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This review is from: The Holistic Beauty Book: With Over 100 Natural Recipes for Beautiful Skin (Paperback)
I'm all for homemade recipes and using things out of your cupboards, making lovely things like scrubs, face masks and the like, but there is a fair bit of 'ingredient bashing' and a lack of knowledge in some things.
Preservatives aren't evil. They are there to keep you safe. A product made with water is not safe to use after a week or so. It'll have nasty bacteria growing in it. Water isn't self-preserving. What happens if you leave a jug of water out? Part of it evaporates, and bacteria will start to grow in it, mould and other nasties. The water in your product won't stay fresh, and the same thing will happen, PLUS you'll be sticking your fingers in it, introducing more nasties. Would you want to put those nasties on your skin? No, of course not. There is a lot of scaremongering going on with regards to preservatives. You'll find that some are similar to food preservatives, which a lot of us consume daily without even thinking about it.
As for chemicals like SLS and the like, OH NO, those chemicals are in harsh cleaning products! Yes, they are, but at much higher concentrations, and that's why you're told to wear gloves when using them. EVERYTHING has the potential to harm or heal, depending on how it is used. Think for yourself and don't let people tell you that everything is evil. Sure, make yourself a lovely cream, with lovely natural shea butter and essential oils, but use a preservative. Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosemary Extract and Vitamin E are NOT preservatives. They are ANTIOXIDANTS, they help to stop the oils/butters in your product going rancid. Proper preservatives will stop your product going mouldy, and stop them being potentially harmful to your skin. Common sense people!