Cream and demonstrated how to preserve using alcohol in the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course.
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Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.