Naturally occurring Citric Acid is a member of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) group and in skin care products it is often used as an ingredient in exfoliants and chemical peels. Citric acid is known to help speed up new cell turnover, unclog pores, help even skin tone and helps to brighten and soften skin. Unlike other acids citric acid contains many antioxidant properties making it great to help fight pesky external aggressors like the sun or air pollution. Citric acid can also be used to make bath bombs or shower steamers.
To reduce the pH (increase the acidity) of water based products, add Citric Acid at approximately 0.2% during the water phase or final phase. Ideally, skin care products should have a pH between 4.5 and 5.5. In an exfoliant or chemical peel Citric Acid can be added at up to 5%. Alpha hydroxy acids can irritate the skin, so exercise caution.
Ingredient Function: Typically used as a pH adjuster, mild exfoliator and antioxidant.
Best stored in an amber jar or away from light with a tight seal lid.
Note - The mason jars used to package bulk products may be returned for a $2 refundable deposit at our Ballard, Seattle storefront. They are available for local delivery and store pickup only.
These mason jars are smooth sided, with a one-piece silver metal lid.
0.25 cup - 4 oz capacity mason jar
0.75 cup - 8 fl oz capacity mason jar.
1.75 cups - 16 fl oz capacity mason jar.
Options packaged in compostable bags come in resealable kraft bags from Elevate Packaging. The compounds and films used to produce the bags comply with both American and European compost standards (EU 13432 and ASTM D6400) and are certified for both home and industrial composting.