Farm Fresh Organics Skin Care

Preservatives for Organic and Natural Skin Care and Body Care Products:

As you know all body care products require some form of preservative to keep them safe from bacteria. Skin care and body care products that contain aqueous liquid such as water, hydrosols, tinctures, or distillates require some form of preservative, period. Aqueous liquids provide the ideal for medium harmful bacteria, mold, yeast, and fungi to grow over time.

Why are Preservatives used in natural and organic skin care products?

The use of preservatives is essential in most products to prevent product damage caused by microorganisms and
to protect the product from inadvertent contamination by the consumer during use. An ingredient that protects the product from the growth of microorganisms is called an antimicrobial. A preservative may also be added to a product to protect it against damage and degradation caused by exposure to oxygen, and in this instance, these ingredients are also called antioxidants.

While our products are free from parabens, and artificial preservatives, we do utilize natural inhibitors and antioxidants. Antioxidants, which are preservatives that reduce the rate of oxidation in oils that oxidize quickly. Oxidation is a chemical process that occurs when oils or other natural ingredients are exposed to oxygen. Anti-oxidants extend the shelf life of your products by reducing the rate of oxidation of your oils.

  • Antioxidants that can be found in our products include Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, and Salix nigra (Black Willow Bark) Extract (not White Willow Bark that does not have the same effect).
  • In some cases, we use a blend of Essential Oils, which are the most natural antimicrobials you will find.
  • In other instances depending on the blend, we utilize Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, and Usnea barbata (Usnea Lichen) Extract.
  • In other cases based upon the pH of the product, we also utilize Phenoxyethanol, which is an organic chemical compound found in Green Tea and EDTA to enhance the effectiveness of the ingredients.
Our products have been formulated to be stable and safe; therefore, we cannot alter the ingredients that we use. If you have questions about any of our products please email for a complete ingredient list prior to purchasing. Due to health and safety issues, once shipped, body care and skin products are not returnable.

Storing Organic and Natural Skin Care Products:

Our body care and skin care products have a quality shelf life of 8-12 months. To ensure that you receive the freshest product, we mix in small batches and do not store large inventory quantities on-hand. For the maximum shelf life of 8-12 months, store products away from heat and light. Always bottle or package body care and skin care product in UV protected bottles. Never package product in clear jars or bottles, which will dramatically decrease the shelf life of the product.

Warning: If you are mixing your own body care or skin care products with an aqueous base which includes water, milk, oil, distillates or juice you must use some form of preservative, or refrigerate the mixture and use with 2-3 days.
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