What's the Shelf Life | Expiration Dates on Taylor Made products?
We use 100% natural preservatives such as potassium sorbate, food grade citric acid, phenoxyethanol (alcohol-paraben-formaldehyde-free). and pure undiluted essential oils, natural stabilization from nutrient, cold pressed oils, vitamins, and minerals found naturally within our ingredients.
Since we use natural preservative found in nature, the shelf life is a little shorter compared to using preservatives like propylene glycol (made from antifreeze).
The Shelf life of our products varies for each product
Aromatherapy Herbal Cream
- 6-12 months If kept in a cool area, away from direct sunlight, tightly closed the lid and always us a spatula to obtain the product from the jar it can lengthen the shelf life.
- 12-24 months+ if kept in a cool area in the house. Our Herbal Salves will last longer than the date listed. If the salve becomes liquefied, place in the fridge for a few minutes to harden. Take out and use as needed. Heat can cause the product to liquefy (shipping, bathroom, or heated homes).
Organic Facial Exfoliants
- 3-6 months Why such a shorter shelf life? Enzymes will lose their shelf life in a short period of time due to being a living organism.
Organic Facial Masks
- 6-12 months
- 12-24 months
Organic Facial Cleansers
- 12 months+
Organic Facial Toners
- 6-12 months
Organic Facial Moisturizing Creams
- 6-12 months
Organic Eye Serums
- 12 months
Bath and Body Care
- 12 months
Natural Bar Soaps
- 12-24 months
Do you use Cold Pressed Oils?
Only cold-pressed oils. Why? Because they are not heated. When heated, oils can lose their nutrients, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals.
Where does your Shea Butter come from, is it Fair Trade or Refined?
Pure, raw, unrefined shea butter has been used for centuries to protect and nourish the skin. Shea butter is one of my favorite butter's to add in our creams. It's rich, thick consistency is amazing and the topical effects are even more amazing. Recent research shows that shea butter could be used topically for joint inflammation and as a natural sunscreen. Women in Africa apply it to their skin daily as a ritual and as we all know their skin is flawless and ageless.
What type of preservatives do you use?
We use natural plant-derived preservatives such as Vitamin E, Rosemary, Phenoxyethanol (alcohol-paraben-formaldehyde-free), kosher potassium sorbate, food grade citric acid, and natural preservatives found in our raw unrefined ingredients and cold pressed oils.
Why unrefined and cold pressed raw ingredients? Because cold processed oils are filtered at low temperatures still leaving behind the raw ingredient we are looking for to use in Taylor Made skin care products. Un-refined products such as shea, cocoa, and mango butters are not filtered compared to refined using chemical agents to do so and striping all the vital nutrients.
Our Shea butter is 100% raw unrefined organic and fair trade. We made sure of that! Some other shea butters are extracted with hexane or other solvents, chemically bleached and deodorized, and treated with preservatives such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene). A product that undergoes these processes would not qualify for USDA organic certification.
Customers ask me all the time, "Why is your Shea Butter tan colored and other companies white?" Well, white colored shea butter is refined and has no nutritional value. When researching for a qualified fair trade buyer, we made sure our shea butter was nature's finest, the best material available and still offering its benefits of being a super emollient, high in naturally occurring Vitamin A & E, and with excellent skin-conditioning properties. But most of all organic and fair trade.
Pure, raw, unrefined shea butter has been used for centuries to protect and nourish the skin. Shea butter is one of my favorite butter's to use in our creams. It's rich, thick consistency is amazing and the topical effects are even more amazing. Recent research shows that Shea Butter can be used topically for joint inflammation and as a natural sunscreen. Women in Africa apply it to their skin daily as a ritual and as we all know their skin is flawless and ageless.
Phenoxyethanol can be found naturally in green tea, but the commercial ingredient is synthetically produced in a laboratory creating what’s termed a “nature identical” chemical. Specifically, it’s created by treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium which all reacts to form a pH-balanced ingredient. It is alcohol-free, paraben-free, glycol-free, formaldehyde-free. It optimized protection against microbial growth from bacteria and yeast. All preservatives are scrutinized, including phenoxyethanol, in which we have found very potent and safe. We decided to use phenoxyethanol because it would extend our shelf life a little longer than with grapefruit seed extract. We add no more than .5-1% to our creams, lotions, and exfoliants.
Potassium sorbate (kosher): polyunsaturated organic fatty acid from the berries of the Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash) tree is used to inhibit mold and yeast. Potassium sorbate is non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It is a natural and safe preservative.
Citric acid is food grade. It helps to pull colors out of herbs to help tint our skincare products.
Do you use Parabens, SLS, Propylene Glycol, or Petro Chemicals in the products?
No Way!! As mainstream customers become more aware of the demand for Natural, Organic skincare products, they realize that those harmful preservatives and agents cause diseases, breathing problems, skin issues such as dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, etc, cancer, and overload the liver with estrogen.
Here at Taylor Made, we choose to use natural preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, food grade citric acid, rosemary extracts, Vitamin E, and natural preservatives from our raw materials.
Taylor Made does NOT use parabens, propylene glycol, sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, ureas, phthalates, artificial colors, harsh preservatives, fragrances, synthetic fragrance, perfumes, wheat, gluten, xanthan gum, or other potentially toxic harmful ingredients.
Do you use Pure Un-Diluted Essential Oils or Fragrances oils? What's the Difference?
We use ONLY pure undiluted essential oils, herbal extracts, organic fruit extracts, and nature's naturally scented ingredients. We do not and will never use fragrance oils.
Taylor Made Organics owner is a Naturopathic Doctor, Master Herbalist, and Aromatherapist. Christy has over 14 years experience in herbal medicine and essential oils. She is the founder, formulator, and hand makes everything from scratch. She is truly a hand made company from the base up, using only pure undiluted essential oils, organic CO2 extracts, certified and organic herbs and herbal extracts, and natural organic raw materials. Everything is handcrafted and everyone is unique, Taylor Made, just for you!
Do you use ANY artificial colors?
NO Way!! Taylor Made only uses 100% pure, organic and certified organic herbal extracts, CO2 extracts, pure essential oils, and mica's.
Each product, depending on the herbs, essential oils, or CO2 extracts are NATURALLY colored. We use a natural pH balancer, food grade citric acid powder to normalize and bring out natural pigments.
Are our products Vegan and Cruelty-Free?
Our products are 100% Cruelty-Free and 90% are Vegan*.
We do use raw unprocessed beeswax in our herbal salve* which offers healing benefits for the skin.
What does Saponified Mean?
Saponification is the process by which natural plant oils become pure soap when combined with alkaline water. A castile soap made properly made in the traditional kettle process contains no soap, water, and glycerine when it's done. The castiles that we handcraft are cured for five weeks for mildness. It is said that the process was first observed occurring naturally in ancient Rome at mount Sappo, hence the name saponification.
Why do you use Plastic instead of Glass?
Taylor Made prefers to use glass, but we don't want you to get hurt while in the shower, tub, or giving your little one a bath. While glass is preferred, for safety reasons, we choose to use plastic bottles that are 100% recyclable PET.
Please recycle and remember you can use the containers for indoor and outdoor materials, screws, nuts, bolts, mixing ingredients, storing play dough, storing paint, sand, crafts, and more.
Do you use Raw Materials?
YES!! Raw materials such as Shea butter offers vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and natural preservatives.
Do you Hand Make Everything from Scratch?
Yes, 98% of our products are made from scratch!
We take pride in offering unique, one of a kind skin care product. We purchase our products from a variety of local and other suppliers.
Every week, products are made fresh to order. Here's a look into how products are made:
Our Herbal Salves take a few weeks to bathe. Preparations start by sunbathing herbs in oil for 6-8 weeks. Next, we strain them and then add additional ingredients to make the perfect salve.
Our facial creams are unique too! Extracts are made days in advance to start our base with. Then we mix oils, water, emulsifiers, and are formulated extracts to create the wonderful facial creams and lotions you love so well!
As you can see, everything is unique and one of a kind! Yes, it takes time, but we want you to have the best, quality products out there. Remember, it's Taylor Made, just for you!
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