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    I found a skincare recipe online that I'd like to try and it recommends using fresh vegetable juice. Is there a natural preservative that I can add to make it last a couple of months in the refrigerator?


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    Is this to be ingested or applied topically? Perhaps something here can help. Freezing seems like it would be simple enough.


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    Pickling preserves vegetables, so I guess it would work on vegetable juice too. (Mix some vinegar and perhaps some salt in with the juice.) I don't know how that would affect the skin care properties, if any, of the vegetable juice.
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    Vegetables are much harder to preserve safely than fruits - hence the need for pickling, salting, drying.

    If I wanted to do this, I'd go with freezing. In small portions. I'd stick a freezer bag into a coffee mug or smaller size container, pour in the juice, freeze, then use the juice in small portions as I go. But .......

    Read the reasons why they say vege juice is valuable in this preparation. They may say it's all about freshness and using the enzymes and other miraculous goodies in fresh vegetables. In other words, any form of storage will eliminate the benefits they claim. If it's about vitamins, you've only got a day or two for maximum benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturn View Post
    Is this to be ingested or applied topically? Perhaps something here can help. Freezing seems like it would be simple enough.
    It's to be applied topically. Other recipes for home made lotion called for preservatives like tea tree oil and I think grape seed oil, but the one with the veggies didn't list any. Would they work in veggies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Vegetables are much harder to preserve safely than fruits - hence the need for pickling, salting, drying.

    If I wanted to do this, I'd go with freezing. In small portions. I'd stick a freezer bag into a coffee mug or smaller size container, pour in the juice, freeze, then use the juice in small portions as I go. But .......

    Read the reasons why they say vege juice is valuable in this preparation. They may say it's all about freshness and using the enzymes and other miraculous goodies in fresh vegetables. In other words, any form of storage will eliminate the benefits they claim. If it's about vitamins, you've only got a day or two for maximum benefit.

    Oh wow, so the creams that I buy from cosmetics stores that list vitamins in the ingredients are ineffective for the vitamin properties because the vitamin benefits only last for a few days?
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    No. The vitamins in vegetables only last a few days because they're in a biological state. Which starts to decline from the moment the item is picked.

    The vitamins in cosmetics and similar products are purified and stabilised, and probably were manufactured in a laboratory in the first place. And most cosmetics are loaded with preservatives to keep the whole thing from going off and affecting or destroying the individual components. When people buy preservative-free cosmetics, they have to store them carefully and use them up in a reasonable period or the oils in them will go rancid - and other ingredients may decline as well. In much the same way as untreated vegetables will certainly decline.
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