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ImageSundownr
Feb 7, 2010 11:27 PM CST
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia
Backyard dictator
Here is the makinghandcreamswith forum.
Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 12:04 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
Do you make hand creams sundown? I use to make them along with lotions, but got out of it cause I hated using the preservatives, if I could find a half way non harmful preservative I'd get back into it again.

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ImageSundownr
Feb 8, 2010 3:05 PM CST
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia
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Kathy, Essential oils, alcohol/tinctures, and vitamin E serve as the only preservatives I use, but you do have to use a lot sometimes. I wrote an article for DG about making Gardener's Hand Cream with a recipe to use. I don't think there are any "rules" against linking to DG stuff, so here goes: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1692/
Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 3:47 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
Do you have to refrigerate your creams? how long do they last? I belong to a yahoo group and they all have said things about not leaving your cream/lotions out of the frig when you use more natural types of preservatives, they don't last long and they get rancid quickly. I know that the balms made with no water don't need any kind of preservative. I've also read that any lotion or cream with water in the recipe needs some sort of preservative.


I'd like to make my own lotions for my personal use since we use an organic lotion, it's expensive, and it does have all natural preservatives in it

it has things like camillia extract and calendula extract and lemon peel extract and that's all it uses, or lists, it does say it uses other essential oils.

I'd like to get a few ideas on which natural preservatives I could get a hold of to make my own lotion, good enough to let it sit on t he counter for 6 months . then i'd go back to making lotion for myself.

I'll read over your link,

if you have any ideas, I'd love to make a lemon lotion like the one I have so I don't hve to spend 8.00 per bottle every time I want to buy one.
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Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 3:50 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
I didn't see any type of preservative listed, did you use any in your creams.

You really got me wanting to make my own cream now LOL It' s been so long.

Just curious how long yours lasts on the shelf .
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Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 3:55 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
oh, I found it, it's on the right side, of all the lists of things you can add.

I'm gonna have to get on the net and go looking for those extracts. any good web sites that you know of one can find extracts from?
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Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 4:14 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
I read your article, It's AWESOME!! You did a fantastic job.

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ImageSundownr
Feb 8, 2010 6:26 PM CST
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia
Backyard dictator
Kathy, thanks for the kind words about the article. I hope you can read the many responses to it as there were some very smart ideas about preserving the creams. I personally make small batches of creams, use a lot of vitamin E oil, use a pump dispenser (now), and I use my herbal tinctures with alcohol, too! I do keep some of my creams in the fridge in the summer months because they feel so good to use cold, lol.

I use a mixed herbal body oil (from a pump dispenser) after showers that is warmed in a sink of hot water while I'm showering. I realize some folks don't care for oils, but I have never tolerated the creams and lotions very well. I only use creams on my hands.
Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 7:59 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
Cold creams and warm body oils sound so soothing . I've put my peppermint foot cream in the frig before,

I didn't see all the replies, i'll have to go back and read them, thanks I appreciate the help
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ImageSundownr
Feb 8, 2010 9:37 PM CST
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia
Backyard dictator
You're welcome.
Penny
Feb 9, 2010 5:10 PM CST
Hi, Sundownr! I'm glad to see you here. I love to make and use your hand cream. I use vitamin E oil as a preservative. Also, the liquid lecithin seems to help emulsify.
ImageSundownr
Feb 9, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia
Backyard dictator
Hi Penny,

Glad to hear you're still using the formula. I've never used the lecithin. I've seen it called for in recipes, but never paid attention to what it was used for.

Good to hear from you,
Bev

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