What is a natural preservative that can be used in homemade beauty products?

Today's article will discuss one of the questions that are frequently asked by people who want to make natural beauty products. It is about identifying ingredients in your kitchen which can also be used as preservatives. I am a nutritionist and dietitian. My goal is to help you understand why these ingredients matter, what to do with them and how to use them. Now let's get started!

How to make your own beauty products with natural preservatives

Natural preservatives are not only good for the skin, but they also benefit your overall health. The chemical preservatives commonly found in commercially produced beauty products can cause allergies or health problems over time. Natural preservatives made from kitchen ingredients tend to be gentler for the body and skin.

In a study that was published in Journal of Applied Toxicology, parabens were identified as causing adverse reactions. Parabens are a synthetic preservative commonly used in cosmetics. The importance of using natural alternatives is therefore not to be underestimated. It's important to note that natural ingredients may have some side effects. Therefore, patch testing is essential before applying any new product.

Important Points for Getting Started

It's important to know that natural preservatives are not suitable for all formulations. Preservatives' effectiveness can be affected by pH levels, product type, and storage. An article in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science highlighted that these factors can affect preservatives’ efficacy.

Some kitchen ingredients that are natural preservatives

Other Tips

To avoid contamination, store homemade beauty products using ingredients from the kitchen in cool and dry areas. Use clean hands or utensils. Always make smaller batches for freshness, as natural preservatives do not usually last as long.


Kitchen ingredients are effective natural preservatives for homemade beauty products. These natural preservatives are safer than synthetic ones, but they do require more attention in the formulation and storage. You can make eco-friendly and skin-friendly products at home by choosing the correct ingredients.