Do you use preservatives?
Short Answer: Yes
In order to offer products that offer a longer shelf life, we have elected to use preservatives in certain products (for example: the body butters, hand creams and body lotion).
These products are made of a mixture of oil and water. Without preservatives, they:
- have a very short shelf life (6 weeks or less)
- run the risk of the oil and water splitting
- are at risk of growing fungus (which may not be visible to the naked eye)
- are required to be kept in the fridge to maintain optimal temperature
We believe when purchasing cosmetics and body care products you should get value for money, and that means they need to offer a shelf life longer than a few weeks. We also feel that the risk of un-seen nasties poses too much of a health risk and keeping the products in the fridge is just an inconvenience.
what preservatives do you use?
Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol is a natural, vegetable derived skin friendly thickening agent and emulsifier to help keep product ingredients from separating. Known as a fatty alcohol, it’s not to be confused with drying alcohols such as isopropyl and is considered to be beneficial for the skin.
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative to limit bacterial growth and has been widely used within the cosmetic industry since 1950. It occurs naturally in green tea however the version used in cosmetics is synthetic.
Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative and skin conditioning glyceryl often used in conjunction with Phenoxyethanol to boosts its effectiveness.
Ceteareth-20 is a common emulsifier used in a wide range of cosmetics as a stabilising and thickening agent.
Caprylyl Glycol is also often used with Phenoxyethanol to boost preservative qualities, but has the bonus of leaving the skin feeling soft and moisturised.
Sorbic Acid is a mild, natural preservative also used as a food preservative.
As with any product, please check the product label for anything you may be allergic to.