Q&A: Should I add an antioxidant like T-50 mixed tocopherols to my natural oils or essential oils to extend their shelf life?

In this month’s Q&A, Darla asked, Hi there, newbie here! Reading up on oils and randcidity. Should I be adding 0.1% T-50 mixed tocopherols to each bottle of oil and then also refrigerate or freeze, to extend their shelf life? Does this also include essential oils? Thank you so much! Welcome to the site and welcome...

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Shelf life of our products: Creating, packaging, storing, and using products with longer shelf lives – an anhydrous body butter (part one)

In this post, let’s look at an anhydrous, whipped body butter that we could make as a decadent moisturizer along with the principles of shelf life, packaging, and using anti-oxidants! These are simple formulas with few ingredients, and the shelf life is mostly about the oils and butters we choose. I thought we could take...

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Q&A: Adding vitamin E to oils when we receive them to slow down rancidity?

In this month’s Q&A, GiannaFromMN asked, You say the only stupid question is one that goes unasked, so here we go: I’ve heard it mentioned in a few different places now that we should add tocopherols to our ingredient oils when we get them from the suppliers, to make their shelf lives as long as possible....

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Weekend Wonderings: Adding Vitamin C to a product

In this post, A few thoughts for a lazy Saturday, Fuchia asks: A bit off topic but I’m curious about making a Vitamin C cream. I have a face cream recipe I make now and love (it does not contain Vitamin C but uses Optiphen Plus as a preservative) and keep reading online that you can...

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Weekday Wonderings: More comments! Can we add anti-oxidants to anhydrous products? Rocky Mountain Soap’s preservatives?

In this post, Lotion bars: Tweaking the waxes, Tracy asks: I was wondering if it would be okay to add an antioxidant like ROE or Vitamin E T-50 to extend the life of the oils? If so, does it matter which one is used? Yes, you can add anti-oxidants to any oil soluble product to extend...

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