Look at the ingredients on your cosmetics they might not be as organic as the label implies. federal government doesn’t have any rules for labeling cosmetics "organic," but some states have their own laws. Department of Agriculture has approved this standard as one for all manufacturers to strive for. Even so, some companies will claim their products are organic when they fall short of the 70 percent mark. A product that claims to be organic might contain synthetic preservatives that give it a shelf life of several months or longer.
You can gauge shelf life to some extent by categorizing the organic cosmetics as "high moisture," "little moisture," or "no moisture." A powered eye shadow, for example, isn’t as prone to spoilage as eye cream. Even so, both eye products have a shorter shelf life than a tube of cream blush or foot scrub. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises against using any eye product even mascara older than three months as eye infections can be very serious. Also, take natural preservatives into consideration while assessing shelf life. Vitamin C, tea tree oil and rosemary oil extract are three ingredients that keep microbes at bay. Other preservatives that preparers of organic cosmetics sometimes use include LiquaPar Oil and Germaben II.
Organic cosmetics are more likely to contain plant based ingredients that are prone to spoilage. Cucumber, papaya, coconut, mango, orange and other fruits and vegetables smell good on your skin but become moldy if they aren’t properly preserved. If the ingredients list doesn’t include preservatives and the product is moist, keep it in the refrigerator. If the product is low moisture, protect it against water coming from a sink or shower. Invest in a cosmetics bag or basket to retain dryness. Choose bath salts and oils instead of lotions made with water oil isn’t a hospitable environment for germs.
When preparing DIY natural cosmetics, make sure to disinfect bowls, spoons, eyedroppers and flasks in a hot dishwasher and rest them on clean towels or plastic to dry before using. Wash your hands and wear disposable gloves. The containers you store the cosmetics in must be disinfected, too. And don’t skip preservatives altogether. A synthetic preservative like phenoxyethanol is mild yet more effective than a natural preservative. Making a compromise can extend shelf life and the enjoyment you bring to yourself and others through the products you make.