Shelf Life?

SoapMakingForum

Help Support SoapMakingForum:

Angezzz

Active Member
Joined
May 2, 2016
Messages
42
Reaction score
11
I am thinking of making a shampoo, conditioner and lotions for my daughters gift store. I was wondering the shelf life on homemade products.
 

DeeAnna

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 20, 2013
Messages
13,469
Reaction score
19,368
Location
USA
It depends on the shelf life of the ingredients and whether you use a good preservative or not. Short lived oils like hemp might be good for 6 months in a product that contains a good preservative, maybe longer if you also use an effective antioxidant. If you use an ineffective or no preservative in a lotion or conditioner, the shelf life is only a few days to a week regardless of the other ingredients. Shampoo might be longer lived if its pH is high, but it too needs a preservative if it has a synthetic detergent base and a neutral to slightly acidic pH.
 

Angezzz

Active Member
Joined
May 2, 2016
Messages
42
Reaction score
11
Thanks...Is there any common preservative that I could use in shampoo, conditioner, lotions etc? Or are they different for each product?
 

DeeAnna

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 20, 2013
Messages
13,469
Reaction score
19,368
Location
USA
A good all purpose preservative for home crafters is Liquid Germall Plus. I can't say it will work for everything you might want to make, however -- you need to learn its limits. For example LGP is not suitable for preserving an oil-only product, since LGP water soluble.
 

cmzaha

Supporting Member
Joined
Sep 19, 2011
Messages
11,914
Reaction score
11,492
Location
Southern California
Thanks...Is there any common preservative that I could use in shampoo, conditioner, lotions etc? Or are they different for each product?
If you are asking these questions I am assuming you just started making thes products. My recommendation I would not sell them without challenge testing. You cannot always see dangerous ickies is such products. I had one lotion I was testing go moldy after 3 months, was really glad it had not gone to market
 

cmzaha

Supporting Member
Joined
Sep 19, 2011
Messages
11,914
Reaction score
11,492
Location
Southern California
^^^ I second that

ETA: Please make surfactant based shampoo not Soap, and be aware it is not very cost effective. With a high end clientele it can be profitable if you can get the price necessary to make money. You have to make a profit and so does the store
 
Last edited:

Latest posts

Top