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I was talking to a cosmetics vendor yesterday, and she said that all natural lip balms without any preservatives have a shelf life of only about 3 months.

I cant imagine what would go bad from in the lip balm I've made in the past which consisted of only beeswax and almond oil, and peppermint oil (recipe from "beekeeping for dummies").

Has anyone heard of this before? Or know why this might be the case?

Thanks.
 

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Almond oil like most all oils including cooking oils will get strong and eventually rancid over time. I think the Vitamin E extends that time quite a bit.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I did a quick search and it appears correct that vitamin E does act as a preservative for the oil. Now I know.
 
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