Do you use preservatives?
Short Answer: Yes
In order to offer products that offer a longer shelf life, we have elected to use plant derived 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 (a few 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 often required to be kept in the fridge to maintain optimal temperature
We believe when purchasing cosmetics and skincare products you should get value for money, and that means having a safe and stable product that does not pose a risk of bacteria growth. Preservatives sometimes make up as little as 0.5% of a formula.
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**