I've decided to do a homemade chistmas this year. I want to give out some bath and body products. I make a lot of my own little "potions" that I love, and I also have some experiance with cold process soap. My question deals with preservatives. To this point all of my mostureizers and other concoctions have been used just by me, so I never really bothered with preservatives. I can tell when something is off. I do not want to give things to other people that can grow bacteria and become harmful. I also don't want to give them things that only last a month or require refrigeration. I've been doing some research on preservatives, and checking things out on the cosmetics database.
I get most of my supplies from brambleberry.com, and they only sell a paraban based preservative, which I want to avoid. Potassium sorbate only has a rating of 1 so I'm okay with that, but the information I found online says that it is for use with water based items and most things I make are oil based. I could really use some advice/information from more experianced product makers. I'd also like to start selling some thigns on etsy if my family has good things to say about the prodcuts, so I would be much more comfortable with an "offical" preservative, if you get what I mean.
I can just see someone in my family finding some after shave mist in the back of the cupbord in july and thinking it would be great on their legs, compleatly ignoring the fact that it was made before chirstmas and the experation date has long passed.