How Do We Preserve Our Products?

Effective Safe Natural Preservatives

WHY DO WE NEED PRESERVATIVES IN OUR PRODUCTS?

It is vital to avoid Microbial contamination of products which can cause:

  • Health problems via bacterial growth on the skin, mouth, eyes and transmission by mouth into bloodstream causing a myriad of serious bacterial infections in the body
  • Skin problems of every description from minor irritations to eczema, rashes and eye infections
  • Loss of product viscosity
  • Drop in pH
  • Emulsion breakdown
  • Cloudiness and visible growth
  • Loss of colour
  • Bad odour (a "gone off" rancid smell)

WHAT MAKES AN EFFECTIVE PRESERVATIVE SYSTEM?

  • Broad spectrum activity against bacteria, yeast and moulds.
  • Cidal rather than static activity
  • Sufficient speed of kill to satisfy accepted challenge test criteria
  • Be stable and effective over the anticipated shelf life of the product.
  • Be safe to handle and preferably liquid.
  • Be safe at use concentrations
  • Be effective over the pH range of the product
  • Not be deactivated by other ingredients? Be odourless and colourless? Be readily soluble with a partition coefficient favouring water? Be heat stable at the mixing temperature of the product
  • Be cost effective
  • Have approval for use in all the intended product markets and, for those of us who manufacture organic/natural products, include APPROVAL BY ORGANIC CERTIFICATION BODIES

We currently use the following Eco Cert Approved preservative system.  

  • “Green” Pentylene Glycol – sustainable and eco-responsible, this preservative is COSMOS and ECO Cert approved, derived from corn cobs and sugar cane. 100% petrochemical free!
  • Glucose oxidase and lactoperoxidase - is a safe, effective and natural broad spectrum anti microbial/preservative and anti oxidant.

We also use:

  • Benzyl Alcohol – naturally derived.  

What is Benzyl Alcohol?

Benzyl alcohol is a colourless liquid that has a mild, pleasant aromatic scent. It’s also called an “aromatic alcohol,” and is commonly used as a preservative ingredient in bath products, soaps and detergents, eye makeup, blushes, cleansing products, shaving products, makeup, and blush, as well as in hair, nail, and other skin care products.

Is It Safe?

The FDA has approved benzyl alcohol for use as a flavouring agent for direct addition to food. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) has approved its safety for use in cosmetic products, at concentrations of up to 5 percent, and up to 10 percent in hair dyes. In the European Union, benzyl alcohol is allowed as a preservative in cosmetics and personal care products at a maximum concentration of one percent. In the Victorian Garden products, Benzyl Alcohol is used in a concentration of only 1%  which we consider perfectly safe and which complies with Health and Safety laws in both USA and the EU. 

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