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Old 08-31-2007, 01:13 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Why is mine going moldy?? I was using honey on its own until I read on here of someone brewing up some green tea and mixing it 50/50. They made at least 4c at a time (I think more) so it's not like they'd go through it in a week. I have mine in an old handsoap pump bottle (I washed out a Jergens bottle) on my bathroom counter. I've noticed a few times that there has been a few dots of what I assume to be mold (white-ish) on the surface. What gives?? I'm guessing it's the tea's fault?

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Why is mine going moldy?? I was using honey on its own until I read on here of someone brewing up some green tea and mixing it 50/50. They made at least 4c at a time (I think more) so it's not like they'd go through it in a week. I have mine in an old handsoap pump bottle (I washed out a Jergens bottle) on my bathroom counter. I've noticed a few times that there has been a few dots of what I assume to be mold (white-ish) on the surface. What gives?? I'm guessing it's the tea's fault?
odd this hasnt happened to me....or at least i dont think so...i havent taken a close enough look, eEK! gross!

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could the honey be crystalizing? or, is it possible that there's still minute bits of beeswax in the honey? I'd be really, really surprised if it were mold - honey's quite antibacterial.
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That's what I thought too, Theresa - honey being the one food (or one of the few) that really never goes bad. It's unpasturized no-name from the grocery store and just regular green tea (probably Liptons). I haven't actually opened up the soap container, just looked at it through it (it's a clear bottle).

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I was wondering about this too. I haven't noticed anything in mine but now I'm going to check again. Mine is mixed up in an old handsoap bottle too.

I'll probably mix up a new batch soon, I think it's a little too thin for my taste right now.

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Honey is not a preservative. You're adding botanicals to water - it's a perfect breeding ground for mold, yeast, bacteria etc.....

Those of you who are doing this - mixing honey, water and green tea and applying it to your faces are really taking a risk. You do not want to get something with mold/bacteria/yeast issues in your eyes - you could really cause a lot of problems.

Oh and a lot of the time, your product can be contaiminated before you even see it. But, lots of things - like bacteria, you can't see at all so you could have a seriously contaminated product and you'd never know it.
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could the honey be crystalizing? or, is it possible that there's still minute bits of beeswax in the honey? I'd be really, really surprised if it were mold - honey's quite antibacterial.
Honey in and of it self is antibacterial but once you start adding water and other botanicals, the possibility of contamination is quite high. In fact, I'd go so far as to say, it's inevitable. Honey is not a preservative in a water containing product. Like I said, honey by itself is fine but once water is introduced, you invite a whole host of bacteria, mold and yeast to set up residence in your product. And unfortunately, you can't always see these nasty germies.
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Perhaps you can pulverize the green tea leaves into a powder or use powdered green tea (available in capsules as supplements) and add that to the honey. When you squirt the honey/powder mixture in your hand and then add water, it may have the same effect? As somebody else mentioned, using the tea bag after you've had a cup of tea to drink works really well too (you get skin and internal health benefits that way).
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