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Picture Perfect Makeove

Posts: 795

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

So after readign alt he hygiene posts and thinking I was using 99% alcohol to clean everything, I found out its only 79%.

Is that a big difference? I called a couple of local beauty supply places and they said they used 79% and the highest they ever found was 90%....

So other than online, where are you getting the 99%??  I called walgreens too.. no go!

Apr 17 08 01:42 pm Link

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Kristine - Be Beautiful

Posts: 219

Torrance, California, US

Picture Perfect Makeove wrote:
So after readign alt he hygiene posts and thinking I was using 99% alcohol to clean everything, I found out its only 79%.

Is that a big difference? I called a couple of local beauty supply places and they said they used 79% and the highest they ever found was 90%....

So other than online, where are you getting the 99%??  I called walgreens too.. no go!

I buy online http://www.first-aid-product.com/indust … lcohol.htm

Apr 17 08 01:44 pm Link

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Dream-foto

Posts: 4360

Chico, California, US

You can get 91% Isopropyl Alcohol at Walmart, you can get 99% from some online places.

Apr 17 08 01:45 pm Link

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Amy Khan

Posts: 238

look in some pharmacies... but it will be behind the counter and you need a good reason to convince the pharmacist to let you buy it

Apr 17 08 01:47 pm Link

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Fotographic Aspirations

Posts: 1912

Long Beach, California, US

"Bacardi 101" also works !

Apr 17 08 01:47 pm Link

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Kristen Jeanne

Posts: 5770

Pinardville, New Hampshire, US

Everclear.

Apr 17 08 02:00 pm Link

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MayaMua

Posts: 3391

Cleveland, Ohio, US

I got mine from Mary's store, www.camerareadycosmetics.com. It's from Temptu, around 6 dollars I believe.

Apr 17 08 02:40 pm Link

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MEK Photography

Posts: 6571

Westminster, Maryland, US

you can get (almost) pure ethanol at hardware stores.  Just don't drink it.  To get the percent over 95%, they do a benzene distillation, and you don't want that in your system.

Apr 17 08 02:59 pm Link

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TTank

Posts: 188

Irvine, California, US

Mike in Maryland wrote:
you can get (almost) pure ethanol at hardware stores.  Just don't drink it.  To get the percent over 95%, they do a benzene distillation, and you don't want that in your system.

Benzene is a nasty bugger ...

*sigh ... the O-chem days*

Apr 17 08 03:04 pm Link

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Piscis Noctis

Posts: 11013

Santa Clara, California, US

Mike in Maryland wrote:
you can get (almost) pure ethanol at hardware stores.  Just don't drink it.  To get the percent over 95%, they do a benzene distillation, and you don't want that in your system.

TsTank wrote:
Benzene is a nasty bugger ...

*sigh ... the O-chem days*

at some point I used 200 proof ethanol,
I used gloves and the such ...
it is very flammable ...
as previous posters have pointed out,
almost pure ethanol is not impossible to find, but
ask yourself: do you really want it/need it?
I mean, whatever is dead at 99%, chances are is dead already
at 70% ... you're not gaining on cleaning properties
but on purity so you can mix in purity sensitive stuff ...

it seems to me (and this is just my ignorant opinion)
that you might be better off with just 70% smile

Apr 17 08 03:16 pm Link

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rp_photo

Posts: 42494

Houston, Texas, US

normad wrote:

Mike in Maryland wrote:
you can get (almost) pure ethanol at hardware stores.  Just don't drink it.  To get the percent over 95%, they do a benzene distillation, and you don't want that in your system.

at some point I used 200 proof ethanol,
I used gloves and the such ...
it is very flammable ...
as previous posters have pointed out,
almost pure ethanol is not impossible to find, but
ask yourself: do you really want it/need it?
I mean, whatever is dead at 99%, chances are is dead already
at 70% ... you're not gaining on cleaning properties
but on purity so you can mix in purity sensitive stuff ...

it seems to me (and this is just my ignorant opinion)
that you might be better off with just 70% smile

The residual water might be the issue.

Apr 17 08 03:22 pm Link

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Piscis Noctis

Posts: 11013

Santa Clara, California, US

normad wrote:

at some point I used 200 proof ethanol,
I used gloves and the such ...
it is very flammable ...
as previous posters have pointed out,
almost pure ethanol is not impossible to find, but
ask yourself: do you really want it/need it?
I mean, whatever is dead at 99%, chances are is dead already
at 70% ... you're not gaining on cleaning properties
but on purity so you can mix in purity sensitive stuff ...

it seems to me (and this is just my ignorant opinion)
that you might be better off with just 70% smile

rp_photo wrote:
The residual water might be the issue.

Definitively is an issue for some mixes.
But OP claims that is because of some hygiene posts.
Heck, people wipe lab benches with 70-85% alcohol, and it's
nastier stuff than you'll find in a beauty parlor ...
Which is why I'm suggesting staying away from the 99% one ...
but if she's preparing her own beauty products from scratch,
yes, you are completely right smile

Apr 17 08 03:26 pm Link

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David Klasfeld

Posts: 2665

New York, New York, US

We sell 99% alcohol (scroll down), but we really only recommend it for cleaning our inks out of airbrush equipment and other similar surfaces. It's just not necessary for skin, and sensitive skin types will not tolerate it well at all. Use 91% if you want to be on the safe side, which should also be easier to find (most drugstores have it), but for everything a makeup artist should be doing (i.e. cleaning lipsticks, eye pencils, etc.), and not a licensed aesthetician (i.e. waxing, tweezing, etc.), 70% should suffice.

Also:

normad wrote:
at some point I used 200 proof ethanol,
I used gloves and the such ...
it is very flammable ...
as previous posters have pointed out,
almost pure ethanol is not impossible to find, but
ask yourself: do you really want it/need it?

Exactly. And also, bear in mind: Ethanol (i.e. SD Alcohol) and Isopropyl Alcohol are two very different things. Though some drugstores will stock it, they're fewer and further between and are rarely available in concentrations above 70%. Storage requires a license from the Bureau of ATF.

Apr 17 08 04:32 pm Link

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Rob Gallagher

Posts: 143

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Kristen Jeanne wrote:
Everclear.

Did some say bathtub punch?  That would be an awesome meet & greet!

Apr 17 08 04:35 pm Link

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Picture Perfect Makeove

Posts: 795

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

I just want it to spray on palettes.  im not mixing it with makeup or anythign else.  Going to the extent of having to air out my room and wearing gloves and protective eyewear is a lil too much for me.  I have a 3yr old at home so I need to be sure things are safe for him!!

Thanks

Apr 17 08 06:54 pm Link

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Cynthia ORourke

Posts: 1435

New York, New York, US

David's advice is right on (I use 99% myself as I find 70% doesn't clean up alcohol activated makeup as well as 70%).

Get it at pro makeup stores (OCC Cosmetics, Alcone Co.), or even industrial or medical supplies if your local pharmacy doesn't carry it.

Apr 17 08 07:06 pm Link

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ChekaVonD

Posts: 61

Oakland, California, US

Fotographic Aspirations wrote:
"Bacardi 101" also works !

i agree!!! it works WONDERS!!

Apr 17 08 07:08 pm Link

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KeithSonic

Posts: 28

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

You can get 99% Isopropyl Alcohol at the drug store for cleaning wounds...

Apr 17 08 07:09 pm Link

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Aeni

Posts: 1968

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Drug stores, Walmart, Cleaning Supply stores, the internets.

Apr 17 08 11:18 pm Link

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David Klasfeld

Posts: 2665

New York, New York, US

Picture Perfect Makeove wrote:
I just want it to spray on palettes.  im not mixing it with makeup or anythign else.  Going to the extent of having to air out my room and wearing gloves and protective eyewear is a lil too much for me.  I have a 3yr old at home so I need to be sure things are safe for him!!

Thanks

Then you'll totally be fine with 91%, at an absolute maximum. 99% is really unnecessary. The spray of alcohol actually does very little when it comes to sanitizing cosmetics - it's actual action of wiping down that makes the difference, as it removes the outer layer where most of the bacteria are - the alcohol just helps to loosen the surface of cremes like foundations, concealers, lipsticks, etc.

Think twice about spraying powder products (shadows, etc.) by the way. I know this is a popular recommendation from the makeup schools these days, but again, wiping them down is more than sufficient. Water and oil-free powder formulations aren't condusive to bacterial/microbial growth, so once again, it's all about removing the top, outermost layer, and the alcohol will change their consistency over time, making them deposit less color on your brush/applicator.

Apr 18 08 12:29 am Link

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Kristen S Makeup

Posts: 1371

Plymouth, Massachusetts, US

CVS pharmacies will order 99% alcohol for you if you ask them to.

Apr 18 08 08:46 pm Link

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Picture Perfect Makeove

Posts: 795

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Thanks

Then you'll totally be fine with 91%, at an absolute maximum. 99% is really unnecessary. The spray of alcohol actually does very little when it comes to sanitizing cosmetics - it's actual action of wiping down that makes the difference, as it removes the outer layer where most of the bacteria are - the alcohol just helps to loosen the surface of cremes like foundations, concealers, lipsticks, etc.

Think twice about spraying powder products (shadows, etc.) by the way. I know this is a popular recommendation from the makeup schools these days, but again, wiping them down is more than sufficient. Water and oil-free powder formulations aren't condusive to bacterial/microbial growth, so once again, it's all about removing the top, outermost layer, and the alcohol will change their consistency over time, making them deposit less color on your brush/applicator.

I do spray and wipe  I had noticed it ruining  the top layer of some things but figured it was a small price to pay for sanitising.  I normally spray and wipe with a baby wipe.  Is that good enough?

Thanks

Apr 19 08 03:24 pm Link

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David Klasfeld

Posts: 2665

New York, New York, US

Picture Perfect Makeove wrote:
I do spray and wipe  I had noticed it ruining  the top layer of some things but figured it was a small price to pay for sanitising.  I normally spray and wipe with a baby wipe.  Is that good enough?

Thanks

In all honesty for sanitizing powders, you're just fine wiping it with a clean, dry tissue. The most important thing is not to double dip when working directly from the shadow. Wipe it in between if you need to dip in again.

Apr 19 08 03:38 pm Link