Watch: Preservatives

Source: The Institute of Personal Care Science



When it comes to cosmetic products, ensuring their safety and longevity is of utmost importance. This is where cosmetic preservatives play a crucial role. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of cosmetic preservatives, exploring their different mechanisms and suitable inputs for various product types.

What are Cosmetic Preservatives?

Cosmetic  preservatives are substances that are added to cosmetic formulations to prevent the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and yeast. These microorganisms can not only compromise the quality and efficacy of the product but also pose potential health risks to consumers.

Why are Preservatives Necessary?

Preservatives are essential in cosmetic products because they help maintain their integrity and safety throughout their shelf life. Without preservatives, cosmetics would be highly susceptible to contamination, leading to product spoilage and potential harm to users.

Suitable Preservatives for Different Product Types

The choice of preservatives depends on the specific product type and its formulation. Here are some examples:

  • Water-Based Products: Water-based products, such as lotions and creams, are prone to microbial contamination. Preservatives like  Geogard 221Saliguard BDHAGeogard Ultrapotassium sorbate and  sodium benzoate are commonly used in these formulations.
  • Anhydrous Products: Anhydrous products, such as lip balms and oil-based serums, have a lower risk of microbial growth due to the absence of water. However, antioxidants like tocopherol  (Vitamin E) and rosemary extract may still be added to prevent oxidation and extend the product's shelf life.
  • Emulsions: Emulsions, which are a combination of water and oil, require preservatives that can protect against both water-based and oil-based microorganisms. An example is  Euxyl PE9010.

It's important to note that the selection and concentration of preservatives should comply with regulatory guidelines to ensure product safety.

By understanding the mechanisms and suitable inputs for different product types, cosmetic formulators can create effective and safe products that meet consumer expectations. Cosmetic preservatives are a vital tool in maintaining the quality and integrity of cosmetic formulations, providing peace of mind to both manufacturers and consumers alike.

Further reading

A Quick Guide To Preservatives

Formulating With Vitamin E