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  • “Natural” Hair Product Preservatives?

    Posted by natzam44 on November 24, 2016 at 11:51 pm


    So I have finally found a “natural” hair pomade recipe which I am thrilled with! Problem is, I don’t know what to use for a “natural” preservative.

    I have heard that jojoba oil is a natural preservative but I am not sure, in any case, I already have jojoba oil in my recipe. I apparently also need an antioxidant?

    People online are saying that Vitamin E is a great antioxidant but if it is, how much would I use?


    belassi replied 6 years, 4 months ago 7 Members · 13 Replies
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  • belassi

    November 25, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Jojoba oil is not a preservative. Antioxidants are not preservatives. Without knowing your list of ingredients it is not possible to say more.

  • Microformulation

    November 25, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Good lord.

  • Bill_Toge

    November 25, 2016 at 8:05 am

    preservative = prevents microbial growth
    antioxidant = prevents chemical oxidation

    they both increase the shelf life of a product, but they do so in very different ways and are not interchangeable

  • ozgirl

    November 25, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Depending on your formula you may need both an antioxidant and a preservative.

    If you share your ingredients we can help more.

  • natzam44

    November 26, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    The formula I am using is as follows:

    Olive Oil                                           _____28___% 
    BeesWax                                           _____17___% 
    Shea Butter                                       _____17___% 
    Almond Oil                                       _____13__% 
    Soy Wax                                             _____13__% 
    Lanolin Oil                                          _____5__% 
    Jojoba Oil                                            _____5__% 
    Essential Oils                                    N/A (30 drops)

    (Just some formula I found on the forums from a while back. Just for personal use.)

    @ozgirl @Bill_Toge 

  • belassi

    November 26, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Get rid of the olive oil unless you want the dandruff yeast, Malessezia, colonising your scalp. Since there is no water in this, you need only use an antioxidant.

  • johnb

    November 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    - and the remaining 2% is? (your declared formula totals 98%)

  • natzam44

    November 28, 2016 at 2:23 am

    It will be the antioxidant that I choose. (if 2% is enough)

  • natzam44

    November 28, 2016 at 2:24 am

    What do you recommend I replace the olive oil with?

  • belassi

    November 28, 2016 at 4:12 am

    I would just proportionally increase the other oils.

  • OldPerry

    November 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    For hair, coconut oil is the only one proven to penetrate the hair.

  • Anonymous

    December 11, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Leave olive oil tho, it’s good for scalp treatment but has to be rinsed thoroughly after at most 30 mins. You may try to rely on essential oils such as citronella or peppermint as natural antibacterial inhibitors. 

  • belassi

    December 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Leave olive oil tho, it’s good for scalp treatment
    NOT! It feeds the Malesezzia yeast = DANDRUFF. Please Google it and you will see why.

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