Preservatives, Antioxidants

Benzyl alcohol DHA

Preservative blend with broad spectrum efficacy, easy to use, has a good acceptance, allowed in Cosmos formulations, suitable for skin care, body care, baby care, hair care formulations.


Chelator natural

Natural origin chelating agent for cosmetic formulations, helps increase the shelf life, stability and efficacy of cosmetic products. A natural alternative to EDTA.



Ecocert and Cosmos approved broad spectrum preservative, well accepted in a wide range of personal care products, suitable for skin care, body care, make-up, hair care formulations.



Plant derived microbial inhibitor with a wide spectrum of activity, suited to the most innovative market trends with preservative-free claims. Has a pleasant vanilla-like scent and provides great skin tolerability.


Glyceryl caprylate

Multifunctional plant based ingredient widely used in cosmetics, with antimicrobial efficacy and anti-acne activity, skin conditioning, refatting and hydrating properties.


Preservative BS

Liquid preservative with broad spectrum efficacy, gentle on skin, permitted in natural & organic cosmetics according to the major certification agencies, globally approved in rinse-off and leave-on products.


Preservative PE

A synergistic blend with a broad-spectrum antimicrobial efficacy, pH independent, gives economic and reliable preservation, is globally approved.


Rosemary CO2 extract

A natural extract with great effectiveness, valuable in cosmetics for its strong antioxidant activity. Helps prevent rancidity of vegetable oils and essential oils, delays the oxidation of cosmetic preparations...


Softdermo Eco

Synergistic blend of skin friendly plant derived organic acids with broad antimicrobial activity, offers an effective multifunctionality for a wide range of cosmetic products. Suitable as a preservative for natural...


Vitamin E

All natural active ingredient and antioxidant for skin and hair care preparations, effective antioxidant agent for plant oils, vegetable butters and essential oils.

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What are preservatives?

Preservatives are substances used to prevent or inhibit microbial growth in cosmetic products. They play a crucial role in ensuring that cosmetics are safe for use, as harmful bacteria and fungi can thrive in these products if left unchecked. Preservatives also extend the shelf life of cosmetics by preventing spoilage caused by microorganisms.

In the past, natural ingredients like salt, vinegar, and essential oils were used as preservatives in cosmetics. However, with increasing concerns about the safety and stability of these natural preservatives, synthetic alternatives have become more prevalent in the cosmetic industry.

The role of antioxidants in cosmetics

Antioxidants are substances that help protect cosmetics from oxidation, which can lead to color changes, rancidity, and overall product degradation. In addition to preserving the appearance and fragrance of cosmetics, antioxidants also provide protection against free radicals that damage skin cells.

Natural antioxidants, such as vitamin E and plant extracts, are commonly used in cosmetics. However, synthetic antioxidants are also widely used due to their stability and effectiveness in preventing oxidation.

The controversy surrounding synthetic preservatives and antioxidants

While synthetic preservatives and antioxidants have proven to be more effective than their natural counterparts, they have also sparked controversy among consumers and industry experts. The use of certain synthetic preservatives, such as parabens, has been linked to potential health risks, leading to a growing demand for natural and organic cosmetic products.

Similarly, there are concerns regarding the environmental impact of synthetic antioxidants, with some studies showing their harmful effects on aquatic life. As consumers become more conscious about the ingredients in their cosmetics, the demand for natural and sustainable alternatives continues to rise.

Natural preservatives and antioxidants in cosmetics

As the demand for natural cosmetic products increases, so does the need for natural preservatives and antioxidants. Many companies have started using plant-based ingredients like rosemary extract, fragard and glyceryl caprylate as natural preservatives in their formulations. These ingredients not only provide effective preservation but also offer additional benefits for the skin.

Similarly, natural antioxidants like green tea extract, vitamin C and coenzyme Q10 are gaining popularity in cosmetic products due to their potent anti-aging and skin brightening properties. Their use also aligns with the growing trend of using clean and sustainable ingredients in cosmetic formulations.

Are preservatives and antioxidants for you?

Trying DIY cosmetics? Be sure to incorporate natural preservatives and antioxidants for a healthier alternative. Now that you have a better understanding of these ingredients, you can make informed decisions about the products you use on your skin. Remember, healthy skin starts with choosing the right ingredients. So go ahead and treat yourself to some antioxidant-rich skincare! Your skin will thank you.

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