Vinegar Tinctures : Which Vinegar is Best for Cosmetics Use
If you're gasping in disbelief about using vinegar as a cosmetics ingredient, it's ok. I realize it sounds awfully weird, but you can catch up by checking out the links below to previous posts.
Which Vinegar is BestYou can pretty much use any vinegar you like as long as the acetic acid content is between 4 - 5 %. After that, it's all down to preference. I have a preference and I'm going to demonstrate why it is my first choice for most uses.
Despite the wide range of available vinegar types, some are more suitable than others. This little comparison test will show how a couple of different vinegars 'behaved' as the medium with fresh (organic) lemon.
The Infusion BeginsPictured top left: the plainest, most neutral type of vinegar available: distilled white vinegar. It is colorless and has a typical 'pure vinegar' smell.
Pictured top middle: a fancy and relatively pricey French Apple Cider vinegar. The golden color and crisp (apple-y-vinegar-y) smell is a bit more pleasing to the nose (and perhaps eye)-
Pictured top right: a standard local (in my case, Danish) Apple Cider Vinegar with a deeper golden color and similar smell to the French one.
I made a side by side test of equal amounts of medium to material with identical infusion time and conditions. They were also strained using the same method (allowed to stand undisturbed and drip through a paper filter)
Here's how these three turned out after straining.
Vinegar Lemon Tincture Results
|Distilled white||5 minutes||90 gr|
|French Apple Cider||60 minutes||50 gr|
|Danish Apple Cider||45 minutes||75 gr|
I'm pretty sure you can tell from these results which vinegar is my preferred. Not only does distilled white produce a bigger yield, but straining is a breeze and the resulting liquid is crystal clear.
That still doesn't make it the most correct vinegar – just the one I generally prefer to use.
As for the scent: the lemon is allowed to shine through and stand alone in the distilled white vinegar while it is somewhat 'softer' and 'bent in the direction of apple' in the other 2.
For some cosmetics products, clearness is not a do or die necessity for a successful and appealing outcome. For example, cleansing putties don't require a clear tincture. But if you are a bit like me (and prefer a quick and easy-breezy straining time), you'll probably be reaching for distilled white more often than not.
Do TellDo you make vinegar infusions for your cosmetics? What are your favorite materials to infuse?
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