Preserving homemade skin care products

by Maria, Alexis and Sue

Maria, NY:

I would like to make my own facial masks but I am not sure how long I can use them for. What is the shelf life of a homemade skin product?

Hi, there,

Shelf life of natural products from scratch is about 2-3 days in the fridge. I do the smell test, just like with food!

Best in health,
Nili Nathan

Note: I have to agree with this one. Be careful with ingredients such as eggs and milk. Not only they can spoil, they are allergens, and can cause a bad skin reaction. If it smells bad, don't use it!


I was looking over your stuff since I'm getting ready to have a baby shower in November and I'm making all homemade shower / bath stuff for my guests to the party .. my question to you is if I were to make the Brown sugar body scrub how long will it last if in a sealed container ... I don't want something that will spoil or anything like that ... I'm also making homemade bath salts and shower gels but i need to know if it will be OK to make a lot and then put it in my party favor bags...

Hi, Alexis:

That brown sugar scrub will last a couple of weeks. To ensure freshness, add a teaspoon of sea salt to the mix. With your oils, a natural preservative is vitamin E oil. You can puncture a vitamin E capsule and squirt the liquid into your blend.

Have a wonderful baby shower!

Nili Nathan


I want to make sugar scrubs for gift baskets are there any thing that will make them last longer than a couple of weeks? I have a recipe for a brown sugar scrub soap are these as good as the sugar scrubs an will these last longer for gift

Dear Sue:

Add a little sea salt to the mix as a natural preservative.

Nili Nathan.

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Jan 29, 2016
Vitamin E NEW
by: Angel

I'm sorry but Vitamin E is not a preservatives, it's a anti-oxidant, it can help oils from going rancid but will not stop mold or bacteria.

Sep 03, 2015
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Apr 29, 2012
milk and lemon NEW
by: sarah

how long is the shelf-life of lemon and milk. what can i do to have a longer shelf-life. im planning to sell it

Jun 20, 2011
Shelve Lize for sugar wax
by: Anonymous

What is the shelve life for sugar wax. And how can I extend the shelf life. Will be making for a waxing boutique. Thank you

Oct 14, 2009
Preservative help needee
by: Nicole

What preservatives should I use for body creams and lotions that I want to create.Also how long would lotions and creams last on the shelf when using preservative.Thank you

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